However, the scoreline doesn’t dictate the struggle that Serena had to go through for one and a half hours to put away the spirited German.
The American was a break down in the second set. She was seen struggling against Siegemund’s variety and touch in her game and her penchant for disrupting rallies with the sane.
However, Serena maintained her composure to win the game 6-4, 6-3. She struck six aces to Siegemund’s one. At last, Serena’s 26 winners in comparison to Siegemund’s 20 proved to be decisive.
What Did Serena Williams Say About Her Victory Post Match?
Serena Williams acknowledged her opponent’s strength post her match.
“It was good for me to just fight, you know. She has a really good game, and she stepped up and hit a lot of good winners, so it wasn’t really easy. I just had to step up and play a little better, and hopefully get through it.”
Serena Williams confessed that she did feel negative towards the end of the match. She even said that she was not super comfortable playing in the conditions in Auckland.
“You try to have a more positive attitude, but I got a little negative at the end. It was just so windy. But I like running down dropshots, so I don’t mind playing against players who hit dropshots. I’m very fast, especially moving forward. It’s one of my strengths, so I actually don’t mind it.”
Serena Williams also opened up on how she thinks this will affect her Australian Open preparations.
“I definitely feel that (I’m starting to get into good shape for the Australian Open), and I feel like my match yesterday (against Mchale) was great. It’s great that I went three sets, and it’s great that I ran so much. I came out today just overall feeling better and doing better.”
Serena Williams will face third seed Amanda Anisimova in the semifinals of the ASB classic.