Serena cruises to Family Circle Cup title

Williams rolls in Charleston

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Serena Williams has plenty to keep her busy. There’s college classes, a relaunch of her clothing line and a possible move to Paris.

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Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Lucie Safarova in the Family Circle Cup final. Williams won 6-0, 6-1 on Sunday.  MIC SMITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Lucie Safarova in the Family Circle Cup final. Williams won 6-0, 6-1 on Sunday.

And, oh yeah, there’s that brand of dominant tennis that Williams plays like few others in the world.

Williams capped a week of powerful performances with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Lucie Safarova to win the Family Circle Cup on Sunday. It was Williams’ 40th WTA title and first on clay in four years since capturing this championship in 2008.

Williams didn’t expect to show so strongly in her first event of the season on clay. She said the steady stream of things she deals with off the tennis court helps keep her focused when she’s on it.

“I’m just trying to keep my mind busy,” Williams said. “I’m doing so much it keeps me staying in the moment.”

This week, that’s been playing some of the most dominant matches of her career. Williams followed up a 6-1, 6-1 steamroll over Samantha Stosur, the world’s fifth-ranked player, in the semifinals on Saturday with her rout of Safarova.

Williams said she had some mediocre practices this week, yet saved her best when it counted most.

“I’ve never played, I can say, consistently at such a high level with low errors” the past two matches, Williams said.

“And the scary thing is,” she says, “I could’ve served so much better.”

Really?

Williams was dominant on her serves this week. She wasn’t broken in her final four matches, going 25-0 in her service games.

Williams wrapped it up with a 107-mph ace, her fifth of the match, and received a long ovation from the crowd. She leads the WTA with 108 aces on the season.

“She was amazing,” said Safar­ova, who fell to 0-5 against Williams. “She deserves to be the champion.”

With her 40th title, Williams moved one away from Kim Clijsters among active players on the career list.

Venus Williams leads with 43 championships.


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