Serena slams Safina in Australian Open final
American Serena Williams demolished Russian Dinara Safina in the Australian Open final Saturday, 6-0, 6-3, to take her 10th Grand Slam crown.
In one of the most lop-sided finals ever, Williams routed the third-seeded Russian, allowing her challenger to win only eight points in the first set on her way to claiming the championship in just 59 minutes.
With this victory, Williams now moves to the top of the world rankings, replacing Serbian Jelena Jankovic.
“I’m so excited … I clearly love playing here and I get great support here. I don’t get that every place I go,” said the 27-year-old after winning the match.
Safina apologized to the Melbourne Park crowd after the game, saying that she had felt little more than a ballboy in the face of Williams’ offensive.
“Sorry to the people who supported me, today I let you down a little bit but I’ll come back next year and try and do better,” the Russian said.
On Sunday, top-ranked Rafael Nadal will face No. 2 Roger Federer in the men’s final. Federer will be trying to tie Pete Sampras‘ record of 14 major titles, while Nadal is seeking his third Grand Slam.