Williams and Razzano traded sharp angles in set one before Williams held on to one break to claim the set. Halfway through set two Williams fans in
America found themselves with a pleasant surprise as the Tennis Channel provided bonus television coverage of the match as it entered the allotted
time for the Tokyo men's semifinals which were to be played following the women's final.
Down 1-4 Williams turned up the heat to reach the tiebreaker with a massive return game and serves so fast Razzano had to duck down to miss.
In the tiebreaker at 6-3, Williams held three matchpoints but made two groundstroke errors and watched a Razzano forehand winner pass by to
make the score 6-6. More errors at 7-7 cost Williams the set as she doublefaulted and then netted a forehand to even the match at one set all.
After holding serve to start set three, Williams left the court and reappeared minutes later with her right thigh wrapped. In pain and not moving
very well, Williams stood up during one changeover before falling behind 3-4.
Razzano continued to take the ball early as Williams hit a handful
of final errors to end the match.
"I decided to play because I wanted to win and I have no regrets," Williams said. "But in the third set when I got up to
serve I couldn't get my leg up." The match had thrilled the Tokyo crowd for a total of two hours and fourty-nine minutes.