Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - Serena Williams reached a milestone in dominating fashion on Sunday, beating Czech Lucie Safarova in straight sets to win the championship at the Family Circle Cup tennis event.
The 6-0, 6-1 triumph by the fifth-seeded Williams gave her a 40th career title. That's third-best on the active list behind only her sister Venus (43) and Kim Clijsters (41).
It was the end to a powerful week for Williams. She didn't drop a set, and with the $115,000 first-place prize went over the $35 million mark for her career. She moved to 5-0 all-time against Safarova.
It's her second title in Charleston, joining the 2008 effort. This is also her fourth championship on clay.
Williams was up to the task right away, saving all four of Safarova's break point chances in the opening set and finishing it in 32 minutes on the green clay at Family Circle Tennis Center. Williams ended the match with her fifth ace, capping the encounter in less than an hour.
The ninth-seeded Safarova was the first Czech player to reach the final at this event since Regina Marsikova in 1980. Her last title came at Forest Hills in 2008. Since winning the title at the U.S. Open warmup event, Safarova has gone 0-5 in finals appearances.