I really thought after losing her third set lead that she would falter.
When Peer, who played a courageous match, stepped up to serve it out, I thought Serena was out of the tournament.
But Serena didn't miss. Peer didn't choke in that game either. I have to watch it again to see if she made her first serves, but I think she made most of them.
That third set felt like a fifth set in men's tennis. It was 83 minutes long and featured some of the best drama I've seen on a tennis court in ages.
Seren's ability to pull it all together in the final three games was nothing short of a Legendary Performance.
As Mauresmo said to the press before heading back to France, “You guys keep burying her, and she keeps coming back to life.”
Say it again.
In that stead, reread Ode to Serena. You can also read my melodramatic reactions in the Live Chatterbox. And then there's always Serena of old force to be reckoned with and Serena's post-match interview.