Williams Beats Sharapova in Madrid to Retain No. 1 Spot

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Serena Williams retained the No. 1 ranking on the women’s tennis tour as she defended her Madrid title against French Open champion Maria Sharapova, not pictured, in straight sets. Close

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Serena Williams retained the No. 1 ranking on the women’s tennis tour as she defended her Madrid title against French Open champion Maria Sharapova, not pictured, in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets today to win tennis’s Madrid Masters for the third time.

Spain’s Nadal beat the Swiss 6-2, 6-4 for his fifth title in seven tournaments since returning from injury after a seven-month absence.

Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam winner currently ranked No. 5 by the ATP, came back in February after a knee injury. Since then he’s also won titles in Sao Paulo, Acapulco, Indian Wells and Barcelona.

Earlier today, Serena Williams retained the No. 1 ranking on the women’s tennis tour as she defended her Madrid title against French Open champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets.

Williams of the U.S. eased past Russia’s Sharapova, 6-1, 6-4 to claim her 50th title on the WTA Tour.

The 31-year-old now leads the second-ranked Sharapova 13-2 in career meetings, with her last defeat dating back to 2004.

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