Williams beats Sharapova to win WTA Championships
ISTANBUL (AP) - Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to win the WTA Championships for the third time and finish the year with another title, although not the top ranking.
Williams finished the year with a 59-4 record. Since her first-round loss at the French Open, the American is 31-1, winning Wimbledon, the Olympic gold medal and the US Open.
But she will finish the year ranked No. 3, behind Sharapova.
Victoria Azarenka, beaten by Sharapova in the semi-finals, finished the year as the top-ranked player in the world.