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Williams capped a dominant week with another powerful performance to beat Lucie
Safarova 6-0, 6-1 and capture her first clay-court tournament in four years at
the Family Circle Cup on Sunday. Williams didnt drop a set in five matches this
week and lost only three games over the weekend, dispatching Samantha Stosur,
6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals before ousting Safarova. She hadnt won a tournament
on clay—or even gotten to a final on the surface—since taking the 2008
championship here. Williams has said throughout the week how comfortable she
felt in her short time on clay this year. That showed against the 25-year-old
Safarova, ranked 26th in the world. Williams served a 107-mph ace on match
point, shrieking in joy and waving to the crowd. Williams came into the week off
a trip to the quarterfinals at the Sony Ericsson Open and had just a day or so
to get in any work on the slower clay at the Family Circle Tennis Center. She
looked rusty in her opening match, a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Elena Vesnina on
Tuesday. But Williams came back in her next match with a strong attitude and a
much sharper game. She took out Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-2 and was in control
early in her quarterfinals win over Sabine Lisicki, who retired after twisting
her left ankle. Williams was at her best, though, on the weekend. She didnt give
Stosur, the reigning U.S. Open champion, room to breathe in the semifinals.
Williams concluded the clay-court run with her win over Safarova. How dominant
was Williams serve? She was not broken in 24 service games over her last four
matches. “She was amazing,” said Safarova, who fell to 0-5 against Williams.
“She deserves to be the champion.” And Williams may be prepared to win even more
this clay-court season. Shes not scheduled to play again until next month in
Madrid, then at the Italian Open before moving on the Paris for the years second
Grand Slam, the French Open. Williams has talked frequently this week of her
desire to add another title at Roland Garros—she won her only French crown in
2002—to her Hall-of-Fame resume of 13 major championships. She also talked
about moving to Paris. The Family Circle Cup victory was a great start to her
clay-court season. Williams also was happy to honour the 40th anniversary of the
Family Circle tournament and the legacy of womens tennis. The tournament named
its stadium court for tennis great and pioneer Billie Jean King, who was on
court during Williams trophy ceremony. King and members of the Original 9
players, who defied the tennis establishment to form the first womens tour and
fight for better prize money, were saluted during the weekend Williams earned
$115,000 for the victory, a far cry from the first Family Circle in 1973 that
offered a then-unheard of $100,000 in total prize money. “I want to thank,
Billie,” Williams said. “Without her, I dont know if any of us would be here.”
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its Olympic title in rowings top rivalry on Day 8, winning gold and continuing
their Olympic reign for a fourth-straight Olympic Games. In one of the most
highly-anticipated races of the London 2012 Olympic regatta, the crew from Great
Britain led the way to hold off the Australian crew and keep their Olympic title
on home soil.  Australia won silver, and the United States won bronze.  Great
Britain and Australia have long dominated the podium in the mens four event,
with both nations concentrating their top rowers in the crews.  Great Britain
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