Serena Williams carried on her superb form at this year’s WTA Tour Finals in Istanbul with a 6-2, 6-3 win over the fifth seed Petra Kvitova.
In a match lasting just one hour and 12 minutes, Williams was able to maintain her 100 percent record and look almost a certainty to retain the title she won last year.
The game started in surprising fashion for Williams, as she came under heavy pressure from Kvitova, quickly finding herself two break points down. The American then thundered down two huge aces to level the game at 40-40. She couldn’t convert the game first time round however, facing yet another break point before finally taking the first game of the match.
This appeared to have roused Williams, who returned well and didn’t allow Kvitova to settle on her serve, converting the break and taking a 2-0 lead in the set. A steady service game then cemented the American’s dominance as she moved into a 3-0 lead.
Kvitova then registered her first game of the match, but made little impact, as she was then whitewashed to love on the Williams serve, making the score 4-1. Despite another hold from Kvitova, the game was totally in Williams’ control, as the Czech couldn’t find winners and suffered another love game on her opponent's serve.
At 5-2, Williams then closed out the set with a break to love, concluding a first set win in less than 30 minutes, showing the dominance that Williams has displayed throughout the tournament, still to lose a set. A Kvitova double-fault to lose the first set showed that the immense pressure was beginning to rile her and increase unforced errors.
The second set began where Williams had left off in the first, starting with dominance and holding her serve with little trouble to move 1-0 up. The set was then level at 1-1, with Kvitova having to battle hard just to hold her own serve, under the immense pressure that Williams was creating.
A double fault from Williams looked to give the Czech player a chance at a break, but the game was levelled at 40-40. Williams then threw down her eighth, ninth and 10th aces of the match for three consecutive advantages and, on the third time of trying to convert, she held to move 2-1 into the lead.
Williams then extended her lead, breaking Kvitova in the fourth game of the set to lead the contest 3-1, giving the Czech a huge mountain to climb to re-establish herself in the match.
Another close game ended a familiar way for Kvitova, as she just didn’t have the decisive shot to make her presence felt in the match, as Williams held to move into a 4-1 lead.
It was now down to Kvitova who first had to make sure she held her serve, in order to mastermind a seemingly impossible break of the prolific Williams serve.
While she managed to hold to make the score 4-2, she again struggled on Williams’ serve, as she went down 5-2, needing to hold just to stay in the match.
At 5-3, Williams made her experience count, as she served out solidly to make it three wins from three at this year’s WTA Tour Finals and announce her progress into the semi finals; the first woman to do so.
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