Serena Williams Wins Brisbane, Murray, Dimitrov Into Final

Serena Williams smiling in post match news conference

(January 5, 2013) Serena Williams captured her 47th  career title by dominating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 in less than an hour in the final of Brisbane International. Williams has won 35 of her last 36 tour matches with triumphs at Wimbledon, the Olympics, the U.S. Open, the WTA Championships.


Pavlyuchenkova who  along with Williams, trains at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy said to Williams during the trophy ceremony, “I always feel like I don’t know how to play tennis when I play against you.” Both women were on a recent training trip to Mauritius but did not practice together.


“When she’s on fire, well, I feel like there is not much I can do. I mean, she’s a great player and she deserves to win.”


Williams says she’s on top of her game, “I was looking at a lot of old matches on YouTube, and I feel like right now I’m playing some of my best tennis….I feel like I want to do better and play better still.”


“Everything just came together with the right timing with me wanting to do better, with me wanting to work hard, (Mauratoglou) being there and having everything to work hard, and having the same mind frame of playing matches for the way I like to play,” Williams said. “So I think life is about timing, and it was just good timing.”

“Today was really good. I kind of zoned, where I’m in a really calm place and not panicking, I’m not overthinking it and not just blasting every ball. I get really calm and kind of serene. It was a really good week in Brisbane, for sure. I definitely worked hard for this week, and I’m going to do a little more work so I can be ready in eight days,” Williams added.

Williams, currently at No. 3, can move into the top spot in the rankings by winning the Australian Open. This would make her at the 31, the oldest woman to have the No. 1 ranking since Christ Evert was a month shy of her 31st birthday in 1985.

Andy Murray moved into the final when his opponent Kei Nishikori was forced to retire with a left knee injury while trailing 6-4, 2-0. No. 3 Murray enters his second straight final in the Brisbane and will face Grigor Dimitrov in the final. Dimitov stopped Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5).



Brisbane, Australia
December 30, 2012-January 5, 2013


Results – Saturday, January 5, 2013
WTA Singles – Final
(3) Serena Williams (USA) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 61

WTA Doubles – Final
Mattek-Sands/Mirza (USA/IND) d. (4) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) 46 64 107 (Match TB)


ATP Singles – Semifinals
[1] A Murray (GBR) d [5] K Nishikori (JPN) 64 20 ret. (left knee)
G Dimitrov (BUL) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 63 57 76(5)

ATP Doubles – Semi-finals
M Melo (BRA) / T Robredo (ESP) d G Dimitrov (BUL) / K Nishikori (JPN) W/O (Nishikori – left knee)

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 1:00 pm
[1] E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS) vs M Melo (BRA) / T Robredo (ESP)

Not Before 2:00 PM
[1] A Murray (GBR) vs G Dimitrov (BUL)