Serena wins 15th in a row on clay
May 16, 2012 | 09:18 PM
All her wins aren't coming from the most meaningful venues, but after winning her 2nd match in Rome today, Serena is now 15-0 on clay this season. And people are asking, Victoria who? If Serena can repeat her Madrid victory in Rome, she will be the favorite going in to Roland Garros.The streak started humbly, if such a word can be used to describe anything to do with Serena:
- a couple of wins over nonentities in a Fed Cup match in The Ukraine (she lost 8 games in 4 sets; her opponents had a combined ranking of almost 300);
- a title in Charleston where her only top 10 opponent was #5 Stosur (she beat her 6-1, 6-1, and lost only 15 games in 9 sets she played there);
- in Madrid she lost 1 set in 6 matches, but only 32 games in the tournament and only 8 games to the #1 and 2 combined
- in Rome today she lost another set (to Petrova), but came back to win 6-2, 6-3 as she did in her first round
- tomorrow she won't have to play Wozniacki again, as Woz retired in the 2nd set of her match with Medina-Garigues
Venus got another win as well, beating Makarova 7-6 (7), 6-1.
For a second straight week John ISNER has been upset early. This time it was Italian #30 Andreas Seppi (fitting for Pietrangeli Stadium), who reached the the 3rd round in Rome for the first time in his 8th appearance by hanging in long enough to finally get a break of the Isner ace factory (15 today). After losing the 1st set 2-6, Seppi made it to a tie-breaker in the 2nd and came out ahead, 7-5. At 2-2, Seppi went up 40-15 on Isner's serve, and earned 5 break point chances from deuce, only to see all 7 erased by Isner's big point play. Finally, at 5-5, after losing the first 2/3 of a triple break opportunity, Isner over-swung at a forehand and shanked away the game. The match followed, though not without Isner forcing Seppi to win the points to hold his serve. For his extra effort at the end, John ended up winning one more point than Seppi in the match. Close one, just like last week's 7-6, 7-6 loss to Cilic. It hasn't been a good month for Mr. Tie-Breaker, and for Isner, this disappointment doesn't help his preparation for Roland Garros.
With the exception of John, only Tipsarevic, who lost 6-3, 6-1 to Wawrinka, was upset today on the men's side.
Featured Matches Thursday:
- Del Potro v Tsonga
- Berdych v Almagro
- Simon v Ferrer
- Federer v Ferrero
- Nadal v Granollers
- Murray v Gasquet
- Venus v Stosur
- Ivanovic v Sharapova
Rome ATP, WTA 5.16.12