Serena Williams is a champion and will go down in history as one of the best tennis players to ever play the game.
Over the weekend, Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title at the Sony Open, becoming only the fourth woman in the Open era to win an event at least seven times.
Williams reportedly had a slow start against opponent Li Na, but she took the W with 7-5, 6-1 win.
"I was actually super excited at the end," Williams said, "because I remember sitting here last year trying to get to six, thinking, 'OK, obviously I want seven, but I don't want to put the pressure on myself to get to seven.' Obviously I wanted to have the most titles here."
Williams surpassed the tournament record of six titles she shared with Andre Agassi. The No. 1 ranked Williams celebrated her victory with a fist in the air and a scream of joy.
When she fell behind 5-2 she thought she had nothing to lose so she may as well enjoy herself.
"At that moment I felt like I had nothing to lose," Williams said. "I just was able to relax. Whenever I relax, I enjoy myself."
Williams won with a backhand serve Li Na couldn’t handle. Both players are 32 years old and joked they were the “two old women” in the tournament.
"When you're going up against the top players, for me, I have to be ready because they are the best in the world, the whole planet," Williams said. "I enjoy playing people that are ranked like that, because I feel like I can eventually bring out the best in me."
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