May 26, 2009
Serena Advances to 2nd Round of French Open
Serena moved into the second round of the French Open (letting eight match points slip while battling the wind) before beating Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4. Williams, the 2002 French Open champion, came into the match having lost her last four matches (a career record), three of them on clay (one to Zakopalova), with her last win coming back in April. One tends to overlook the fact that she was also battling injury in each of those losses. One thing that cannot be overlooked is the fact that Serena is a different player when it comes to majors.
It is truly exciting to see the type of tennis this lady can produce when her back is up against the wall or when she is playing for another Grand Slam title. The match lasted 2 hours and 32 minutes and at one point Serena won a superb 24 shot rally (on clay)! Even when things were not going her way, Serena kept her head, dug deep and battled to victory. Zakopalova really took it to Serena and would not relent. The amazing stat is that Zakopalova saved EIGHT match points! Serena remains perfect in 1st Round Major wins, 38-0. Congratulations Serena!