22 January 2018
Kasukuwere begs ED for forgiveness: official
Chinamasa to divert wages to devolution
Dump Mugabe regalia, Zanu PF official
Mugabe exploited my illiteracy: Mujuru
Engineers group to expose fake degrees
Grandpa, 83, says minor pestered him for sex
Poet poses as Zimra officer, blows $35k
Chocked as 2kg's of cocaine tested in court
Gemmology center in Mutare soon
NRZ loss as gold miners damage rail line
Unpaid Mr ugly reports sponsors to ZRP
Zim author releases new book in USA
Anger as Dembare approach City player
Cricket: ICC clears Zimbabwe's Vitori
Mnangagwa’s ‘New’ Zim merits support
Zhuwao: kleptocracy and EDiots in Davos
Mnangagwa off to Davos empty handed
Economy: the need for a paradigm shift
US Open: Serena roars back to keep calendar Grand Slam bid alive

05/09/2015 00:00:00
by Agencies

SERENA Williams flirted with grand slam danger once again but kept her calendar-year Grand Slam bid on track by beating a battling 101st-ranked Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6 7-5 6-0 at the U.S. Open on Friday.

Williams, who lost nine sets, including seven first-set losses, in her charge to the Australian, French and Wimbledon titles, was tested at Flushing Meadows by her fellow American, but roared back to victory to reach the fourth round.

"I'm not trying to live on the edge," the 33-year-old Williams said in an on-court interview. "I'm playing players that come out really strong. I just think Bethanie played really well."

The world number one looked out of sorts at the start, broken twice in dropping the first set to the aggressive Mattek-Sands, who at age 30 still looks like a punk rocker with a splash of orange topping her pinned up blond hair.

Williams at times appeared to be trying too hard, putting extra effort into opportunities to produce a service break and often over-hitting and sending shots wide or long.

She won only one of seven break points in the first set, and two of nine in the second.

A service break by Williams in the last game of the second set, on her second set point, forced the decider and by then Williams seemed to have relaxed and produced the prodigious power that has carried her to a 51-2 record this year.

"She's a great player. She's fought so many difficult injuries," Williams said of Mattek-Sands. "I respect her a lot and know to expect a great game."

Mattek-Sands tumbled down the singles rankings after a string of serious injuries, including two hip surgeries, a foot fracture and a partial tear of the patella.

But she has come back to thrive at doubles, winning women's doubles titles this year at the Australian and French Opens and the mixed doubles crown at Roland Garros.

Williams was proud of her own fighting spirit, while acknowledging she had struggled to convert break points.

The 21-times grand slam singles winner, who is aiming to join Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988) as the only women to sweep the four grand slams in a single season, next faces fellow American Madison Keys.

Keys advanced 6-3 6-2 over 15th seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.


Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it






Face Book



comments powered by Disqus
RSS NewsTicker