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I need to play more like Serena, says Serena

first_img“The biggest difference was just confidence,” said three-time Roland Garros champion Williams when asked to explain the stark difference between the first and second sets.”I just need to play with more confidence, like I’m Serena. So that was it. I just started playing like that.”Victory also took Williams’ first round record at the Slams to 75 wins in 76 appearances. Her only loss at the first hurdle was to Virginie Razzano in Paris in 2012.”I love the clay and I started playing like it, opening the court and moving and sliding,” added Williams. Serena Williams believes the key to leveling the all-time Grand Slam record of 24 titles is to play like Serena Williams.The 39-year-old American made a slow but successful start to her latest pursuit of Margaret Court’s record with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-0 win over Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round on Monday.World number 102 Ahn served for the opening set at 5-4 but Williams forced a tie-break she dominated before charging through the second set to book a clash with Tsvetana Pironkova for a spot in the last 32. “I do think her level dropped a little bit in the beginning of the first set and I took advantage of that. “I think her level was so high in the first set that I just needed to lift my level more than what I did.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

UWF Harriers tune-up for the Conference Championships with 3 mile Intersquad Race

first_img Share Oct. 12, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Cross Country teams ran in an intersquad meet on the UWF campus Friday morning. The meet consisted of three co-ed teams of 5 runners each. The top four runners from each team were scored for team results. The UWF B Team won the event with 28 points, just ahead of the UWF A Team with 29, while the UWF C squad was third with 36 points. The teams were set up to be even in terms of abilities and previous race performance. The race was on a very hilly and tough course, thus no personal bests were set, but several runners had impressive times for the conditions.Freshman Nicholas Maedel (Orange Park, Fla.), running for the B Squad, led all runners with a 16:22 time for the hilly three mile course. Running for the A squad, Jared Black (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) and Justin Gates (Jr. / Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), finished 2nd and 3rd in 16:52 and 16:53. Sean Jansen (Fr. / Lutz, Fla.) led the C squad with a fourth place finish in 17:02.Coach Matt Dobson was pleased as he discussed the tune-up event. “The Men have a great history of being prepared for the post season. This year is no different. The guys are having strong practices, and all that they need to do is stay healthy and get plenty of rest before the biggest meets of the year arrive.”The team is still nursing some injuries, and Seniors Diana Sitar (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brian Gowin (Pensacola, Fla.), and Jordan Theuerkauf (Wausau, Wisc.) did not run, but are expected to be key runners in the post season races. The GSC Runner of the Week, Eric Mayes (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.), was also rested to make sure he is ready for the conference meet.Margaret Harter (Jr. / Milton, Fla.), running for the C squad, was the top Women’s finisher in 20:29, followed closely by Kelli Midden (Fr. / Boca Raton, Fla.) in 20:39. Coach Dobson discussed the Women’s post season prospects. “The Women are being led by veteran runners (Sitar and Harter), and they will be ready to run their best times of the season. Some of them have been distracted, and at times discouraged because of injuries. We will try to put all that behind us as we taper for the conference meet next week in Hoover, Ala.” Print Friendly Version UWF Harriers tune-up for the Conference Championships with 3 mile Intersquad Racelast_img read more

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