Madrid - World No 1 Serena Williams was at a loss to describe her
complete loss of form in the second set as she battled into the
semi-finals of the Madrid Open with a 6-3, 0-6, 7-5 win over 30-year-old
wildcard Anabel Medina Garrigues on Friday.
The American hadn't
dropped a set all tournament until the Spaniard romped through the
second set and Williams admitted she had to fight to up her intensity
levels heading into the decider.
"I think it was definitely a
battle. That's the way to describe it. I obviously didn't do much in the
second set, and I think I gave her a lot confidence to play better,"
"I wasn't really there. I wasn't really in it. My feet weren't moving. I don't know what happened.
turn it around I got up earlier on the changeover and started doing
high knees and just stretching and doing anything to try to get my
intensity back up where it needed to be."
uncharacteristically wild performance, Williams racked up nearly 50
unforced errors throughout the nearly two and a quarter hours of play,
and she is determined to start afresh when she faces either Sara Errani
or Ekaterina Makarova in the semi-finals on Saturday.
"I definitely want to cut back on my unforced errors. I had a lot unforced errors today.
I went for a lot more today than I have been in my past few matches so I
think I'm going to go back to the way I have been playing and being
more calm and not making as many errors as I did today.
is I was able to get through it. Tomorrow I start out at 0-0, so it's
important for me to let it go and just play a new match tomorrow."Result from the seventh day of the ATP Madrid Masters and WTA Madrid Open on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Anabel Medina Garrgues (ESP) 6-3, 0-6, 7-5