1. How’s this for a reaction? Serena Williams def Vera Dush 67(2) 76(5) 76(5).
You don’t often see Serena Williams making 73 unforced errors to 64 winners in a first round WTA tour match.
3-hour 26-minute of a hard fought, leech-like battle became the longest match of Serena’s career. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all.
The surrealism of the entire affair was only enhanced by the fact that it was Serena who wasted three set points in the first set. It was also Serena who saw off a match point on her serve when trailing 6-5 in the second. To top it all off, ReeRee trailed 4-0 in the decisive tiebreaker before winning 7 of the next 8 points to close off the match.
Amazingly, after the match, Serena admitted that she did not realise that Madrid is situated 3,000 feet above sea level – causing the balls to fly faster.
Just goes to show how much she prepares for non-slam tournaments these days. But then again, the amount of passion she showed during the match was equally indicative of how competitive she can be … when she wants to be.
“I was trying to get myself going,” she said. “I need energy and emotion. Letting (it) out helps me get energized.”
Venus, had an easier time than I expected, seeing off Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-3, while tiebreaks became the theme of the day when DinaRA was defeated by the amazingly fluid strokes of Kookie Zakopalova 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3).
Clay court fashion moment: ANTA. Working its block colours and working them right yo!