Serena Williams survives Ana Ivanovic scare at Cincinnati

The win for the world No. 1 served as her fifth title of 2015, and her 69th tournament championship in her career, potentially shaping title number 70 to come at the U.S. Open.


The 33-year-old Williams – who will be trying to secure a rare calendar Grand Slam when the US Open begins on August 31 – blamed her stuttering form on an elbow injury she has had for several months.

“I look at tomorrow’s lineup and I’m like, ‘You’re not allowed to be disappointed, ‘” Worcester said.

“I got off to a super slow start. Let’s go”. She is now 3-2 and will need to force another break point in order to have her chances alive in the set and match.

She did lose to Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals in straight sets, but Schmiedlova can be comforted by her brand-new no. 32 ranking, which has guaranteed her a seeding in New York next week.

“I definitely feel there is room for improvement”, she said. “Luckily for me, I managed to bounce back, dig myself out of this hole I was in”. This may be the ultimate test in mind over matter.

While blessed with the stubborn confidence of her youth, Bencic also carries herself with poise and objective , unlike the majority of teenage prodigies sprinkled across the professional tours. He played a good match against Stan Wawrinka in the quarters, and then played a grumpy and error prone match against Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semis. “Not everyone can handle that pressure, but I’m okay with it. I would rather be to this position than another one”.

Worcester said she had been in constant contact with Halep’s agent, her coach and the WTA and had been psychoanalyzing her transcript quotes from Cincinnati all week to get a feeling for whether or not she would honor her commitment to play here. Injuries and illness disrupted the hardcourt preparation for Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, and Petra Kvitova, while the remaining women in the Top 10 remain untested at the US Open.

Halep was the runner-up at Toronto a week earlier and was hoping to beat Williams for the second time in less than a year after she upset her at the WTA Finals in October. On the way she defeated former world no. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska, who has been playing some fantastic tennis of late.

Halep got off to the flawless start, breaking to 15, but as the 21-time major victor Williams has done so often this week, she battled back into the match. And she’s won her last 43 on U.S. hardcourts.


After five decisions, it was Svitolina still holding strong in the set, but it wouldn’t last long as the American climbed back to level for the first time in the match.

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