Playing with a heavily wrapped hamstring, Williams' movement appeared early on to be on par with her normal outstanding
but Williams, the fastest server of the WTA Tour, failed to hold her serve at all to start the encounter and fell behind
0-2 and then 2-4 in set one. Williams held to pull even at five all before netting an overhead to trail 5-6.
After holding her serve at love to reach six all, Williams' game unraveled as she committed six unforced errors
in the tiebreaker including a netted backhand swinging volley on set point number two. Only three of her fourteen
second service points had been won by Williams.
Although fighting the extreme consistency from Ivanovic as well as fighting her own errors, Williams to start set two
made many of the shots she'd missed in set one, and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Ivanovic stepped up her own play at this
point to rattle off three games in a row to reach three all.
Taking advantage of several of her speedy first serves, Williams held for 4-3. Ivanovic drew even once again as she
delivered an ace down the tee to reach four all. Williams, struggling on serves for a large part of the day, was then unable
to hold her final service game. A doublefault and two missed backhand volleys handed Ivanovic a 5-4 set two lead.
In the final game of the match, Williams would again fail to convert her chances as she lost two breakpoints. An
Ivanovic ace down the tee and two Williams missed forehands completed what many felt to be a major upset even though
Ivanovic was seeded four and Williams eight.
"She played well and hit a lot of good shots... so I give her a lot of credit," Williams said. "I have nobody to blame