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Serena Williams collects seventh title of 2013

July 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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BASTAD, Sweden, July 21 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams rolled to her seventh championship of 2013 with a straight-set win over Johanna Larsson at the Collector Swedish Open.

Williams beat Larsson, the No. 8 seed and a local favorite, 6-4, 6-1 while winning nearly 60 percent of the points in the match. Williams dropped her serve twice in the first set but didn't face a break point in the second. She took 17-of-24 (70 percent) points on serve in the second set.

Williams improved to 53-16 in tournament finals, tying her with Monica Seles for fifth-most championships all-time. Lindsay Davenport, with 55 wins, is fourth in the list.

Her seven titles this year include the French Open.

By going 5-0 this week, Williams is 51-3 on the year.

The $40,000 first-place check pushed her career winnings to more than $46.6 million.

Larsson is 0-3 in WTA finals, having lost at Slovenia in July 2010 and at the Swedish Open in July 2011. She earned $20,000 as tournament runner-up, giving her a lifetime total of more than $950,000.

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