SONY ERICSSON OPEN
Serena Drops Just Five Games
by Peter Holehan|
Five-time Sony Ericsson Open winner Serena Williams took command early against Chinese wild card Zhang Shuai by breaking serve three times in the first set en route to a 6-2, 6-3 win in second round action Thursday.
Williams, the 10th seeded player in the draw, will face No. 21 Roberta Vinci of Italy in the third round. Historically, Miami has been kind to Williams. The 13-time Grand Slam champion is now 53-6 here and she holds the record for the most match wins among all active players.
She is only six wins away from tying Steffi Graf for most victories in Miami.
Williams’ emotions trickled out when she let out a scream after a wayward return shot what not where she wanted it to be.
“It definitely came on,” Williams said. “I got a little frustrated, but not too much, you know. I think my frustration is more like a motivation frustration, so it helps me to get motivated.”
Kim Clijsters knew that she had to start playing better than she had in her first round match.
As an unseeded player, the road is a little bit longer and the draw lends itself to facing top 20 ranked players in the early rounds of the tournament.
But the play of the 28-year-old Belgian veteran more resembled the likeness of a seeded player on Thursday as she eliminated No. 14 German Julia Goerges 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the women’s singles main draw.
Clijsters attributed Wednesday’s first round victory against Aussie Jarmila Gajdosova as just the preparation she needed to wind into gear.
“It is tough, especially - in a way I was happy that I was able to play that first round, you know, that I don't quite have that bye off, like that first round off, so that gives me a little bit of rhythm a little bit of a lower ranked player where I can just get used to playing outdoors again, get used to the weather conditions,” said the former Sony Ericsson champion.
“You know, there was an improvement in my second round to my first round, and I had to. You know, Julia is a good player and I knew stepping out on court today that I'm gonna have to play a better type of tennis.”
One of those areas was on break points where she saved 10 of 14 opportunities.
Next up for Clijsters, she’ll meet fellow countrywoman No. 23 Yanina Wickmayer in the third round. Wickmayer beat New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic 6-3, 6-4.
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