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Mina Vagante
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:17 PM
Best macth I've seen from Ana in a long time.

She was actually playing with confidence.

Awesome match !

Some of those returns by Serena were :eek:

Good fight from 1-4 in the second.

5 games in a row :)

Work on BP conversions though :o

Adal
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:18 PM
Serena :worship:
Very nice play from Ana :hug:

tdot.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Serena vs Venus SF!

ElusiveChanteuse
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Serena :worship:
Ana :hug: Sounds like played much better than expected.;)

Marionated
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Ana did a lot better than many expected, but the outcome was inevitable.
It was a pretty good match.
Some of Serena's returns were :eek:

Dawson.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
I can go away from this match very happy. I never thought Ana would play so well and it seems her behaviour has improved too. Welcome back ana :) Serena :yeah: take the title and widen the gap between you and marats brother :D

spiritedenergy
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Well played Ana, you had chances to bring it to a third:hearts:

SerenaGOAT:worship:

darkangel23
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Anci :hug:

Mina Vagante
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Serena :worship:
Very nice play from Ana :hug:

Ana played one of the best matches since her RG win

Horizon
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Agreed.

From Ana's perspective, impressive. :hearts:

Fantastic match. Winners absolutely everywhere.


Serena's ROS was AMAZING near the end. 154 mph forehand or something on one. Ridiculous.

doni1212
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Good job Serena!!! Your returns, especially forehand, :worship:
Ana, you are back girl!! Keep this up and defend Indian Wells!! :hug:

Sir Stefwhit
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Best match of the year by far. Ana raised her level like I knew she would and Serena responded like the warrior princess I know her to be. Sensational points and a lot of heart by both opponents.

I can't wait to see the stats. They both were hitting winners routinely all throughout- thank God for internet streaming!

kwilliams
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:20 PM
Go Serena! That was a pretty good match, good stuff from Ana. Great returning, especially from Serena!

A Williams is through to the final! I'm happy!

Ciarán
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:20 PM
Serena vs Venus gonna be amaze :hearts:

Nice Try Ana :hug:

Olórin
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:20 PM
Wow, what a high quality match. Like the days of old with such hard hitting and so many winners
:yeah:

hablo
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:20 PM
Loving those angry returns of serve, Serena. Reminded me of the smackdown you gave Sharpie at AO2007. :rolls:

Good match by Ana. Best I've seen her play this season.

TennisPlayingFox
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:20 PM
Serena's returns in that second set were just ridiculous, very good match from her. Ana didn't play bad, she has played a lot better in this tournament then she had earlier in the year and I think this is a good step toward her getting back to her best form.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:21 PM
One of the best matches, Serena was killing the ball. One of her forehand returns was 156kph :worship:

She hit something like 40 winners

Sylvester
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:21 PM
Those return winners from Serena in the second set were just sick! :lol:

Jesus Christ, I couldn't even see the ball! :haha:

fish_wilson
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:21 PM
So nice to see Ana today!

morningglory
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:21 PM
Serena was fierce!
And who knew Ana would play so well? (given her match against Pin this wasnt expected) It seems that Ana does indeed play better when she's not the favorite

Mynarco
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:21 PM
Ana, you did improve...:)
Almost make it to 3rd set if not those ugly UE and DF...

SAEKeithSerena
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:21 PM
Serena's hitting is out of this world SCARY. she is SO focused, this is her year man.

with that said she has played so much the girl has to be tired. serena def. venus in 3 sets tomorrow.

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:21 PM
:worship: to both...followed up that jie/serena match from last night....excellent stuff!!!!!!


best ana has played since RG by far!!!!!

Nikkiri
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:21 PM
Good quality match. Nice try from Ana some of those returns from Serena were insane not much could be done. Exceeded everyones expectations. :hug:

Well done Serena :yeah:

danieln1
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
Serena played a flawless match...
but I´m even more happy for Ana, who played solid tennis, but Serena was out of her mind today
One of the best matches of the year (quality wise)!!

mb011
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
such a good match from ana! she should be satisfied with the way she played! she is picking her form ahead of her IW title defence!
last couple of returns from serena were out of this world! i must say - such a great champion!!

Sir Stefwhit
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
Serena's ROS was AMAZING near the end. 154 mph forehand or something on one. Ridiculous.
I swear by Serena's cross-court forehand!! That shot was pure gold for her and off the returns Serena was untouchable on those shots. She treated Ana's hard hitting first serves like they were coming in slow motion.

Mikey.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
Great match from Ana :D Hopefully she gets back on track now. :yeah:

Serena was just way too strong today :eek:

LDF
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
Agreed.

From Ana's perspective, impressive. :hearts:

Fantastic match. Winners absolutely everywhere.


Serena's ROS was AMAZING near the end. 154 mph forehand or something on one. Ridiculous.

km/h, you mean ;)

---

I was both surprised and impressed by Ana today - she played with a degree of confidence that I haven't seen from her in a long time. She has a lot of positive things to take away from this match and hopefully it's another step towards the very top of the game once more. I'm not a fan but she's good to have around, especially if she can help produce matches like this.

Serena :bounce: Not a vintage performance but some BRUTAL forehand winners, especially on the return of serve.

Wtrain
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
Serena was on fire!

Ana should take a lot of positives away from this match

serenafann
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
Well done Serena,keep it going.

Good fight Ana.

Davodus
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
ana played so much better than i expected
the match was high quality, just winners everywhere
serenas ROS was amazing

ana is back, if she keeps that up :yeah:

Marcelo.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
:bigclap: :bigclap:
Serena :hearts:

Sir Stefwhit
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
Serena's ROS was AMAZING near the end. 154 mph forehand or something on one. Ridiculous.
I swear by Serena's cross-court forehand!! That shot was pure gold for her and off the returns Serena was untouchable on those shots. She treated Ana's hard hitting first serves like they were coming in slow motion.

VenusSerenaBlvd.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
It was a really good match. I was surprised by Ana. I thought she would kinda go away in the second. But she proved me wrong. Serena's returns were on Fire!! I cannot believe the pace Serena can create. It's truly extraordinary. She was hitting hard returns against some first serves. Wow!

Serenita
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:23 PM
http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/smilies/bounce.gifwhat a match!!

congrats to serena and Ana finally its looking good!

SAEKeithSerena
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:23 PM
that was the best match this year so far.

InsideOut.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:23 PM
I can't believe how well Ana played. Best since RG but of course it wasn't enough. It was almost vintage Serena there and Ana was almost Mary Pierce-like on some of her forehands. I'm very proud of her, more than I can say. Take this form into IW and win the whole thing, dear. :)

mapaliey
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:23 PM
serena..amazing comeback.......ana..lol

maddogz48
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Nice match Serena. :)
Ivanovic actually played better than I had expected.

Sean.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Ana :bounce:

Rena :worship:

Shame it didn't go to a 3rd

MaBaker
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:24 PM
Ana :weirdo:

InsideOut.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:24 PM
that was the best match this year so far.

Except Ana's horrible first game :lol: that was ugly

homogenius
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:24 PM
Good match.Main difference was the serve.First set was fairly close but Serena served a bit better.Ana could have take it to a third but once again the serve killed her (2 df to give the break back).After that Serena's returns were just too impressive.

It's probably the best I saw Ana play in ages so not such a bad loss for her.
As for Serena, I could see her losing to Venus in the SF.She's playing well but looks REALLY tired (her face at times :tape: ).Today was not very demanding cause a lot of points were finished quickly but it'll be another story against Venus.

Rumkin
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:24 PM
Serena :hatoff: This is the first time I actually rooted for her :eek: shocking

ana-fans need to have more faith in her :p even though she lost she actually played really good today :)

volta
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:24 PM
OMFG i had to go away right on the best part of the match :fiery: :sobbing:

Rena :hug: :woohoo:

muniu
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:24 PM
wow Anci , I'm proud of you, keep it up and defend your IW title :D
Very good match a lot of winners from both .

~Cherry*Blossom~
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:25 PM
Serena :worship: 4-1 down in the 2nd and just stormed through. Amazing quality except for Serena on break points :tape:

Ana played amazingly.

Tomorrow should be great, both Venus & Serena are playing incredible tennis :yeah:

Good luck in the next round :hug:

Best forehand in women's tennis - Serena Williams :bowdown:

matty
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:25 PM
Wow, I walked away for a few minutes when Ana was up 4-1 in the 2nd--I come back and it's over. Serena is such a fighter--she's crazy!

:banana: Serena is AMAZING! :banana:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:26 PM
LOL at all the Jelena fans who previously hated Ana were supporting ana in her forums :haha: Suddenly the fistpumps werent annoying were they? Morons

Belmont Lad
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:26 PM
Impressive match from Williams, what a progression in form from the first match she played in Dubai. :worship: Ana didn't play badly, which is a refreshing change.

MagicMilan
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:26 PM
The best of 2009 by far, the quality was amazing. Well done girls :worship:
Congrats Serena, you were the better one today :yeah:
I'm extremely proud of Ana, certainly one of the favourites in IW :D

starin
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:26 PM
Sounds like Ana played well today, when she gets her game right she is a very dangerous opponent.


:worship: Serena!! Great job!! :yeah:

gmokb
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Tina Turner song - Simple the best comes to mind right now. Serena is just that, simple the best. When she was down at 1-4, I actually prepared myself for a 3rd set and she just stormed right back in. Did you notice how calm amd composed she was? This was a very good match from both players.

friendsita
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:27 PM
All Williams SF!!!!

patch.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:27 PM
:o:o:o:o:o

Better stuff from Ana though :yeah:
Venus' title.

frenchie
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:27 PM
closer than I expected

Serena hit some monster FH

Beny
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:28 PM
:eek: match. I think u would never see something like this in men's tennis. Both players playing/hitting brainlessly hard, the hardest they could every single shot possible...I'm not saying I didn't like it :hearts:

You just could see both girls wanted to show the other one 'I can hit harder, I'll dominate,not you

Good match to watch

freeyourstyle
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:28 PM
really big match of serena ...
ana did a really nice match, didnt expect this one from her
returns of serena were just the bomb, holy shit

Dodoboy.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:28 PM
What a match! Well done to both!

Serena and BPs :rolls:

The beginning was quite funny, i didn't think Ana was going to win a point! But she played very well to make this competitive!

What a SF :drool:v

Dexter
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:30 PM
Well done Serena, she played one of the better matches the last 2 years I think. Some of the returns were just mindboggling. Good luck tomorrow! :yeah:
I'm not satisfied by the result obviously, but I am with Ana's play. As I thought she took on the challenge and wasn't really nervous (maybe apart of the first games, but she has these slow starts quite often). Also I have never seen Richard that animated... did he feel Serena was threatened by Ana? :hehehe:

Mrs. Peel
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:30 PM
Ana has nothing to be ashamed about. She was playing fierce Tennis and I think Serena realized quickly that if she didn't get it together, it would be a long match. Ana played great and almost took it to a 3rd.
Serena played like the #1 out there. Impressive.

Geisha
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:30 PM
Great stuff!

Serena's had so many 'OMG' moments this year.

Demska
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:31 PM
nice choke ana

joão.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:31 PM
Ana still lost so. :shrug:
Congrats, Serena! :)

Mikey.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:31 PM
LOL at all the Jelena fans who previously hated Ana were supporting ana in her forums :haha: Suddenly the fistpumps werent annoying were they? Morons.

Says the Kanepi fan :inlove:

InsideOut.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:33 PM
Ana has nothing to be ashamed about. She was playing fierce Tennis and I think Serena realized quickly that if she didn't get it together, it would be a long match. Ana played great and almost took it to a 3rd.
Serena played like the #1 out there. Impressive.

Ana played like #3. :worship:

What a match! Well done to both!

Serena and BPs :rolls:

The beginning was quite funny, i didn't think Ana was going to win a point! But she played very well to make this competitive!

What a SF :drool:v

Serena's horrible stats on BPs until Ana's double faulting. :lol: At 0-2 0-30 in the first set Ana looked like she would be bagelled. And she was laughing when she won her first point with Serena's UE :lol:

Adal
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:33 PM
Says the Kanepi fan :inlove:
Excuse me? :o

Thkmra
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:33 PM
So typical, Whenever Ivanovic plays a WS she finds form that she hasn't had in quite a while!:rolleyes:

Just as her last match with Venus, she pretty much played like utter crap, but then all of a sudden wants to show up for a match, frankly it's getting irritating:mad: But anyway Great returning from Serena..some of those were just:eek:

nhissan
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:33 PM
great match from both players but like Mrs Peel in the OOS I think Serena got pissed by Ana.

I love Ana but too much fist pumping. I bet it pissed Serena off! lol

Miss Atomic Bomb
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:34 PM
Says the Kanepi fan :inlove:

I dont remember going into her forum and cheering for her , infact I dont remember cheering for her at all :shrug:

InsideOut.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:34 PM
Oh and I can't get Ana's amazing drop half-volley at 6-4 5-4 15-0 out of my head. :hearts:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:34 PM
nice choke ana

Suddenly the fist pumps are not so annoying are they ? lol

Dodoboy.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:35 PM
We finally have a #1 player!

Sir Stefwhit
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:35 PM
The beauty in a match like that is that there was no "chocking" or dips in play. When Ana pulled ahead it was because she was playing better, so Serena had to up her play to get the lead back- and she did.

I wish these kinds of matches could be on display at the later stages of the slams!

hotandspicey
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:35 PM
Great match from both players. Serena's ROS were just sick!! :eek: Ana played with extreme confidence until the ros smack downs started coming back to back.
Btw, someone must have told Ana to chill with the fistpumps. :lol: She seemed more focused doing them less.

Bayo
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:35 PM
Nice Serena! Fifth WS meeting in a year. Have I flashed back to 2002?

(Given Serena's form as of late, that's not a bad scoreline for Ana.)

Mynarco
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:36 PM
But tomorrow Venus would beat Serena...Serena looks a little bit off in half of the whole game..

Lucemferre
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:37 PM
Well done Serena, she played one of the better matches the last 2 years I think. Some of the returns were just mindboggling. Good luck tomorrow! :yeah:
I'm not satisfied by the result obviously, but I am with Ana's play. As I thought she took on the challenge and wasn't really nervous (maybe apart of the first games, but she has these slow starts quite often). Also I have never seen Richard that animated... did he feel Serena was threatened by Ana? :hehehe:

It was an entertaining match no wonder Richard was very active. They both knew Ana's quality as a player. Serena didn't fool around,she was focused from the start.

Reiken
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:37 PM
Good fight by Ana Serena. Serena is simply too strong for anyone.

freeyourstyle
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:38 PM
LOL at all the Jelena fans who previously hated Ana were supporting ana in her forums :haha: Suddenly the fistpumps werent annoying were they?


every second post of you has something with jankovic in it ..
you are so negative, cant believe it. why cant u just talk about a match and what did go wrong or right instead of insulting users?
you r so ridiculous :lol:

Mrs. Peel
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:38 PM
great match from both players but like Mrs Peel in the OOS I think Serena got pissed by Ana.
Its like poking at a Tiger. Her returns suddenly became like RAWR!!!

Slutiana
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:38 PM
Serena. :worship: So happy she won. Those thunder forehands were :eek:. :worship: AJDE.

And Ana played well too. :awww: :hug:

court70
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:40 PM
Serena was fierce!
And who knew Ana would play so well? (given her match against Pin this wasnt expected) It seems that Ana does indeed play better when she's not the favorite

Playing against anyone with the last name of Williams always makes the opponent play better.

Lulu.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:41 PM
Great match from Serena. :D

Easily the best forehand in the game, those returns were :drool:

Good luck in the next round! :yeah:

hotandspicey
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:43 PM
nice choke ana

Na. it was a simple ass whooping like what Vee gave Dementieva. :rolleyes:

John.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:43 PM
Ree :yeah:

tonythetiger
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:45 PM
Go Venus! don't let Serena win tomorrow please!

gaviotabr
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:46 PM
I thought that was a very good match. Serena was barely making any UEs.. she was striking the ball so hard and so well.. there were some amazing points. I hope Serena wins the tournament.. I think her being number one gives credibility to woman's tennis, and she should get some more points to secure her position.

Ana, I feel proud of you. She had some great volleys.. some great pick ups.. that last one in the last game was great. And she seemed more confident in her groundstrokes. Still improvements to be made.. She double faulted twice to give Serena the break back and made some ugly UEs.. but very good play overall.. I hope she takes the positives and gets some more confidence for IW.

AcesHigh
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:46 PM
FINALLY, a very enjoyable match :)

Serena, you're the real #1 and showed why out there :bowdown: Keep it up and we might have a classic tomorrow.

I'm so proud of Ana.. she should take a lot from this match :hug:

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:46 PM
:dance:

Ntosake
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Awesome match from both players! Thought we'd see a 3rd set, but oh well, I was happy Serena won in 2.
Congrats to Serena and Ana for such a great fight.
Best wishes against Venus, too (I'll be rooting for the both of you!)

Bijoux0021
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:47 PM
Serena's returns, especially, in the 2nd set were simply unrealy.:eek:

Ana played a lot better than I thought she would. She didn't choke.

Serena just decided that she was not going to play a 3rd set. And as expected, she took it to Ana in the end. The bottom line is if Serena is healthy and really want to win bad enough, it's always up to her...It doesn't matter how well her opponent is playing. She believes in her heart that she can do a lot better. That's why she's the best. She has shown it time and time again.

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:48 PM
where are all the part time ana fans :wavey:

BlameSerena
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:48 PM
Congrats Serena! A great match overall, but certainly Rena could have played better. The bp conversions kind of bother me. Other than that, GREAT MATCH and to Ana as well.

tonythetiger
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Go Venus! don't let Serena win tomorrow please!

Mikey.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:55 PM
I dont remember going into her forum and cheering for her , infact I dont remember cheering for her at all :shrug:

:rolleyes: You were like the 3rd person to reply in the results thread cheering for Kanepi. Too bad that post magically disappeared and then later another one appeared, this time hating on Jelena instead. :sad::sad::sad:

V-MAC
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:55 PM
Very enjoyable match :) Well played ladies :bigclap:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:58 PM
where are all the part time ana fans :wavey:

This is how they started -

I will cheer for her today like I've never cheered before :rocker2: :angel:

Yes ... I might have been slightly favouring Camille Pin yesterday :angel:

But Ana Ivanovic gets my FULL and undivided support today.

AJDE !!!!

Adje Elena


And this is what happened when she lost -

I hate Ana

I hate Elena

Miss Atomic Bomb
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:59 PM
:rolleyes: You were like the 3rd person to reply in the results thread cheering for Kanepi. Too bad that post magically disappeared and then later another one appeared, this time hating on Jelena instead. :sad::sad::sad:

Making things up are we? the only thing I had posted in Kanepi's thread was 'expected result'

alfonsojose
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:01 PM
Serena :yeah: Ana :hug: :D

freeyourstyle
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:01 PM
man, you must have plenty of time to search all the comments posted by some users :lol:

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:03 PM
man, you must have plenty of time to search all the comments posted by some users :lol:

no no it was quite simple...right there in ana's thread they all congregated :)

améliemomo
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:03 PM
:eek: when I left ivanovic was 3-0 in the second set

seems like a very powerful match

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:04 PM
This is how they started -








And this is what happened when she lost -

:worship: great work!

now they can go back to hating my ana...:wavey:

ajde's and fistpumping here we come :drive:

BlameSerena
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:05 PM
This is how they started -








And this is what happened when she lost -

:lol::lol::lol:

MaBaker
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Wow reetard :lol: Someone is obsessed :inlove: :kiss:

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:08 PM
its not called being obsessed when you go into your fave's cheering thread and find haters, who suddenly found her forum because of 1 match :wavey:

freeyourstyle
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:11 PM
:lol: alright

:lol: :lol:

MaBaker
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:15 PM
its not called being obsessed when you go into your fave's cheering thread and find haters, who suddenly found her forum because of 1 match :wavey:
Some quotes are from the JJ's forum too , and they are even not full quotes :weirdo: Not enjoying your fav victory and going around quoting other people is retarted :weirdo:

Diesel
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:16 PM
Hopefully this will be youtubed later this evening so I can watch it. Good luck tomorrow Serena. Nice match Ana.

дalex
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:26 PM
Serena :hearts:

reetard :weirdo:

ce
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:33 PM
:dance:

debopero
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:40 PM
Serena :D !

sweetpeas
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:41 PM
Everyone play"s their 'best' when it comes to a Williams... Good stuff Ana! Please please, try to keep it up Ana! !Sometimes special people brings out one BEST!

RenaSlam.
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:10 PM
Great match, Serena. Beat Venus tomorrow! :devil:

Wintermute
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:15 PM
Excellent and entertaining tennis.

Some of Serena's returns were jaw-dropping. And very nice to see Ana back to near her best, probably the best she's played since mid-2008.

Ackms421
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:18 PM
Great match. Serena played very well. I wonder if she can win the french? :shrug:

mure
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:21 PM
i don't believe in moral victories.Good try Ana but that wasn't enough,keep working

well done to Serena

DA FOREHAND
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:24 PM
Also I have never seen Richard that animated... did he feel Serena was threatened by Ana? :hehehe:

Let me guess you've been watching tennis for two years?

he's def been much more animated than that. He danced on the Wimbledon broadcasting booth when Venus won Wimbledon 00 or 01. hehehe :rolleyes:

CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:25 PM
Awesome win Serena! :bounce: I think she'll go all the way here in Dubai.

Ana :hug:. She's showed signs this week that she is about ready to
come out of her slump :bounce:.

joeygoal
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:53 PM
I was at the match today (and Venus's match as well). This was my first time seeing Serena play which was great. Ana played good but in the end Serena was better and she was really hitting those returns at the end. When Ana was up 4-1, I still believed that Serena would win in 2 and in the end she did just that.

I took some pictures and I'll try posting them soon (eventually).

Good match overall.

Denise4925
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:53 PM
Ms. Imastaynumberonerena :worship: :lol:

Yonexforever
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:58 PM
Best match of the year by far. Ana raised her level like I knew she would and Serena responded like the warrior princess I know her to be. Sensational points and a lot of heart by both opponents.

I can't wait to see the stats. They both were hitting winners routinely all throughout- thank God for internet streaming!

What site are you getting the internet streaming from?
U r in the US right?
Is it free?

HRHoliviasmith
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:02 PM
This is how they started -




And this is what happened when she lost -

:haha: :haha: you are a hot mess reetard. :hearts:

can't wait to see this match!

The Daviator
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Wow, seems like Ana played really well :hearts: Defend IW :hearts:

Serena :worship: Win it :yeah:

hankqq
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:17 PM
nice score-glad it was close and competitive :bounce: well done Serena :D I can't wait to watch highlights of this match :dance:
hopefully Ana can carry this good form over to IW and defend her title there :hearts:

RYNJ
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:20 PM
CONGRATS SERENA!!!! Can't wait to watch this on youtube! haha

Goodluck against Vee!! May the best Williams win!

-VSR-
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:42 PM
Rena! :)

frenchie
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:45 PM
Never in doubt even at 41 for Ivanovic

Serena is very impressive since Paris OGDF, hitting full power, moving well and staying focused

Monirena Wiles
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:48 PM
It sounds like I missed an instant classic between two of my favorite players. It is nice to hear that Ana finally found her game. I thought a champion like Serena would bring the best out of her. Against Serena she doesnt have any pressure and if she can remember that feeling and take it with her in all of her matches she will be back to winning slams right in time for the French. Please if anyone knows where we can find the match online let us know.

cn ireland
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:57 PM
Well done to Serena:)!

Great to hear that Ana is starting to play well again:)!

matty
Feb 19th, 2009, 09:05 PM
Its like poking at a Tiger. Her returns suddenly became like RAWR!!!

Well put--when she gets pissed she kicks in to a higher gear!

Denise4925
Feb 19th, 2009, 09:24 PM
I wish these kinds of matches could be on display ...!

On TV so I could record it. Damned TTC, damn that channel straight to hell. :fiery:

Renalicious
Feb 19th, 2009, 09:45 PM
When I first look at the scoreline my reaction was ':unsure:'

but seeing that people said Ana played well, I'm happy. :) Well done Rena, take the title now. :D

nevetssllim
Feb 19th, 2009, 11:59 PM
Great match! Even though Ana had a big lead, she should go away feeling much happier than recent tournies - it was good to see her ending a lot of the points at the net.

Serena's returns were absolutely stonking!

Thkmra
Feb 20th, 2009, 02:00 AM
What site are you getting the internet streaming from?
U r in the US right?
Is it free?

Channelsurfing.net

Orbis
Feb 20th, 2009, 03:04 AM
Judging from what most people are saying, Ana played well, which is great :)
Hope she can carry this form to IW.

Congrats Serena, can anyone stop her? She seems invincible. :scared:

SAEKeithSerena
Feb 20th, 2009, 03:15 AM
take the win vs. venus, baby!

Laba
Feb 20th, 2009, 04:13 AM
Are there any match highlights I can watch of this match then? I've heard nothing but good things about it so is there anything up on YouTube or anywhere else? Cheers.

Spiritof42
Feb 20th, 2009, 04:45 AM
Serena Williams is like the Incredible Hulk: the angrier she gets, the stronger she becomes (well, most of the time anyway). She was looking pretty near invincible near the end.

But kudos to Ana, she played a lot better than most people expected and made this a more competitive match than I thought it would be. I hope she can keep it up.

MrSerenaWilliams
Feb 20th, 2009, 07:57 AM
She played QUITE well being down 1-4 in the 2nd :hearts:

Those break point conversions were :unsure: though.....

InsideOut.
Feb 20th, 2009, 08:20 AM
She played QUITE well being down 1-4 in the 2nd :hearts:

Those break point conversions were :unsure: though.....

She stopped being Jesusrena when she had BPs :lol: and everytime Ana served to her body and made it a bit more difficult.

InsideOut.
Feb 20th, 2009, 08:44 AM
Highlights: hZslPEreUWE

Ellen Dawson
Feb 20th, 2009, 08:53 AM
Well played Ana, you had chances to bring it to a third:hearts:

SerenaGOAT:worship:

:worship:

ElusiveChanteuse
Feb 20th, 2009, 09:24 AM
Highlights: hZslPEreUWE

Serena :bowdown: She's totally on fire.:yeah:
Those returns were :eek: :scared: and Ana didn't play bad either. Serena was just a league or two over her.:lol:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Feb 20th, 2009, 09:38 AM
That hightlight reel is really good. Serena :worship: Ana :hug:

volta
Feb 20th, 2009, 09:40 AM
Highlights: hZslPEreUWE

omg at the returns :speakles: that Forehand is :scared:

CORIA01
Feb 20th, 2009, 09:44 AM
a very good match
ana was impressive
congrats to serena

vettipooh
Feb 20th, 2009, 10:04 AM
For once I really enjoyed Ana's play. She was close to her best with so much confidence and still couldn't pull it off. Very good match by both. :yeah: I understand more and more when Serena says that when at her best, it's very hard to beat her. Such a true stetement. Those ROS were downright intimidating. Glad my 2 favs are in the semis. Both playing very well and I'll have one in the finals.: :D :p

slamchamp
Feb 20th, 2009, 11:12 AM
:dance:

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 20th, 2009, 12:33 PM
well serena's returns were all over this place this match on BP...but credit to ana she served some good serves to jam serena