Brisbane International[ edit ] Williams began her season at the Brisbane International , where she was the defending champion and no. WIlliams received a bye in the first round. She played her first match of the 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.
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.
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.
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. She was coming off a 22 match winning streak that stretches from the 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. 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. 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. 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 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.
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. 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. She took the first set in a tiebreak after having to break to stay in the set. The second set was won more comfortably. 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.
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. Williams took the match comprehensively in straight sets, losing only four games. 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. Williams earned the first of two service breaks to take the second set and the match. 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. 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.
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. She lost the opening five games, losing her serve three times to the young Slovak, but the world No. 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. Her campaign got underway against former junior world No. 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.
In their first meeting since , Williams was dominant from the beginning, hitting 28 winners including 11 aces, winning the match in straight sets. 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.
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. Williams won the first set with a breadstick and dominated the second set despite getting broken, dropping only two games. 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. However, Williams took the next eight games to win the match with a bagel in the second set to successfully defend her title.
Williams finished the match with 8 winners and 29 unforced errors, to Mugurza's 12 winners and 18 unforced errors. 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. 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.
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. Williams also entered the event with a nine-match winning streak winning it in and and missing the event in In the second set Williams broke twice and served it out in the eight game. 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. 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. In the deciding set, the pair was even until Williams broke in the twelfth game to take the match.
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. 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. 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.
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 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. Williams started off her campaign against young American Taylor Townsend and blasted past the 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. This win marks the first time Williams gets past the fourth of the slam in the year.
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.