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Serena Williams Beats Sharapova to Win WTA Championship

ISTANBUL — After smacking her 40th and final winner of the match on a forehand service return on championship point, Serena Williams clenched her left fist, then punched the air with her right. She then skipped to the net as winner of the WTA Championships for the third time, having defeated Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-3, in the final Sunday. After the two shook hands, Williams turned and waved to the crowd on all sides of the sold-out Sinan Erdem Arena, a crowd that brought a level of noise and enthusiasm to the championships far exceeding previous events.

“Now that I can be honest, I really wanted to win and win this title and put a little pressure on myself,” Williams said in her postmatch news conference. “Yeah, I wanted it so bad, but I didn’t want to say it. I’m really excited that I was able to win it.”

Williams added: “I was like a heavy favorite going in to win this title, so for me it was really important. I mean, for my own sanity, so to say. I really wanted it, even though I didn’t need it. Like I don’t think I needed to do anything else this year — or any other year — but I really wanted to end on a good note.”

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Venus Williams Ends Long Victory Drought At Luxemborg Open

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 21 (UPI) — Venus Williams earned her first victory since February 2010 Sunday, downing Romania’s Monica Niculescu in the final of the Luxembourg Open.  Williams dispatched Niculescu 6-2, 6-3, snapping the longest victory drought in the 32-year-old former world No. 1’s career. Her previous victory came at the 2010 Acapulco event.

“Coming to the tournament this week I was just trying to play well,” Williams said. “I didn’t know if I could win this event, so to stand here as the winner is a wonderful way for me to end the year, and it really makes me look forward to next year as well.”  Niculescu was appearing in just her second career final after falling to Victoria Azarenka at the 2011 Luxembourg event.