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Serena Williams Rebounds To Win Thriller Singapore Semifinal
By Thurston Soros, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:59pm PST USA
Serena Williams Rebounds To Win Thriller Singapore Semifinal SINGAPORE--Saturday in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, the top ranked Serena Williams of the USA recovered from a disappointing start to defeat the 8th seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(8-6) in a match which proved to be a thriller.

Wozniacki, playing at a very high level, held serve at love then broke serve before holding serve at love again to take an early 3-0 lead.

Serena Williams and Carlone Wozniacki
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In Sundayís final round match at 7:00pm Singapore time (4:00am PST USA), Williams gets a rematch versus the fourth seeded Simona Halep of Romania. Earlier this week in round robin play, Halep defeated Williams 6-0, 6-2 in one of the Americanís worst losses ever.

Three holds of serve put the Dane ahead at 4-2. Williams, still not playing at full speed, had however managed to strike an ace down the tee on gamepoint in both of her service games.

With Wozniacki serving ahead 4-2, Williams netted a forehand down the line as well as a crosscourt backhand as the Dane held at love for 5-2.

Disappointed with her current form, Williams smashed her tennis racket on the court causing the frame to break into several parts which resulted in a warning from the chair umpire for racket abuse.

Serving to stay in the set, Williams netted a backhand down the line then struck a crosscourt forehand wide to trail 0-30 before Wozniacki hit an inside out crosscourt backhand return winner to set up set point.

Williams saved the first set point with an ace out wide before striking a crosscourt forehand wide to trail 2-6.

Wozniacki held serve to lead 1-0 in set two before Williams turned up the pace and volume on her groundstrokes.

Striking the ball early, extremely hard and with a loud grunt each time, Williams struck two swing volley winners and an ace out wide before holding serve at love in a pivital service game to draw even at 1 all.

Wozniacki held serve to lead 2-1 before Williams won three games in a row to lead 4-2.

With Wozniacki serving to stay in the set down 3-5 30 all, Williams struck an inside out crosscourt backhand return winner to reach set point.

A double fault from the Dane leveled the match at one set all.

Serving down 1-2 30-40 in the final set, Wozniacki won a 26 stroke rally after Williams hit a crosscourt forehand wide which drew applause from Williamsí mother Oracene.

The set remained on serve with the score leveled at 4 games all.

With Williams serving at deuce, Wozniacki struck a backhand down the line return winner before the American netted a down the line backhand to drop serve and trail 4-5.

However Williams then struck three forehand winners followed by an overhead winner to break serve to reach 5 all before holding serve to lead 6-5.

Serving to stay in the match, Wozniacki fought off a match point with a down the line forehand volley winner before holding serve to reach a decisive tiebreaker.

Williams, who had been 7-0 in tiebreakers this year, quickly fell behind 1-4 following several groundstroke errors and her second double-fault of the match.

However the American then won five points in a row after hitting several extremely powerful shots including a 124.9 miles per hour serve.

With Williams ahead 6-4, the Dane saved two additional matchpoints following two Williams forehand errors.

At 6 all, Williams struck an ace out wide to set up a final matchpoint.

Williams struck a powerful forehand down the line return which Wozniacki returned with a forehand down the line wide to end the match after two hours and 13 minutes of play.

Williams, who started the day slowly, finished on a high with 50 total winners including 12 aces.

In Sundayís final round match at 7:00pm Singapore time (4:00am PST USA), Williams gets a rematch versus the fourth seeded Simona Halep of Romania.

Earlier this week in round robin play, Halep defeated Williams 6-0, 6-2 in one of the Americanís worst losses ever.

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