KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Serena Williams broke the Key Biscayne women’s record for most titles, and Maria Sharapova set a new standard for futility in finals.
Williams swept the final 10 games and earned her sixth championship in the event Saturday by rallying past Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at the Sony Open.
Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open last year, but she’s now 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals. After playing nearly flawless tennis for an hour, she began to miss with her serve, and Williams dominated rallies down the stretch.
Williams faltered only during the trophy ceremony.
I felt good today, she told the crowd with the smile. It’s so good to be No. 6 now – I mean, the six-time – oh, gosh. Thank you.
Williams has won 11 consecutive matches against Sharapova, whose last victory in the rivalry came in 2004.
Surgery scheduled for Mets’ Santana
The New York Mets said that their former ace, Johan Santana, will have surgery Tuesday to repair the re-torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is likely to miss the entire season for the second time in three years.
Hawks lose center for the season
Atlanta center Zaza Pachulia will undergo surgery on his sore right Achilles and miss the rest of the season. The Hawks said Pachulia, 29, is scheduled for surgery Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. The expected recovery time is about six months, meaning the Hawks will be without another valuable member of their bench heading into the playoffs. The team already lost guard Lou Williams to a season-ending knee injury.
’Bama AD who hired Saban dies
Former Alabama athletic director Mal Moore has died. The university said Moore, 73, died Saturday at Duke University Medical Center. Moore had been in the Durham, N.C., hospital since March 13 with pulmonary problems. The football and athletic administration building bears his name, but his biggest claim to fame might have been hiring Nick Saban as football coach. Saban has led the Tide to three titles in four years.
Former Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes, who missed almost all of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, signed a one-year contract with Miami.
A person familiar with talks said Buffalo is close to completing negotiations to sign quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was released by Arizona on March 15.
Lightning forward suspended 2 games
Tampa Bay forward Nate Thompson was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for an illegal check to the head against New Jersey’s Matt D’Agostini.
2011 Derby champ wins in Dubai
In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Animal Kingdom pulled away down the straight to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup and give Americans their first victory in the world’s richest horse race since 2009. Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, opened up a three-lengths lead and held off a fast-charging Red Cadeaux. Planteur was third.
Derby hopeful wins in Florida
In Hallandale Beach, Fla., Orb caught Itsmyluckyday inside the eighth pole and drew clear to win the Grade 1 Florida Derby by 2 3/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park. Orb entered the race already owning enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. By finishing second, Itsmyluckyday earned 40 points to also qualify.
Limestone rocked by Mastodons
The IPFW men’s team beat visiting Limestone in four games, 25-15, 25-27, 25-19, 25-12, for its third straight win. Eddie Rivera had 14 kills for the Mastodons (12-9), while Andy Sellan had 11 and Ramon Burgos added 10.