As agonizing as the Thursday night Sony Ericsson Open semifinal was--in retrospect, it's actually looking pretty good, compared with today's final. Again up a set and 3-0, Kim Clijsters had no meltdown today. In fact, it took the 14th seed less than an hour to defeat Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1 and win her 37th Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title.
The problems today were on Williams' side of the net. The 3rd seed, who entered the championship match on a 15-match win streak, made 29 unforced errors, compared with Clijsters' 12. There was only one good rally in the entire match, and Clijsters did a good job of just keeping the ball in the court, as Williams made error after error. Sometimes a player just has a bad day on the court, and today was a bad day for Williams.
With this win, Clijsters gets a ranking of number 10 in the world.