Amidst a heated discussion about the role of the Williams sisters in today’s tennis, world No.58 Simona Halep of Romania played an impressive first set against Serena Williams, but when the American found her rhythm she shook her opponent with her well-known powerful game and experience. Final score of this second-round match: 3-6 6-2 6-1.
Interestingly, in the first set Williams didn’t earn a single break point, and in the next two sets it was Halep. It’s also interesting to note that Halep committed zero unforced errors in the set she won, while Williams hit nine. In the third set, Halep had zero winners, compared to Williams’ 13.
Doesn’t this sound intimidating? Serena has now reached the third round or better at her last 43 Grand Slams. As for Halep, this year will be marked with her first appearance in the main draw of Wimbledon (in the first round the 19-year-old defeated Bojana Jovanovski).
Some more match results: Ana Ivanovic continued her clean performance and defeated Eleni Daniilidou 6-3 6-0. Francesca Schiavone is also through, with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Zheng Jie, who played the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2008, has now lost in the second round for the third year in a row (today she was beaten by Misaki Doi 6-3 6-1). (photo: sr_cranks)