For the first time on the WTA Tour, Lexington plays host to WTA tennis in place of what would have been the Citi Open in Washington.
The site at Lexington is the Top Seed Tennis Club which has had one of it’s courts slightly transformed into a main court with E Bannon Road running right behind with constant traffic and over the road and in view is a cross-fit centre in view.
Serena Williams was in action on Tuesday afternoon in Lexington in what was her first match in 201 days following her exit to Qiang Wang in Melbourne and she came through a tricky test in Bernarda Pera.
Bernarda has always been such a strong hitter of the ball, her pace in rallies can be quite scary but also her un-doing on serve and things can unravel for the American.
Bernarda showed her intent winning the first set 6-4 and had a major opportunity in the second. Serena was up a break of serve early on but was being pegged back by Pera’s power and the 25 year old quickly broke back.
At 4-4 with Serena serving the former world number one had to get herself out of trouble from 0-40 and managed to do that without issue and went onto break to secure the second set. It was a pivotal set of tennis from Serena who saved 9 of the 10 break points she faced in the second set.
From there on in it was one way traffic for Serena who couldn’t find her rhythm early on but was hitting the ball much better in the latter stages winning eight of the final nine games to win 4-6 6-4 6-1.
At the end of the match Serena said:
“I kept thinking, Serena play like you’ve been practicing”