Williams continues dominance of FCC, wins final 6-0, 6-1
By Brian Troutmanbtroutman@abcnews4.com
DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- After a dominant showing against 5th-ranked Samantha Stosur Saturday, Serena Williams continued to play well into Sunday's final.
Leading with a first set win of 6-0 and just into the second set of play as of 2 p.m., Williams again looked relaxed on the court while serving up aces at speeds more than 100 mph and playing with few mistakes. By 2:15 p.m. she had won the Family Circle Cup 6-0, 6-1 in dominant fashion over Lucie Safarova. The match lasted less than an hour.
Sunday's win was the second Family Circle Cup win for Williams, who went into the tournament ranked 10th and came out ranked 9th. She first won it in 2008. The win also marked her 40th Women's Tennis Association (WTA) title.
Williams said her dominance of the 2012 Family Circle Cup came as a surprise. She seemed to play stronger in each match en route to taking home the prize money. She first defeated Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4. Then she defeated Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-2. She advanced on Friday after 22-year-old Sabine Lisicki rolled her ankle and was forced to withdraw from the tournament, and she had a nearly flawless performance against Stosur in the semifinal match, 6-1, 6-1.
Earlier in the week, Williams admitted she couldn't remember much about her 2008 Family Circle Cup title. After winning the tournament Sunday, she said she not only hopes to remember more this time around, but also play consistently coming out of her stellar performance.
"I really feel like hopefully I'll remember this so I can play like this more often, kind of thing. So, I'm looking forward to remembering it," she said.
If you ask her, she'll tell you. She said it in an interview with ESPN. The 2012 Family Circle Cup is one of the better tournaments Serena Williams has ever had. Wins were marked by her ability to minimize mistakes and simply dominate other top-tier players.
Both her semifinal and final matches were highlighted by what most tennis pros would consider amazing differentials -- +14 on Saturday and +19 (only eight errors) in the final match Sunday.
But, Williams said her win came as a surprise. She admitted she practiced poorly most of the week.
"My practices sucked, really," she said. "They couldn't be worse. So, the worse I practice, the better I play."
Williams admitted she has never played two consecutive matches in such dominant fashion. She hopes to carry her momentum to the Mutua Madrid Open in May. Williams said she won't play another tournament until then.
"Hopefully I can make it three and four and five and six and more and more. So, I definitely want to continue this. But, I've never played, I can say, consistently at such a high level with low errors. The scary thing is, I could have served so much better."
Though Williams reigned over the clay court Sunday, her opponent Lucie Safarova was all smiles after the match. During the awards presentation Safarova congratulated Williams.
It was the first of two matches for the world's 26th-ranked Safarova on Sunday. She played in the final of the doubles competition after a short rest and with her partner Anasta Pavlyuchenkova defeated a team of Anabi Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedov.
During the awards presentation as well as during the post-match press conference, Williams spoke of what the Family Circle Cup means for women's sports. She said she hopes seeing her success on the court will make a difference one day with little girls, everywhere, of all races.
"Well, I really hope I'm able to inspire my fellow black females, because we need to have good positive role models in the community," Williams said during the press conference after the match. "Growing up, I loved Zina Garrison, and like when she made the finals of Wimbledon, like I really wanted to practice that day. I was so excited to see her do so well."
"So, hopefully a lot of girls of all color really can look at me and be like, 'wow, I want to be like her, because she's a good person on and off the court."