Serena Williams Battles Past Buzarnescu To Set Collins Clash - UBITENNIS
Connect with us


Serena Williams Battles Past Buzarnescu To Set Collins Clash

Serena Williams moved into the last 32 at Roland Garros with a hard-fought win over Mihaela Buzarnescu.




Serena Williams (@thefield_in - Twitter)

Serena Williams battled past Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 5-7 6-1 to set up a third round meeting with Danielle Collins.


The 23-time grand slam champion didn’t have it all her own way but she managed to edge past Buzarnescu in three sets.

In the first set, there were plenty of positive signs for Buzarnescu as she constructed some good rallies and was able to produce effective service holds.

Meanwhile Serena’s power serving helped her through the opening set although she allowed the Romanian to hit six winners past her.

On return the 23-time grand slam champion was unable to win key points as Buzarnescu saved a break point to hold for 3-3.

However Buzarnescu faltered when it really mattered hitting a few double faults as Serena’s aggressive approach reaped its rewards with a break for a 5-3 lead.

The American would close out the first set to love as winning 86% of her 1st service points in the opening set was enough for a set lead.

After an erratic finish to the opening set the Romanian made a much more positive start to the second set, opening up spaces on the court and firing high percentage winners.

A mixture of pin-point accuracy and variety had Serena smiling of bemusement as she couldn’t seem to figure a way to blast past the defences of Buzarnescu.

Despite some good variety of her own, Serena was eventually broken as a result of some high-quality returning and good tennis IQ.

In typical Serena fashion, the American rallied back with some powerful baseline play as she roared in delight.

Despite the break Serena produced some conservative points as Buzarnescu came up clutch in key points to save two break points in the eleventh game.

As Serena continued to produce unforced errors, Buzarnescu raised her confidence level as a sizzling backhand winner secured the break and the second set, 7-5.

In the final set, Serena raised her intensity and level as Buzarnescu’s consistent patience in rallies dipped.

An early double break advantage was attained by Serena as she powered her way through the Romanian’s defence.

Despite that Buzarnescu was still having fun running the American ragged while Serena still couldn’t believe what she was seeing from the Romanian though.

Eventually Serena booked her place in the third round with another break at the end of the set.

Serena will now play Danielle Collins in the last 32 on Friday.


Andy Murray Explains ‘Crushing’ Feeling After Olympics Exit

Andy Murray explained his emotions after exiting the Olympics today.




Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury (@the_LTA - Twitter)

Andy Murray admits he feels ‘crushed’ after losing in the Men’s Doubles quarter-finals at the Olympics.


The two-time Olympic gold medallist failed in his attempt to win a medal for a third consecutive Olympics after him and Joe Salisbury lost to Croatian duo Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic 4-6 7-6(2) 10-7.

It means that Murray will likely not win another Olympic medal with this expected to be his last Olympic Games.

On social media Murray admitted that he was crushed about today’s result:

Having been a set and a break up it looked like that Murray was going to have a fairytale ending to his Olympic career.

However the Croatians turned the match around to seal victory and a place in the semi-finals.

Murray also spoke to BBC Sport about whether he will indeed compete at another Olympics, “I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to play again,” the three time grand slam champion added.

“I’ve loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wished today could have gone differently. I had another chance with Joe to win a medal. We were so close, and that’s what’s disappointing. I would like to have done some stuff differently in the match to try to help out more. Very disappointed.”

Murray will now look ahead to the US hard court season where he will look to compete at this year’s US Open where he is one withdrawal away from the main draw.

As for Cilic and Dodig they will now face New Zealand duo Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus.

The other semi-final will see top seed Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic take on US duo Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren.

Continue Reading


Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.




Novak Djokovic (@ITFTennis - Twitter)

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.


The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

Continue Reading


Svitolina Beats Giorgi to Reach Semis in Tokyo

Elina Svitolina has guaranteed herself a medal match after beating Camila Giorgi in Tokyo.




Elina Svitolina (@ITFTennis - Twitter)

The world number six booked her spot in the final four after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy.


Elina Svitolina is into the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics almost guaranteeing herself a medal after beating the world number 61 and Italian in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 serving 6 aces and hitting 13 winners in the while Giorgi hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

The Ukrainian went on the attack from the word play earning two breakpoints in the match’s opening game as the Italian seemed to get off to a slow start and she made her pay by getting the early break.

After consolidating the break the number four seed was hungry for more getting two more chances to break and breaking once more to go up a double break.

At 5-1 the Ukrainian had two set points but failed to convert and the Italian took advantage of it breaking back the very next game with a stunning forehand winner to get one of the breaks back.

The world number six eventually served out the first set and continued to ride the momentum into the second set where just like the beginning of the first set she broke in the first game and cruised from there.

At 3-1, she had three more chances to go up a double break once again and she earned it with a sublime forehand winner up the line before getting broken the very next game.

Despite giving one of the breaks back, Svitolina could serve out the match and will play Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.

Continue Reading