Serena's Return Ends In Super Tie-Break Defeat To Ostapenko
- Author: Regina Holmes Dec 31, 2017,
Dec 31, 2017, 1:43
Williams said after the 67-minute match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship that she is still undecided on her title defence of the Australian Open, which starts January 15, but delivered a warning to rivals.
It was Ostapenko who ultimately came out on top, winning 6-2 3-6 10-5, but Williams showed more than enough to indicate she could be a force to be reckoned with at the Australian Open in two weeks' time. However, the Shenzhen Open begins proceedings on 31st December, which therefore means that the Latvian would most likely be scheduled on the second day for her opening match in the WTA International tournament.
"I was just glad to be here", she said.
Having shaken off some cobwebs, Williams then asserted herself, breaking four times to take the second set, with the highlight a crunching forehand return victor off Ostapenko's first serve that kissed the line and left her opponent helpless.
The American made it clear that she was not going to retire and felt there were still a few years left in the legs, but it seemed as though she might struggle to make it back in time for the Australia Open in January.
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'It's good to be back on court. first matches back are super, incredibly hard especially after having a baby'. "I am going to assess everything with my team before deciding". I missed playing, I missed competition, I missed the crowd, the atmosphere so much. By this time she was moving better and she started hitting more winners.
"But it's really good. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me". "I knew I was not going to fall over and break", said Williams. The more I played, the more confident I felt that I would be able to go for shots that I was afraid to go for in the first set. "Not just physically, but also mentally".
After the initial break, Ostapenko latched onto Williams' weak serves and capitalized on several unforced errors to go up 4-1 with two breaks.
She was down 2-8 at one stage and won the next three points, but Ostapenko held her serve twice to close the match.