Serena Wins First Cincinnati Cup

World number one Serena Williams on Sunday, 17 August, 2014, won her first Cincinnati title with a straight-sets victory over Ana Ivanovic at the Western & Southern Open.
The 32-year-old American fell behind early on but recovered to win 6-4 6-1 in 62 minutes.
It is her first victory at the event in six attempts since 2006.
Williams has now won 62 WTA titles and five in 2014, and she will try for a sixth US Open win when the final Grand Slam of the year begins on 25 August.
There will be £2.4m (US$4m) on offer for Williams should she win the title in New York, having already sealed the £600,000 (US$1m) bonus for winning the US Open series as the best player across the US summer hard-court season.
“It’s just amazing to finally win here,” said Williams. “It was such a great week. She was playing so hard, hitting so many winners.”
She made a slow start to Sunday’s final, just as she had 24 hours earlier in the semi-final against Carolina Wozniacki, but again the 17-time Grand Slam champion wrestled control from her opponent.
Ivanovic, seeded 12th, started confidently off the back of a landmark win over Maria Sharapova in the semis but she could not convert a point for a double-break at 3-1.
Williams slammed the door shut with a big serve and never looked back, taking the set after two consecutive double faults from Ivanovic and rolling through the second set.


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