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Serena Williams beats Li Na to win 4th WTA Championship, 11th title of year

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    Serena Williams of the U.S shouts after she returned a shot to Li Na of China during their final tennis match at the WTA Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The world's top female tennis players compete in the championships which runs from Oct. 22 until Oct. 27.(AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

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    Li Na of China returns a shot to Serena Williams of the U.S during their final tennis match at the WTA Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The world's top female tennis players compete in the championships which runs from Oct. 22 until Oct. 27.(AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

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    Serena Williams of the U.S reacts after she returned a shot to Li Na of China during their final tennis match at the WTA Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The world's top female tennis players compete in the championships which runs from Oct. 22 until Oct. 27.(AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

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    Serena Williams of the U.S prepares to return a shot to Li Na of China during their final tennis match at the WTA Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The world's top female tennis players compete in the championships which runs from Oct. 22 until Oct. 27.(AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

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    Li Na of China shouts after she returned a shot to Serena Williams of the USA during their final tennis match at the WTA Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The world's top female tennis players compete in the championships which runs from Oct. 22 until Oct. 27.(AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

Serena Williams ended her best season in style, rallying past Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 on Sunday for her second straight WTA Championship and 11th title of the year.

She became the first player to successfully defend the WTA title since Justine Henin in 2007.

This was Williams' fourth WTA Championship. She also won the elite tournament of the eight top-ranked players in 2001, 2009 and 2012.

Williams has won 78 of 82 matches this year. She will finish the year as the top-ranked player for the third time, the others in 2002 and 2009.

Li was in her first WTA Championship final and will finish the year at a career-high No. 3.