Two time defending champion Serena Williams kick-started the inaugural BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SCglobal with a fiercely passionate performance to defeat Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-4. Serena was as fired up as she has been all year, admitting after the match that she was losing her voice because of all of her shrieks of 'come on' during the match.
Serena made a nervy start to the match, the world number 1 faced a break point in her opening service game but still managed to hold with a couple of trademark aces. Serena quickly found her rhythm and raced away to a 4-1 lead in front of a packed crowd. It seemed like Serena would bolt away with the set but a momentary lapse in concentration allowed Ivanovic back into the set. Ivanovic rallied to level the set at 4-4 and in the ninth game the Serb had a chance to break and serve for the set but she missed an easy forehand volley. When serving to stay in the set Ana buckled under the pressure, her service toss was all over the place and Serena is too good not to advantage of that kind of situation.
In the second set it was Ana Ivanovic who got off to a positive start. Ivanovic broke in the opening game of the set, however her lead didn't last long as Serena would break straight back to level the set at 1-1. Ivanovic would hold serve to love on three straight occasions before being forced to serve to stay in the match at 4-5. Once again Ana was unable to deal with pressure, a loose service game inviting Serena to pounce. Once again Serena was too good not to capitalise, Serena securing the opening victory of the 2014 WTA Finals, a big victory for the world number and defending champion.
At 3-3 40-30, a critical time in the match Serena Williams produced one of the points of the year. Serena bolted from one corner of the court to the other to chase down a drop shot before delightfully placing it back behind Ivanovic into the open court. Serena let out one of the biggest screams of 'come on' I have ever heard, a warning to her 7 competitors in Singapore that she means business and is as determined as ever to succeed. (the point can be seen at 9:05 in the highlight video above)