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Cariaoke
Jun 3rd, 2003, 01:57 PM
for those of us who've yet to see the match, this is basically an outline:

Serena mauls Mauresmo
By Matthew Cronin
Tuesday, June 3, 2003

In one of the most ruthless destructions ever seen in a significant match on Philippe Chatrier Court, top-ranked Serena Williams destroyed France's Amelie Mauresmo 6-1 6-2 and charged into the Roland-Garros quarters on Tuesday.

Williams played a nearly perfect contest on the day, while a clearly nervous Mauresmo was never unable to unleash her full arsenal and frequently found herself watching balls whiz by her. The contest between two of the tour's most formidable players have been highly anticipated since the draw came out, but despite Mauresmo's fine play coming into the match, Serena was the far more focused and determined player on the day. Making a big statement about how she was prepared to attack every ball, Serena took huge cuts on Mauresmo's second serves, often burying balls into the corners.

Williams raced out of the box behind bullet serves and searing groundstrokes and held at love to 1-0. But Mauresmo couldn't match Serena's intensity. Double faulting in her first service game, she was easily broken when Serena crunched an inside-out forehand return of serve winner to go ahead 2-0.

Serena went up 3-0 with a forehand crosscourt winner and then jumped to 4-0 after she launched a flying backhand down the line winner.

Mauresmo finally got on the scoreboard when she broke Serena with a big forehand, but the five-time Grand Slam champion Williams raced through the next two games to win the set behind some nifty volleys.

Serena kept roaring in the second set, jumping ahead 4-0 before the crowd could catch their breath.

Mauresmo finally began to find herself, hoisting her groundstrokes and charging the net. The Frenchwoman scraped back to 4-2 after she broke Serena by forcing a backhand error. But Serena kept fighting and broke to 5-2 when Mauresmo double faulted.

Mauresmo held five break points in the final game, but Serena held firm, serving big when it counted. The defending champion won the match when Mauresmo committed a backhand unforced error.

Serena will play Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne in the semis.

Playa
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:12 PM
excellent post cariosity !
Serena was ruthless endeed.
Shett shouldn't feel ashamed.

Dawn Marie
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:16 PM
Her game face is on ... DAYUM! She is focused.

What is she tryin to do.. win the grandslam? lol:)

heartBREAKeRS
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:18 PM
Serena gonna win, Serena gonna win another gran slam

tennnisfannn
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:18 PM
Mauresmo definitely has slams in her but she may have to win the others outside of the French. She is great on Clay but so was hingis yet she never won the FO. She has been to the semis of both the uSO and wimby and finaled the Australian. I believe when she wins one of these, it will give her the mental toughness to handle her home crowd.

BigTennisFan
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:36 PM
Serena was all business out there- watching the match now- she was so focused.


Serena The Merciless!!!! :devil:

Cariaoke
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:40 PM
reading some of the reuters/ap articles... I'm literally dying! ROFL! Here's some of Ree's quotes:
1. "I am on a mission," said Williams, winner of the last four grand slam titles. "She gave 100 percent but it is hard to play your best game when I am playing well."
2. "I don't feel like I'm quite there. She didn't play her best today. But it's a Grand Slam and about playing well for the whole two weeks. Maybe next year for her."
3. "I've seen Amelie play a little bit better, but I also played well," Williams said. "It's hard to play your best when I'm playing really well."

:worship: :worship: :worship:

SJW
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:43 PM
ROTFFFFFFF :worship:

Mr. Man
Jun 3rd, 2003, 03:12 PM
Serena once again droppin' it like it's hot. She' s focused to win this damn slam. :worship: