by Craig Hickman
What a difference six-and-a-half hours make
That's how long crying skies delayed Serena's first-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova. After a movement-hindered, erratic start, Serena found herself down set game for the third time in 52 minutes. The hard-hitting Bulgarian teen, most known for dispatching Big Sis in the first round of Melbourne last year, frustrated Lil Sis with her backhand lasers down the line.
After the rain, Serena came back and lost just three of 15 games, reeling off nine straight after losing the last game of the first set. Her 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 turnaround was due largely to her improved footwork, her short-angled backhands, and her relaxed demeanor.
Oh, and those jubilant waves of the white flag over your head as your daughter executed your strategy perfectly were lovely to see.
Especially since the tight-as-a-drum lady in pink and purple who began the first set was anything but lovely. As dryrunguy said, Serena was moving like Estelle Getty. Then she woke up.