Serena Williams capped off her remarkable 2013 tennis season by capturing her second consecutive (and fourth overall) WTA Championship win on Sunday. Williams, the top-ranked player in the world, defeated China’s Li Na, the third-ranked player in the world, to the tune of 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. The two had met earlier in the year at the U.S. Open, with Williams winning that match-up as well.
The win of Sunday was the 11h title of the year for Williams, making her the first woman to win 11 or more titles in a year since 1997 (when Martina Hingis won 12). Williams, who captured major wins at the French and U.S. Open, won a ridiculous 78 of her 82 matches on the season.
The year of dominance has taken its toll on Williams, who told reporters she was exhausted after her semi-final win over Jelena Jankovic. Per The New York Times:
I was just physically really tired. My legs wouldn’t move. My arm wouldn’t go fast. I think when you are doing something so much for so long throughout the year, maybe it can take its toll. Last night I was in my hotel and I was lying down, and I just — I understand the expression — I hit a wall. I literally felt like I just hit a wall.
We salute Williams her her amazing year. Hopefully she can now grab some much-needed rest.