Following a tough 63, 63 win over lefty Varvara Lepchenko in the US Open third round yesterday, tournament top seed Serena Williams admitted that she’s more than open to having women play best-of-5 set matches at the Slams.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We don’t mind playing five sets,” Serena said. “We’ve offered to play five sets. The tournaments don’t want us to play five sets. We’re ready, willing, and able to play five sets.”
With TV and cultures dictating shorter entertainment events, it’s extremely unlikely women’s Grand Slam matches would ever play best-of-5 (some have argued the men move to best-of-3), so Serena could be just saying that knowing such a rule would never get passed.
All the upsets has left Serena as an even bigger favorite to win her third straight US Open. Tomorrow the 32-year-old will face Kaia Kanepi in search of her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of the season.
“I’ve been a casualty this whole year at Grand Slams,” Serena said of the upsets. “I’m just hoping to keep staying in there.”
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