September 4, 2011 by staff
US Open, Serena Williams powered into the last 16 U.S. Open, which reinforces its status as favorite to consolidate her return from health problems threatening life with a fourteenth, Grand Slam title.
Williams wiped out a 5-0 lead over fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka in just 17 minutes en route to a 6-1 win and 7-6 (7-5).
The victory keeps him on the way to her fourth U.S. Open title, but the U.S. 29-year-old said he now plays with a new perspective on the game.
“I love playing tennis, I love the battle,”he said.” But I realize that life is so precious and things could be much worse.
“It has to do with tennis. This is life,”said Williams, who was the tour of 11 months of health problems including surgery on a foot cut off and the treatment of dangerous blood clots in her lungs.
Williams simply overwhelmed Azarenka in the first set.
Things got more difficult in the second when Williams failed to convert four match points, but ultimately the figure of 39 winners – including a dozen aces – made the difference.
Williams was disappointed that her success rate with its service left in the second set, but said. “I can build on it”
Azarenka, reckoned to be the top seed, who drew the short straw when it was on a collision course with Williams so early in the tournament, carved out to show how he saw her lift titles in Miami and Marbella reach the Wimbledon semi-final this year.
She saved two break points to hold serve to open the second set and gave Williams her first real challenge of the tournament.
Even after Azarenka raised her game, however, it’s potential to serve, as Williams were few. When you hit a setback in a break point for 3-1 Azarenka let out an agonizing “No!”
From there it was Williams, who won the shore and looked ready to kill her when she took a lead of 00-40 with the kick in the ninth game Azarenka, Belarus but saved all three match points.
Serving for the match, Williams was given another chance with a forehand passing shot.
In the next point, however, the extent of sliding for a forehand ended Williams Azarenka making divisions and failed to win the rest and push all of sudden death.
Azarenka, said he “definitely”believes Williams was the woman to beat, despite their disappointment welcomed the revival of her opponent.
After a modest return to competition in June, Williams has won two tournaments before the Open.
“It shows that she is a very strong,”said Azarenka.
Both players were only sorry that the game came so early in the tournament.
“I think it was a semifinal match,”Williams said.” At the end of the day, it was a third round. I am alone in the round of 16 now.”
Azarenka not complain of errors of the possibility of drawing it.
“If you want to be good, if I want to be a champion, I have to beat the best players.”
Williams will face 16th seed Ana Ivanovic in the next round.
Seeded Caroline Wozniacki set up a fourth-round clash with former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4 with a win over Vania King.
Kutznesova, the 2004 winner, easy to explain Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-2.
Other winners of the night included Andrea Petkovic tenth seed, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone, who survived a scare to beat Chanelle Scheepers 5-7 7-6 bt (5), 6-3.
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