CLUTCHING her latest trophy, Serena Williams brushed confetti from her arms and smiled for the cameras as she chatted with Martina Navratilova, her relaxed multitasking a reflection of vast experience with championship ceremonies.
Williams wins everywhere she goes, and she wins on Key Biscayne more than anywhere else.
She earned her eighth title in the tournament and remained unbeaten this year by drubbing Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-0 in the Miami Open final.
Williams became the fourth player to win the same WTA event at least eight times. Navratilova won Chicago 12 times, the most titles by a woman at any tournament.
“I’d like to believe the older I get, the better I get,” said Williams, 33.
But she grimaced when asked if she thought she might match Navratilova by winning Key Biscayne 12 times.
“I hope not,” she said.
“I would be how old? No, let’s pray that I don’t get to 12.”
Navratilova was on hand to present the trophy, the second this year for the top-ranked Williams.
She won her 19th Grand Slam championship at the Australian Open in January, and has now won 12 consecutive finals.
Williams improved to 18-0 in 2015.
“It feels really good to have eight under my belt,” Williams said.
“Can’t say I thought I would win eight, especially in the beginning of the week. It just feels really weird.”