World No 1 Serena Williams beat Ana Ivanovic in straight sets on Sunday to secure her first ever Western and Southern Open title.
Despite her long list of achievements, the title in Cincinnati has long evaded the American, but she was finally able to cross it off the list on her sixth attempt with a 6-4 6-1 victory which underlines why she will be the overwhelming favourite at the US Open in a week’s time.
Ivanovic started the brighter of the two and seized an early break. She then found herself a point away for a double-break at 3-1, but Williams saved it with a big serve and soon wrestled control away from her opponent.
She broke back almost straight away and then broke again to close out the first set.
Having gotten her nose in front, she dominated the second set and wrapped up the match in just 62 minutes.
“Congratulations to Ana – she’s such a great champion and such a wonderful, wonderful young lady,” Williams told the WTA Tour website. “It’s so good to see wonderful women like her leading our tour right now.
“It’s just amazing to finally win here. The fans were amazing and it’s so wonderful to be here.”
Ivanovic said: “It’s been a great week for me in Cincinnati,” Ivanovic said. “I really want to congratulate Serena. I think I got a lesson on how to serve today. Maybe after you retire you can give me some tips!”
Williams has now won 62 WTA titles and five in 2014. The final Grand Slam of the year begins on August 25, where Williams will vie for an incredible sixth US Open title.