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Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka to win Madrid Open
Serena Williams served notice she will be a real threat at the French Open by hammering world number one Victoria Azarenka to win the Madrid Open.
It was Williams' first appearance in Europe this season and she dominated the Belarusian, winning 6-1 6-3.
It took the American just over an hour to win the match and confirm she is in top form ahead of Roland Garros, which starts on 27 May.
Williams extended her winning streak to 13 matches with her 41st WTA title.
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“Women are way tougher than men. That's why we have the babies, you guys could never handle kids”
And the 30-year-old winner of 13 Grand Slam titles took her head-to-head record against the world number one to 7-1.
Azarenka's only victory came in the Miami final in 2009 but she got nowhere near the American on Sunday, with Williams superior in every department.
The American will rise to number six in the new world rankings.
"My whole thing is just to play consistent and that is what I have been doing the past couple of weeks," she said. "I belong on a tennis court and that's where I feel amazing."
Williams added: "I don't play to be number two, I don't think Victoria plays to be number two. We all play to be the best."
Azarenka admitted that she has plenty to work on despite having won her first Grand Slam earlier this year in Australia and reached the top of the rankings.
"She was just so much better than me today," said Azarenka. "I do need to return a bit better and definitely improve my serve, which today was just a disaster.
"These kinds of matches make you realise you have to take a moment and look at what you can do better."
Williams also had some forthright views when asked about criticism from Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal over the apparently slippery blue clay courts in Madrid.
"Women are way tougher than men," she said. "That's why we have the babies, you guys could never handle kids.
"We ladies don't complain we just do our best. On the WTA we are real performers, we are not about going out there and being weenies."
Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych to win Madrid Open
Roger Federer returned to number two in the world with victory over Tomas Berdych in the Madrid Open final.
The Swiss battled to a 3-6 7-5 7-5 on the new new blue clay courts and moves above Rafael Nadal in the rankings.
"It was a tough tournament and a brutal draw," said Federer, who joins Nadal on 20 victories at the elite Masters Series level. "Tomas played very well.
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“It's no secret for any player out there that you'd rather be number one than number two”
"I'm sure we will see each other many more times and they will be quality matches like this one."
Before Madrid, Federer had not played for six weeks since losing to Andy Roddick in Miami and he had lost twice this year to Berdych.
The Czech player dominated the first set of Sunday's final with 14 winners and just two unforced errors, but Federer broke twice in the second and took it when Berdych double-faulted on set point.
Two more double faults from Berdych looked to have handed Federer a match-winning lead at 5-3, but the 16-times Grand Slam champion faltered when serving for the match.
It was a brief stay of execution for the sixth seed, however, as he fell 0-40 down in game 12 and, despite saving three championship points, finally succumbed with a forehand into the net.
The 30-year-old Federer has now won four tournaments in 2012 and, with world number one Novak Djokovic defending a huge number of ranking points in the coming months, the Swiss could potentially regain the number one spot with a Grand Slam victory.
Should he get back to the top of the rankings for the first time since May 2010, Federer would equal, and almost certainly go on to break, Pete Sampras's record of 286 weeks as number one.
"Back then I was just trying to stay world number one and I never really looked at Pete's record that much," said Federer, who received a framed Men In Black suit from actor Will Smith at the presentation ceremony in Madrid.
"I guess I could have chased it a few years ago, just really trying to beat that record. It's no secret for any player out there that you'd rather be number one than number two.
"But I look at the long term - maybe if I wasn't good enough to break that record then maybe I never will be."
As of May 14, 2012
Curr Prev Name DOB Nation Rank pts Tours
1 1 Azarenka, Victoria 31/07/89 BLR 9020 19
2 2 Sharapova, Maria 19/04/87 RUS 7610 16
3 3 Radwanska, Agnieszka 06/03/89 POL 7080 21
4 4 Kvitova, Petra 08/03/90 CZE 6250 18
5 5 Stosur, Samantha 30/03/84 AUS 5435 21
6 9 Williams, Serena 26/09/81 USA 5300 15
7 7 Bartoli, Marion 02/10/84 FRA 4945 26
8 6 Wozniacki, Caroline 11/07/90 DEN 4936 21
9 8 Li, Na 26/02/82 CHN 4405 17
10 10 Zvonareva, Vera 07/09/84 RUS 3640 22
Rank, Name & Nationality Points Week Change Tourn Played
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 11,200 0 18
2 Federer, Roger (SUI) 9,430 1 18
3 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 9,105 -1 19
4 Murray, Andy (GBR) 7,500 0 19
5 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 4,930 0 24
6 Ferrer, David (ESP) 4,460 0 22
7 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 4,410 0 22
8 Tipsarevic, Janko (SRB) 3,090 0 28
9 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) 2,970 2 22
10 Isner, John (USA) 2,725 0 24
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