International Sports Desk, Mar 30 (EFE).- American Serena Williams made history Saturday at the Sony Open, defeating Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to become the first six-time winner of this Miami hard-court event.
Her victory also prolonged the frustration of the Russian world No. 2, who lost her fifth final at this tournament and her 11th straight match against the American dating back to 2004.
Sharapova swung away freely in the first set and avoided the doubles faults that frequently creep into her game.
Williams, meanwhile, was outplayed from the baseline early on, winning a surprisingly low 34 percent of her second-serve points through her first five service games en route to dropping the opening set 6-4.
But the American shifted into another gear over the last set and a half, reeling off the final 10 games of the match.
Over that stretch, Sharapova was virtually incapable of winning a second-serve point and became more and more dejected and resigned to the superiority of her opponent, who broke a tie with Steffi Graf for most Miami singles championships.
Saturday's victory gave the 31-year-old Williams her biggest title thus far in the 2013 season, which began on a sour note with a loss to fellow American Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open.
Since that defeat, she has rebounded well to regain the No. 1 ranking and now appears poised to add to her haul of 15 Grand Slam singles titles.
In the Sony Open men's doubles final, the team of Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Dutchman Jean Julien Rojer cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 victory Saturday over the Polish duo of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.
The Sony Open is one of the biggest hard-court events on the ATP and WTA calendars.