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Serena Williams avoids the upset and moves onto the semifinals at the US Open

New York- Serena Williams defeats Tsvetana Pironkova, 4-6, 6-3, and 6-2.



Serena Williams in the first set looked at little unsettled, as she had a couple unforced errors that helped Tsvetana Pironkova win a couple of games. Pironkova was putting pressure on Williams as she used her forehand swing to earn her points. After going down 4-2 in the set, Williams hit a volley, backhand, and a drop shot to get herself back into the game. However, Pironkova won the first set, 6-4 after she hit a cross shot that Williams could not get to. Pironkova was doing exceptionally well as she won 87% of her first serves.


Williams had to dig herself out of a 2-1 hole in the second set, but got going after she broke the next set to tie it up. Winning the second game of the set was the momentum shift for Williams, as she took the lead and never looked back. Williams finished the second set on top 6-3.


In the third and final set, both players battled it out, but Williams was the one that was the aggressor. It seemed like later in the match, Pironkova did not have her legs behind her, Williams took advantage of it and started to use her backhand more. Williams closed the game out with a 6-2 win.




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