WTA Odds N' Ends... Master Of Miami

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Published April 01, 2013 05:39

WTA Odds N' Ends... Master Of Miami
Serena Williams

As she lives in nearby Palm Beach Gardens, it would make sense that Serena Williams plays the Sony Open Tennis like it is in her backyard. Sure enough, she broke her tie with Steffi Graf for the most titles in Miami history with her sixth - thus joining Graf, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova as the only players in the Open Era with at least six titles at one tournament. Here are some other stats achieved during the fortnight:

- Williams moved to the top of the Miami wins list:
Serena Williams: 61-7 (89.7%)
Steffi Graf: 59-6 (90.8%)
Venus Williams: 52-10 (83.9%)
Gabriela Sabatini: 45-11 (80.4%)

- Williams' win over Maria Sharapova in the final was the 110th No.1 vs. No.2 match-up in WTA history, with World No.1s now up 71-39 in the series. No.1s are also now 3-1 in such match-ups in Miami. Williams is 4-1 in No.1 vs. No.2 match-ups, 3-0 as No.1 and 1-1 as No.2.

- Williams is now 12-2 in her series with Sharapova, having won 11 straight. However, Sharapova did win a set on Saturday for the first time in seven meetings.

- At 31 years and six months, Williams is Miami's oldest champion. Chris Evert was the previous record-holder, having won Miami in 1986 at 31 years and two months.

- Williams now has 48 WTA titles, 10th-most all-time and four more than any other active player.

- Williams added three Top 5 wins during the fortnight, over No.5 Li Na in the quarterfinals, No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals and No.2 Sharapova in the final. She now has 25 more Top 5 wins than any other active player:
Serena Williams: 84-30 (73.7%)
Venus Williams: 59-61 (49.2%)
Maria Sharapova: 30-30 (50.0%)
Li Na: 20-33 (37.8%)
Victoria Azarenka: 20-23 (46.5%)

- Though her 11-match WTA winning streak was snapped against Williams, Sharapova did extend her career-best sets win streak to 23 by winning the first set of the final.

- Sharapova became the third player to pass the $25 million career prize money mark. She trails both Williams sisters.

Petrova & Srebotnik Pick Up Miami Title
Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik collected the third and biggest WTA title of their partnership by besting Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson in the final of the Sony Open Tennis. They were previously victorious at Moscow in 2008 and Sydney earlier this year. Now 21-4 in 2013, Petrova and Srebotnik have at least made the final of five of their six events this season.

Srebotnik now has 32 WTA doubles titles, two of which have come in Miami, while Petrova now has 23 WTA doubles titles, three of which have come in Miami. In fact, Petrova has made the Miami final four straight years with four different partners, winning the last two.

Paired up for the first time, the 39-year-old Raymond and 19-year-old Robson's fortnight was highlighted by a 61 62 semifinal rout of top-ranked duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

Ranking News
- Miami quarterfinalist Roberta Vinci climbed two spots to a career-high No.13.
- Miami semifinalist Jelena Jankovic ascended six spots to No.18 and into the Top 20 for the first time since last August.
- Carla Suárez Navarro inched up one spot to No.20, making her Top 20 debut and making her the first Spaniard in the Top 20 since María José Martínez Sánchez in May 2010.
- Karolina Pliskova had the Top 100's biggest jump in going from No.92 to a career-high No.80.
- Mallory Burdette went up five spots to No.99 in making her Top 100 debut. The United States has more players in the Top 100 than any other country with 11:
No.1 Serena Williams
No.16 Sloane Stephens
No.24 Venus Williams
No.27 Varvara Lepchenko
No.55 Christina McHale
No.66 Jamie Hampton
No.71 Lauren Davis
No.77 Madison Keys
No.86 Melanie Oudin
No.96 Coco Vandeweghe
No.99 Mallory Burdette

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