07 May, 2012

Serena Shuffles Through Madrid Open-er

With the fire in her belly burning at full strength, even though it was just a first round match, Serena Williams dismissed Russia's Elena Vesnina in a ruthless display, 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and nine minutes.  The former top 30 player Vesnina just couldn't consistently contend with Williams' weight of shot and laser like accuracy as the World No. 9 breezed her way into the second round.

While Williams has often been considered a player who works her way into tournaments, letting her considerable talent do most of the work in the early stages, that was not the case today.  The highest ranked American rained down 14 aces and won 89% of her first service points to dominate the proceedings in her first round match.  

While Williams seemed to be in good form, she was not 100% pleased with her game today.  She took more than a few shadow swings and took exception with a couple of the (few) errant balls off of her racquet.  "I'm feeling good, but I wasn't thrilled...I mean it's just the first round, I would be thrilled if I get into the finals or something."

Williams was however thrilled as the stadium DJ, who apparently has been spending time with Williams' Twitter feed, played her karaoke go-to "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" as she was leaving the court. Serena sang along and told reporters afterward, "That's the first song I always choose when I go to sing in karaoke bars...I have a whole performance to that song..."  Today, Serena's performance on court earned an encore...no known audio exists of the vocal.

While Serena, at 30 is a veteran of the tour, she still enjoys her ability to command an audience.  She said in the post-match presser "I love playing tennis, I love being here, I love walking out on the court and having people come and see me and my opponent play and that is a thrill you can't get anywhere...I just think it's really cool that I have a talent that people come to watch, to me it's the ultimate compliment."

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