Serena Williams is looking to be the player to beat on the women’s side at the U.S. Open, and it just shows you can throw the seeding out the window.
Williams, 28th in the world, hammered the fourth seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 7-6 in the third round on Saturday. And it wasn’t that Azarenka didn’t play well. In fact, John McEnroe of CBS said Azarenka’s performance in the second set was the best set he had ever seen her play.
Williams had 39 winners and 12 aces, and will play Serbian Ana Ivanovic in the round of 16 on Monday. If Ivanovic has any chance, she will drastically need to improve her service game, as she has one of the most awkward ball tossing movements in the entire sport.
One of the most appealing matches today is the second ranked Vera Zvonareva of Russia against the 22nd seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Don’t let the rankings fool you. Lisicki is coming off a solid Wimbledon where she advanced to the semi-finals.