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Williams 5-7 5-4 Tomljanović* (* denotes next server)
While we were having a test of endurance at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Caroline Garcia was closing out Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 champion.
Back on the main stage, this game is much shorter. And it’s shocking. Serena is just losing the ability to hang in these rallies, and with pressure mounting, a double fault gives Tomljanović the break.
We are, astoundingly, on serve.
I still think Serena wins tonight. But this is taking a lot out of her.
*Williams 5-7 5-3 Tomljanović (* denotes next server)
Oh my, what a return from Williams to stave off game point. Fifth deuce. The next return, though, is long, and I’m running out of “buts” and “thoughs” to describe this epic game.
Second serve, Serena dominates the rally, and it’s deuce. Again. Serena wipes her brow on one of her long sleeves. Imagine if this game was being played in the midday heat.
This article was written by Beau Dure and originally published on www.theguardian.com