WTA Tour

Serena squeaks into semis

2013-05-10 13:38
Serena Williams (AFP)
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," she said.

"I wasn't really there. I wasn't really in it. My feet weren't moving. I don't know what happened.

"To 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."

In an 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.

"Also, 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.

"The fact 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):

Women

Quarter-finals

Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Anabel Medina Garrgues (ESP) 6-3, 0-6, 7-5

Read more on:    madrid open  |  serena williams  |  tennis
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.