Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 6th 2015 Contents KEY BISCAYNE---Clutching her
latest trophy, Serena Williams
brushed confetti from her arms
and smiled for the cameras as
she chatted with Martina
Navratilova, her relaxed multi-
tasking a reflection of vast expe-
rience with championship cere-
Williams wins everywhere she
goes, and she wins on Key Bis-
cayne more than anywhere else.
She earned her eighth title in the
tournament Saturday and
remained unbeaten this year by
drubbing Carla Suarez Navarro 6-
2, 6-0 in the Miami Open final.
Williams became the fourth
player to win the same WTA event
at least eight times. Navratilova
won Chicago 12 times, the most
titles by a woman at any tourna-
"I d like to believe the older I
get, the better I get," said Williams,
33. But she grimaced when asked
if she thought she might match
Navratilova by winning Key Bis-
cayne 12 times.
"I hope not," she said. " I would
be how old? No, let s pray that I
don t get to 12."
Navratilova was on hand to
present the trophy, the second this
year for the top-ranked Williams.
She won her 19th Grand Slam
championship at the Australian
Open in January, and has now won
12 consecutive finals.
Williams improved to 18-0 in
2015. She withdrew before the
Indian Wells semifinal last month
with a knee injury, and was frus-
trated with her early play at Key
Biscayne, drawing jeers for pound-
ing the court with her racket.
But the sun-splashed crowd was
firmly behind her in the final. A
roar erupted when she entered the
stadium, and she had the fans
cheering her winners from the first
"It feels really good to have eight
under my belt," Williams said.
"Can t say I thought I would win
eight, especially in the beginning
of the week. It just feels really
Suarez Navarro looked uneasy
at the start but managed to hold
in her first two service games.
Williams pulled away from there,
and her grunts grew louder as she
closed out the first set.
She won the final 10 games,
including 25 of 30 points in the
second set. Mixing pace and direc-
tion, Williams won 21 of 22 points
on her first serve, and she totalled
29 winners to three for Suarez
Williams relied on more than
mere power, coming forward to
put away a volley on the first point,
hitting delicate slice backhands
and giving Suarez Navarro fits with
her slice serve.
"I improvised today," she said.
"I took some pace off to get my
first serve in and it worked for me,
because I haven t been serving in
this tournament the way I would
like to. Improvising was healthy."
Williams demeanor was sub-
dued for most of the final, which
was 30 minutes old before her first
fist pump. But she wore a big grin
as she accepted the trophy.
Now 73-7 at Key Biscayne,
Williams has won the past three
titles. She considers it her home
event because she lives 90 minutes
up Interstate 95 in Palm Beach
Gardens. She has gone home with
the championship trophy eight of
the 15 times she has entered, with
her first title in 2002.
The 26-year-old Suarez Navarro
was playing in the biggest final of
her career, and she ll crack the top
10 next week for the first time.
But she s 0-5 against Williams,
and has won only 12 games total
in those matches.
"When I play with Serena, I
know that she s the best," Suarez
Navarro said. "She has the game
to make me play bad." (AP)
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Serena beats Navarro to take
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MAHWAH---Authorities say a field
judge working a track meet at a north-
ern New Jersey college was struck in
the heel by an errant javelin toss on
The Record reports firefighters had
to cut the javelin with a saw before 57-
year-old Dan Klice could be placed in
an ambulance. He was being treated at
a hospital for injuries that were not con-
sidered life-threatening; other details
on his condition weren t disclosed.
Klice was struck in the left heel at
the meet at Ramapo College.
Authorities say Klice apparently saw
the javelin headed toward him and tried
to avoid it. But he tripped while moving
backward and his legs went up.
Authorities say taking the javelin
immediately out of Klice s foot could
have worsened the bleeding. (AP)
MALMO---The United States defended
its women s world hockey champi-
onship with a 7-5 victory over Canada
Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne
scored for the US in the third after the
Americans blew a 5-2 lead. Anne
Pankowski, Hilary Knight, Megan Keller,
Anne Schleper and Haley Skarupa also
"We were tested and we knew how to
respond," Decker said.
US veteran Jessie Vetter made nine
saves and was relieved by Alex Rigsby
after Canada s fourth goal. Rigsby stopped
The US has won five of the last six
"It was definitely a back-and-forth
game," said Knight who was named the
tournament s most valuable player.
"I m sure the fans loved it. And obvi-
ously you can come out with a smile on
your face if you played hard and you
come out with a win."
Rebecca Johnston scored twice for
Canada. Marie-Philip Poulin, Brigette
Lacquette and Caroline Ouellette also
"We had to start better today," Ouel-
lette said. "We never gave up. We fought
until the end. We were able to come back
and make it 5-5. For that, I m so proud
of my teammates, but it s not enough to
Canada s Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped
16 of 20 shots in the first period. She
was replaced at the start of the second
by Genevieve Lacasse, who made 13 saves
on 16 shots.
Canada had less than 24 hours to
recover from a hard 3-0 win over Finland
in their semifinal, while the US had a
few more hours of rest after its 13-1 romp
Finland beat Russia 4-1 for the bronze
medal. The 2016 women s world cham-
pionship will be held in Kamloops, British
Field judge hit
Serena Williams, left, and Martina Navratilova pose for photographers after the women's final match at the
Miami Open tournament, Saturday, in Key Biscayne, Florida. Williams defeated Carla Suarez Navarro, of
Spain. 6-2, 6-0. AP PHOTOS
Serena Williams returns to Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, during the women's final at the Miami Open on
Saturday in Key Biscayne, Florida. Williams won 6-2, 6-0.
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