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Not Her Best But Still Better Than The Rest
By Burton Vanderfliet, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:30pm PST USA
Not Her Best But Still Better Than The Rest - Serena Williams, Na Li ISTANBUL-- Sunday at Istanbul, Turkey in the final of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul, the world number one Serena Williams of the USA overcame a slow start to defeat the fourth seeded Na Li of China 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in just over two hours of play.

The 32 year old Williams finishes the year with a 78-4 match record after winning her 11th tournament of the year. Williams also won the WTA Championships in 2001, 2009 and 2012.

At one all in set one, Li broke serve after Williams netted a backhand stab on breakpoint.

Li broke serve again to reach 4-1 after a Williams crosscourt forehand landed wide followed by a Li crosscourt backhand return winner.

Serena Williams of the USA
TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul, Turkey
The last two breakpoints of the match were both erased with Williamsí aces number five and six both hit out wide.

After dropping the first set, Williams survived a nine deuce game to hold serve before breaking serve then holding serve again to jump ahead in set to 3-0.

With Williams serving up 5-3 on setpoint number three, a Li inside out forehand down the line landed wide to level the match at one set all.

In the final set, Williams took another 3-0 lead by breaking serve at 15-40 after striking a backhand down the line winner.

Williams had struggled physically in her semifinal with fatigue but was able to turn the match around in the third set which appeared to be the case in the final round match as well.

The American blasted an ace out wide serving at 40-30 to reach 4-0.

Two Li netted forehand volleys down the line followed by a double fault on breakpoint set Williams ahead 5-0.

Li reached breakpoint four times as Williams served for the match. At 15-40, a crosscourt backhand from Li landed wide. At 30-40, Williams hit an inside out backhand down the line winner.

The last two breakpoints of the match were both erased with Williamsí aces number five and six both hit out wide.

On match point number two for Williams, the American pounded a backhand down the line winner to end the match.

In addition to her nine WTA Tour titles won this year, Williams also took the grand slam titles at the French Open as well as in her home country at the US Open in route to a WTA Tour record $12,385,572 earned in prize money this year.

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