The victory came at the end of a spectacular year for the American veteran, who also claimed the Wimbledon, Olympic and US Open titles. The win also took her career head-to-head record over Sharapova to 10-2.
“It feels great to have achieved my dream,” said Williams.
“The Turkish crowd were fantastic. I have never seen so many signs with my name on them before. Maria won the last time we played in the Championships final, but she’s ranked ahead of me, so I had nothing to lose,” added Williams. The American, who battled back to the top of her game after battling injury and a life-threatening illness said 2012 was just as good as 2002 and 2003 when she completed the Serena Slam of all four Grand Slams.