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KEY BISCAYNE---Serena Williams' match was
more than an hour old yesterday before she
began to make some noise.
"Come on!" she shouted at her fist through
gritted teeth, adding a soundtrack to her comeback.
Her demeanor transformed, Williams rallied past
Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round of the
Sony Open, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
The top-ranked Williams, seeking her sixth Key
Biscayne title and her first since 2008, was down
a service break trailing 4-1 in the second set before
she swept the final five games of the set. She also
won the last three games of the match and served
it out at love with three aces.
Williams' opponent in the quarterfinals will be
No5-seeded Li Na, who beat wild card Garbine
Muguruza 7-6 (6), 6-2.
Williams was impassive and flat on her feet in
the early going against the No13-seeded Cibulkova,
and the half-empty stands made for a sleepy
"Bor-ing!" one spectator shouted.
"I was just struggling," Williams said. "I was
making so many errors and couldn't pull myself
During changeovers, disco, salsa and Coldplay
blared from the public address system, and some-
thing finally got Williams going. Her shots began
landing consistently just inside the lines, and she
won ten consecutive points to surge ahead in the
She showed emotion for the first time when
she hit a backhand winner to reach set point,
screaming encouragement at herself. The crowd
responded with a roar.
Williams won the next point with an ace, and
when a replay confirmed the call to seal the set,
she hollered again and spiked a spare ball.
Williams went ahead to stay by breaking serve
at love for a 2-1 lead in the final set. After closing
out the victory with a 116-mph ace, she swung
her fist in satisfaction.
ORLANDO---Tiger Woods is back to No1
in the world with a game that looks as
good as ever.
Woods walked off the 18th green yes-
terday waving his putter over his head---
his magic wand this week at Bay Hill---to
acknowledge the fans who have seen this
act before. He won the Arnold Palmer Invi-
tational for the eighth time to tie a PGA
Tour record that had not been touched in
This win had extra significance. It
returned Woods to the top of the world
ranking for the first time since the final
week of October 2010, the longest spell of
"It's a byproduct of hard work, patience
and getting back to winning golf tourna-
ments," he said.
Woods never let anyone closer than two
shots in the final round at Bay Hill that
was delayed one day by storms. With a
conservative bogey he could afford on the
last hole, he closed with a two-under 70
for a two-shot win over Justin Rose.
Next up is the Masters, where Woods
will try to end his five-year drought in the
Woods fell as low as No58 in the world
as he coped with a crisis in his personal
life and injuries to his left leg. One week
after he announced he was dating Olympic
ski champion Lindsey Vonn, Woods cel-
ebrated his third win of the season, and
his sixth going back to Bay Hill a year ago.
"Number 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!" Vonn tweeted
moments after his win.
Like so many other victories, this one was never
Rickie Fowler pulled to within two shots with
a 25-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, but after
he and Woods made bogey on the 15th, Fowler
went at the flag on the par-5 16th and came up
a few yards short and into the water. Fowler put
another ball into the water and made triple bogey.
Woods played it safe on the 18th, and nearly
holed a 75-foot par putt that even drew a big
smile from the tournament host.
Woods tied the tour record of eight wins in a
single tournament. Sam Snead won the Greater
Greensboro Open eight times from 1938 to 1965
at two golf courses. Woods tied his record for
most wins at a single golf course, having also won
eight times at Torrey Pines, including a US Open.
Rose, who played the first two rounds with
Woods, closed with a 70 to finish alone in sec-
He pulled to within two shots of Woods with
a birdie on the 16th. Woods was in the group
behind him in the fairway bunker on the par 5,
and hit 8-iron over the water and onto the middle
of the green for a two-putt birdie to restore his
Fowler had to settle for a 73 and a tie for third
with Mark Wilson (71), Keegan Bradley (71) and
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (72).
Tiger back on top with Bay Hill record
for 3-set win
at Sony Open
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