Serena Williams Beats Dinara Safina to Win the 2009 Australian Open

Yoosof Farah@@YoosofFarahSenior Writer IIIJanuary 31, 2009

One of the all-time greats in women's tennis, Serena Williams, claimed her 10th Grand Slam title and fourth Australian Open title on Saturday with victory over Dinara Safina.

It was a completely one-sided affair, with the 27-year old American completely dominating her opponent, beating the Russian no.1 in straight sets, 6-0 6-3.

Going into the final, Safina said that her experience of being in the final of the French Open last season—a game in which she lost 6-4 6-3 to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic—had her feeling more prepared for this one.

However, it was evident early on that did not appear to be the case, as the third seed looked flat from the start and struggled with her serve.

A string of poor errors, combined with amazing hard hitting from Williams, meant the Russian was broken in the second, fourth and sixth games of the opening set, slumping to an unusual 6-0 defeat in the first set. Quite a surprise for the usually feisty Safina.

At the start of the second set, it looked as if Safina had finally found her feet and would start putting up a bit of competition, when she hit a superb backhand cross court winner to break Williams' serve.

However, in terms of skill this was as good as it got for Safina, as the errors continued and Williams raced into a deserving 3-1 lead.

And that second set lead soon became 4-1, much to the frustration of Safina who let her racquet know how she was feeling.

In the sixth game, after some superb shots from Williams had completely stunned the crowd at times into silence, they found their voice and backed Safina when she started finally hitting some winners, hoping she would at least give Williams a bit more of a contest as she made it 4-2.

However, Williams showed she wanted to win this quickly, holding her own serve to make it 5-2, before Safina held her own serve for surprisingly just the second time in the game.

The score wasn't going to get any higher than three games for Safina, as Williams raced into a 40-0 lead on her own serve before Safina couldn't carry on anymore and simply handed her opponent the game and match, drifting a drop-shot backhand into the tramlines.

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic will have to move out of the way now, as Serena Williams secured an astonishing 10th Grand Slam title to force her way to the top of the world, meaning the American is now the new World No.1 once again.


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