I’ve decided to create an infographic for Serena’s stats. Now on to Madrid:
The defending champion at the clay event fought back from 4-2 and a break down in the third set to see off the local favourite, who was cheered on by a partisan crowd at the Magic Box Arena, after she was ‘bagelled’ for the first time in five years in the second stanza.
“It was definitely a battle,” Williams said.
“I obviously didn’t do much in the second set, and I think I gave her a lot confidence to play better. I thought she played really well in the third.”
Williams made it 26 wins and only one defeat since the start of last year’s claycourt season, but was up against an experienced player on the surface.