Serena Williams thanks supporters for "important victory"

Serena Williams has put today's Miami Masters title triumph down to her supporters who helped 'pull her through'

Serena Williams has thanked supporters for helping to push her towards today's Miami Masters triumph.

The world number one was trailing 5-2 in the opening set against Li Na, but won five straight games to eventually take the set 7-5.

Williams found the second set more straightforward, taking it 6-1 to see off the world number two.

"It was a really important victory, especially playing Li Na, who has been playing so well," Williams is quoted as saying by CNN.

"She started out so well. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I just need to hang in here.' Then I heard some fans trying to pull me through. If it hadn't been for you guys I wouldn't be standing here right now."

Williams lifted her seventh Miami Masters title with the straight-sets victory.

Serena Williams of the US celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova on day five of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2014
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