TEB BNP PARIBAS WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS - ISTANBUL
October 22-October 27, 2013
Results - Sunday, October 27, 2013
Singles - Final
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (4) Li Na (CHN) 26 63 60
Doubles - Final
(2) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS)
- Williams wins her fourth WTA Championships, having also won in
2001, 2009 and 2012; she is the fourth player to win the
tournament four or more times (after Evert, Navratilova
- Williams wins the 57th title of her career; 13 more than any
other active player and the seventh most in history.
- Williams won a WTA-leading 11 titles in 2013; she is the first
player since Hingis in 1997 to collect 11 or more titles
in a single season.
- Williams' win-loss record in finals now stands at 57-17, and
34-11 in hardcourt finals.
- Williams is the first player since Henin in 2007 to defend the
- Williams is the oldest player, at 32, to win the tournament since
its launch in 1972.
- Williams has now won 15 consecutive matches at the tournament;
only Navratilova, who won 21 in a row between 1983 and
1987, has posted a longer streak.
- Williams improves to 10-1 head-to-head against Li, having won
their last nine meetings.
- Williams has now won 32 of her last 34 matches against Top 5
players; her only defeats in that period, which dates
back to Wimbledon 2011, were to Azarenka.
- Williams finishes the year with a 78-4 record and a .951 winning
percentage – the best since Graf's .977 in 1989.
- Li was making her WTA Championships final debut, having lost in
the round robin stage on her previous two appearances;
she falls to 7-11 in WTA finals, and 5-6 in hardcourt
- Williams will finish the year at No.1 for the third time in her
career (also 2002 and 2009), while Li will rise to a
career-high No.3 when then post-tournament rankings are
- Hsieh and Peng win the WTA Championships on their tournament
- Hsieh and Peng win their ninth WTA title together and fifth of
2013; Hsieh now has 14 career titles to her name, while
Peng has 12.
- Hsieh and Peng maintain their unbeaten record in WTA finals,
which began in Bali in 2008.
Serena Williams: "I don't know
how I got through that one. I've just had a really long
year, and I'm just really excited, honestly. I really
didn't expect to get through this match today. I'm just
overjoyed, to be honest. It's really awesome. It's such
a special moment. To finish the year No.1 in the world
and win this title after 40 years of the WTA, it means
Li Na: "At the start of the
match, maybe I was feeling too excited. So after one set
and a half I felt like I had no more energy left. I have
a little bit of a bad taste, because it's 6-0 in the
third set, but I still feel more positive things than
negative. At least in the whole match I was using a lot
of serve and volleying. I was trying as much as I could
to come to the net. So it was an improvement there and
I'm still happy overall."
"The most important thing today was that she was doing
her job at the baseline, and I was doing my job at the
net. I don't think I can help a lot at the baseline so
it was important that I was up at the net finishing the
points. That was our game plan today and it really
Peng Shuai: "We really enjoyed playing
together this year. We had a really good time together
on the court – we fought sometimes, but it was still a
lot of great memories, just the whole experience!"