Singapore: Serena Williams said "Serena-style tennis" helped her turn the tables on Simona Halep after she avenged her big defeat to the Romanian by crushing her to win the WTA Finals yesterday.
Serena Williams celebrates her WTA Finals victory over Simona Halep yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
The World No 1 was broken twice in a see-sawing first set but once she got the measure of her opponent she ran away with it 6-3, 6-0, four days after going down 6-0, 6-2 to the Romanian.
Williams' victory in 69 minutes erased memories of her worst loss in 16 years and helped her end a difficult 2014 on a high, with what was her third straight year-end title and fifth overall.
"I was trying to stay positive and trying to just stay out there and play better. Like I made so many errors in our last game. I knew for a fact I couldn't make that many errors," she said.
"I had to play more Serena-style tennis and just do what I do best: enforce myself. That's what I was trying to do."
Williams could have departed the tournament at the round robin stage but results went her way to ensure she not only reached the semi-finals, but also was confirmed as year-end world number one.
The Finals brought a positive end to an "up-and-down" season for the 18-time Grand Slam-winner, who won seven titles including the US Open but disappointed at other major tournaments and had injury problems.
"It's been a really difficult year for me. I don't think I've had such an up-and-down year. I started out well with Brisbane, then didn't do well in Australia, then I did well again in Miami," she said.