Serena wins power battle

AUSTRALIAN OPEN Women’s Semifinal: [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [CR35] Madison Keys (USA) The first set was erratic as both players tried to settle the nerves and learn their opponent’s game.  Keys got off to a quick start breaking Serena in the first game.  Yet, Serena understood that falling too far behind against Keys would…

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Serena battles illness to victory

AUSTRALIAN OPEN [CR1] Serena Williams vs. [CR10] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) Not wanting to exhaust herself any more than necessary, Serena came out focused and determined to avoid another three setter.  There was nothing that Cibulkova could do to derail Serena from her goal of a quick win.  Although her movement remains questionable, maybe conserving energy because…

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Keys wins the battle

AUSTRALIAN OPEN [CR18] Venus Williams (USA) vs. [CR35] Madison Keys (USA) It was going to be difficult for Venus to win.  She was up against the hard-hitting and confident Keys.  To succeed she would need to have a great start.  Unfortunately, she started slowly, a result of age, it takes the body a lot longer…

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Crushing Loss For Nadal

AUSTRALIAN OPEN [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) There have always been players who have more weapons than Nadal; therefore, it is a testament of how great a competitor he is that he has outperformed so many of them.  However, this 2-6, 0-6, 6-7(5) loss to Berdych is a very troubling result…

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Nadal Answered The Questions

AUSTRALIAN OPEN [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) No was the answer to the questions. Nadal did not surprise his fans and make it to the final, and he did not continue his dominance of Berdych.  Nadal played timidly.  The majority of his shots were landing too short in the court and rather…

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Pushed, again

AUSTRALIAN OPEN [CR6] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. [CR18] Venus Williams (USA) Venus was pushed again. Although she started off focused, striking the ball well and pushing Radwanska back with the pace and depth of her shots.  She took the first set and hoped this would be easier than her previous match.  However, Radwanska is a top…

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