2000 loses to Martina Hingis Canadian Open F 6-0 3-6 0-3 ret
. surprising that it's a loss, i know. but i didnt get to see her much this year. the first set of this final was some of the most powerful demolishing play ever. to beat 2000 Hingis 6-0, it had to be. i was in Canada at the time, around the time i was becoming a proper tennis fan as opposed to "the only tournament every year is Wimbledon". i know she had that awesome run at Wimby which Venus put a stop to, but none of the players she beat were of the calibre of Hingis. the beginning of the second set....foot problem. uh oh. i was enjoying the beatdown of one of the relatively few players i knew on the tour. i was proud of her, she kept on trying until she could hardly walk anymore. from that point on i thought that the only person who could beat serena when she plays top form (ala first set) was injury. guess that's still true.
2001 Serena def Kim Clijsters Indian Wells F 4-6 6-4 6-2.
not the prettiest of matches, both quality wise, and crowd wise. i think i remember the headline "teenagers make over 100 UFEs" or something. whatever it was, it was a lot. this is when i fell in love with her. i couldnt understand why the crowd were booing her like that. i was like "what the hells going on?" i dont remember much of what the commentators were saying, i just wanted her to win. i kept quiet in this match just hoping that she was ok with all the shit threw her way. but when she won, and did her victory speech, "id like to thank all of those who supported me today, and those who didnt i love you anyway" was something of UTTER CLASS. i mean, i clapped her at that point, that was awesome stuff from a KID for christ sake. i want her to go back to IW once more, win the title, then never go back just to show them what they're missing. but at the same time, if she never wants to go back there ever again i understand it completely
2002. beginning of the Serena Slam. so many to choose from but i'll go with this:
Serena def Martina Hingis Miami QF 6-4 6-0.
awesome. just awesome. she couldnt miss. remember her diary? she said she was trying to win every point and she "pretty much did". i love it when she plays like that. second set she was just in a league of her own. Chucky looking helpless. at this point i liked Martina again. but i couldnt help but laugh. Serena took her ass, stomped her foot all over it, then handed it back to her at the hand shake. her year was already looking pretty good after that fucking twisted ankle (grrrrrr *shakes fist*), but maybe this kicked it onto a new level.
2003 tied. Serena def Clijsters Australian Open SF 4-6 6-3 7-5.
need a i say more. 5-1 final set. 2 (?) mps. against "Aussie Kim". blisters on one foot. extreme heat. couldnt find the court for shit. SAVED ONE MATCH POINT WITH A VOLLEY AT THE NET! this was Williams vs Belgians day, started at like 2a for me. i'm still in school in 2003, and have to be up the next morning at 7. i get up to watch Venus C-walk all over JHH, one down, one in the final, one to go. Serena on next. memories of Loit
. quickly down and out at 6-4 5-1. i pray yet again
just make it 5-2 serena. cool. just make it 5-3 serena. cool. just make it 5-4 Serena. omg. 5-5...6-5...no way....she did it. im fucking jumping up and down at around 6.30 in the morning! screaming and everything. i didnt even have time to go back to bed, i got up and had a shower and got changed
i didnt even worry about the lack of sleep i just had a smile on my face all day.
2003 part II. Serena def Henin at The Championships 6-3 6-2
this was revenge. the papers were billing it as so. i felt it was. i couldnt believe Henin at the FO but thats a different story. seeing Serena in tears made me
at the same time. i'd been for a couple of days in the first week and the ladies Quarters on that Tuesday (centre court. witness the All American 4th of July Venus vs Lindsay, Serena vs Jennifer). that thursday...i was nervous as hell. and to make matters worse, it started raining just as they came out on court. sigh. more nerves. later on they come back out and Serena is looking the business. focused. determined. just how she should be. in no time she races to a 4-0 lead and i was fucking over the moon. then 4-0 becomes 4-3 and i become disheartened. she stops the rot and takes the first set and quickly goes up in the second. i was happy as hell
i was enjoying every minute of it, it was fabulous
Serena proved that she was still the far superior player when everything was equal. at the end of the match the interviewer tried to get her to comment on her feelings and how sweet revenge must have been but she wasnt biting, she was just like "im happy to be in the finals of Wimbledon again" and being all girly. she was so funny. she knew she wanted to kick her ass
2004 Serena def Sveta Kuznetsova Beijing F 4-6 7-5 6-4.
Serena was the Russian Slayer at this tournament, her previous 3 opponents coming from that country. then up in the final was Sveta, and as USO Champ, obviously no stranger to Hardcourts. this match wasnt on tv but it was on the web. Serena was playing like Serena does...flashes of brilliance coupled with flashes of mediocrity. 6-4 5-4 and Sveta serving for the match. i thought it was over. closed my web page. then i thought, no if you dont believe then nothing will ever happen. opened it back up. that game Sveta had 2 mps and they were duly saved. Serena goes on to win that set and i believe she was up 5-1 in the third right...which became 5-4 rotf. but she held her nerve and won the match and she was so cute in the post match interview: "ive never won a tournament on my birthday before" hahahahah. love her