KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 22: Serena Williams of the USA celebrates winning her match against Shuai Zhang of China during day 4 of the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 22, 2012 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Family Circle Cup 2012: Serena Williams Wins, Earns 40th Career Title

Serena Williams defeated Lucie Safarova in just 58 minutes to collect her 40th WTA career title.

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Family Circle Cup Final Results: Serena Williams Wins 40th WTA Title

A 58-minute victory wasn't the milestone for Serena Williams during the final round of the Family Circle Cup.

A 40th career WTA title? That was the milestone and Wiliams gave up only one game in the process. She beat Lucie Safarova 6-0, 6-1.

This victory came just a day after Williams defeated No. 2 seed Sam Stosur, 6-1, 6-1. That match also took only 58 minutes. She called that match one of the top 5 matches, if not the best of her career, and she wants to keep this streak going.

From the WTA:

"I hope I can make it three and four and five and six and more and more and more," she said. "I definitely want to continue this. I've never played consistently at such a high level with low errors like this, and the scary thing is I could have served so much better."

Williams dropped only 15 games in Charleston, S.C., last week. Her 40th title places her third on the list of active players. Kim Clijsters has 41 and older sister Venus has 43. This WTA title is Williams's fourth on clay.


Family Circle Cup Day 6 Results: Serena Williams Has Best Match Of Her Career Against Sam Stosur, Williams Says

Serena Williams said this today (from the WTA):

"I have to say this is probably the best match I've played in my career either in a long time or it's up there in the Top 5."

Williams is talking about her match against No. 2 seed Sam Stosur.

The match she's talking about was a re-match of the 2011 U.S. Open finals (which Stosur won) and a re-match of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. just last week (which Williams won).

This match at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., also went to Williams.

In 58 minutes.

In just 14 games.

The final score was 6-1, 6-1.

"Sam is such an excellent clay court player, and she's Top 10, Top 5, so playing someone that's so good and doing so well is honestly a really good match for me.

"It was one of those days I could have done anything against anybody. Maybe I could have beaten Andy again. I'm definitely ready for him now — just today."

Williams hit 29 winners. She will face the No. 9 seed Lucie Safarova, who defeated her semifinal opponent in a double bagel match.


Family Circle Cup: Serena Williams Routs Sam Stosur, Reaches Final

Serena Williams pummeled Sam Stosur, who defeated Venus Williams in the previous round, to reach the final of the Family Circle Cup.


Family Circle Cup Day 5 Results: Lucie Safarova Upsets; Sam Stosur Knocks Venus Williams Out

On the short list of biggest upsets of the week, add Lucie Safarova's name.

The world No. 26 beat the No. 4 seed Vera Zvonareva in straight sets. Safarova defeated the two-time Charleston champion 6-3, 6-3.

While a seed beating a wildcard isn't considered an upset, Sam Stosur's defeat of Venus Williams in the quarterfinals was a battle. Stosur went three sets to keep Venus Williams from meeting her sister Serena in a WIlliams semifinal duel. The final score was 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

All that after she completed a match earlier in the day that was rain delayed from Day 4. That match also went three sets. Stosur showed up on court against Venus with just two hours of rest.

From the WTA:

"I don't think it was the end of the world to get out there and play this morning," Stosur said after everything. "Today was very different than what we've been playing in, so it was good to get used to the conditions. I would have preferred not to play two three set matches, but nevertheless, I'm happy to be through."

Now, Stosur will face No. 5 seed Serena Williams in the semifinal. Serena made it into the second-to-last round in Charleston after just five games in her quarterfinal match when No. 6 seed Sabine Lisicki rolled her ankle at the baseline, stood up crying and retired. Serena showed good sportsmanship giving Lisicki a hug and even bringing her tissues.

"I just told her it would be all right," Williams recalled. "I'm in an emotional time in my life, so I told her, 'Don't cry, because you're going to make me cry,' and I was like, my eyes are getting watery. I'm always crying. But it's not the French Open now. At least it happened earlier and you can recover. It's okay. I've been through those injuries, and it sucks. It really, really sucks."


Family Circle Cup Day 4 Results: Williams Sisters Both Win In Straight Sets

Clay and Serena Williams are getting along right now.

The two-time French Open champion has won two matches on clay at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. Her latest victory showed that Williams was loosening up on slippery surface, moving quicker and cleaner.

Williams said she was also feeling more comfortable on clay.

From the AP:

"So I felt good," Williams said. "I love the clay."

Williams, the tournament's No. 5 seed, beat No. 17 seed Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-2, 6-2 in just under an hour and a half. Williams served six aces and saved all three break points.

Williams last won this tournament in 2008. It's been even longer for her older sister, Venus; the older Williams sister last won the final match in Charleston in 2004. Venus, a wildcard entry, defeated Anastasia Rodionova of Australia, also in straight sets. Venus won 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and 17 minutes.

If the sisters win on Friday they will face off in a semifinal showdown on Saturday.

Also from the AP:

"If we both get to the semifinal," Venus said, "I guess the best Williams will win."

Other results:

No. 3 Marion Bartoli fought for three sets, but lost on Day 4.

No. 13 Nadia Petrova, No. 4 Vera Zvonareva, No. 9 Lucie Safarova and No. 6 seed Sabine Lisicki all advanced.


Family Circle Cup Day 3 Results: Venus Williams Upsets, Marion Bartoli Survives In Three

Wild card Venus Williams is 6-1 in her return to tennis, and her most recent victory was an upset at the Family Circle Cup.

Williams faced No. 7 seed Jelena Jankovic in the second round in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday. The match between the two former world No. 1s lasted almost an hour and a half.

Williams came back from 3-1 down in the first set and eventually broke Jankovic's serve seven times before going onto a straight-sets victory. Williams won 7-5, 6-0.

She will face Anastasia Rodionova in the third round. If Williams wins that match and the next one, she will be in the tournament's semifinals, where she could face her little sister Serena.

The younger Williams sister, who is the tournament's No. 5 seed, did not have a match scheduled Wednesday.

No. 3 seed Marion Bartoli did have a match, and she almost didn't walk away as the victor.

Bartoli faced Vera Dushevina of Russia in a three-set blunder that lasted just over three hours. Bartoli survived a match that featured 11 service breaks and won 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4.

No. 2 seed Sam Stosur and Serena Williams will return to action on Thursday.


Family Circle Cup, Day 1 Results: Serena Williams Defeats Elena Vesnina

Serena Williams became the first player go to through to the third round of the Family Circle Cup on Tuesday night with her straight sets victory over Elena Vesnina. Though Williams wasn't on the top of her game, she comfortably progressed with a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Williams' service game wasn't even spectacular by her lofty standards, but it was the biggest difference between the two players. Williams had 11 aces to Vesnina's one, and won 57 percent of her second serve points to Vesnina's 39 percent. She played herself into tough situations regularly in the match, but managed to save six out of seven break points against her.

Williams is coming off of a quarterfinal loss to Caroline Wozniacki in last week's Sony Ericsson Open. Her sister, Venus Williams, is also participating in the tournament and they could potentially meet in the semifinals.

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