Serena Williams: Tennis Star Looks Ahead After Winning Family Circle Cup Final

on April 09 2012 3:34 PM

Less than an hour after the Family Circle Cup finals began Sunday, Serena Williams was a 6-0, 6-1 winner and dancing on Stadium Court to the strains of "Hey Ya!" by Outkast.

With an emphatic win over Lucie Safarova, Williams claimed her first clay-court title since she won the South Carolina tournament in 2008.

On what has long been her shakiest surface, Williams looked as solid as ever.

In winning her 40th WTA title in the Family Circle Cup, Williams put an exclamation point on a dominant week, and signaled that she will be a force during Grand Slam and Olympic events this summer.

Williams went through a representative Family Circle field this week like it was a bowl of her favorite banana pudding. Her victory over 26th-ranked Safarova was just as lopsided, if not quite as impressive, as Saturday's 6-1, 6-1 semifinal trouncing of No. 5 Samantha Stosur.

"I don't know what was going on with me the last two matches," Williams told the crowd after the match. "But I hope I can keep it up. I definitely want to continue this," said Williams who will move from 10 to nine when the new world rankings come out.

Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Andy Roddick Knocks off Roger Federer

on March 27 2012 10:57 AM

It was one of those days of old for Andy Roddick.

The hard-hitting American dug deep and found a way to overcome the might of world No. 3 Roger Federer.

Roddick, the two-time Sony Ericsson Open champion, defeated Federer in three sets 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4  to advance out of the third round in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Roddick stayed back on the returns, waiting for Federer to make the move. Meanwhile, Roddick's serve kept him in the match. He broke only once, and didn't lose a service game in the first and third set.

Meanwhile, Roddick held his nerve to hold off Federer in the third set despite struggling in the second.

"I had my chances. I thought Andy did well to get the first, and then to put me in the situation I guess in the third," said Federer. "I could have been up a break early in the third, but he did well also to fight off those break points. He served really well.

Next, Roddick faces 21st seed Juan Monaco, who rallied to beat 14th-seeded Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Monaco overcame a 2-4 deficit in the final set to improve to a 4-2 record against the Frenchman