Serena Williams rampages through to semifinal, Bartoli and Cibulkova face upsets
Serena Williams was troubled by jet lag, but that didn’t stop her from rampaging her way through Chanelle Scheepers at the Stanford Classic in California. Serena Williams won the quarterfinal bout in emphatic fashion with a 6-4 and 6-0 victory on Friday.
Meanwhile, Marion Bartoli and Dominika Cibulkova made unexpected exits from the tournament. Their defeats means Serena Williams has little competition left in the tournament. France’s Marion Bartoli was beaten by Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 6-2 and Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova was beaten by Sorana Cirstea 6-7 6-2 6-0.
After winning her fifth Wimbledon title just last week, Serena Williams arrived in Northern California on Monday to participate in the Stanford Classic. However, USA international hasn’t been able to get a good night’s sleep since Wimbledon. According to Serena Williams, she woke up around 1 am spent the next five hours watch the famous television show Desperate Housewives.
“I was hoping to fall back asleep but I didn't,” Serena Williams said. “I was crying as always. I love that show. I was wide wake as if I was in Europe still.”
Serena Williams seemed slightly slugging against Chanelle Scheepers in the beginning of the match, but as the match progress she warmed up to one of her best forms.
“I didn't feel great going out, but I expected to stay consistent till I started to feel better and then I started moving well and that really helped a lot,” Serena Williams said.
Yanina Wickmayer hasn’t defeated Marion Bartoli in any of the three encounters the two have had. Nonetheless, she came up with an impressive victory to qualify for her second semifinal this year.
“I tried not to give her too many angles and really wanted to go for my shots only when I had the chance,” Yanina Wickmayer said.
“In our other matches, I think she really just beat me at my own game. Today, I think I was playing smarter.”
Sorana Cirstea faced a heavy defeat against Dominika Cibulkova earlier in the season. However, the 22-year-old showed maturity and form beyond her age to win against Dominika Cibulkova.
"Toward the end of the set I was challenging everything because I didn't trust anyone anymore,” Sorana Cirstea said.
“I thought someone was playing a joke on me to see how I would react. It was like Candid Camera because there were too many mistakes, I started to laugh because it was just hilarious.
“The chair umpire never ruled and today if we didn't have a challenge system I would be packing my bags.”