After her loss in the 4th round of the Australian Open Serena began her news conference by saying…
“[Makapova] played really well.”: “I honestly think it was on my racket. I hit a lot of errors. She hit some great shots down the line. But I mean, every ball that came, I just hit it as far out as I could.”
“I served like a . . . I guess that’s not appropriate,” she said, pulling back from what she really thought about her serve. “I can’t even describe how I served, to be honest. It wasn’t good enough. My lefty serve is actually better than that. Maybe I should have started serving lefty.”
“I never blame any injury that I have because she played really well and deserved to win today.“
“I look forward to our next match. I feel I can definitely play so much better. And that’s good. Like if I felt I couldn’t play better, that would be a problem.”
How does a 13-time Grand Slam champion lose to a 56th ranked player…the stats tell the story:
- Serena committed 37 unforced errors compared to 24 winners.
- Williams served at a poor 52 percent.
- Serena’s return game was off – opponent with weak second serve won 70 percent of those points.
http://cache-02.cleanprint.net/media/swf/flashcomm.swfWhat does the rest of the 2012 WTA tour hold for Serena being in the winner circle? Rest assured that like the infamous line in that film so says Serena – “I’ll be back!”
Thursday Serena sailed into the Australian Open’s third round with her 500th career win. The five-time Australian Open champion winner Serena Williams reached the career singles win when she beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0, 6-4 in the second round.
“Five hundred is a lot of matches to play, let alone to win,” she said, adding that the left ankle she badly sprained two weeks ago wasn’t an issue. “It’s totally fine. It was my good ankle, so I’m good.”
The win also represented several other winning milestones for Serena:
- The 30-year-old American, who won the Australian Open in 2009 and 2010 but missed last year’s tournament through injury, has now won 16 consecutive matches at Melbourne Park.
- The victory was also her 210th at a Grand Slam, putting her equal with sister Venus and tied for fourth on the all-time list behind Martina Navratilova (306), Chris Evert (298) and Steffi Graf (278).
As the No 12 seed (a classic example of rankings overruling common-sense), Serena is on course for a quarter-final against Sharapova, who surged past Jamie Hampton yesterday in a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
But one thing she will not be doing is competing in the mixed doubles as expected with fellow American Andy Roddick. A hamstring injury forced Roddick to withdraw after three sets of his much-anticipated night match against long-time rival Lleyton Hewitt. The two were planning to compete in preparation for the London Olympics.
Hopeful and prayerful that inspite of withdrawing from the 2012 Australian Open for health reasons, Venus will return to the WTA Tour this year! How wonderful it has been seeing her play during several exhibitions this past Winter. The Tennis World doubted this young African American woman would ever be a contender, much less a five time Wimbledon winner! So I for one have no doubt that if it can be done, Venus Williams will beat Sjogren’s Syndrome! Prolonging her absence from the tennis tour (since the first round of the 2011 US Open) because of an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.
Great perspective on how the absence of the Williams Sisters will impact Women’s Tennis and Tennis in general at http://espn.go.com/espnw/commentary/7451289/tennis-needs-venus-serena-williams
Like Tebow – all Serena does is win – despite haters, injuries and negative press! Check out these Serena win/loss stats: Aussie Open 51/6 at Aussie Open and 2011 on Hard Courts 18/2 in 2011.
2012 Tennis Fashion Look
“I’m going to take a couple of days off — not too many — and see how I feel,” Serena said in a statement. “I’m still hopeful of playing the Australian Open.”
Serena in her first trip Down Under since winning the 2010 australian Open title advanced to the Brisbane quarterfinals when she suffered an ankle injury. Serving for the match with a 6-2, 5-3 lead against Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia on Wednesday when she twisted her left ankle and crashed heavily to the court.
The 13-time Grand Slam winner lay near the baseline for several minutes while getting medical attention. She was helped to a courtside chair and had the ankle re-taped before resuming the second-round match.
Wincing in pain after at least two points Serena went on to secure a 6-2, 6-4 win.
She withdrew from the Brisbane tournament later Wednesday after having medical scans which confirmed a sprained ankle. Serena responded to the press that the injury is something “that I probably shouldn’t play on.”
What a loss for the women’s tennis game if the ankle prevents Serena from further play in 2012! She’s looking as fit as ever and continues to be the greatest player today, whatever the rankings. GodSpeed Serena!
Okay people it’s a New Year and reporters of the tennis game are doing the same negative reporting on Serena. Asked after her Brisbane win in the first round about tennis – she gives her answer:
“I don’t love tennis today but I’m here,” she said after beating Chanelle Scheepers, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Brisbane International. “I can’t live without it — there’s a difference between not loving something and not being able to live without it. I have never liked sports and could never understand how I became an athlete.”
Here those reporters go again saying the likes of…she is self-congratulatory, disrespectful of the game, etc. Well if not making tennis(which she has excelled since game one of her career) the core of her life something the tennis reporters cannot accept, who the hell should have a problem with that?
Who made those reporters God? Just because their lively hood depends on reporting on tennis does not give them the right to judge any player. Why don’t they apologize for never, ever giving Serena Williams the credit for being a complete tennis professional, i.e. meaning credit for playing smart, strategic tennis as well as having the power game? Tell me now?
Report this you jackass reporters … Serena remains the BEST player in the WTA today!
Courtesy of Top Ten Tennis Highlights you can view some of the special moments of this fun, entertaining, yet competitive exhibition in Milan on December 3rd. The video clip is found on the right sidebar under title VIDEO LIBRARY! And to keep the good times going another clip of Serena and Venus watching Pennetta and Schiavone get their dance on! Great times for all, especially the thousands of lucky fans there!
Working that Celebrity status Venus and Serena went on a shopping spree as “special guests”
at the Armani boutique in Milan for the Tennis Exhibition.
As shown in the above photo during a press conference, it was a joyful experience for Venus and Serena during their time in Italy for the December 3rd Tennis Exhibition. And yes, the fashion divas did manage a trip to Armani! But their major stop was the tennis court!
It was big-time fun for Venus and Serena when they rallied back from a set down, to win the doubles match against Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta 3-7, 8-6, 8-6.
The fun continued with the Italian tennis professionals showing off some special moves during warm ups. Schiavone and Pennetta delighted the crowd as they danced to the music of Michael Jackson!
Just how popular are the Williams Sisters in Italy? Answer, the Milan Tennis Exhibition enjoyed a sellout crowd of 11,000!
In the eagerly-anticipated doubles contest it was the Olympic champion Williams sisters — who have 20 Grand Slam singles titles between them, 12 doubles titles together and four mixed doubles titles, plus two doubles Olympic Gold medals — who came from a set down to win.
GREAT SINGLES PLAY FROM THE ITALIANS: In singles however the sisters played tough but both fell to Schiavone on Saturday. She defeated Venus 7-5, 7-3, then countered a strong comeback from little sister Serena to defeat her 7-3, 8-10, 8-6. Flavia Pennetta also beat Venus 7-6, 7-2. It was left to Serena to put a win in the singles category which she did defeating Pennetta 6-8, 7-3, 7-3.
It is truly wonderful to see Venus on the tennis court and looking quite the “Sexy Gal” in her stylish tennis dress!