Trailing 3-2 in the first set, Bovina had triple break point against Williams, but Williams came up with two winners and Bovina sent a forehand long on a second serve as Williams held. Bovina double-faulted to drop her serve and trail 5-2.
Bovina won the next two games to get to 5-4, but Williams closed out the set with a 110-mph serve that the Russian barely got her racket on. In the second set, Bovina fought off triple break point to hold for a 2-1 lead, but Williams ran off the final five games, including two service breaks, and won on her third match point when Bovina's backhand went wide.
"It boiled down to who could hold serve, but my serve carried me throughout the match," Williams said. "This is the best I've played in the last few weeks. Baby steps, but I'll get there." - Sportsline.comwire (report)
The rankings are actually a great indicator of the kind of year Serena is having. She's about to re-enter the top ten with less than 9 events played this year (less than anyone else in the top 20), not to mention she only has two slams factored into her ranking- What an awesome feat!!
There are rumors going around that Serena is way too passive and playing unpredictable tennis right now....don't believe the hype, Serena has been the model of consistency all year long and has posted quality results every step of the way....
BEST OF LUCK AGAINST VERA!!!!
STEFWHIT'S MILLATARY RANKS:
The Commander In Chief: Steffi Graf
General: Serena Williams
Admiral: Kim Clijsters
Lieutenant General: Elena Dementieva
Major General: Myskina
nominees for Brigadier General:
Venus, Golovin, Lindsay, Petrova, and Pierce