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Dec 27, 2012 7:59pm
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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