September 2, 2009

Serena slams Czink; Advances to 3rd Round

In a break with tradition on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the women’s match was scheduled after the men’s contest in the evening session and the second-seeded Williams opted not to hang around for too long. In a near perfect match, Serena overwhelmed the 51st-ranked Czink in just 52 minutes (6-1, 6-1). The competitive fire in Williams seemed to ignite after a linesman called a foot fault on her when she served an apparent ace in the fourth game of the opening set. Williams turned and glared, setting her hands on her hips. She just stood there with a straight face for a few seconds, staring down the official. When play resumed, Williams pushed a forehand into the net, then again sent a serious look in his direction. And on the following point, Williams smacked an ace at 115 mph and looked over once more, as though to say, ``Was my foot in the right place that time?!'' ``I was kind of frustrated because I hit a great serve, best serve I hit in months. Yeah, I was just like, 'Ugh!''' Williams said. That call seem to be enough of an annoyance to cause Serena to kick her game into gear and we know when that happens, no one can hang with her.

Serena had 25 winners and 9 unforced errors to go along with 5 aces and 3 double faults. She executed her game in a big way and looked unstoppable: the movement, the ground strokes, the serve, the drop shots, everything seemed to click. Serena is seeking her fourth U.S. Open championship and 12th Grand Slam singles title overall (which would tie her with tennis great, Billie Jean King). The American is trying to become the first woman to win consecutive titles at Flushing Meadows since her older sister Venus in 2000-01.

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