(January 4, 2014) Picking up from where she left off in dominant 2013, Serena Williams began the 2014 tennis year by defending her Brisbane title. It was a battle between the two top players when Williams beat No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday.
The win upped Williams’ winning streak to 22 dating back to 2013. The last person to beat her was Azarenka at the Cincinnati event back in August. She now has a 24-3 record against Azarenka. The 17-time major champion heads into the Australian Open seeking a sixth title when the tournament begins on January 13.
It’s Williams’ 58 title of her career, seventh on the all-time leaders lisy for WTA titles, after Martina Navratilova (167), Chris Evert (154), Steffi Graf (107), Margaret Court (92), Evonne Goolagong Cawley (68) and Billie Jean King (67).
Everything old is new again on the men’s side as top seed Roger Federer will face Lleyton Hewitt for the Brisbane title on Sunday. Federer needed three set to stop beat eighth seed Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 after Hewitt’s comeback 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over second seed Kei Nishikori.
The 32-year-olds, Federer and Hewitt have played each other 26 times beginning in 1999, with Federer leading the head-to-head record 18-8, winning 16 of the last 17.
(Photo above courtesy of the tournament’s twitter feed)
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