Serena Williams Crushes Opponent, Talks Nails at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 22nd, 2010, 9:57 pm

World No. 1 Serena Williams crushed the Portugal screamer Michelle Larcher de Brito 6-0, 6-4 on Tuesday at Wimbledon before holding court to the world media on hot topics ranging from her outfits and nail polish to the World Cup and the queen.
After doling out the punishment, Serena faced the harsh wrath of the British (and other international) press, which grilled her on…her outfit.

“Well, we dubbed it strawberries and cream,” Serena said of her ensemble. “Strawberries, is that the correct enunciation of it? I don’t have a good British accent. The red is strawberries and the white is cream. It’s not like a pure white; it’s more of a cream. Also the red kind of symbolizes a lot of things I do in Africa, along with a lot of the work, like the red laces. Everybody that buys a pair can pretty much save a life in Africa.”

And her nails.

“They have strawberries on them, too,” Serena said in response to the question, or rather a statement, that her nails looked good. “If I would have thought about it, I would have put a strawberry instead of a heart. They’re hearts. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner. I could have had a strawberry.”

Serena also shared her deepest thoughts, when prompted by the pit of jackals otherwise known as the press, when asked about…how it would feel to play in front of the queen.

“I’m almost speechless because, I mean, hopefully I’ll even get to play in front of her,” Serena said. “If not, I’ll be fine because I don’t want to get too nervous. But I think it’s cool.”

On yet another day when the seeded players cruised at the All England Club, No. 6 Sam Stosur was the only highly-seeded upset of note, falling to Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi 6-4, 6-4. Also ousted was No. 25 Lucie Safarova, who fell to Dominika Cibulkova in straights.

“It has been definitely a long few months through Europe,” said Stosur, the runner-up at the French Open. “But, you know, that’s all part and parcel with doing well. I guess, yeah, today I just didn’t play as well as I know I can.”

Close first-round shaves among the seeded included No. 18 Aravane Rezai escaping Magdalena Rybarikova from a set down, No. 19 Svetlana Kuznetsova beating Akgul Amanmuradova in three, and No. 31 Alexandra Dulgheru outlasting Kimiko Date Krumm in three.

Qualifiers had a successful day, with Italy’s Romina Oprandi beating Brit wildcard Heather Watson in three, Romania’s Monica Niculescu topping Gisela Dulko, and Japan’s Kurumi Nara rolling past Mariana Duque Marino.

Suspended due to darkness was No. 24 Daniela Hantuchova tied with American Vania King 6-7(4), 7-6(4).

Wednesday highlights (or lowlights as it is a little light) at the All England Club include (2) Venus Williams vs. Ekaterina Makarova, (8) Kim Clijsters vs. Karolina “The Spreminator” Sprem, (17) Justine Henin vs. Kristina Barrois, Aleksandra Wozniak vs. (4) Jelena Jankovic, American Shenay Perry vs. (27) Maria Kirilenko, and an all-Belgian in (15) Yanina Wickmayer vs. Kirsten Flipkens.

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13 Comments for Serena Williams Crushes Opponent, Talks Nails at Wimbledon

Huh Says:

Serena is so dangerous!

Hypnos Says:

Man, serious epic going on between Mahut and Isner — 30 games each in the 5th set.

andrea Says:

can you believe that score for isner/mahut? i’ve never seen a match with scores so high…

Maso Says:

Incredible game between Mahut and Isner!! And Federer managed to lose the bloody 2nd set. =P

stu Says:

tennis needs a sudden death

Jurasick Says:

Now we are likely to hear from the likes of John McEnroe that Wimbledon needs a final-set tie-breaker. I am not too sure of it either way. On the one hand, you’ve got to worry about the players playing 6-hour sets. On the other, we’ve got a match that shows unbelievable mental strength of the players and a record. We could never get this from the US Open, for example. Of course, right now it is 48-48 in the fifth set and I think the crowd’s a bit weary. Plus, I hear the scoreboard’s malfunctioning. I hope to goes into the 100th game!

Twocents Says:

If big John loses today, it’s only because USA soccer team has used up our luck quota!

Hats off to both guys!

Jurasick Says:

IBM’s Slam Tracker Flash-based application on the site has messed up. It is not showing the first digit in the number of games shown for the final set. Right now it should read 52-51 (Isner) but instead shows 2-1!!!

andrea Says:

yay roger. i had visions of another fifth setter….thank god you nipped it in 4.

Fot Says:

Yes I’m glad Roger got through in 4 sets. I’ve seen a picture over at that shows Roger had a bandage on his right thigh. Wonder what that is?

I do like the sense of humor that Roger had in his interview:

Q. The final point when you were standing at the net waiting for Hawk Eye, what did you exchange with him? Everyone in Serbia wants to know.

ROGER FEDERER: They’re debating already?

Q. Yes. They’re proud of him.

ROGER FEDERER: I asked him what kind of drink he wants later on in the bar. No. (Laughter).

I said, I think the ball is out, really. Anyway, I hope so. He goes, If it is out, I wish you all the best. Please keep on winning and stuff. It’s like, Okay, we’ll see. Wait for the call first, you know. But he was very nice. He was very supportive of me going on and playing very well in the next few rounds.

zola Says:


I don’t want neither Isner or Mahut to lose. neither of them! 2-2, 59-59, there should be arule that they both go through. It would be heartbreaking to loe a match after so many points and sets. This is unbelievable.

some stats:
total time exactly 10 hours—7 hours, 6 minutes in the fifth set alone, Previous full-match record : 6:33, at the 2004 French Open.

longest number of sets played in wimbledon since 1877: 112 games in 1969
Isner and Mahut: 118 games only in the 5th set

The courtside electronic scoreboard got stuck at 47-47 when the score got to to 48-48 .

Total number of points played: 881 points, 612 in the fifth set.
Isner hit 98 aces,
Mahut hit 95

previous record for Aces in a match at any tournament, 78.

zola Says:

correction: that 10 hours , etc. is the total time.

Dear staff,
I see you opened a thread for this match and I am going to post this over there. You can delete my 5:09 pm and 5:54 pm posts here. Thanks. Says:

Serena Williams is magnificent. Many tennis afficionados call her serving motion the best in tennis – man or woman. Her skill and never-say-die attitude are wonders to behold. Goooo, Serena! Gooooo, Venus! Gooooo, Williams!

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