Williams Beats Sharapova in Madrid to Retain No. 1 Spot

Tennis Player Serena Williams
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. Photographer: Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty Images

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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