View Full Version : US Open R1: (2) Defending Champion Serena J. Williams d. Glatch 6-4 6-1

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:02 PM
Spotty in the first set for sure but picked it up in the second set. Its typical Serena who often plays down to her opponents. First round of a major so she's workin through some things but the straight set win was never in doubt. She will get better. Glatch isn't the kind of player who is going to bring the fire out from Serena.

Glatch :hug: Get better honey cuz it sounds like you have all kinds of stuff goin on with the back and your scooter accident and good lord.

Serena :kiss: Did what you needed to in round 1.

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:02 PM
At least Serena will peak at the right time, I hope.

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:03 PM
Typical 1R from Ree. Poor start, but strong finish.

Nice work :)

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:03 PM
Yeah...spotty but this is typical Serena at the start of a major.

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:05 PM
Nice work, Serena! Good luck for the next match.

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:05 PM
Well done Ree. :)

Slammin dress, normal first round match. :yeah:

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:06 PM
The dress was slamming as was that running backhand flicker late in the second!!! Serena just said she's got those butterflies in first rounds trying to keep that record of not losing in the first round intact.

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:06 PM
meh 1st round performance but :worship::worship: Serena 40 first round wins at slams!!!

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:07 PM
meh first set...solid second set...

looking hottttttt :drool:

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:07 PM
Does anyone else have a record like that of no losses in the first round of a slam?

Mrs. Peel
Aug 31st, 2009, 09:07 PM
Love the dress! Looks like she shed some pounds as well. Defend Serena!!!

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:09 PM
1 down 6 to go!!!

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:09 PM
Routine Serena :)

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:10 PM
Looks like Serena is adopting the same method she used during early rounds of last year's US Open. Anytime her avg 1st serve is 98...

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:12 PM
Came out a bit slow but finished strong.

Win it Serena. :D

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:13 PM
I noticed her first serve % was off too...wasn't going for bombs. Again, Serena typically plays down to her lower ranked opponents like this at majors. We know she could've won this 1 and 1 and she knew she was gonna win in straights. Some shots her footwork was just lazy. She would be reaching for return serves instead of moving her feet.

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:13 PM
Does anyone else have a record like that of no losses in the first round of a slam?

Seles didn't lose a 1st round match until the 2003 French Open (I believe) the last major she ever played. :sad:

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:15 PM
My dad thinks Serena looks "bonny". He said it's a VERY good thing lol. Yer, she looks hawt.

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:16 PM
Glatch's backhand is so strange, she reminds me of Malek. Only slicing...

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:21 PM
Love you Serena!Have fun!:wavey::kiss::bounce::bounce::kiss::wavey::lol ::worship::D

Br'er Rabbit
Aug 31st, 2009, 09:21 PM
1 down 6 to go! I love that dress she's wearing, she's looking really lean.

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:24 PM
I noticed her first serve % was off too...wasn't going for bombs. Again, Serena typically plays down to her lower ranked opponents like this at majors. We know she could've won this 1 and 1 and she knew she was gonna win in straights. Some shots her footwork was just lazy. She would be reaching for return serves instead of moving her feet.
No, "we" don't. If Serena could have won this match 1 and 1, she would have.

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:25 PM
Congrats Serena :yeah: Nice win!

Good luck in the next round :hug:

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:26 PM
Serena :bigclap:

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:26 PM
your comments aren't as intelligent smart assed as you think they are

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:29 PM
your comments aren't as intelligent smart assed as you think they are

whoms? :D

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:41 PM
sexyRena was on court today :drool: looked HOT HOT

typical 1st rounds win, just doing enough to win the match and not peak at the wrong time :yeah:

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:49 PM

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:51 PM
No, "we" don't. If Serena could have won this match 1 and 1, she would have.

Just like I told you a few weeks ago, Ted Robinson is doing the U.S Open. :p He's on TTC right now. :wavey:

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:51 PM
I noticed her first serve % was off too...wasn't going for bombs. Again, Serena typically plays down to her lower ranked opponents like this at majors. We know she could've won this 1 and 1 and she knew she was gonna win in straights. Some shots her footwork was just lazy. She would be reaching for return serves instead of moving her feet.
Yeah, and I believe her hardest serve was about 111mph according to usopen.org

Serena should get better and better. Im proud of her. She looks like she's attacking and trying to do the right things.

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:51 PM
Step to this. :bowdown:

Aug 31st, 2009, 09:56 PM
Keep it going Serena!!!

Aug 31st, 2009, 10:02 PM

and I love that color on her. still not crazy about the dress though.

Aug 31st, 2009, 10:17 PM
:ras: The suckfulness of this sucky US Open begins as the first of my Little Three (Vika, Caro, Alex) goes down in gory defeat. I blame the draw, not Serena.

A chance to do well on hardcourts at a major would have done wonders for Alexa, but NOOOOOOOO.

Anyway, of course Serena was going to win. Stupid suckass draw. Hopefully Big Al will find love and success in the dubz.

At least one of my other Little Three wins. Big Three(TOB, Vee and that chick who used to have bangs) start to play later.

Aug 31st, 2009, 10:20 PM

Thanks Sexysova!!!
Good Job Serena! Good Luck!

Aug 31st, 2009, 10:25 PM
Good win. 1 down, 13 to go :shrug: she didn't do anymore than she needed to. She rarely does until late in a major. Get some rest. You've got a LONG road ahead of you, Ree.

Aug 31st, 2009, 10:29 PM
Serena looks even skinner in that video seems shaped in the arms too nice

Aug 31st, 2009, 10:36 PM
:eek: geez Alexa has one of the ugliest shots in the game. too much windup going into all her shots. compact them down!

Aug 31st, 2009, 10:39 PM
Serena :D !

Miss Amor
Aug 31st, 2009, 10:40 PM
Come on!

Aug 31st, 2009, 10:44 PM
Does anyone else have a record like that of no losses in the first round of a slam?Monica lost in the 1st round of her last slam ,but before then she had never lost in the first round, too bad it happened in her last.

Aug 31st, 2009, 11:25 PM
a serena related match thread with ONLY three pages? :unsure: *queing (sp) up twilight zone theme*

Sep 1st, 2009, 12:07 AM
Anyone else noticed how fast these courts seem ?

Sep 1st, 2009, 12:40 AM
a serena related match thread with ONLY three pages? :unsure: *queing (sp) up twilight zone theme*

Trust and believe...had Serena lost, TF would've shut down due to server overload and this thing would be at 15 pages by now. Nothin for the haters to celebrate.

Sep 1st, 2009, 12:52 AM
An interview with: Alexa Glatch

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. When you saw the draw and you were slated to play your opponent, what went through your mind?
ALEXA GLATCH: Um, initially I was a little surprised. Of course, playing Serena first round isn't the best draw you could possibly have, but I was excited, looking forward to the opportunity.
You know, it was a good chance for me, so I wasn't totally upset. I was pretty excited.

Q. But you'd think you could go and winning this thing?
ALEXA GLATCH: Sure. Why not?

Q. Were you nervous at all?
ALEXA GLATCH: Yeah, I was nervous, of course.

Q. How did you contain your nervousness?
ALEXA GLATCH: Well, I mean, you just try not to think about the occasion. You just kind of pretend it's just any other court, you're playing against any other opponent.
But it's very hard to do, especially probably playing my first time out in the biggest stadium there is. It was pretty cool walking out there, I must say. Hopefully I'll play out there many more times.

Q. What's the status of the Fed Cup situation? Are you definitely going to play? Is it up in the air?
ALEXA GLATCH: I don't know. Mary Joe hasn't picked the team yet. Of course if she asked me to play I'd be there in a heartbeat. It's her call, and she'll probably make that decision a few weeks before, just depending on, you know, who's playing good tennis at the time and who she wants on that team.

Q. When the match was over, did Serena offer you encouragement as a fellow not too many Americans at this point. I don't think many people can name players whose last name isn't Williams at this point.
ALEXA GLATCH: Serena is a great competitor. She didn't say much after the match, but she's always very nice. You know, I have a lot of respect for her. I like watching her on TV. She's probably one of my favorite players. It was pretty cool to get to play against her.

Q. Talk about the force of her shots, her forehand when she leans into it, and her serve?
ALEXA GLATCH: Yeah, she can really step into a ball, that's for sure. I mean, out there today it was a little windy. The ball seemed to be floating a little bit. It was tricky at times, actually. The wind was blowing one way, but, I mean, she played well.
I mean, when she steps into it, she can probably hit bigger than any other girl on the tour.

Q. How does feel on your hand when she...
ALEXA GLATCH: You just got to be ready. Just got to be got to be ready. That's all.

Q. I don't have the media guide, but where is home for you? Are you in school and not playing?
ALEXA GLATCH: Home for me is in Newport Beach, California, so I'm just out here playing full time on the tour now. Finished high school a couple years ago, two years ago maybe.

Q. You did well, because the first set was close: 6 4. It wasn't that bad. You should feel pretty good about yourself. I would. I mean, facing Serena, I would feel very good.
ALEXA GLATCH: Yeah, I mean, it's tough. I mean, I didn't play my best tennis, that's for sure. You know, I thought I could have done a little better than I did, but, you know, it's not easy playing on a big stage like that.
You know, I haven't had the best summer so far, so it's kind of tough.

Q. So how will you improve it? You said you haven't been playing the best. How would you improve your game?
ALEXA GLATCH: Well, it's just been kind of tough with injuries and stuff. I haven't played I've really missed the whole summer hardcourt season. I haven't played a match in a couple of weeks, and I haven't been able to practice as much as I would have liked to, either.
You know, just the preparation wasn't what I would have liked it to be. But, you know, hopefully in the future, with a lot of hard work, you know, I can get back here and, you know, really show everyone what I can do.

Q. And kick some butt?
ALEXA GLATCH: Yeah, exactly.

Q. Back to the OC after this for a little rest and relaxation?
ALEXA GLATCH: I'm actually scheduled to play an indoor tournament in Quebec City, and then I'm going to play a couple tournaments in Asia, maybe one in Moscow. That's it for the year.

Sep 1st, 2009, 01:47 AM
Serena Williams
Monday, August 31, 2009

6 4, 6 1

An interview with: Serena Williams

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. It's been 10 years since you first came here. Is there an appreciation that you have for this tournament that you gained over the years?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Ten years ago I definitely wasn't a favorite. I felt like so like I had nothing to lose, and that's kind of how I like that attitude. When you play with that attitude, then you can go a really far way. That's kind of how I would like to even approach it this year.

Q. Is that like a mental kind of ambition of yours to try to just shut out expectations and just play and kind of let it all hang out?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, absolutely. I just kind of shut out every expectations and don't really read too much of anything, what anyone's saying. You know, don't keep your ear too low to the ground, but just kind of just relax.
I think that can be difficult for any player, but it's definitely possible.

Q. You mentioned 10 years ago, but what do you think the little girl Serena Williams who signed herself up for her own first tournament would think of Serena Williams today with all the Slams, all the accolades?

Q. What do you think she would think of all this?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I think when I first signed up with that tournament, what you read about in my book, I think that I would just be really I would think that this Serena Williams today is super cool. I would love to get her autograph.
I think she would have been my idol, because it would have been like growing up there weren't too many black people. I loved Zina Garrison and Lori McNeil. I would have had a little favorite toward myself and Venus.

Q. Was it something special that most parents sort of had to be in the game of tennis and know the game and culture of tennis to start teaching their kids. Did your father do something outside the box by doing it a different way and in the inner city?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, absolutely. I think he did something totally different by starting us and, you know, he never played tennis before. Knowing no one in his family ever did. He was a good athlete. My mom was a great athlete. I think that was all that was needed.

Q. The state of your game is good right now. I hope it continues. What do you attribute your success to? Training, fitness? You look really good. Are you really 100% ready to take this tournament?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't think about success. I just think about playing a match and just staying focused. You know, I just take it one day at a time.

Q. You have this tennis thing down pretty well. I was at Yankee Stadium Friday night. Were you working on your pitching?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I thought I was doing fine. I thought the goal was to get it to home base, but apparently it's not. I thought you know, I thought it was just at least get it there. Apparently I have to hit it lower. No one told me that. I didn't know.
They kept saying, I hope you can get it there. I thought, I can get it there easy. I think I got the sports mixed up. Maybe I thought it was football or something.

Q. That would have been a good touchdown pass.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Would it? Maybe I have to do a first down pass or something. I got confused.

Q. Mets are next week. Maybe you can work on it again.

Q. What compelled you to want to write an autobiography right now? How do you think it turned out?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, it's not a complete autobiography about my whole life. It's definitely a memoir, however. It actually is a motivational piece. All the people that read it are kind of motivated through my struggles.
I thought it was necessary, because I never really talked too much about my personal life. I think having so many wonderful fans and having, you know, being blessed that people follow me, just get to know a little bit more about the person. Hopefully they can be motivated to do better themselves and to, you know, just be better people, as well.
You know, I felt honored that I even had a chance to write.

Q. Was it a difficult process? Was it a lot of work?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Actually, no. I actually wrote it a long time ago. Just did a couple final touches last year. Just probably added only two more chapters. It kind of just all came together, and it was really pretty much about the right time. I love writing, so it was a no brainer.

Q. One of the most moving parts of the book I think to most people was really when you were kind of down, you said all the competitive bones in my body were broken, feeling kind of out of it. Well, depressed. You didn't have sort of the strength of character to face it at that particular time. What were your feelings then? How did you turn that around?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It was just that's another reason I wrote it, because I felt that what makes a champion isn't how well they do. It's about how well they can recover when they fall, or if they fall.
And you look at someone like I love Muhammad Ali, and he went to jail for a period of time and he came back on top of the world. You know, I just thought what it would be like. You know, I was on top of the world, and then things came crashing down. You get to see people who are really your friends and you get to see people that really stick by your side and how you can recover from that and stay strong.
I just think anyone can do it. You just have to have a kind of guide sometimes and just getting there.

Q. Were you pleased with the guidance you got at the time?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I mean, I definitely think that spiritual guide is the best thing for me, and I wouldn't want it to be any other way.

Q. You also talked about talk therapy as a guide.

Q. You talked openly about that, which is a pretty brave thing to do.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, it wasn't very easy. But however you get there, whatever way you take to get there is very interesting. That's one of the routes I take, because I didn't know where else to go. I felt I didn't have anywhere else to turn.
Obviously I did, because I did have my family. And looking back on that, I realized that I could have done things different. But, you know, whatever it took to get there, I thought was just to get me motivated. I think ultimately my trip to Africa helped out, as well.

Q. Do you find it ironic that the state of tennis in America rests in the hands of two African American sisters?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't really think about it. I think that there is a lot like the girl I played today, she's American and she's actually a really good player. She can be really good.

Q. Anything special about the jewelry you're wearing for this tournament?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I'm wearing my whole collection from the Serena Williams, Signature Statement, which is available on HSN, which I'm really (laughter.) I'm sorry, but he asked, so...
I'm really excited about it because I love jewelry, and I think people really know me for jewelry. It will be available starting September 19.

Q. The earrings are part of it?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, everything, earrings, necklace, lucky ring. I have a bracelet, but I didn't wear it today.

Q. We'll be seeing you on Home Shopping Network? You have appearances?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I've been on the Home Shopping Network a few times. You know, there's fashions and all kinds I just feel really honored. I love fashion and love designing. It's just great.

Q. Who is your publisher. Will you be doing any signings?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I'm doing some signings. But not now. Right now I am I have another job right now that's calling.

Q. What's the name of the book? Who is the publisher?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Called On the Line, and it's published by Grand Central Publishing.

Q. Serena mentions the address 1117 East Stockton. What kind of images? What kind of thoughts come to your mind?
SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, I just think of I think of the front yard and the porch that we used to sit on, the stoop that we used to always sit on. I just think of a rose bush which was in my front yard.
I just smile whenever I think of 1117, so it just brings wonderful memories. That's where I grew up, and it will always mean something special in my life.

Q. What was it like to cuddle up on the bunk bed of your older sister at night?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, you never know where I was going to sleep, so... It was fun, though. Like I said in the book, I got to get to know each of them in a special way, and I don't think any of my sisters had that relationship with any of them the way I've been able to because of that.
You know, I still like to sleep with the teddy bear and dog to this day. That's why I always have my dogs with me.

Q. Finally, what did it feel like when six of you in that van sort of went down and sort of descended on the park and sort of took it over as your own?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It was great. I love going to trunk tournaments. We used to travel in the bus, Volkswagen buses, really old. Sometimes we'd barely get there. We would get there, and I remember I used to always go watch play Venus play and I desperately wanted to be on the court.
When I finally got my chance, I knew that's where I belonged. I still belong there, so I'm glad to still be there.

Q. I know fashion is hot for you right now, but are you still pursuing acting?
SERENA WILLIAMS: You know, I'm into writing. I would love to do acting, but I haven't been able to get a job. I figure if I write my own script then I can star in it. That's what I'm trying now. I can't be I haven't been cast recently. It's tough out there.

Q. If you were writing the story about the 2009 US Open women's draw, what would be your lead?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, what would be my lead? Are you trying to get this for your story? (laughter.)
Just making sure. Well, Serena's back where she belongs.

Sep 1st, 2009, 02:55 AM
serena FINALLY having an outfit i like! she looks AMAZING.

her 1st round statistics in slams stays alive. wow :)

win this, serena.

Sep 1st, 2009, 03:00 AM
Okay attire - nice colors but where's the Dri-FIT tech? That was the only issue I had with Serena's match :lol:

Sep 1st, 2009, 03:50 AM

Sep 1st, 2009, 03:58 AM
Just like I told you a few weeks ago, Ted Robinson is doing the U.S Open. :p He's on TTC right now. :wavey:
OK. :shrug:

Sep 1st, 2009, 04:09 AM
Rena! :)

Sep 1st, 2009, 05:11 AM
Well done Serena.

Sep 1st, 2009, 06:09 AM
Good roll Serena.
I'll be check'n in on ya girl. :wavey:

Sep 1st, 2009, 09:13 AM
Love the outfit and look. :) Good work.