by Karen

Up a set and 4-1 and with 2 game points to go up 5-1, Serena Williams would, in her own words choke and lose the second set. She started badly in the third set going down an early break to Lucie Safarova.  On her next service game Serena engaged in her own version of on court coaching.  She berated herself. Asked some tough questions, which were sprinkled with some choice words as to her performance.  She would not lose another game.   I guess in some cases on court coaching really does work.

Serena has now won 20 Grand Slam singles title.  2 less than Steffi Graf and 4 behind Margaret Court.  She told Mary Carillo that she is already thinking about Wimbledon.  Her coach indicated that one of the goals that he has for here and which he thinks is something she can do is win a true calendar year Grand Slam.  She is half way there.





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