- 6 aces
- 100% first serve points won (17/17)
- 82% second serve return points won
- Faced no break points
- 83% service points won
- 71% total points won
- 6-0, 6-0
- 47 minutes
Before the excited Stanford patrons could even buy their nachos and get back into the stadium, Serena was done. She's been hitting the ball impeccably in the few practice sessions I saw here, but to see her transfer that form from practice to match was just ridiculous. Serena didn't just make Rodio look like a chump on her way to her first double bagel since 2007, she made herself look like, well, Serena. Like, the one that, if you're a Serena fan, you love, and, if you're not a Serena fan, you hate in the way that I hate sharks because I know a shark can kill me dead.
It was a performance that left me (and others, *cough* The Double Bagel *cough*) laughing out loud and shaking my head. The winners were just ridiculous in both pace and placement, she was moving really well, and she didn't even give Rodio enough time to act like the raging bitch that she normally is. Ok, that's not true. On match point (or the point before?), Rodio made a huge-ass stink at Lynn for an alleged ringing cell phone that went off during a point. Lynn, being a normal and sane person, stared at Rodio like she was crazy. Which she is. That's why we love Lynn.
This Serena? This Serena was scary good. Not just "Oh, that was pretty good for someone coming back from injury and is only playing her 7th match back" good. This was "Oh, that was good and I'm scared as a Masha fan and can someone please hold me as I suckle at the teat of Grandma Jameson" good.
Before she gets a crack at Masha she'll have to go through Lil' Mash on Thursday. Nice win for MaKiri over a completely shambolic Gools today. Straighten your shit, Gools. That was U-G-L-Y and you ain't got no alibi.
(Pics: Forty Deuce)