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Six titles: Charleston, Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford, US Open, WTA Championships
Olympic Gold Medalist
Really, Williams grade should be around A+++++++++++++++ based on her last five months of play, dismantling her so-called “competition” in Istanbul and not dropping a set en-route to the title.
Even the final against Sharapova (who played a quality match) was easily won 6-4, 6-3 without facing a break point on her serve. After the win, she told reporters that via ESPN,
"Now that I can be honest, I really wanted to win," Williams said. "I wanted it so bad, but I didn't want to say it ... It was really important for me to end the year with this title in particular."
With two grand Slams, a gold medal and the year-end championships, how did Serena finish behind Azarenka? Well, besides playing a limited schedule compared to the other top players, Serena’s first half of the season was below average, losing early in a place that she regularly dominates, the Australian Open, and then really early in France, losing in the first round after winning the first set.
Since that match against Virginie Razzano, Williams silenced her critics the rest of the season with dominate serving and all-around game. She proved that if she is set on a title, like she was in Istanbul, then no one will get in her way.
The field in Australia should be afraid, very afraid.