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Tennis: Serena beats Li for seventh Miami crown

Published on Mar 30, 2014 6:19 AM
Serena Williams (right) of the United States holding the Butch Buchholz trophy after her straight sets victory against Li Na of China during their final match on day 13 of the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Cente on March 29, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida. -- PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - World number one Serena Williams won the Miami WTA title for the seventh time on Saturday, March 29, 2014, with a 7-5, 6-1 win over China's Li Na.

In a battle of the world's top two players, the US superstar took her tally of WTA titles to 59 - including 17 Grand Slam triumphs. She added a second trophy in 2014 to the one she lifted in Brisbane in January.

The 32-year-old Williams, who first played at Miami as a 16-year-old, was strangely subdued as she seemed to sleepwalk through the first half hour of the match.

Trailing 4-2, she fought off three break points in the seventh game only to surrender her serve for a second time on a double fault.

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