Take it away, Serena…
“I wasn’t moving my fastest but all I could do was try and do the best I could. I don’t know. I definitely wasn’t at my best,” said Williams, who criticized the tournament for its scheduling. “This isn’t a player-favorite tournament, just to be honest. None of the players are really gung-ho about playing here.”
(From Yahoo). For those who didn’t see, the Serena/Nads match was a huge slugfest, with some really great fighting from Nads (including a service hold at 1-all in the second set that was a big turning point) to take the match in 3 sets. Serena, oddly enough, didn’t look too apathetic come the third set. She was frustrated and looked flat out of solutions.
Do I even need to explain why this is stupid? Serena was probably tired from her other match, and was flat out beaten by Nads. And instead of the typical “well I gave the match away” it’s “well no one actually likes it here anyway”. It’s a premier mandatory tournament… and your number 1 seed is bashing the tournament. Just great for the sport. At least the good news is that it’s pushed two weeks forward next year and Rome is turned into a 10 day joint even in this spot next year.
Meanwhile, JJ was keeping the Serbian sisters rivaly alive:
All in all, a pretty ridiculous day. The other two matches included Venus coming back from being down a set to Franny to win, and Lucie hanging on by her toe nails to beat Dulgheru in the third set, 7-6(6).