2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Serena Williams Defies The Odds

Serena Williams

Melbourne, Australia

Let’s face it, we know that Serena has talent; however, her recent results have left a lot to be desired.  Thus, it is so refreshing to see her playing at a level that has not been seen consistently in recent years.  [7] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) was a very tough opponent and frankly, I did not think Serena could beat her.

Serena Williams Digs Deep

Again, Serena proves the doubters wrong, but I am so happy she did.  It’s that thing where you hope she keeps going and finally wins number twenty-four.  She does not need number twenty-four to be a great tennis player, she has already proven that, but it would be sweet.

What Serena did against Sabalenka, was compete better and move better.  Hopefully this 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory will inspire her to keep going.  Next up will be another tough opponent, [2] Simona Halep (ROU).

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Halep had a battle on her hands against the nineteen-year-old French Open champion, [15] Iga Swiatek (POL).  It is so nice to see the older champions digging deep to get the win.  Speaking about digging deep, [3] Naomi Osaka (JPN) dug very deep.  [14] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) had Osaka against the ropes and served for the match.  Unfortunately, Muguruza will have to swallow the bitter pill of defeat because Osaka fought back to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Heartbreaker For Felix

[20] Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAD) had the match practically won, that was until [114] Aslan Karatsev (RUS) woke up.  How does a player go from two sets up to losing the match?  Auger-Aliassime should ask [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) and learn from his experience.  Was it a case of thinking too far ahead and losing focus?  The match is never done or won, until that last ball is played. 

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At twenty years old, the Canadian is still growing into his game; however, this will sting for a bit.  Still, much credit to the Russian qualifier, who did not stop believing and kept competing to win 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.  The Australian Open is finally heating up!

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