Serena Williams rounds out stellar 2012 by winning WTA Championships in Istanbul

Last Updated: 28/10/12 9:15pm

  • Share:
Serena Williams: Finished the year in style with a 10th career victory over Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams: Finished the year in style with a 10th career victory over Maria Sharapova

Sky Bet

Serena Williams claimed the WTA Championships title for the third time in her career with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Maria Sharapova.

The American triumphed in one hour and 29 minutes in Istanbul, taking her career record against the second-seeded Sharapova to 10-2 in the process.

The third seed's success rounds out a stellar 2012 that has included winning Wimbledon and the US Open, as well as striking gold at the London Olympics.

She has lost just once in 32 matches since her shock exit at the first round of the French Open in Paris, finishing the calendar year with seven titles to her name.

"It feels great to have achieved my dream," said Williams.

"The Turkish crowd were fantastic. I have never seen so many signs with my name on them before."

Williams broke her opponent's serve in the fifth game of the first set and comfortably held on to the advantage, allowing her to serve out for a 1-0 lead.

The 31-year-old then made a perfect start to the second, breaking immediately. Sharapova dropped serve for the third time to end the match, Williams rounding off proceedings with a rocketing forehand return.

  • Share:

Related

WTA Championships 2012

Victoria Azarenka: Believes she is a more mature tennis player

Azarenka happy to be different

Tennis ace Victoria Azarenka believes she has become a 'much more mature player' after her break-through year.

Maria Sharapova: Delighted after reaching WTA Championship final in Istanbul

Sharapova too hot for Vika

Maria Sharapova defeated World No.1 Victoria Azarenka to set up a WTA Championship final against Serena Williams.

Serena Williams: Proved too hot for Agnieszka Radwanska

Williams marches into final

Serena Williams defeats Agnieszka Radwanska to reach WTA Championship final

Most Popular

Features

Fed v The Don

Fed v The Don

Roger Federer scales new heights against Lindsey Vonn in chocolate heaven. We pay a visit to Switzerland.

Summer stars

Summer stars

Who, aside from the big four, should shine during the North American swing? Barry Cowan assesses…

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

Sky Sports picks out our heroes and villains from another eventful last seven days in the world of sport.