Thursday, April 17, 2008

Serena Survives in Charleston



She's never won the Family Circle Cup. Runner-up to her nemesis in 2003, a mere weeks before that same player became infamous for The Hand in Paris.

Serena Willliams wants to win the green clay Tier 1 event and she wants to win it badly. After she'd fallen on the slippery stuff and dropped the first set, she got up and played some of her best tennis against an equally-matched-on-the-day opponent in Katerina Srebotnik and prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

It's the stuff from which champions are molded. Not playing her best, re-acclimating herself to the slippery stuff in her first clay event of the spring, the champion found a way to win.

Next, she'll face another champion in Maria Sharapova, a champion who won her first claycourt event in Amelia Island plantation last week, who's trying to pull of a rare southern American green clay double.

They've never played on clay. Serena has trounced the Australian Open champion in their last two encounters, losing a total of five games.

Serena ought to win and advance to the semifinals. Will she?

4 comments:

Mad Professah said...

No.

Karen said...

Good win for Serena. You go girl. Think she was going for the bagel in the third set. I bet Mattek was hoping that the Shrieking would have gotten one. Arrogance Justified my ass

Juhan said...

Good for Serena! Sharapova sounds like she is doing shot put 20 times per minut and to be honest I really would prefer shot put to her.

Craig Hickman said...

thanks, mad professah!