Li Na went up 5-2 today in the first set of the Miami final, she served for the set on two occasions, and she held a set point. Defending champion Serena Williams, her opponent, won the match 7-5, 6-1. And if you had to give this match a very quick description, "I'm Serena and you're not" would work just fine. It took Williams a while to get into the match, but once she made the proper adjustments, she was unstoppable.
Williams has now won the Sony Open seven times. Soon, she'll arrive in Charleston, where she is also the defending champion. Williams makes the transition from hard courts to green clay quite well, and has an excellent chance of defending yet another championship.
Speaking of Charleston, the draw was made today, and--should Elina Svitolina win her first round match against a yet-to-be determined qualifier--she will face Sloane Stephens in the second round. Sam Stosur is likely to get Yaroslava Shvedova (who also plays a qualifier in the first round). Qualifying play was delayed a few hours today because of weather.