World #1 Serena Williams Racks Up 53rd Win To Take Swedish Title

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BASTAD, Sweden (AP) - Serena Williams won her 53rd WTA title by beating Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Swedish Open on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Swede broke to lead 3-1 in the first set before Williams fought back to 3-3. Larsson advanced to 4-3 before caving in to the American's strong serve and losing the next three games.

Williams dominated the second set, breaking Larsson's serve twice.

``It was really good to come here and win after a disappointing Wimbledon so hopefully this confidence will help me for the rest of the year,'' said Williams, who lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon to Sabine Lisicki.

Larsson said ``at the crucial points I wasn't really present, which was a shame.''

Williams also defeated 76th-ranked Larsson in their only previous match in the Fed Cup earlier this year.

 

 
 

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