It was a jam-packed Tuesday at the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky. But tennis fans experienced some doubts as to how tough a contender Serena Williams would be at the upcoming Grand Slam, as she was struggling against fellow American, world no. 60 Bernarda Pera. The WTA tournament was the first Serena played after the long halt the pandemic had caused.
First set 4-6
Serena Williams was holding her serve well with only one double fault she made in the first game. After 2-2 Perda scored an impressive point to win the game with triple break point at her hand. After breaking Serena, Perda won the set 4-6.
Second set 6-4
The second set began with winning her service game and her opponent succcesfully holding her serve.
At 2-1 30-30 Serena entered the net with an aggressive shot and won the point only to let her opponent win the point in the si ilar fashion. At deuce Serena made an out called that was overruled by the chair umpire, Serena was seen smiling and asking the umpire “Are you sure?”. Unfortunately, there was no TV replay and Serena had to abide by the umpire. Pera crashed her backhand to the net and Serena got the break she needed. Leading 3-1.
Pera was stubborn to not let go of her toil and made a comeback to make the score line 3-2 and eventually 4-4. Unfortuantely, the 23 time Grand Slam winner got the better of her opponent and won 6-4.
Bernarda Pera will have recurring nightmares about being 6-4, 4-4, 0-40 on the serve of Serena Williams, and losing the set.
One-sided Final Set
A major trait of a champion is how easily they focus on the next point, unlike Pera who could be seen still stuck at the chances she dropped in the previous set.
Serena got an easy break in the beginning and led the match 4-1. She eventually won 6-1
Seren Williams is through to the next round after playing the first round for 2 and a half hours. We hope she has got enough feel and warm up to easily win her upcoming rounds.