Let it never be said that Serena Williams takes her doubles matches lightly.
Serena and sister Venus lost to Liezel Huber and Chan Hao-Ching 6-7 (3), 6-4, 11-9 in the first round of the China Open on Monday. After the sisters squandered a 4-1 lead in the second set and couldn’t convert two match points in the match tiebreak, Serena double-faulted on match point for Huber and Chan.
Needless to say, Serena was not pleased. As I said last week, no one breaks a racket like Serena. She proved it once again, smashing her racket with three big swings and then tossing it aside before walking to the net to congratulate her opponents.
The Williamses lost in the opening round for only the second time in their last 29 tournaments as doubles partners (the other defeat came at the 2009 WTA Championships, a four-team, single-elimination event.) Huber beat the sisters for the first time in six attempts. On their way out of the stadium, Huber and Chan posed next to the scoreboard so photographers could document the win.
So how did Serena’s racket smash compare to her awesome one at the Australian Open earlier this year? I say it’s a very close second.