expressindia web
HomeBlogsCricketAstrology ShoppingTendersClassifieds Reader Comments
Font Size
Expressindia » Story

Serena beats gritty Kerber to advance


Posted: Aug 28, 2007 at 1037 hrs IST

Australian Open champion Serena Williams worked harder than expected but came away with a 6-3 7-5 victory over unseeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the first round of the US Open on Monday.

The eighth-seeded Williams, an eight-times grand slam winner, needed 77 minutes to dispatch the 19-year-old Kerber.

"I didn't play well at all, at all," said 25-year-old Williams, who has been bothered by a sore left thumb and was playing in her first match since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals to Justine Henin.

Williams, often left short of breath after being sent corner to corner by the German lefthander, served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Kerber rose to the occasion, scoring a service break set up by a crosscourt passing shot.

That seemed to motivate the American, who broke right back and then served out the match as 67th-ranked Kerber netted a forehand on double matchpoint.

Williams was at a loss to explain her lacklustre performance, joking that perhaps she was uptight about extending her streak of never losing in the first round of a grand slam to 32 events.

"No, it was me," she said when asked what the German did to throw her off balance.

"I think she definitely played a tough game but I just think I made a lot of errors. I didn't feel I moved my feet well. I felt like I was just flat footed. I felt like I was just heavy. I don't know."

Williams had 38 winners to just 12 for the German, but she also committed more unforced errors -- 26 to 12 for Kerber.

Next up for Williams is unseeded Maria Elena Camerin of Italy, a 6-3 7-6 winner against Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus.

"I'll be fine," Williams added.

"If I do what I do in practice I'll be fine.

"If I play like I did today, I'm going to be in trouble."

Post Comments
Name* Email ID*
Subject* Country*
Characters remaining
TERMS OF USE: The views, opinions and comments posted are your, and are not endorsed by this website. You shall be solely responsible for the comment posted here. The website reserves the right to delete, reject, or otherwise remove any views, opinions and comments posted or part thereof. You shall ensure that the comment is not inflammatory, abusive, derogatory, defamatory &/or obscene, or contain pornographic matter and/or does not constitute hate mail, or violate privacy of any person (s) or breach confidentiality or otherwise is illegal, immoral or contrary to public policy. Nor should it contain anything infringing copyright &/or intellectual property rights of any person(s).
I agree to the terms of use.

Latest News




Akhilesh defends IAS officer's suspension, Centre says justice will be done

Political parties object to Supreme Court order on convicted legislators

Dominant India march to 4-0

CBI gives clean chit to Raja Bhaiya in DSP murder case

2G: Supreme Court slams I-T dept, CBI for not acting on Radia tape information...

4 militants killed by Army in Kashmir

Ishrat case: Accused cops demand more documents from CBI

© The Indian Express Limited. All rights reserved
Advertise With Us | Privacy Policy | Feedback | Express Group | Site Map