Serena cruises to Family Circle Cup title

Serena Williams returns the ball against Samantha Stosur during the semifinal round of the Family Circle Cup Saturday, April 7, 2012 in Daniel IslandPaul Zoeller/Special to the Post and Courier

Less than an hour after the Family Circle Cup finals began today, Serena Williams was a 6-0, 6-1 winner and dancing on Stadium Court to the strains of “Hey Ya!” by Outkast.

In winning her 40th WTA title in the 40th Family Circle Cup, Williams put an exclamation point on a dominant week, and signaled that she will be a force during Grand Slam and Olympic events this summer.

Williams went through a representative Family Circle field this week like it was a bowl of her favorite banana pudding. Her victory over 26th-ranked Lucie Safarova today was just as lopsided, if not quite as impressive, as Saturday’s 6-1, 6-1 semifinal trouncing of No. 5 Samantha Stosur.

“I don’t know what was going on with me the last two matches,” Serena told the crowd after today’s match. “But I hope I can keep it up.”

Said Saforova, “She was amazing. She deserved it.”

Williams collected the winner’s check of $115,000, putting her over $35 million in prize money for her career. She is projected to move up to No. 9 in the WTA rankings after this week.

Safarova, a 25-year-old from the Czech Republic, won $59,000 for her runner-up finish.