Published October 27, 2009 12:00
DOHA, Qatar - Serena Williams avenged her French Open quarterfinal loss on Tuesday by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in an extremely tight two-setter, 76(6) 75, as the round robin stage of the Sony Ericsson Championships - Doha 2009 completed its first day of play. Doha: Tuesday Highlights
Kuznetsova beat Williams in Paris, rallying from 1-3 in the decider to win on the terre battue, 76(3) 57 75; she would end up going all the way to the title there. But Williams, the No.2 seed in Doha, got her revenge Tuesday, edging the Russian, seeded No.3. Highlights: S.Williams vs. Kuznetsova
Williams put her rally cap on throughout the match but particularly in the first set, twice coming back from a break down and, in the tie-break, winning four straight points from 4-6 to win, 8-6; the first two of those points were winners. The 28-year-old also came back from a break down early in the second set.
"When I was down two set points, I was thinking about how I ruined it, because I had a chance to be up 4-1 in the tie-break," Williams said. "I missed some easy shots and started thinking about how I was going to three sets. Next thing I knew I was still in the tie-break. We both really wanted to win."
"I think Serena played a good match," Kuznetsova said. "Compared to my other matches at the Championships, this was the best I played. I think her serve helped her win the match and I was a bit unlucky on a few points, but still it was a good match. I hope to do better in the next ones coming up."
Among the line-up for Day 2 is a family clash between the Williams sisters. Serena leads their head-to-head, 11-10, but Venus is 2-0 against her sister in the Middle East, winning here in Doha last year and at Dubai earlier this year.
"I think Serena will win tomorrow," Kuznetsova said. "You never know what will happen when they play each other, but probably Serena."
"I'm not playing Venus tomorrow, I'm playing an opponent," Serena said. "That's how I want to look at it. Just another opponent who wants to beat me."