Tennis player most admired is Martina Hingis because she played like chess on court. Beijing Olympics in 2008) and reached another 16 finals (incl. to Stosur 63 26 76(2); held 4mp - 1mp at 5-3 third set, 3mp at 5-4 third set). WTA Championships w/Husarova in 2002) and reached another seven finals (incl.
- Played first event of career on ITF Circuit in Moscow in 1995; played first WTA main draw at Moscow in 1997 (l. two Grand Slam finals in 2004 at Roland Garros and US Open). two Grand Slam finals at 2002 US Open w/Husarova and 2005 US Open w/Pennetta); doubles career-high was No.5 (set on April 14, 2003).
Elena was playing so well and has beaten me in matches in the past,” said Serena.
“When she had that match point, I just thought ‘ace’.
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I had to stay calm and positive.” Those crying out for anything but another sister act would have been encouraged from the start by an opening game in which Dementieva earned an immediate break with the help of one breathtaking backhand cross court pass.
Williams, though, responded with vigour, rasping a backhand winner of her own down the line to set up the break back.
In the breaker, the grunts turned into screams as both women sought to hit the ball ever harder, without either ever dreaming of resorting to a hint of subtlety or touch.
Williams, though, proved the first to crack, succumbing on serve to an excellent return from the Russian which caused her such surprise that she clipped her subsequent forehand wide.
In one of the classic matches at SW19 which provided an emphatic answer to those who have been berating the quality of the women’s game here, Williams finally emerged triumphant 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 8-6 after two hours 49 minutes.