Serena Williams beats Li Na for record seventh Miami title

World No.1 Serena Williams registered a 7-5, 6-1 win over China's Li Na in Miami Open final to win her 59th WTA title.

updated: March 30, 2014 08:56 IST
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Miami: Serena Williams snapped out of her early doldrums to roar to a record seventh Miami WTA title on Saturday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over China's Li Na. In a battle of the world's top two players, the US world number one took her tally of WTA titles to 59 -- including 17 Grand Slam triumphs.

She added a second trophy in 2014 to the one she lifted in Brisbane in January and joined Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Chris Evert as the only women in the Open era to win the same title seven or more times. "I was actually super-excited at the end," said Williams, who already owned the most WTA titles in the combined men's and women's event but had shared the overall record of six trophies with Andre Agassi.

"Obviously I wanted to have the most titles here," added Williams, who lives in Miami and first played the tournament as a 16-year-old.

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