Serena scored a very solid 76 75 win over Sveta, saving numerous set points and generally playing from behind for most of the match. This match was a good barometer for where Serena's head is at, as she had a number of opportunities to just let up a little bit and lose the match. But she remained focused and intense and she really made Sveta work for it. And in the end, Sveta reminded us that she's Russian. So she did what Russians do.
And so Serena plays Venus tomorrow (er...today) in a must-win match for Venus. We'll see how Serena recovers. She's got tape for her left knee and she rolled her right ankle in the first set tiebreak today. Sveta gets a day off and will play Lena (I think) on Thursday.