SERENA ADVANCES TO THE SEMIS

By Craig Gabriel

MIAMI: Serena Williams does not have the term “give up” in her brain. It is not surprising seeing that she has had to fight and work hard for everything on her life whether it be on the court or off the court. Furthermore, she is a champion and the number one ranked player in the world, and as a role model to so many young people that would not be the sort of message she would want to send out.

She shows time and again that you have to fight for anything you want. Nothing comes easy and in the end all the effort you put in, all the determination you have, will pay dividends. It’s a lesson she wants all young people to adhere to and she is setting the example.

Serena moved into the semifinals of the Sony Open Tennis 6-3, 7-6 over Li Na who is an incredibly competitive player herself.

At the end of the first set Serena needed to speak to the trainer. She was having trouble with her right hip which she said was really weird, because it seemed to come out of the blue. She couldn’t even describe how it felt, it was so unusual, but she was not prepared to throw in the towel.

Serena then went up 2-0 in the second set but lost five consecutive games and Li served for the set at 5-3. But that champion spirit surfaced from Serena and she then swept three straight games to level the set.

The early stages of the tiebreak swayed and then Serena on match point played a forehand crosscourt winner as it a missile had just been launched. Any faster and harder and the ball probably would have broken the sound barrier. When it landed in, there was no way Li was going to make contact, Serena screamed out and jumped in the air with excitement.

“I don’t usually leap like that in the quarterfinal, but it was just a good shot and I kind of expected her to get it. She didn’t,” said Serena. “I was glad because she played such a good tiebreaker, and I think it was the only point I won on her serve.  It was important for me to win that. It was completely unexpected, an unexpected leap.

“She’s a good player. She always plays well and she has such fight. She never quits, and I think that we have a lot of that in similar. So it was ‑‑ it’s a good general overall a good match.”

At the time of writing it was not know who Serena would be playing for a place in the final, it is either the defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska or Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.