Serena begins marathon with exhausting first step – Reuters Africa

(Reuters) – Serena Williams shook off some COVID-19 layoff rust to grind out a 7-6(6) 3-6 7-6(0) win over Dutch qualifier Arantxa Rus on Monday to move into the third round of the Western and Southern Open. Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during the match against China’s Qiang Wang. REUTERS/Hannah MckayWilliams’ matches are…

Serena begins marathon with exhausting first step – Reuters Africa

(Reuters) – Serena Williams shook off some COVID-19 layoff rust to grind out a 7-6(6) 3-6 7-6(0) win over Dutch qualifier Arantxa Rus on Monday to move into the third round of the Western and Southern Open. Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during the match against China’s Qiang Wang. REUTERS/Hannah MckayWilliams’ matches are usually a huge drawcard but with no fans allowed due to COVID-19 safety protocols there was an atmosphere of relief rather than excitement after her hard-fought victory. “I was fine,” said Williams, when asked about playing without fans. “At one point I was pumping my fist and saying, ‘Come on’. “I had a crowd in my head or something. It was actually funny to me. For me, it was like there was a crowd there.” Japan’s Naomi Osaka, competing
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