ISTANBUL — Serena Williams rallied past Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 to win the WTA Championships on Sunday and complete a dominant season.
In winning her career-high 11th title of 2013 and fourth WTA Championships, a fatigued Williams fought through a slow start and swept the final nine games before 16,457, the largest single-session crowd here. Williams finished the season 78-4 (.951), the WTA’s highest single-season winning percentage since Steffi Graf went 75-2 (.974) in 1989. She also set the women’s single-season record with $12.4 million in earnings, the third most in tennis history. Only three other players – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — have made more than $10 million in a season.
“It was an awesome year of tennis,” Williams said. “I’m really happy that I was able to finish it off.”