Serena Rallies To Beat Pennetta In Toronto; Bouchard Bounced By Bencic
by Staff | August 12th, 2015, 9:43 am

Serena Williams did it again. Like we saw at the French Open, Serena lost the first set to Flavia Pennetta, got down a break in the second before roaring back to win 11 of the last 12 games to take the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

“I just told myself to drop it, like drop the racquet low and get ready to do everything I could to get into the game and to try to do different things, and that’s what I started doing out there. I was thinking,’The last time I was here I won. I should at least try to get through this and give 200%, and I started playing better. I was still making errors, but I just started playing better and making less errors.

“But she played really well today – she was hitting deep and doing a lot of things so well.”

Serena also won here 750th career match. And this season she’s now 41-1 on the season. The 3-time Canadian champion will have a day off today before returning tomorrow.

The other big result of the day was the continued decline of Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian marketing superstar lost her 11th match in her last 13 falling to Belinda Bencic 6-0, 5-7, 6-2. Bencic failed to serve it out in the second at 5-3, missing a matchpoint, but the 18-year-old Swiss eventually took it in 3.

“I feel like I started out a little bit rusty in a sense,” said Bouchard. “I haven’t had a lot of match play recently, but I was able to raise my game, and I think it was pretty competitive out there after that first set. So I’m pleased with my performance.”

Bouchard recently dropped her coach Sam Sumyk who she hired at the start of the year.

Former No. 1s Jelena Jankovic and Victoria Azarenka were also winners along with Stanford champion Angelique Kerber. Washington winner Sloane Stephens lost to Dominika Cibulkova.

Today, Azarenka faces Petra Kvitova. Simona Halep debuts against Jankovic and Bencic battles Caroline Wozniacki. Suprise Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza is also on court.

“It’s exciting because we haven’t played in forever and I feel like it’s gonna be a whole new experience,” Azarenka said about her first meeting with Kvitova in four years. ‘When people ask what I remember, it’s honestly nothing, really. It’s going to be fun for us and for the crowd as well.”

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9 Comments for Serena Rallies To Beat Pennetta In Toronto; Bouchard Bounced By Bencic

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Serena’s mental strength is ridiculous. With the number of come from behind wins this year, she seems mentally tougher than ever. However, this habit of losing the first set is gonna bite her eventually. Even Serena can’t keep gifting a set.

Genie. Ouch. Can anyone think of a similar drop off from an up and coming player, male or female? She was in, what 3 Slam semis last year? This is a historic meltdown, and I do hope she can turn it around.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Boy, this is a hot thread today! Can’t keep up!

Gypsy Gal Says:


Wog Boy Says:

WTA should stop this on court coaching, looks ridiculous. This looks like a practice match for Azarenka…so far.

Wog Boy Says:

Azarenka’s new hitting partners (former Serena’s) is already subject of Azarenka’s jokes:

Second brake in the second set for Vika, should be done and dusted, but you never know with Vika.

Wog Boy Says:

Good job Vika.

FedExpress Says:

Its more of choking of the opposition than mental strength of serena

SG1 Says:

Genie is a little lost out there. She needs to figure out a few things some of which are:

1) Does she want to be a top ranked world class tennis player or a successful brand?
2) How do she stop the revolving door of coaches that has created instability in her camp and in her game?
3) Are the other people around her working in her best interests?
4) Are there some issues in her game she needs to look at?

With those q

jane Says:

petkovic has some nice words on serena’s game, thoughtful…

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