The WTA Finals recently concluded on 26 October, with top seed Serena Williams trouncing Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 in the title match to take home the Billie Jean King trophy.
Serene Williams (above) beat Simona Halep in straight sets to lift the Billie Jean King trophy. (Photo by VoxSports)
Held at the state-of-the-art Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore Indoor Stadium, the win was sweet revenge for the world number one American, after Halep had given Williams her worst defeat in 16 years when they both met in the round robin. Halep had won 6-2, 6-0 then.
“I made so many unforced errors in our first match, and I think knowing that she has the ability and the capability to play so well, I knew that I had to step up my game,” Williams said after her win in the Finals.
“I knew that I had to play a lot better, so I obviously was expecting a much better player than I was in the earlier rounds. But I think being ready for that really was able to help me out.”
Despite the one-sided result, Halep was in rather good mood at the press conference, as she praised the evergreen William - who will be turning 34 - for showing the world exactly why she deserved to win.
World number four Simona Halep. (Photo by VoxSports)
The world ranked number four admitted she was fatigued from having to play without much rest, but insisted she has enjoyed her time Singapore after playing against the likes of Ana Ivanovic and Agnieszka Radwanska.
Ana Ivanovic (Photo by VoxSports)
Agnieszka Radwanska (Photo by VoxSports)
“I am tired because I played many matches this year, a lot of pressure every tournament,” Halep shared.
“This was the last tournament of this year. Many tough matches here with top-eight players, so wasn't easy.
“But still I think I did a great job; I did a great result here. I'm happy, and, you know, I don't want to take the negative things. Only the positive and to go ahead.”
For her win, Williams will also take home US$2 million and also the honour of having a locally-created orchid named after her.
It is believed this is the first time such an act has been performed for a sporting personnel, with such honours previously bestowed on the Queen and King of Malaysia to say the least.
As far as Williams was concerned, the naming of the flowers ‘Serena Orchid’ was the best thing she earned after a gruelling week of battling the other top-eight players in the world.
“Definitely the orchid. I love flowers, and I think I'm really excited about that,” Williams gushed.
“It's the Serena Orchid, and if I choose, I would call it the Serena Orchid.”
Prior to the singles match, Cara Black and Sania Mirza were in action too against Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-wei. The pairing for Black and Mirza proved lethal, as they powered to a 6-1, 6-0 win to take home the doubles title.
Two Singaporeans were also involved in the WTA, in a youth tournament called Future Stars, where players from across Asia were invited to compete against each other.
Singaporean Ashley Yim and Nicole Tan were involved in the tournament, and they both put up a great fight despite failing to progress out of the group stages. Yim did especially well in the U14 group, where she beat two opponents.