American World No. 1 Serena Williams gets major cool points from me for her efforts today.
With a heavily strapped left thigh, injured Serena did not default because of the injury that she appeared to have aggravated while playing sister Venus in the semifinals; she came out, competed as best she could and let the chips fall where they may. They fell in her defeat.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka did what she should have done, take advantage of the fact that she had the World No. 1 player in a position of limited mobility – it’s all in the game. Azarenka placed shots far beyond Serena’s limited reach and attempted to move her around the rest of the time. That had to be Azarenka’s game plan because Serena was definitely in no danger of losing based upon Azarenka’s serve. Serena responded where she could, but in a lot of instances she simply allowed the balls to fly by. Azarenka eventually “won” the match 6-3, 6-1.
Seeing how badly Serena began to yield to her injured leg on Thursday, I didn’t anticipate a vibrant Serena coming out for the final, so I wasn’t disappointed. Hopefully she will heal soon.
Photos by Getty Images