(July 21, 2013) Serena Williams has tied Monica Seles for ninth place for the most WTA titles in the Open Era by capturing the Swedish Open on Sunday 6-4, 6-1 over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson for her 53rd WTA title. For Williams it’s her 28 straight win on clay.
Larsson jumped to a 3-1 lead in the first set before Williams came back to 3-3. From that point Williams won nine out of the next 11 games to take the title.
“Johanna played well, and I made a lot of unforced errors in the beginning – I just hit everything out,” Williams said. “I had to kind of come back and do a little better. You just have to stay positive. I wasn’t playing well at Wimbledon when I lost, so I thought, ‘Okay, just remember what I did wrong there, and don’t make the same mistake here.’ I really wanted to do better here in Bastad this week.”
“It was really good to come here and win after a disappointing Wimbledon so hopefully this confidence will help me for the rest of the year,” said Williams after the match, who lost in the round of 16 at Wimbledon to Sabine Lisicki.
Williams wins her 53rd WTA title to tie Monica Seles for ninth most of the Open Era.
For Williams this is her first International-level title at her sixth International-level event. It’s her seventh overall title in 2013. She’s 51-3 on the year.