Serena Williams dropped a set but overcame her compatriot Danielle Collins in a tie-break to advance to the semifinals of the WTA Yarra Valley Trophy in Melbourne, Australia on Friday.
Williams overpowered her opponent in the first set, winning it 6-2.
Collins levelled the scores when she broke Williams in the eighth game and held on to take the set 6-4.
In the deciding tie-breaker, Williams jumped to a 5-1 lead with a powerful forehand drive before closing out the match 10-6. Williams won 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.
In her words:
‘Yeah, actually, I’ve been working on my serve a lot because it’s such a good weapon and, you know, I want to keep it that way after all these years, to be able to still rely on it so much is definitely incredibly helpful.”
“You know, I feel great, I think I have nothing to lose going into that match. It’s going to be great for me and for her. Yeah, she is obviously the crowd favourite and whenever I’m not playing against her, I’m rooting for her, so it’ll be a good match.”
Williams will play world number one Ashleigh Barty in the semifinals and the American reckons “I have nothing to lose going into that match. It’s going to be great for me and for her. Yeah, she is obviously the crowd favourite.”