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AO Day 11: Serena Presses On To Singles And Doubles Finals

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Serena Williams vs. Li Na 2010 Australian OpenSerena Williams, USA

In a real display of mind over matter, the heavily bandaged and obviously fatigued World No. 1 Serena Williams pressed on to a straight sets victory in Thursday's semifinal match against Li Na of China. Talk about the walking wounded!

The hallmark of this champion is without question fortitude. Clearly bandaged, admittedly not in her best form and playing doubles with sister Venus as well, has presented a challenge to the younger Williams sister that few could meet. Yet Serena continues to not only show up and press on... she's winning.

One day after a hard-fought comeback win that sent Belarusian Victoria Azarenka home, Serena steadied herself and her game sufficient to dismiss the woman who defeated sister Venus the previous day.

Taking the match 7-6(4), 7-6(1), Serena toiled against the very fit shot making Li Na who should have won the match given her opponents limitations. As the match went on Serena seemed to be encouraged and strengthened by her ability to hang into the match. By the end she was pumped and ready for whatever came across the net.

Black Tennis Pro's Serena Williams vs. Li Na 2010 Australian OpenAfter her inspiring performance Serena said, "I am happy I was able to pull it out, it was really close. I wasn't at my best today but I'm still here, which is shocking, and I'm just going to do whatever I can to stay."

A few hours afterwards Serena joined sister Venus for their doubles semifinal match against American Lisa Raymond and Australian Rennae Stubbs. The sisters defeated the ladies 6-3, 7-6(8/6) and set up a final against American Liezel Huber and Zimbabwe's Cara Black, the same team they met in 2009's final.

Black Tennis Pro's Serena and Venus Williams Doubles 2010 Australian Open

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