Serena Williams appears to have bounced back well after a crippling viral infection took her out of Wimbledon in the middle of a match. She won the title this weekend at the Western & Southern Open. It looked like it may not happen for Williams in the semifinals against Caroline Wozniacki but she beat her and moved on. Her start against Serb Ana Ivanovic was slow and resembled her semifinals showing but then once she got into the swing of things she was able to pull off the win. She beat Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1 in just over an hour.
Williams took home a tidy sum of $467,300 and also claimed 900 ranking points thanks to the win. Her opponent Ivanovic took home $227,000 and 525 ranking points. On Saturday Williams had stated that she had been experiencing lower back tightness and it seemed to get to her at the beginning of the match against Ivanovic. She ended up converting four of seven break points and also had 12 aces. When Sunday came around however Williams was ready to play and was feeling good. She had five aces in her first seven games. She was also able to win 64% of her serves. Once she had the 4-3 lead Ivanovic fought back a bit and tied it up but she made a few crucial mistakes that cost her the win. She had beaten Maria Sharapova in the semifinals by staging some late-game rallies but was unable to do that this time around against Williams.
Over the last few weeks Williams has had a strong showing and ended up being the top seeded tournament player because of it. She went to the semifinals in the Rogers Cup in Montreal, won the Stanford title, and defeated the 22 seed Sam Stosur, 9 seed Jelena Jankovic, 12 seed Wozniacki, and then finally the 11 seed, Ivanovic. This was a stark contrast to an infection that she didn’t realize she had at Wimbledon a short time ago. The infection caused her to become very ill in the middle of a match. She was stumbling, dropping the ball and overall looking very out of hit. Her sister Venus escorted her off of the court.