WTA Miami Sunday reuslts
Sony Ericsson Open
$3,450,000 (Tier I)
Hard / Outdoors
March 21 - April 1, 2007
Results - Sunday, April 1, 2007
Doubles - Final
(1) Raymond/Stosur (USA/AUS) d. (2) Black/Huber (ZIM/RSA) 64 36 102
Singles - Final (played Saturday)
(13) Serena Williams (USA) d. (2) Justine Henin (BEL) 06 75 63
- Williams saved two match points in the second set, when Henin was serving at 5-4, 40-15; she is the sixth player this season to save match point en route to a title, and the third to achieve that feat in a final (after Clijsters in Sydney and Bammer in Pattaya City).
- Williams captured her 28th career Tour singles title, and second of the season (after the Australian Open).
- Williams earned her fourth Sony Ericsson Open singles title, after winning the Tier I event in 2002, 2003 and 2004 as well; only Graf has won more titles there, with five (1987, 1988, 1994, 1995 and 1996).
- Williams became the 28th woman in Tour history to beat the world's No.1 and No.2 at the same event, after wins over No.1 Henin (final) and No.2 Sharapova (fourth round); she is also the lowest-ranked woman to ever achieve the feat, at No.18 in the world (the previous lowest was No.17 Graf at 1998 Philadelphia).
- Williams is now 28-10 lifetime in Tour singles finals; Henin is now 31-16.
- Henin had her best showing in six trips to Miami; her previous best was the quarterfinals (2003, 2005).
- Williams and Henin now lead the Tour in 2007 win streaks, with 13; Williams' is still intact with title runs at the Australian Open (7-0) and Miami (6-0); Henin's streak included title runs in Dubai (4-0) and Doha (4-0) and her run to the Miami final (5-0), but ended with the championship loss.
- Williams is projected to rise from No.18 to No.11 on the new rankings, while Henin will remain at No.1.
- Raymond and Stosur won their third Tour doubles title of the season (after Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and Indian Wells) and 17th overall as a team; it is Raymond's 63rd individual Tour doubles title, and Stosur's 20th.
- Raymond notched her 600th career Tour doubles match victory with the win (she is now 600-197 lifetime).
- The 22-match win streak of Black and Huber, which included title runs at the Australian Open (6-0), Paris [Indoors] (4-0), Antwerp (4-0) and Dubai (4-0) and reaching the final in Miami (4-0), came to an end with the championship loss.
Serena Williams, 2007 Sony Ericsson Open singles champion:
"When I was down 5-0 [in the first set], I kept telling myself, 'Come on.' Even though I was down, I was never out. I kept fighting, and it was important not to surrender. I never threw up the white flag."
"I'm playing with a no-lose attitude. It's fun. Wherever I go, even if I only win a round, I've gained points. So it's great and I just hope to continue. I'm not going to stop here though - you've got to continue to work hard."
Justine Henin, 2007 Sony Ericsson Open singles runner-up:
"She's a real fighter. She had a great tournament. It has been a great tournament for me, too. I've had tough times here in the past, but I tried to stay focused on every point. Today she was better than me and kept fighting. I gave my best but it wasn't enough. Now I'll have a bit of time to rest."
Lisa Raymond, 2007 Sony Ericsson Open doubles champion (with Samantha Stosur):
"It was a big match for both teams. We were playing in a final of one of the biggest events of the year and were both playing well. Sam and I played a great tie-break and that was the difference. Cara and Liezel have had great results this year. We lost a tough match to them in Australia so it was nice to avenge that."