She may be moving to Paris, but Serena Williams took some time out of her loaded schedule–one that includes taking college courses and relaunching her clothing line–to absolutely dominate the Family Circle Cup tournament in South Carolina this weekend.
The victory came after a 6-0, 6-1 smash of Lucie Safarova in the title match and a 6-1, 6-1 beating of the world’s fifth-ranked player, Samantha Stosur, in the semis. It was Serena’s 40th WTA championship, but her first clay title since she won the same tournament in 2008. The incredible performance came as a surprise to the champ, but offered the promise of more success in the future based on her prolific personal life.
“I’m just trying to keep my mind busy,” she said. “I’m doing so much it keeps me staying in the moment.
“I’ve never played, I can say, consistently at such a high level with low errors … And the scary thing is, I could’ve served so much better.”
Her comment about serving seems a bit facetious, as she was overpowering, to say the least. She went 25-0 in service games over her final four matches, barely even being tested, despite quality opponents. She routinely offered up serves well over the 110 miles per hour level, frustrating her counterparts who have a far less imposing physical stature.
To make the discrepancy between Serena and her competitors even more stark, Safarova was playing quite impressive tennis herself before matching up with Williams. Safarova shut out her semi-final opponent Polona Hercog 6-0, 6-0. None of that mattered against the world’s most imposing women’s tennis player of the day.
“She was amazing. She deserves to be the champion,” said Safarova, who has never beaten Williams in five career attempts.
As far as the rest of Serena’s life is concerned, the most dominant half of the Williams sisters plans to relocate to Paris, but still maintain a strong presence in the US given the WTA’s primary action being played there.
“Yeah, you know, I love it there. I just … I need a change. I’ll still be based out of the United States because there’s so many tournaments here. So we’ll see,” she said.