Sharapova wins despite Serena's brave effort

Originally Published: November 15, 2004
By Pam Shriver | Special to
LOS ANGELES -- The WTA Tour Championships final Monday night turned out to be quite a match. Maria Sharapova ended the year having won Wimbledon and the WTA Championships, while Serena Williams, after a brave tournament, ended it with a new injury.

The match was going so well that when Williams suffered an abdominal injury, it took the starch out of the competition.

The match took several twists and turns from Williams being up a set and with a break in the second set at 2-1, before Sharapova won the rest of the games to take it 6-2. Then because of her injury, Serena started playing smart to finish the point quickly and found herself up 4-0 in the third set. It seemed as if she should win two more games and the title.

A top player on the women's tennis tour more than 15 years, Pam Shriver hosts ESPN's women's tennis telecasts. She also appears as a sideline reporter on select men's matches.