Serena Williams hits with Mayor of Wuhan on the Yangtze River

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Serena Williams Wuhan exhibition 1

Before stepping on the competitive tennis courts of the inaugural Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, Serena Williams made up for her lack of practice ahead of this Premier-level $2,440,070 event by challenging the Mayor of Wuhan and young tennis players in a cruise ship tennis exhibition.

Serena Williams Wuhan exhibition 2

Serena and Tang Liangzhi (Mayor of Wuhan)

Serena Williams Wuhan exhibition 3

The exhibition was played on the Yangtze River with a stunning view of the metropolis.

Serena Williams Wuhan exhibition 7

After a first-round bye, Serena’s first opponent in Li Na’s birthplace will be Alize Cornet. It will be their third meeting this year and Cornet will try to beat the American for the third straight time, after Dubai and Wimbledon. Cornet played the finals of Guangzhou last week both in singles and doubles and is probably exhausted.

UPDATE: The top-seeded Williams retired during the final stage of the first set against Cornet, citing a viral illness. Cornet is now the first player since Justine Henin in 2007 to beat Serena three times in a single season.

One thought on “Serena Williams hits with Mayor of Wuhan on the Yangtze River

  1. Real Talk

    Technically, Cornet didn’t beat anybody. Serena retired due to illness. Now, I realize that may sound like a victory for Cornet, but she didn’t “beat” Serena. I think Cornet’s got skills, so I’m actually happy that she’ll move on; she deserves any good that comes her way. Regarding Serena’s illness, she needs to find out why this has happened to her more than once and so soon. I pray she’s truly healthy and stays in the game for a very long time. She brings in more viewers than any other female tennis player in the history of tennis, and that’s a fact. It’s exciting to watch her play, for the most part, other than when something like this happens. “Get well and stay well, Serena! We need you on the court consistently. Watch what you put in your body and make sure your lifestyle is a healthy one. Also, be sure to get your rest. Love, blessings and prayers for you!”

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