Serena Williams had to dig deep to win her 24th straight Grand Slam match today in the third round of Wimbledon, as home favorite Heather Watson was twice just two points away from becoming the first British WTA player since 1979 to beat a reigning world No.1.
Watson was absolutely dominated in the first set, but showed her grit in the second set, miraculously winning six games in a row with three service breaks to level the match and race into an unbelievable 3-0 lead in the deciding set. Williams clawed back to 3-3 and held serve in the seventh game of the set, but Watson held her own as well and amazingly earned another break to lead 5-4. Not surprisingly, Williams eventually managed to prevail 6-2 4-6 7-5, but had nothing but praise for her opponent, saying:
I have had some tough losses but that was probably my toughest match. I think she played unbelievable and should have won the match.
Next up for Serena is her big sis Venus, the winner of five Wimbledon titles, who today got past Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic 6-3 6-2. Serena is 14-11 against Venus in their career meetings, including a 3-2 lead at Wimbledon. Their first Wimbledon clash was 15 years ago. Imagine, Serena and Venus have a total of 21 Wimbledon titles between them (singles, doubles and mixed doubles).
To put things in perspective, here’s a wonderful photo Venus shared on Instagram yesterday, saying:
Back when I was 15 with #wimbledon dreams. With hard work dreams do come true! #tbt #tennis #dreams