Re: SemiPova returns to flop in Doha. GSM Serena 6-3 6-2.
Another thing about Maria's “rivalry” with Serena is that while she has nothing to hang her hat on and build from, several of her peers do have recent performances against her they can take hope from. Radwanska can say she took Serena to 3 sets at Wimbledon. Vika can point to that 3-set US Open final (And I think she will win tomorrow). Now Petra can take encouragement from her 3-setter with her here. Even Kerber and Woz can claim victories over Serena last year to boost their confidence. And then there’s Maria, who has nothing but humiliations fresh in her mind when thinking about Serena.
Never underestimate how much Serena hates Maria. She's not only determined to win every time she sees Maria across the net, she does everything she can to make sure Maria doesn't leave with her dignity. She will never let that Wimbledon loss go.