Serena Williams seals eighth Miami Open title

Serena Williams secured her eighth Miami Open title in comprehensive fashion with a crushing straight-sets triumph over Carla Suarez Navarro.

The world number one moved alongside Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf in winning the same tournament on eight occasions with a 6-2 6-0 victory on Saturday.

Williams was dominant throughout thanks to her powerful serve and superb forehand, Suarez Navarro unable to make any inroads as she fell to a fifth successive defeat to the American.

The pair traded holds of serve until Williams got the first break to win two games in a row at the start of a streak that took her through to the finish.

In that 10-game run she demonstrated her superiority in the energy-sapping Miami heat, securing the first set with a 100 per cent return of points on her first serve.

On the rare occasions that Suarez Navarro ” who beat Serena’s sister Venus on her way to the final ” was able to apply some pressure, Williams produced an ace or an unreturnable serve to reassert her authority.

Having clinched the opening set Serena showed no mercy with an array of groundstrokes that pushed her opponent to all parts of the court.

Ultimately Suarez Navarro crumpled under the pressure with 21 unforced errors as Williams claimed her 66th career title and second of 2015 with a 21st successive win on tour.