For full match report, click here: Serena Williams vs Li Na As It Happened
Serena Williams won her second match at this year’s WTA Championships in Istanbul after beating Li Na in straight sets 7-6 (2) 6-3.
However, the quality of the match has dissapointed a bit as both players struggled with their rhythm from the very beginning.
It was the Chinese player who took a 4-1 lead in the first set and it all looked that she will wrap it up to give herself a lead in today’s encounter. Serena’s serves and ground strokes were failing her and all she could do was to shake her head in disbelief. But as a great champion, she knows that even on an ‘off day’, the key thing is to find a way to victory, whatever it takes. That’s exactly what she did as she rallied to level the score at 4-4, just before breaking Li to give herself a chance to serve out the set. But not only did the Chinese break back, she took Serena’s serve to love once more when the Olympic and 2012 US Open champion was serving to wrap it up for the second time at 6-5 up. Nevertheless, Serena kept her composure and stormed to take the ‘breaker’ with 7-2 after 56 minutes of play.
The second set didn’t offer the best quality tennis either, with Serena taking a 4-1 lead after a numerous unforced errors from Li. One thing that had changed in comparison to set one was the American’s serve. She suddenly started to fire some aces that got her out of trouble on more than one occasion. Williams never looked back and served out the match to love, winning her second encounter at this year’s Championships.
Serena served 6 aces and came up with 6 double faults, hit 18 winners and commiteed 31 unforced errors. On the other hand, Li hit 1 ace to 5 double faults, produced 19 winners and committed 36 UEs.
One thing is for sure though, she will have to raise her level when she will square up against Victoria Azarenka in the third group match.