Serena Williams beats Sharapova to retain Madrid Open title

Serena WilliamsSerena Williams of the U.S. is lifted up in the air by ball boys as she poses with the Ion Tiriac's trophy after winning the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid May 12, 2013. World number one and top seed Williams racked up the 50th title of her 18-year career when she thumped Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-4 to defend her Madrid Open crown on Sunday. (Reuters)

Last year, Williams won here on the experimental blue clay surface that was removed after complaints from players that it was too slick.

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