Sep 6, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams (USA), left, shakes hands with Li Na (CHN) after their match on day twelve of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Serena Williams beats Li Na for WTA Championship

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.

[Source: Reuters]

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