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MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:05 AM
:shrug: slow start, but solid win.

4 DFs, but 5 aces to match, so I guess that's not so bad.

HORRIBLE bp conversion though :unsure: 5/9

She's got 1 more round to clean it up before she faces Maria potentially, but Gisela is a decent clay courter and Serena didn't seem TOO troubled out there. Plus I mean this is her first completed match on green clay since her win over Pierce at AI in 2005 :eek: so :shrug: not a horrible first outing IMO.

Some CLEAR things to work on, but it could have been MUCH worse :shrug:

Onto the 16s :yeah:

doni1212
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:05 AM
Good job, Ree!!!

RenaSlam.
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:06 AM
:worship:

Good match. Dulko is no slouch, especially on clay. Go Serena!

Ben.
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:06 AM
well done serena :yeah:

Pureracket
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:06 AM
Shweet!

If she did this to Gisela, imagine what she would do to Nadal, Federer, and Santoro.

Poova
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:07 AM
Gise :hug: Good effort. :)

Congrats Serena! :yeah:

IanRadi
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:07 AM
Gisela :help: I'm sure she'll dream with those 5 BPs she wasted at the beginning of the 2nd set :o

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:07 AM
:D serve got solid in the end but she probably was just getting her footing on the green clay again...on to the next round and some more points :D

~Cherry*Blossom~
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:08 AM
Congrats Serena.

Good luck in the next round :hug:

Lindsayfanumber1
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:08 AM
Serena :yeah:
Gise :bigcry: :hug:

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:09 AM
Shweet!

If she did this to Gisela, imagine what she would do to Nadal, Federer, and Santoro.

i know :armed:
nadal better surrender his RG title now...FedEx better forget about career slam...Santoro better...well...

starin
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:09 AM
weird match.
1st set: 8 consecutive breaks of serve w/ zero game points. First GP is a set point by Serena
2nd set: both face bps in their 1st service game then hold. And then Gisela gets broken again and then zero bps for the rest of the match.


Def. a lot of stuff Serena needs to improve if she wants to win the title. But it's a decent start to the tournament. Good luck Serena..try to improve you're career win/loss on green clay :D

vettipooh
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:10 AM
Made me a little nervous in the first set. For some reason she was having trouble holding serve...but she got it together and pulled off the win .:yeah: Hope next rd is a bit more comfy.

lucho_coria
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:12 AM
Rena:)

Gise:sad::kiss:

P_Fer
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:12 AM
Gisela :sad: :sad: :sad: Good effort :hug:

Congrats Serena

vettipooh
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:12 AM
Shweet!

If she did this to Gisela, imagine what she would do to Nadal, Federer, and Santoro.

:devil: :lol:

No Name Face
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:14 AM
well done serena. keep on winning :)

VishaalMaria
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:21 AM
Any pics?

Paul.
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:22 AM
:shrug: slow start, but solid win.

4 DFs, but 5 aces to match, so I guess that's not so bad.

HORRIBLE bp conversion though :unsure: 5/9

She's got 1 more round to clean it up before she faces Maria potentially, but Gisela is a decent clay courter and Serena didn't seem TOO troubled out there. Plus I mean this is her first completed match on green clay since her win over Pierce at AI in 2005 :eek: so :shrug: not a horrible first outing IMO.

Some CLEAR things to work on, but it could have been MUCH worse :shrug:

Onto the 16s :yeah:

I'm scared by the first set with 7 breaks, but the second seemed to be much better for Serena.

Do you really think 5/9 is a horrible bp conversion? I think it's pretty good to be honest - well nothing to worry about anyway, it's above 50% :shrug:. A horrible bp conversion for me would be more like 5/16 :lol:.

Gise :hug:

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:25 AM
I'm scared by the first set with 7 breaks, but the second seemed to be much better for Serena.

Do you really think 5/9 is a horrible bp conversion? I think it's pretty good to be honest - well nothing to worry about anyway, it's above 50% :shrug:. A horrible bp conversion for me would be more like 5/16 :lol:.

Gise :hug:

I guess 5/9 isn't that bad. But she was up 40-15 in two games and still failed to break, so that's why I guess it seems worse than it is :shrug:

frontier
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:32 AM
A win is a win baby!good luck in your next match.:bounce:

selesbooz
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:35 AM
You mean that Serena "ATP" William lost some games. :rolleyes:
shame on you.:help:

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:36 AM
A solid win over a scratch clay courter :bounce:.

cnelson575
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:36 AM
Honestly Serena can get past Maria even if a little scratchy. I do not think Maria has
figured out clay and on top of it has not proven she can win a title and go deep the very
next week to me. So I think were going to see a sloppy error fest fatigued Sharapova. Would
be thrilled if Maria and Serena played a good match on both parts and was a high quality match.
Seems like the juicy matchups are always ruined by playing withdrawing or one being in poor form.

Becool
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:43 AM
pics pics?

Derek.
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:44 AM
Well done, Serena! :D

tennnisfannn
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:45 AM
Honestly Serena can get past Maria even if a little scratchy. I do not think Maria has
figured out clay and on top of it has not proven she can win a title and go deep the very
next week to me. So I think were going to see a sloppy error fest fatigued Sharapova. Would
be thrilled if Maria and Serena played a good match on both parts and was a high quality match.
Seems like the juicy matchups are always ruined by playing withdrawing or one being in poor form.
I stopped thiniing like that when Venus lost to Lindsay in AI, lindsay was a cow on ice, venus had won several titles on clay inlcuding a RU at the FO and still managed to lose to Lindsay. If Maria and Serena meet it is NOT a foregone conclusion. They are both playing so well and anything can happen. I do hope though that Serena comes thru.

hacberto
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:54 AM
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/6672/serenaonfamilycirclecupep0.th.jpg (http://img442.imageshack.us/my.php?image=serenaonfamilycirclecupep0.jpg)
Looking good!!!

doni1212
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:55 AM
I thought that was her practice pic, :shrug:

Serena!
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:55 AM
^that doesnt look like she's playing in the stadium, i think thats from a practice or something

Milito22
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:55 AM
Giselita! :hug:

hacberto
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:56 AM
^that doesnt look like she's playing in the stadium, i think thats from a practice or something

oops soryy :D

Serena!
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:56 AM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080416/capt.082bcdd98e1c40089974bc63453b692d.charleston_t ennis_scak117.jpg

winone23
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:56 AM
Well done Serena

hacberto
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:57 AM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080416/capt.082bcdd98e1c40089974bc63453b692d.charleston_t ennis_scak117.jpg

Thank You so much but I hope that on her wrist it's nothing serious

doni1212
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:57 AM
:eek:
What happened to her wrist?!!!!!!
She looks nice though and I like the earrings. Thanks for the pic!

IceSkaTennisFan
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:57 AM
If she did this to Gisela, imagine what she would do to Nadal, Federer, and Santoro.
As if Gisela is half the clay courter that Nadal is :tape:

Anyway, congrats Serena :kiss:

LindsayRulz
Apr 16th, 2008, 03:00 AM
Well done Serena :)

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 16th, 2008, 03:14 AM
looks hot but the wrist taping is worrisome :unsure:

I hope it's just preventative

LudwigDvorak
Apr 16th, 2008, 03:19 AM
Serena played great. This was the second best match of the day, for sure.

Serena has a great shot at this title.

doni1212
Apr 16th, 2008, 03:21 AM
Serena played great. This was the second best match of the day, for sure.

Serena has a great shot at this title.

You were there? Can you give a review? What was happening in the first set when no one was holding serve?

spartanfan
Apr 16th, 2008, 03:24 AM
I think Serena had that same wrist strapped up in Miami as well, so I don't think it's unusual. Plus if Charleston is anything like Atlanta then I'm sure it's cold playing outside and if you've ever tried to play your best tennis in the cold then you know how hard it was, hence the picture of her playing in long sleeves.

Josh.
Apr 16th, 2008, 03:27 AM
Gisela, not a bad performance. Keep it up :)

LudwigDvorak
Apr 16th, 2008, 03:30 AM
You were there? Can you give a review? What was happening in the first set when no one was holding serve?

I do a full day review in my thread in the Charleston subforum. ;)

But for here, the first set was the less interesting of the two. Serena would hit tons of winners and great shots on the return but Dulko would be doing similar/forcing errors at the least from Serena on HER return game. I think Serena was put off by getting all of her bombs being sent back with slices and lobs instead of pace. Dulko's serve/game, however, fed right into Serena's strike zone, so despite losing serve three times, Serena never looked remotely in trouble.

The second set was amazing though. :worship: TBH Serena played a loose first game, which she lost, but after that it was all quality. The second game was the best tennis of the day, by far.

Serena was moving and SLIDING very well. Dulko surprisingly returned very well...probably because it's clay. She came to net a lot and hit a few good volleys, but her success at net came primarily from smashes. When Dulko was able to hit a low slice for Serena to volley off of, Dulko won the point usually. Her forehand was probably her best shot most consistently.

Very good, fun match. Good job to both. :yeah:

maddogz48
Apr 16th, 2008, 03:39 AM
“I got a slow start in general. It was cold and it was just a late match. So those are just the excuses that I’m giving myself as to why I served bad,” said Williams, who is ranked No. 9 in the world.

Hopefully no more night matches for Serena it clearly affected her at the start of the match.

Plus, I want to see her live on TV for the rest of the tournament at 1 p.m. :)

doni1212
Apr 16th, 2008, 04:00 AM
I do a full day review in my thread in the Charleston subforum. ;)

But for here, the first set was the less interesting of the two. Serena would hit tons of winners and great shots on the return but Dulko would be doing similar/forcing errors at the least from Serena on HER return game. I think Serena was put off by getting all of her bombs being sent back with slices and lobs instead of pace. Dulko's serve/game, however, fed right into Serena's strike zone, so despite losing serve three times, Serena never looked remotely in trouble.

The second set was amazing though. :worship: TBH Serena played a loose first game, which she lost, but after that it was all quality. The second game was the best tennis of the day, by far.

Serena was moving and SLIDING very well. Dulko surprisingly returned very well...probably because it's clay. She came to net a lot and hit a few good volleys, but her success at net came primarily from smashes. When Dulko was able to hit a low slice for Serena to volley off of, Dulko won the point usually. Her forehand was probably her best shot most consistently.

Very good, fun match. Good job to both. :yeah:

Ok, thank you!!!!

Renalicious
Apr 16th, 2008, 04:03 AM
First set, serving was pretty damn horrid with 47% winning on first serve and 30% winning on 2nd serve. Also got broken 3 times in that first set. (Saved 0/3 BPs) but cleaned it up in the second. Well done overall Ree.

Mina Vagante
Apr 16th, 2008, 07:08 AM
Great Job Ree :drive:

Dave.
Apr 16th, 2008, 07:13 AM
Well done Rena:yeah: Good start to the clay season.

Bartosh
Apr 16th, 2008, 07:19 AM
Good job Serena :yeah:

Destiny
Apr 16th, 2008, 07:29 AM
Yes :woohoo:

:worship: Happy :banana:

kadirelf
Apr 16th, 2008, 07:29 AM
Good Job Reeeee GOO TAKE THE TİTLE PLEASE

Dodoboy.
Apr 16th, 2008, 08:10 AM
Keep Going baby!

Dodoboy.
Apr 16th, 2008, 08:11 AM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080416/all/l3127423.jpg

Dodoboy.
Apr 16th, 2008, 08:12 AM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080416/all/l3127414.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080416/all/l3127401.jpg

Avid Merrion
Apr 16th, 2008, 08:26 AM
:bounce: congrats Serena!! :D :hug:

Mina Vagante
Apr 16th, 2008, 09:09 AM
I hope thats just her warm up top. It's this years Hopman Cup doubles outfit in a different colour and I hate it. Reminds me a lot of last years number :o. But yeah I hope, when it's hot she wears something different. :)

Craigy
Apr 16th, 2008, 09:25 AM
Well done Serena. Keep going!

Demska
Apr 16th, 2008, 09:26 AM
Gisela :rolleyes:

ce
Apr 16th, 2008, 09:58 AM
:woohoo:

Kunal
Apr 16th, 2008, 10:01 AM
very nice stuff

Zweli
Apr 16th, 2008, 10:19 AM
Well done Serena :bounce::bounce:

vettipooh
Apr 16th, 2008, 11:30 AM
Gisela :rolleyes:


As if..... :haha:

Adal
Apr 16th, 2008, 11:41 AM
Gisela :help: just RETIRE after this pathetic loss :tape: losing to the worst player in top 1000 currenly?



















:)

Bounty Hunter
Apr 16th, 2008, 11:43 AM
Good job, Serena!! :bounce::bounce:

Keep it up and win this title... :drool:

V-MAC
Apr 16th, 2008, 01:06 PM
nice one serena

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 16th, 2008, 01:07 PM
I do a full day review in my thread in the Charleston subforum. ;)

But for here, the first set was the less interesting of the two. Serena would hit tons of winners and great shots on the return but Dulko would be doing similar/forcing errors at the least from Serena on HER return game. I think Serena was put off by getting all of her bombs being sent back with slices and lobs instead of pace. Dulko's serve/game, however, fed right into Serena's strike zone, so despite losing serve three times, Serena never looked remotely in trouble.

The second set was amazing though. :worship: TBH Serena played a loose first game, which she lost, but after that it was all quality. The second game was the best tennis of the day, by far.

Serena was moving and SLIDING very well. Dulko surprisingly returned very well...probably because it's clay. She came to net a lot and hit a few good volleys, but her success at net came primarily from smashes. When Dulko was able to hit a low slice for Serena to volley off of, Dulko won the point usually. Her forehand was probably her best shot most consistently.

Very good, fun match. Good job to both. :yeah:

:yeah:

Ellery
Apr 16th, 2008, 01:07 PM
Congrats Serena :yeah:

kwilliams
Apr 16th, 2008, 01:59 PM
Congratulations Serena, a fairly great result against a clay-courter. She'll play her way into the tournament like she did in Miami.

beriadan
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:00 PM
Crap. I wanted Serena to lose.

SAEKeithSerena
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:30 PM
a good win.
WIN this tourny, girl:)

bandabou
Apr 16th, 2008, 04:13 PM
nice way to start the clay-season.

Renalicious
Apr 16th, 2008, 04:16 PM
Gisela :help: just RETIRE after this pathetic loss :tape: losing to the worst player in top 1000 currenly?





:)

:) :) :)

Destiny
Apr 16th, 2008, 04:19 PM
:ras:

sweetpeas
Apr 16th, 2008, 04:31 PM
good job Serena!:):cool: One match at a time:wavey:!So happy to see you play:cool::wavey::bounce:..........JUST LOVE YOU SERENA MONROE WILLIAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce::wavey::kiss::kis s:

Craigy
Apr 16th, 2008, 06:27 PM
good job Serena!:):cool: One match at a time:wavey:!So happy to see you play:cool::wavey::bounce:..........JUST LOVE YOU SERENA MONROE WILLIAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce::wavey::kiss::kis s:

ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!,,,:cool::D:hearts::kiss:kiss ::wavey::bounce:Serena MONROE!...JUST LOVE YOU!!!!!!!:wavey::kiss::bounce::lol:

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii279/craig0191/MsgPlus_Img4285.png.

Olórin
Apr 16th, 2008, 06:34 PM
:)

Adal
Apr 16th, 2008, 06:36 PM
http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii279/craig0191/MsgPlus_Img4285.png

:hearts:

eugreene2
Apr 16th, 2008, 07:07 PM
That Maria/Serena match is gonna be funny - all that power on clay. LOL Although the new Serena has some change-up to her game!!!

SV_Fan
Apr 16th, 2008, 11:52 PM
Good job ree?

hacberto
Apr 17th, 2008, 12:39 AM
ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!,,,:cool::D:hearts::kiss:kiss ::wavey::bounce:Serena MONROE!...JUST LOVE YOU!!!!!!!:wavey::kiss::bounce::lol:

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii279/craig0191/MsgPlus_Img4285.png.

Craig that's your best avatar ever and I like the signature picture a lot it's great good job :yeah:

F-R-E-A-K
Apr 17th, 2008, 01:03 AM
Serena :) :D

RVD
Apr 17th, 2008, 02:36 AM
Serena :) :DGreat job Serena! :bounce:
Way to make her work for it Gisela. :cool:
Serena's straight set win over a clay courter is very encouraging. :cool:

RenaSlam.
Apr 17th, 2008, 06:15 AM
:worship:

Serena!

Renalicious
Apr 17th, 2008, 07:04 AM
:kis s:

:haha:

esquímaux
Apr 17th, 2008, 07:12 AM
Well look at you babe, rakin' in the wins!! :)