‘Just Serena’: Williams’ upset win at US Open keeps the legend advancing in final days of her storied career [FAYETTE’S MURRAY]
Published September 30, 2013
In the final week of the U.S. Open, Serena Williams returned from a six-month hiatus and she played some tennis. So how was she in game? Not so hot.
Williams started off strong, rallying to a 3-1 lead and breaking serve in four of her first six points. She had one service break, another came from a ball-stopping forehand by Serena Williams, and she broke again as a player’s job would be easy. It was not easy. Williams lost serve two times on her five-point turn around and she lost serve twice in the second game, the first time while trying to take control with a drop shot. But she recovered from all of those errors. The second time came when Williams tried to save a point with a great crosscourt lob from her backhand. But she missed it, so she tried again and came up empty.
All of this would be fine except Williams lost serve on her first match point and the second match point came at one point. She served to stay in control, but she then came up a little over a foot from the line and then three feet from the line. Williams had another serve at 3-0. But it was the wrong shot and she lost it.
Then Williams got revenge. She broke Williams’ serve at 4-3. She also came up with two big kills and three unforced errors the next two points.
Williams went for it on match point again, but this time she decided she was going to win it, no matter what. She made no mistake.
Serena Williams won another U.S. Open title to pass Steffi Graf.
In one moment, Serena Williams showed her greatness on the court and in the media. She has