The last time Serena stepped on a court she won Wimby...so she's technically on a winning streak. All good things must come to an end, but for now Serena's continuing on with her winning ways.....
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Serena Williams is back.
Ending an eight-month layoff, Williams easily won her opening match Friday at the Nasdaq-100 Open, beating qualifier Marta Marrero 6-1, 6-0.
The match was the first for Williams since she earned her sixth Grand Slam title by beating older sister Venus at Wimbledon last July. She had been out since undergoing knee surgery Aug. 1 but showed few signs of rust.
Williams' first stroke was a service winner, and she won eight of the first nine points with little effort. She closed each set with an ace, displaying the same overpowering game that had her ranked No. 1 when sidelined.
The victory was the 13th in a row at Key Biscayne for Williams, a two-time defending champion. Marrero offered little resistance, winning just 23 of 74 points and double-faulting eight times.
During her layoff, Williams designed dresses and signed a new Nike contract, and she walked onto stadium court for her match looking like a Saturday morning superhero. She wore a white and silver outfit with a wide metallic waistband that glittered in the Florida sun, and sparkling letters in her bandanna spelled "Serena."
The stadium was mostly empty and fans subdued, even when Williams completed her win in 42 minutes. But she grinned, waved and blew kisses, polishing her celebratory ritual for more significant victories to come.
Mar 26th, 2004, 07:57 PM
Welcome back Serena! :) :kiss: Women's tennis has missed her so much. And congratualtion to Serena on her dominant win over Marta Marrero. :D
Mar 27th, 2004, 12:42 PM
Serena :hearts: She's back!
Mar 28th, 2004, 12:46 PM
Yay! Tricky next round though, against Likhovtseva. Good luck Serena!
Mar 29th, 2004, 06:09 PM
Serena Williams improves to 2-0 in comeback
March 28, 2004
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Needing one point to complete a narrow victory, Serena Williams charged the net and lunged in vain for a shot that sent her sprawling to the concrete.
She froze in an awkward pose, then slowly rose and examined her right hand with a frown. Was she hurt?
"I was angry because I broke my nail," Williams said with a smile. "I just got a manicure, so I was pretty upset."
Manicure malfunction notwithstanding, Williams hung on Sunday to beat Elena Likhovtseva 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in the third round of the Nasdaq-100 Open.
The top-seeded Williams was playing for just the second time in her comeback from an eight-month layoff following knee surgery, and she survived some shaky moments and erratic groundstrokes. She won the first five games but committed 34 unforced errors - plus several foot faults - and needed five match points to secure the victory.
"I never felt as if I was going to lose," Williams said. "I just felt ... when was I going to win?"
Williams' next opponent will be 16-year-old Russian Maria Sharapova, who beat No. 13 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi 7-5, 6-2.
Williams lost just one game in her opening match Friday, but Likhovtseva had her grunting and resorting to theatrical body language to influence the flight of the ball. Though her errors mounted, Williams kept going for winners and smacked three in the final game.
The tournament is the first for Williams since she won her sixth Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July. She said she's excited about her comeback and relieved that her knee feels fine but anticipating a few stumbles.
"If I lose, I'm going to be ready for the next tournament," Williams said. "This is my first time back, and obviously I'm not in my best form. I'm going to miss some shots, but that's OK. If I have to miss, I'm going to miss. I'm going to keep going for it."
Likhovtseva, who beat Williams at the Australian Open four years ago, hurt her chances of another upset with a slow start and 10 double-faults. The last one left the Russian behind 2-0 in the final set, and Williams nursed the lead the rest of the way.
Likhovtseva conceded that nerves affected her down the stretch.
"It's Serena. It's center court," she said. "When you think that you can win, then sometimes it overwhelms you, you know?"
Mar 29th, 2004, 09:48 PM
Serena Defeats Sharapova and wins her 15th consecutive match at the NASDAQ-100, her 3rd consecutive win since her come back, and her 10th consecutive match on the tour. The two-time defending champion*will next face countrywoman Jill Craybas, who upset No.9 Paola Suarez in three sets, 46 64 76(2).
Mar 29th, 2004, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the article!
Serena is simply sublime. Her return to the tour has woken me up and her tennis outfits are putting a smile on my face. I hope Serena continues to play well. During some stretches it's like she never left and I believe she'll be showing many a player that the story clearly is not over :)
Mar 30th, 2004, 08:22 AM
Go Serena. I love that she's made such a big splash with her return, here's to hoping the splash continues and Serena makes some big waves for all the players on top.
Mar 31st, 2004, 04:34 AM
Serena keeps on keepin on:
(by the AP)
On the women's side, top-seeded Serena Williams won the tournament's most lopsided quarterfinal since 1996, beating Jill Craybas 6-0, 6-1.
Williams, who returned from an eight-month layoff last week, won the first 10 games and needed just 55 minutes to advance to Thursday's semifinals. She'll play the winner of the match Tuesday night between No. 25 Eleni Daniilidou and No. 29 Karolina Sprem.
The Williams sisters remain on course to resume their sibling rivalry in the final Saturday. Venus Williams faces No. 5 Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
Craybas, the lone unseeded women's quarterfinalist, drew a big cheer when she finally won a game. The former NCAA champion's breakthrough came on an errant backhand by Williams, who shrieked in reaction to the rare mistake.
Williams smacked five aces and 22 winners. She has won 16 consecutive matches at Key Biscayne, including the finals in 2002 and 2003.
The tournament is Williams' first since knee surgery after winning her sixth Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July.
Apr 1st, 2004, 08:29 PM
Updating the stats 04-01-03
Serena wins her 17th consecutive match at the NASDAQ-100
Serena wins her 5th consecutive win since her come back
Serena wins her 12th consecutive match on the WTA tour.
Let's keep it going.....
Apr 2nd, 2004, 09:31 PM
The women's tour really needed a shot of Serena!
My local news had women's tennis highlights all because of Serena and what she's doing upon her return. This in the middle of baseball, basketball, and college hoops!
Apr 3rd, 2004, 05:04 PM
.....And the streak goes on.....
Serena wins her 18th consecutive match at the NASDAQ-100
Serena wins her 6th consecutive win since her come back
Serena wins her 13th consecutive match on the WTA tour.
.....that girl is BADD yall....
Apr 3rd, 2004, 06:48 PM
Serena is awesome. She's been missed!
Apr 4th, 2004, 07:01 PM
I know it's not just us Serena fans that can feel what Serena brings to the sport of tennis. Her celebrety, her magnetic pull, and her awesome on-court game, has really made her tennis' ultimate star. And just think, we were actually complaining about the status of the women's game a few weeks ago.
Apr 6th, 2004, 08:26 PM
Congrats to Serena on three peating at the Nasdaq-100 Open and in winning her first tournament back after her long injury layoff! :D
Apr 7th, 2004, 05:13 AM
Apr 7th, 2004, 05:13 AM
Just wanted to wish Serena the best of luck on the clay against Mary.
Apr 7th, 2004, 08:43 AM
Just wanted to wish Serena the best fuck on clay against Me.
Apr 8th, 2004, 12:35 AM
:rolleyes: (When other fans start lurking in player forums, that's just more confirmation Serena's on the right path, scared much??)
....and the streak goes on:
Serena wins her 7th consecutive match since her come back this year.
Serena wins her 14th consecutive match on the WTA tour.
Apr 8th, 2004, 03:03 AM
Apr 8th, 2004, 07:36 AM
This is just the era of Serena and it's exciting to be witnessing her continue to add to her story as one of the greatest, if not greatest player of her time .
Apr 9th, 2004, 12:19 PM
....and the streak goes on:
Serena wins her 8th consecutive match since her come back this year.
Serena wins her 15th consecutive match on the WTA tour.
If Serena wins her match against Petrova then she ties Jusine's match streak with 16 consecutive wins. Justine's is the longest streak of this calendar year, not sure where Serena's 8 wins stands, but one thing I do know is that Serena is most definitely starting to look like the Serena of yester-year...that's FOR SURE!
Apr 10th, 2004, 02:33 AM
Well from the very begining I did mention that all good things must eventually come to an end and Serena's streak has now ended. Now that doesn't mean that Serena's good times have ended. Serena has really impressed me and I'm confident in Serena's game- even on clay.
CONGRATS to SERENA:
She won her first 8 matches of the season!
She won her debut tournament after an 8 month lay off.
Maybe 8 is her magic number this season- How about a total of 8 slams after this year (or more)...
Truth is, after winning Nasdaq she's never then went on to win her first clay match of the year...just to put things into perspective. In 2002 afer winning Nasdaq she lost in the QF of first clay tournament that year to Patty, then went on to win FO, WIMBY, and US open and countless other titles... It's an OMEN....SERENA will win the FRENCH...lol.
Apr 14th, 2004, 09:08 AM
Im sure it wont be long before Serena is on another new streak or breaking some record. Its my prediction that before the year is over she breaks at least 2 records and has at least two 10+ winning streaks.
Oct 7th, 2004, 01:22 AM
Looking back on the year I'm more geared up than ever for 2005. I missed Serena so much and then she came back and I found that I had taken her for granted. Knowing what she's capable of and seeing another side of Serena that made me like her even more I am so looking forward to next season. I'm more proud in being a fan and proud of Serena period because of this year.