By Michael Sanchez
Only three women in tennis history have won an event eight or more times: Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, and Steffi Graf. Now, we can add Serena Williams to this select list after a dominant 6-2, 6-0 victory over Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro on April 4 in the 2015 Miami Open Final, a match that only lasted 56 minutes.
Despite Saturday’s defeat, Suarez Navarro played exceptionally well during her week in Miami, defeating some of tennis’ biggest names, including Serena’s older sister Venus in the quarter finals.
At the trophy presentation, a big-hearted Williams congratulated Suarez Navarro on reaching the final and dedicated the victory to her former coach and father, Richard Williams. “I would love to dedicate this to my dad,” Williams said. “He’s not here. I miss him. I hope he’s watching. I love you, Daddy–this one’s for you.”
Two nights prior to her 2015 Miami Open victory, Serena also celebrated her 700th WTA win with a brightly-colored cake in the form of the numerals “700”. “I had no idea,” said Williams. “I saw them bringing out a cake and I thought, ‘Whose birthday is it today?’ But I really had no idea about [the milestone].”