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Serena serene

Rédaction Open GDF SUEZ
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 at 16:36
At the end of a well-mastered game, Serena Williams made a great entry into competition for this 17th Open GDF SUEZ. The World Number 1 qualified in exactly one hour (6-1, 6-4) for the 2nd round at the expense of Czech Iveta Benesova.  

It felt like a school playground here in Coubertin today, for Serena Williams return to the Open GDF SUEZ, four years since her last appearance. After withdrawing before her quarterfinal match in 2005 because of the stomach flu, the World Number 1 was truly determined this year to reunite with success at Coubertin, a tournament she won in 1999 and was finalist in 2003.

Up against the Czech Iveta Benesova (World Number 34), the winner of the last Australian Open got off to a sluggish start. She marked no points on her adversary's service game and was able to save two break points on her next game. Out of the danger zone thanks to her powerful serve, the new Parisian could now go out for a walk in the park. And what a walk—the American lined up six consecutive games to carry away the first set 6-1 in 19 minutes! You had to arrive early to not miss this star!

Serena fills the stadium

The second set began with a break exchange. Iveta Benesova thus stopped a bleeding streak and finally got into the game. Managing to push her opponent to the rear of the court with her impressive cross backhand, she tied the American until 4-4. The Number 1 stood out in the 10th set by responding to the Czech's serve with a last acceleration of superb backhands along the line. Unsurprisingly, Serena ended with a score of 6-1, 6-4 in only one hour of play. On the microphone, the American star shared a few words in French with the captured Coubertin audience.

Tomorrow, Serena Williams will be back at Coubertin's centre court to try and qualify for the quarterfinals of this 17th Open GDF SUEZ. In principle, it should be just a formality with qualified Croatian Karolina Sprem. Formerly World Number 7, today she only holds 145th place in the hierarchy. She should be easy prey for the World Number 1 who is visibly determined to reign once more on this tour.

Clément Lizet (Translation : Amy-Marie Davenport)

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