Thursday, July 30, 2009

Williams and Bartoli win, despite spirited competition

Top Stanford seed Serena Williams faced a tough competitor in Melinda Czink today in Stanford, but she prevailed (while hitting 10 aces), 6-3, 7-6. Qualifier Melanie Oudin faced Marion Bartoli for the first time since Baroli beat her in Charleston. Bartoli won, 7-5, 6-4; Oudin's dismal second serve stats tell part of that story.

Sabine Lisicki just can't stop double-faulting. This is a trend on the tour, but not one Lisicki should follow. She has been double-faulting a lot since her injury and illness break. Fortunately, she also hits quite a few aces, but those aces should be giving her an edge, not just helping her compensate. Today in Stanford, she committed 11 double faults and hit 7 aces against Jelena Jankovic.

In the third set of that match, Jankovic was up 4-2, 30-0, but was broken. She broke Lisicki, however, when Lisicki served at 4-5, defeating her 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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