Serena Williams, seemingly in the form of her career, crushed former number 1 Caroline Wozniacki, winning 6-0, 6-3 to storm into the semi finals.
It may have come as quite a shock to Wozniacki, who did her own bit of crushing when she beat Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets on Wednesday. Williams and Wozniacki have played twice this year, with each winning once, so it should have been a close match. However, Wozniacki knew the level at which Williams was playing. “Serena is playing really well,” she said in her post-match press conference following the Hantuchova game. “She played unbelievable today. You definitely have to go out and play your best tennis to beat her.” After Williams brutalised Vera Zvonareva 6-1 6-0 in a mere 51 minutes, with 32 winners and 12 cruising aces, Wozniacki must have been preparing for a fight.
What she might not have been prepared for was Williams racing to take the first set 6-0. Williams had total control and dominance of the set, striking the ball beautifully, with incredible balance. Wozniacki eventually made it onto the board by holding her serve in the second set to take it to 1-1. In the third game Wozniacki really fought hard, saving a number of break points, but ultimately couldn’t hold on, losing her serve and taking it to 3-1. She managed to hold serve in her next service game but the score quickly became 5-2.
Wozniacki proved that she hadn’t given up by playing brilliantly in the eighth game, thrashing Williams 40-0. At 5-3, with Williams serving for the match, Wozniacki continued to fight hard, with some of the beautiful forehands seen in her previous match. However, it proved too little too late as Williams hit one of her six aces, followed by a big serve and then a dominant point to win the match.
The remarkable thing is that Wozniacki didn’t play badly, which demonstrates just how well Williams is playing. It is obvious by the look in her eyes and the determination with which she’s playing that Williams wants it badly – she has the golden doubles and now desperately wants the golden singles, as her sister has. After her performance in the last few days, it’s looking evermore likely that her wish may be granted.
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