2014 Serena Williams tennis season

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2014 Serena Williams tennis season
Serena Williams Madrid 2014.jpg
Williams at the Mutua Madrid Open
Full nameSerena Jameka Williams
Country United States
Calendar prize money$9,317,298
Singles
Season record52–8 (86.7%)
Calendar titles7
Year-end rankingNo. 1
Ranking change from previous yearSteady No change
Grand Slam results
Australian Open4R
French Open2R
Wimbledon3R
US OpenW
Tour FinalsW
Doubles
Season record4–3 (57.1%)
Year-end rankingNo. 133
Ranking change from previous yearDecrease 70
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenWithdrew
French OpenDNP
Wimbledon2R
US OpenQF
Last updated on: 2 September 2014.

The 2014 Serena Williams tennis season officially began on 30 December with the start of the 2014 WTA Tour, and follows on from an 18-match winning streak which began at the end of the 2013 Season. Williams finished the year at no. 1, and held the ranking for the entire year, which had not been done since Steffi Graf in 1996. It is also fourth time that Williams ended as the number 1 player in the year. Based on her performance in 2014, she was named 'World Champion' for the fifth time and the third time in a row.

Year in detail[edit]

Early hard court season and Australian Open[edit]

Brisbane International[edit]

Williams began her season at the Brisbane International, where she was the defending champion and no. 1 seed. WIlliams received a bye in the first round. She played her first match of the 2014 season against German Andrea Petkovic. The pair traded breaks in the 3rd and 4th game, Williams broke once again at the ninth game and served the set out. Williams broke in the fifth game of the second set and held the break to served it out in the tenth game. Williams made 35 winners including 11 aces and 36 unforced errors in the match.[1] In the quarterfinals, Williams faced Dominika Cibulková. In the first set, Williams broke in the eight game and closed it out the following game, Williams won the set without a dropping a point in serve. Williams broke in the ninth game of the second set to win the match. Williams hit 32 winners with 12 aces and 17 unforced errors to her opponent's 7 winners and 11 unforced errors.[2] In the final four, Williams faced Russian Maria Sharapova. The first saw Sharapova breaking once, however, Williams broke the Russian three times including in the eight game to win the set. In the second set, there were six breaks of serve that saw the set go to a tie-break. Williams closed it out with her third match point. Williams only served 44% of her first serves in the match and made 7 double faults to Sharapova's 8.[3] In the final, it was world no. 1 vs no. 2, as Williams took on Victoria Azarenka. In the first set, Williams came on top, needing only a break in the seventh game to close it out with an ace in the tenth game. Williams made 14 winners, 12 unforced errors, 4 aces and no double faults in the set, while Azarenka made 3, 8, 1 and 3 respectively. The second set saw Williams edge out a break early, but Azarenka won four games in a row to get the break advantage. Williams was able to get it back on serve, and broke in the eleventh game and closed out the match. Williams ended with 30 winners and unforced with 11 aces, Azarenka on other hand made 15 winners to 23 unforced errors, and a single ace to 3 double faults.[4]

Australian Open[edit]

Williams entered the Australian Open as the heavy favorite to win the title and was the number 1 seed. She was coming off a 22 match winning streak that stretches from the 2012 US Open. In the first round she faced wildcard Ashleigh Barty. She broke Barty twice in the first set and served it out in the eighth game. In the second set, Williams broke Barty three times, including in the final game in the seventh game of the second to close it out in just under an hour. Williams didn't drop a point behind her first serve in the entire match and hit 31 winners and 17 unforced errors.[5] In the following round, Williams faced Vesna Dolonc, In the first set, Williams broke twice and served it out in the seventh game. In the second, Williams broke twice again and saved the only break point she faced in the tournament to serve it out in the eight game. Williams hit 24 winners, 10 of which were aces.[6] In the third round, Williams took on Daniela Hantuchová. In the first set, Williams had only one break point and converted, while saving all six break points she faced to win the set in the ninth game. In the second set, Williams broke early, however Hantuchová broke back in the sixth game. Williams then won the last three games to win the match. Williams dispatched another 10 aces in the match. This match meant she has won the most matches in the Australian Open with 61.[7] Williams next opponent was the 14th seed Ana Ivanovic. The first set saw Williams break in the tenth game to take the set. However, in the second set, Ivanovic broke Williams twice including in the ninth game to take the set. In the final set, Ivanovic broke Williams to love in the second game and that was enough to close out the match in the ninth game. The loss to Ivanovic snaps a 25 match winning streak which was her second-longest winning streak of her career. It was also Williams' first loss to Ivanovic, having won their four previous meetings in straight sets and losing no more than four games in each set. It is revealed after the match the Williams had a back injury and almost withdrew prior to her third round match.[8]

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships[edit]

Williams then received a wildcard in to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which saw her return to the tournament for the first since the 2009 edition of the championships. Williams being the top seed received a bye through the first round. In the second round she faced Ekaterina Makarova. Although the Russian served for the first set, Williams broke back to force a first set tiebreak.[9] After saving two set points and winning the first set, Williams racked off six straight games to win the match and advance. In the quarterfinals she faced long-time rival Jelena Janković. Despite winning comfortably in straight sets, Williams exchanged words with Janković in the final service game of the match over how quickly the Serb was serving.[10] In the final four, Williams faced Alizé Cornet. Williams kept the first set on serve until being broken in the eleventh game. Williams was unable to create a break point and lost the set in the following game. Following an immediate break at the start of the second set, Williams converted her sole break point of the match in the fourth game to level. However it wasn't enough as Cornet broke for a third time at 3–3 with a forehand passing shot winner. The French No. 1 held her nerve and served out the match to love to get her first win over a world No. 1.[11]

Sony Open Tennis[edit]

Williams returned to the Sony Open Tennis as defending champion and as the top seed she received a bye through to the second round where she faced Yaroslava Shvedova. She took the first set in a tiebreak after having to break to stay in the set. The second set was won more comfortably.[12] In the third round Williams had to overcome an in-form Caroline Garcia. After taking the opening set Garcia fought back and took the second set by the same score. Williams went up an early break in the final set, which despite being interrupted by rain, proved decisive as the world No. 1 did not face a single break point on her serve.[13] Williams then took on fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in the fourth round. Vandeweghe met William's dominant serve with equally big serves of her own, but Williams stepped up her return game taking four of nine break point opportunities created.[14] This win set up a fifth career meeting with fifth seeded Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals. Williams took the match comprehensively in straight sets, losing only four games.[15] The semifinals saw a rematch of the previous years final against the fourth seed Maria Sharapova. After falling behind 1–4 in the first set, Williams racked off five straight games to take the first set, finishing the set with 11 winners including 5 aces. Again Williams fell behind an early break at the start of the second set, but the world No. 1 broke back immediately to level. Williams earned the first of two service breaks to take the second set and the match.[16] In the final Williams faced the new world No. 2 Li Na. Much like her semifinal match, Williams had a sluggish start to the opening set, struggling to get her first serve in play. She fell behind to China's No. 1 player, however, Williams regrouped and broke to stay in the first set on her third break opportunity. A quick hold to fifteen followed and Li Na was forced to serve for the set a second time. This time the Chinese player held a set point but Williams saved it with backhand winner down the line. She followed this up by hitting a huge forehand return winner creating another break point to stay in the set, which she eventually took. Williams broke again to come back and take the set. Li Na stopped the loss of six consecutive games by holding serve for 1–1 in the second set. Williams responded by winning the next five games, the match and her seventh Miami title, finishing with 29 winners to 29 unforced errors.[17] This seventh tournament win in Miami put her ahead of Andre Agassi for most Miami titles won by any individual player, male or female.[18]

Clay court season and French Open[edit]

Family Circle Cup[edit]

Williams began her clay season on the green clay courts of the Family Circle Cup. She entered the tournament as the two-time defending champion and top seed and received a bye past the first round. In the second round she faced world No. 78 Jana Čepelová. She lost the opening five games, losing her serve three times to the young Slovak, but the world No. 1 surged back to win four straight games and trail by a single break. Despite holding a break point on her opponent's serve to level the match, Čepelová served out the set on her third attempt. The two players exchanged breaks early in the second set, but it was ultimately the Slovak who gained the decisive break in the seventh game. Čepelová's win ended William's 28 match winning streak on clay, dating back to her win in the opening round of the 2013 edition of the same tournament.[19]

Mutua Madrid Open[edit]

After her first loss on clay since 2012, Williams returned to Mutua Madrid Open in pursuit of her third consecutive title at the tournament. Her campaign got underway against former junior world No.1 Belinda Bencic in the first round. Williams overcame the Swiss qualifier, breaking her serve five times throughout the match, which included a run of 21 consecutive points for the world No. 1.[20] In the second round Williams came up against the world No.1 doubles player Peng Shuai. In their first meeting since 2009, Williams was dominant from the beginning, hitting 28 winners including 11 aces, winning the match in straight sets.[21] In the round of 16, Williams played local player Carla Suárez Navarro, whom in their last meeting failed to win a single game. The Spaniard, however, put up a much more respectable scoreline on her favorite surface, winning five games, including a break of the Williams serves in the opening game of the match. Ultimately, Williams came through the match untroubled with a straight sets victory.[22] Williams was set to face world No.6 Petra Kvitová in the quarterfinals but the world No.1 withdrew before their match, citing a left thigh injury, which she had heavily strapped from the second round onwards.[23]

Internazionali BNL d'Italia[edit]

Williams came into the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in search of her 60th career singles title. As top seed she received a bye through the first round to face Andrea Petkovic in the second round, whom she defeated dropping only 4 games, taking an early double break lead in each set.[24] In the following round, she face compatriot Varvara Lepchenko. Williams won the first set with a breadstick and dominated the second set despite getting broken, dropping only two games.[25] In the last 8, Williams faced surprise quarterfinalist Zhang Shuai of China and cruised passed her opponent, breaking her opponent four times in the first set and won the second with a single break.[26] This win set up a rematch of her 4th Round loss at the 2014 Australian Open as she took on Ana Ivanovic. Similar to their Australian Open match, Williams won the first set, while Ivanovic won the second. In the final set, Williams took the first 5 games and closed it out two games after to gain revenge on her Serbian opponent.[27] In the final, she faced Italian Sara Errani, Williams took an early break lead, before Errani could break back in the 7th game to take it back on serve. However, Williams took the next eight games to win the match with a bagel in the second set to successfully defend her title.[28]

French Open[edit]

Williams came into the French Open as the defending champion and the top seed. She faced good friend Alizé Lim of France in the first round and won the match dropping only three games.[29] In the second round, Williams faced Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza and suffered her worst loss at a slam, only claiming four games in two sets in 64 minutes. Williams finished the match with 8 winners and 29 unforced errors, to Mugurza's 12 winners and 18 unforced errors.[30]

Wimbledon[edit]

Williams came into Wimbledon after falling short in her past two slams, Williams is trying to regain form in the slams. Williams faced compatriot Anna Tatishvili in the first round and made quick work of her dropping just 3 games with the help of 16 aces.[31] In the second round, she took on Chanelle Scheepers and made quick work of the South African in just 49 minutes with a drop of just two games.[32] In the third round, Williams faced France's Alizé Cornet, Cornet broke Williams in the first game, but Williams won six games in a row to win the set, after a rain delay after the second game. In the second set, Cornet raced to win the first five games, but Williams came back to win the next three games, Cornet then served it out in the ninth game to push it to a deciding set. In the third set, Cornet served for the match at the eight game, but Williams broke and held serve to make Cornet serve it out again in the ninth game and Cornet was able to serve it out in the ninth to reach the fourth round.[33] This is the worst performance of Williams in the slams for a single season since 2006.

Williams played doubles with her sister Venus and faced the team of Oksana Kalashnikova and Olga Savchuk and won in three sets after losing the first set. In the second round they faced Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Vögele and ended with a loss after retiring being down 0-3, with Williams reportedly suffering from viral illness, being unable to pick up a ball and also being unable to serve.[34]

US Open Series[edit]

Bank of the West Classic[edit]

Williams came into the Bank of the West Classic, aiming to regain form after the disappointment in the French Open and Wimbledon. Williams also entered the event with a nine-match winning streak winning it in 2011 and 2012 and missing the event in 2013. She received a bye in the first round and faced Karolína Plíšková, the pair held comfortably throughout the first with no break points until Williams broke at love in the twelfth game. In the second set Williams broke twice and served it out in the eight game.[35] In the quarterfinals, Williams faced Ana Ivanovic, Ivanovic took control of the first set breaking her American opponent twice and not facing a break point to take the set. Williams came back in the second set, taking an early break in the second game and didn't look back to push it to a deciding set. In the final set, Williams broke in a long first game, but the Serbian broke back in the sixth game. They then traded breaks until Williams served it out in the 12th game to take the match.[36] In the final four, Williams took on Germany's Andrea Petkovic, they stood toe-to-toe in the first ten games, until Williams reeled in eight straight games to take the first set and win the second set at love.[37] In the final, Williams faced Angelique Kerber, Kerber took an early lead winning five games in a row, until Williams won five games in a row herself. Williams then claimed it in a tiebreak. Williams then broke in the first and ninth game to win the match and claim her fourth title of the year.[38]

Rogers Cup[edit]

Serena came into the event as the defending champion, being the 1st seed she received a bye in the first round and dominated her second round opponent in Samantha Stosur, winning the match losing only two game including a bagel in the first set.[39] In the third round she faced Czech Lucie Šafářová, in a tightly contested two set victory for Williams, where she broke Šafářová at the end of each set to win the match.[40] In the last eight, Williams took on Caroline Wozniacki, Wozniacki took the first set with a single break lead and led by a break in the second set, but Williams came back and broke back and broke again in the twelfth game to push it to a decider. In the deciding set, the pair was even until Williams broke in the twelfth game to take the match.[41] In their first meeting in over a year, Serena Williams took on her sister Venus in match for a spot in the final. Venus took an early break lead, but Serena came back and won the set in a tie-break. However, Venus dominated the next two sets to win the match, and beat her sister for the first time in five years.[42]

Western & Southern Open[edit]

Williams, similar to the Rogers Cup received a bye in the first round of the Western & Southern Open and faced Samantha Stosur in the following round. The match was a lot tighter than their match in Montreal, However Williams came out as the victor in two tie-break sets winning both nine points to seven. The match also did not have any breaks of serve nor any break points.[43] In the round of 16, Williams defeated Ital y's Flavia Pennetta in two quick sets, dropping only two games in each set, making 28 winners and 25 unforced errors in the process.[44] In the quarterfinals, Williams took on Jelena Janković, Williams took the first set dropping only a game. In the second set, the Serbian took an early brake lead, but Williams came back winning five of the last six games, to win the set and the match in just 58 minutes.[45] In the last 4, Williams for the second straight week faced Caroline Wozniacki, like their previous encounter, Williams made a slow start giving the first set to the Dane. However, Williams again turned in around winning the next two sets to advance to the final. The match featured 15 breaks of serves, with Williams breaking serve eight times while Wozniacki broke seven times. Williams made 36 winners to her opponents 8 and 41 unforced errors to her opponents 23. The win awarded Williams the US Open Series for the third time.[46] Williams faced Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in the final, Ivanovic took an early break lead and had a break point for a double break lead in the fifth game, however she could not convert. Williams then took the game and 10 of the next 12 games to win her first Cincinnati title. Williams hit 12 aces in the match.[47]

US Open[edit]

Williams came into the US Open as the two-time defending champion and the world no. 1. Williams started off her campaign against young American Taylor Townsend and blasted past the 18-year-old, dropping just four games including a breadstick in the second in just 55 minutes. Williams made sixteen winners to just eight unforced errors to her opponents six winners and fourteen unforced errors.[48] In the second round, she took another American in Vania King, Serena made quick work of her compatriot dropping just a game in two sets in 57 minutes with the aide of 25 winners in the entire match.[49] In the following round, she faced her third American opponent in a row in Varvara Lepchenko, Williams had a tougher time this time around despite losing only three games in each set including saving a break point in the sixth game of the second set, to prevent her opponent to take a break lead against her.[50] In the round of 16, Williams took on Estonia's Kaia Kanepi and picked up a similar scoreline as the previous round with nineteen winners and sixteen unforced errors. This win marks the first time Williams gets past the fourth of the slam in the year.[51] In the last eight, Williams had Italian Flavia Pennetta between her and the final four. Pennetta had an early lead winning the first three games and breaking Williams twice, however the American came back strong and won 12 of the next 14 games to advance.[52] In the semifinals, Williams faced Ekaterina Makarova and beat the Russian in just an hour including a breadstick in the second set to advance to the final.[53] In the final, the person standing between Williams and her 18th slam, was Caroline Wozniacki, this is the third time the two are facing in the span of a month with Williams winning the previous two in three sets. However, the match was one-sided in Williams' favor, with Williams winning dropping three game in each set and hitting more winners than her opponent an outstanding 29 winners to 4 winners. This marks milestones for Williams, including the first women since Evert in 1977 to win three US Opens in a row, the most US Open titles in the Open Era with six tying her with Evert and her 18th slam, placing her second in the open era and 4th in the all-time count of most slams with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Williams also earned the highest single paycheck in the history of tennis with an outstanding $4 million, with the $1 million bonus coming from winning the US Open Series.[54]

Asian hard court swing and WTA Finals[edit]

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open[edit]

Williams came into the Wuhan Open as the top seed. She received a bye in the first round and took on France's Alizé Cornet and had to retire due to viral illness prior to serving for the first set at the twelfth game. This is Williams' third loss to Cornet in the year, the first time she lost to a single player thrice since 2007 to Justine Henin.[55]

China Open[edit]

Williams came into the China Open as the defending champion and the top seed. She began her quest against Sílvia Soler Espinosa, Espinosa took an early lead taking the first five games of the match and serve for the set, however, Williams took the next seven games to win the set and then only lost two games in the second set to win the match.[56]

WTA Finals[edit]

Serena Williams entered the WTA Finals as the favourite. In her first round robin match she beat Ana Ivanovic in two tough sets. She then suffered a shocking loss to Simona Halep who beat her 6–0, 6–2, equaling the worst loss of her career. The loss snapped Serena's 16-match win streak at the year-end Championships. She then rebounded against Eugenie Bouchard beating her in two sets. She subsequently qualified for the semifinals by virtue of Halep taking the second set from Ivanovic, despite losing the match in three sets. In the semi-finals she beat Caroline Wozniacki, coming back from one set down and 1–4 in the final set to clinch the match in three sets. In the final she played Simona Halep in a rematch of the round robin math. It was an easy two set victory, her third WTA finals championship in a row. Serena now owns five WTA Finals titles (2001, 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014), tying her with Steffi Graf and only trailing Martina Navratilova who owns eight titles.

All matches[edit]

Singles matches[edit]

Tournament Match Round Opponent Rank Result Score
Brisbane International
Brisbane, Australia
WTA Premier
Hard, outdoor
30 December 2013 – 5 January 2014
- 1R Bye
745 2R Germany Andrea Petkovic #43 Win 6–4, 6–4
746 QF Slovakia Dominika Cibulková #23 Win 6–3, 6–3
747 SF Russia Maria Sharapova #4 Win 6–2, 7–6(9–7)
748 F Belarus Victoria Azarenka #2 Win (1) 6–4, 7–5
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
13–26 January 2014
749 1R Australia Ashleigh Barty #153 Win 6–2, 6–1
750 2R Serbia Vesna Dolonc #104 Win 6–1, 6–2
751 3R Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová #33 Win 6–3, 6–3
752 4R Serbia Ana Ivanovic #14 Loss 6–4, 3–6, 3–6
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Dubai, United Arabic Emirates
WTA Premier
Hard, outdoor
17–22 February 2014
- 1R Bye
753 2R Russia Ekaterina Makarova #24 Win 7–6(10–8), 6–0
754 QF Serbia Jelena Janković #7 Win 6–2, 6–2
755 SF France Alizé Cornet #26 Loss 4–6, 4–6
Sony Open Tennis
Miami, United States
WTA Premier Mandatory
Hard, outdoor
17–30 March 2014
- 1R Bye
756 2R Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova #59 Win 7–6(9–7), 6–2
757 3R France Caroline Garcia #74 Win 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
758 4R United States Coco Vandeweghe #104 Win 6–3, 6–1
759 QF Germany Angelique Kerber #9 Win 6–2, 6–2
760 SF Russia Maria Sharapova #7 Win 6–4, 6–3
761 F China Li Na #2 Win (2) 7–5, 6–1
Family Circle Cup
Charleston, United States
WTA Premier
Clay (Green), outdoor
31 March – 6 April 2014
- 1R Bye
762 2R Slovakia Jana Čepelová #78 Loss 4–6, 4–6
Mutua Madrid Open
Madrid, Spain
WTA Premier Mandatory
Clay, outdoor
2–11 May 2014
763 1R Switzerland Belinda Bencic #98 Win 6–2, 6–1
764 2R China Peng Shuai #42 Win 6–2, 6–3
765 3R Spain Carla Suárez Navarro #15 Win 6–2, 6–3
- QF Czech Republic Petra Kvitová #6 Withdrew N/A
Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Rome, Itay
WTA Premier 5
Clay, outdoor
12–18 May 2014
- 1R Bye
766 2R Germany Andrea Petkovic #28 Win 6–2, 6–2
767 3R United States Varvara Lepchenko #49 Win 6–1, 6–2
768 QF China Zhang Shuai #43 Win 6–1, 6–3
769 SF Serbia Ana Ivanovic #13 Win 6–1, 3–6, 6–1
770 F Italy Sara Errani #11 Win (3) 6–3, 6–0
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
Clay, outdoor
25 May – 7 June 2014
771 1R France Alizé Lim #138 Win 6–2, 6–1
772 2R Spain Garbiñe Muguruza #37 Loss 2–6, 2–6
Wimbledon Championships
London, United Kingdom
Grand Slam
Grass, outdoor
23 June – 6 July 2014
773 1R United States Anna Tatishvili #113 Win 6–1, 6–2
774 2R South Africa Chanelle Scheepers #94 Win 6–1, 6–1
775 3R France Alizé Cornet #25 Loss 6–1, 3–6, 4–6
Bank of the West Classic
Stanford, United States
WTA Premier
Hard, outdoor
28 July – 3 August 2014
- 1R Bye
776 2R Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková #45 Win 7–5, 6–2
777 QF Serbia Ana Ivanovic #11 Win 2–6, 6–3, 7–5
778 SF Germany Andrea Petkovic #18 Win 7–5, 6–0
779 F Germany Angelique Kerber #8 Win (4) 7–6(7–1), 6-3
Rogers Cup
Montreal, Canada
WTA Premier 5
Hard, outdoor
4–10 August 2014
- 1R Bye
780 2R Australia Samantha Stosur #21 Win 6–0, 6–2
781 3R Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová #15 Win 7–5, 6–4
782 QF Denmark Caroline Wozniacki #13 Win 4–6, 7–5, 7–5
783 SF United States Venus Williams #26 Loss 7–6(7–2), 2–6, 3–6
Western & Southern Open
Cincinnati, USA
WTA Premier 5
Hard, outdoor
11–17 August 2014
- 1R Bye
784 2R Australia Samantha Stosur #22 Win 7–6(9–7), 7–6(9–7)
785 3R Italy Flavia Pennetta #14 Win 6–2, 6–2
786 QF Serbia Jelena Janković #9 Win 6–1, 6–3
787 SF Denmark Caroline Wozniacki #12 Win 2–6, 6–2, 6–4
788 F Serbia Ana Ivanovic #11 Win (5) 6–4, 6–1
US Open
New York City, United States
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
25 August – 8 September 2014
789 1R United States Taylor Townsend #103 Win 6–3, 6–1
790 2R United States Vania King #81 Win 6–1, 6–0
791 3R United States Varvara Lepchenko #52 Win 6–3, 6–3
792 4R Estonia Kaia Kanepi #50 Win 6–3, 6–3
793 QF Italy Flavia Pennetta #12 Win 6–3, 6–2
794 SF Russia Ekaterina Makarova #18 Win 6–1, 6–3
795 F Denmark Caroline Wozniacki #11 Win (6) 6–3, 6–3
Wuhan Open
Wuhan, China
WTA Premier 5
Hard, outdoor
21–27 September 2014
- 1R Bye
796 2R France Alizé Cornet #21 Loss 6–5, ret.
China Open
Beijing, China
WTA Premier Mandatory
Hard, outdoor
29 September – 5 October 2014
797 1R Spain Sílvia Soler Espinosa #70 Win 7–5, 6–2
798 2R Bulgaria Tsvetana Pironkova #51 Win 6–2, 6–3
799 3R Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová #15 Win 6–1, 1–6, 6–2
- QF Australia Samantha Stosur #21 Withdrew N/A
WTA Finals
Singapore, Singapore
Year-End Championship
Hard, indoor
17–26 October 2014
800 RR Serbia Ana Ivanovic #7 Win 6–4, 6–4
801 RR Romania Simona Halep #4 Loss 0–6, 2–6
802 RR Canada Eugenie Bouchard #5 Win 6–1, 6–1
803 SF Denmark Caroline Wozniacki #8 Win 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(8–6)
804 F Romania Simona Halep #4 Win (7) 6–3, 6–0

Doubles matches[edit]

Tournament Match Round Partner Opponents Rank Result Score
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
13–26 January 2014
1R United States Venus Williams France Kristina Mladenovic
Italy Flavia Pennetta
#19
#33
Withdrew N/A
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Dubai, United Arabic Emirates
WTA Premier
Hard, outdoor
17–22 February 2014
198 1R United States Venus Williams Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
#4
#3
Loss 4-6, 6-4, 6–7(4–10)
Wimbledon Championships
London, United Kingdom
Grand Slam
Grass, outdoor
23 June – 6 July 2014
199 1R United States Venus Williams Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
#54
#61
Win 5–7, 6–1, 6–4
200 2R United States Venus Williams Germany Kristina Barrois
Switzerland Stefanie Vögele
#70
#233
Loss 0–3 ret.
US Open
New York City, United States
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
25 August – 8 September 2014
201 1R United States Venus Williams Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
#16
#13
Win 7–6(7–0), 6–7(4–7), 6–1
202 2R United States Venus Williams Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
#71
#65
Win 6–2 6–1
203 3R United States Venus Williams Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
#21
#26
Win 6–1 6–0
204 QF United States Venus Williams Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
#9
#8
Loss 6–7(5–7), 4–6

Tournament schedule[edit]

Singles schedule[edit]

Williams' 2014 singles tournament schedule is as follows:

Date Championship Location Category Surface Points Outcome
30 December 2013 –
4 January 2014
Brisbane International Brisbane WTA Premier Hard 470 Winner
defeated Belarus V Azarenka, 6–4, 7–5
13 January –
26 January
Australian Open Melbourne Grand Slam Hard 240 Fourth Round
lost to Serbia A Ivanovic, 6–4, 3–6, 3–6
10 February –
16 February
Qatar Open Doha WTA Premier 5 Hard 0 Withdrew due to back injury
17 February –
22 February
Dubai Tennis Championships Dubai WTA Premier Hard 185 Semifinal
lost to France A Cornet, 4–6, 4–6
17 March –
30 March
Miami Masters Miami WTA Premier Mandatory Hard 1000 Winner
defeated China N Li, 7–5, 6–1
31 March –
6 April
Family Circle Cup Charleston WTA Premier Clay (Green) 1 Second Round
lost to Serbia J Čepelová 4–6, 4–6
2 May –
11 May
Madrid Open Madrid WTA Premier Mandatory Clay 215 Quarterfinals
Withdrew before match against
Czech Republic P Kvitová
12 May –
18 May
Italian Open Rome WTA Premier 5 Clay 900 Winner
defeated Italy S Errani, 6–3, 6–0
25 May –
7 June
French Open Paris Grand Slam Clay 70 Second Round
lost to Spain G Muguruza 2–6, 2–6
23 June 2014–
6 July 2014
Wimbledon London Grand Slam Grass 130 Third Round
lost to France A Cornet 6–1, 3–6, 4–6
26 July –
3 August
Stanford Classic Stanford WTA Premier Hard 470 Winner
defeated Germany A Kerber, 7-6(7–1), 6–3
4 August –
10 August
Canadian Open Montreal WTA Premier 5 Hard 350 Semifinal
lost to United States V Williams, 7–6(7–2), 2–6, 3–6
11 August –
17 August
Cincinnati Masters Cincinnati WTA Premier 5 Hard 900 Winner
defeated Serbia A Ivanovic, 6–4, 6–1
25 August –
8 September
US Open New York Grand Slam Hard 2000 Winner
defeated Denmark C Wozniacki, 6–3, 6–3
22 September –
28 September
Wuhan Open Wuhan WTA Premier 5 Hard 1 Second Round
retired to France A Cornet 6–5
29 September –
5 October
China Open Beijing WTA Premier Mandatory Hard 215 Quarterfinals
Withdrew before match against
Australia S Stosur
17 October –
26 October
WTA Tour Championships Singapore Year-End Championships Hard (i) 1340 Winner
defeated Romania S Halep, 6–3, 6–0
Total year-end points 8487

Doubles schedule[edit]

Williams' 2014 doubles tournament schedule is as follows:

Date Championship Location Category Surface Points Outcome
13 January –
26 January
Australian Open Melbourne Grand Slam Hard 0 Withdrew before match against
France K Mladenovic/Italy F Pennetta
17 February –
22 February
Dubai Tennis Championships Dubai WTA Premier Hard 1 First Round
lost to Russia E Makarova/Russia E Vesnina
4–6, 6–4, [4–10]
23 June –
6 July
Wimbledon Championships London Grand Slam Grass 5 Second Round
lost to Switzerland S Vögele/Germany K Barrois
r0–3
25 August –
7 September
US Open New York Grand Slam Hard 430 Quarterfinal Round
lost to Russia E Makarova/Russia E Vesnina
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Total year-end points 436 Partner: United States Venus Williams

Yearly records[edit]

Head-to-head matchups[edit]

Ordered by percentage of wins

Finals[edit]

Singles: 7 (7–0)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slams (1–0)
WTA Tour Championships (1–0)
WTA Premier Mandatory (1–0)
WTA Premier 5 (2–0)
WTA Premier (2–0)
WTA International (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (6–0)
Clay (1–0)
Finals by venue
Outdoors (6–0)
Indoors (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 58. January 4, 2014 Brisbane International, Australia (2) Hard Belarus Victoria Azarenka 6–4, 7–5
Winner 59. March 29, 2014 Miami Masters, USA (7) Hard China Li Na 7–5, 6–1
Winner 60. May 18, 2014 Italian Open, Italy (3) Clay (Red) Italy Sara Errani 6–3, 6–0
Winner 61. August 3, 2014 Stanford Classic, USA (3) Hard Germany Angelique Kerber 7–6(7–1), 6–3
Winner 62. August 17, 2014 Cincinnati Masters, USA Hard Serbia Ana Ivanovic 6–4, 6–1
Winner 63. September 7, 2014 US Open, New York City, US (6) Hard Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 6–3
Winner 64. October 26, 2014 WTA Tour Championships, Singapore (5) Hard (i) Romania Simona Halep 6–3, 6–0

Earnings[edit]

# Event Prize money Year-to-date
1 Brisbane International $196,670 $196,670
2 Australian Open $119,683 $316,353
3 Dubai Tennis Championships (singles) $135,064 $451,417
Dubai Tennis Championships (doubles) $2,868 $454,285
4 Sony Open Tennis $787,000 $1,241,285
5 Family Circle Cup $4,300 $1,245,585
6 Mutua Madrid Open $117,719 $1,363,304
7 Internazionali BNL d'Italia $480,041 $1,843,345
8 French Open $55,359 $1,898,704
9 Wimbledon (singles) $110,667 $2,009,371
Wimbledon (doubles) $10,137 $2,019,508
10 Bank of the West Classic $120,000 $2,139,508
11 Rogers Cup $107,400 $2,246,908
12 Western & Southern Open $467,300 $2,714,208
13 US Open (singles) $2,952,946 $5,667,154
US Open Series bonus pool $1,000,000 $6,667,154
US Open (doubles) $30,544 $6,697,698
14 Wuhan Open $12,900 $6,710,598
15 China Open $109,700 $6,820,298
16 WTA Finals $2,047,000 $8,867,298
Bonus Pool $450,000 $9,317,298
$9,317,298

Figures in United States dollars (USD) unless noted.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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