The eighth time was a call-up for Maria Sakkari, who after seven unconverted games probably never felt the pressure to take on a challenge again, despite no fans watching her in the stands. It was a very weird third set from Serena Williams.
The 38-year-old only had to secure her spot in the quarter-finals of the Western and Southern Open but forgot to serve the game 5-3 in the next set. At this point, after taking a 4-1 lead in the next sudden death round, Williams lost six of the next seven runs.
After losing the set, Williams completely lost the plot.
For starters, we must acknowledge Sakkari, who took arguably the greatest win of his burgeoning calling on Tuesday night by beating third Williams in the spotlight in the Premier’s third round 5, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6 times. -a.
Sakkari had already beaten the top 10 players several times, but none of them compared to Serena’s qualifiers. Barely focused away from defeat in the next set, the 25-year-old Greek froze, began to expand the sport of rallying and attracted more mistakes from an undeniably baffled Williams. He simmered fire in the third set, not with a lightning bolt on his racket (he threw one on the safe seats on the field) or screams of indignation, but with a different game than we’ve seen. at any time from the 23-time Grand Slam champion.
After escaping the next set, Sakkari kept her serve and then took a break in a long-distance running game to reach her eighth break point for a 2-0 lead. In this race Williams finished a 62 m.p.h. second serve and forehand attempt. He had no orders for his first serve or baseline shots, but he figured out how to save seven break points with relentless and erratic winners. From time to time it seemed like what he needed to break away from the game, but Sakkari wouldn’t accept it.
She did it long term, taking her lead to 5-0 when a comparative sequence of Serena’s specific match began. By the time Williams discovered a 5-1 final grip and went 0-30 on Sakkari’s serve, he no doubt had in the minds of some observers that an incomparable rebound would be available. However, Serena was too free with her punches and despite the psychological struggles she was clearly dealing with, she looked like she was really moving forward.
“I started to squeeze, but I shouldn’t have been in that circumstance,” Williams said. ‘I put myself in a terrible situation. It’s like dating someone you know is worthless. Like, what are you doing here? I have to get rid of that person. It doesn’t rhyme or it’s okay. It’s disappointing. ‘
Meanwhile, Sakkari, who also beat Coco Gauff in Flushing Meadows, was playing pretty consistently. It was performed again to end with indulgence.