Serena storms back to sink Sharapova in three sets and lift Sony Open title in Miami
20:14 GMT, 30 March 2013
20:39 GMT, 30 March 2013
Serena Williams lifted her sixth Sony Open title after magnificently bouncing back to see off Maria Sharapova in the final in Miami.
The world No 1 was edged out in a tight first set but lost three games thereafter as she stormed to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory and her 11th straight win over Sharapova.
The American has passed Steffi Graf's number of titles in this competition and became the oldest female champion at the tournament, while Sharapova has now been defeated in every one of her five final appearances in Miami.
Champion: Serena Williams holds the Sony Open trophy aloft in Miami
History: The world No 1 became the oldest female winner of the tournament
Dominant: Williams beat Maria Sharapova (left) for the 11th time in a row
After playing flawless tennis for an hour, Sharapova began to miss with her serve, and Williams dominated rallies with her power.
Sharapova built her lead by keeping Williams on the defensive, and she kissed the line with a winner on consecutive points to break for a 3-2 advantage in the second set.
But then came the turnaround. Williams began to capitalise on Sharapova's tentative second serve and broke back to love before taking advantage of two double faults by Sharapova to break again for a 5-3 lead.
Strong start: Sharapova edged ahead after winning a tight first set 6-4
Rampant: The American lost only 10 points in the final set to beat her Russian opponent
Repeat: Williams became the first No 1 seed to lift the women's title in Miami since she won nine years ago
Williams lost only 10 points in the final set and closed out the victory with a service winner.
'Maria definitely pushed me – she did a really great job today,' Williams said after he win.
'I look forward to our next matches – it's going to be really fun for the fans and for us and for everyone.'
Williams became the first No 1 seed to win the women's title since she was champion nine years ago.
Sharapova, who won the title in Indian Wells at the beginning of March, said: 'It's obviously been a really nice month.
'It's disappointing to end it like this but Serena played a great match and I'm sure we'll play a few more times this year.'