Serena Williams vs Sara Errani: Score and Highlights from U.S. Open 2012
2012 U.S. Open—women's semifinal.
Serena Williams vs. Sara Errani (Friday, September 7, 2012)
Serena Williams beat Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2
Serena Williams booked her place in another Grand Slam final with one of the most dominant semifinal performances seen by any player in recent years.
The American hero racked up a massive 38 winners en route to the straight sets victory—which took just over an hour to complete.
No disrespect to Sara Errani; she was simply out-classed, out-hit and out-played by a stronger and more superior Serena Williams, who will be very tough to beat in the final of the 2012 U.S. Open.
That concludes our coverage of the Serena Williams vs. Sara Errani semifinal for the 2012 U.S. Open—a match in which Williams simply dominated and proved herself as one of the toughest players in world tennis—if not the toughest of them all.
Thanks for following along with me.
I'll be blogging live on the final, so watch out for me then.
34 MINUTES FOR THE SECOND SET!!
Sorry. Picked the exact duration of the second set.
It's a big deal for me.
Williams serving for the match—game, set, match.
With an ace down the middle, Serena Williams books her place in the 2012 U.S. Open final.
Final score: Serena Williams beat Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2
Williams serving for the match, 40-0.
Big serve down the tee. Nothing Errani can do but gently clip it. Match point.
Williams serving for the match, 30-0.
Errani's forehand into the net. Looks tired. Looks defeated.
Williams serving for the match, 15-0.
Serve just too strong for Errani to handle.
Errani saves match point, then holds service game.
Got to admire Errani's heart and commitment here. Could have easily thrown the towel in, but wants Williams to earn the victory and will force the American international to serve for her place in the 2012 U.S. Open final.
Which, you imagine she will do with relative ease.
Match point, Williams.
Serena beats Errani with a lovely backhand down the line behind the running Errani—perhaps a lovely example of just how this match has gone for both players.
30-all, Errani serving to stay in the Championship.
Simple slice put long by Errani. Bad mistake.
Williams holds (surprise?), leads second set 5-1.
A couple more aces down the middle and a few more forced errors from Errani have this match all but finished heading into the Italian's service game.
No disrespect to Errani here, but she has been simply annihilated on court today by a superior athlete who deserves to win the 2012 U.S. Open title.
Serena Williams is simply in another class.
Williams breaks Errani, leads 4-1 second set.
Another game, another break for Williams.
Exposing Errani's forehand in particular—curling the ball away from her reach and giving her no chance to wrap her racquet around her returns.
Not sure if this set will be quicker than the 30 minutes of the first set, but it is likely to be close to that time period. I'm going to habit a guess and say 34 minutes.
30-all, Errani serving, trails 3-1 second set.
Williams finding the net a bit in this set. Would no doubt be hard to keep concentration, but must finish off strong and put herself in good frame of mind for final.
Game, Williams serving, leads 3-1 second set
119 mph. Down the tee.
Cop that, says Serena.
40-15, Williams serving, leads 2-1 second set
114 mph. Down the tee.
Cop that, says Serena.
30-15, Williams serving, leads 2-1 second set
117 mph. Down the tee.
Cop that, says Serena.
Game, Errani, trails 2-1 second set.
Here she comes!! Comeback queen Errani is making a run and will topple Williams over the rest of the game. Book it!
Okay. Maybe don't book it.
But it was nice to see her pick up a game from her own serve. To do it off a forehand winner down the line must make her feel even better.
30-15, Errani serving.
Errani finally gets an attacking opportunity and capitalizes! Chance to get some more points on the board here!
Game, Williams, leads 2-0 second set.
Another comfortable hold for Williams—backhand winners and forehand winners throughout this game. Can Errani get something going on her serve this time around?
Game, Wiliams. Leads 1-0.
Another break of serve there by Williams—one that would have taken place much quicker had she not kept hitting the ball into the tape of the net.
Williams is standing a few good feet inside the baseline before taking Errani's serves; crushing them back at her down which ever side of the court she pleases.
This one should be over soon.
30-40, break point, Williams.
Forehand winner to the backhand court.
Stand and deliver from Williams—she doesn't even need to move her feet. This just looks like a training run—something that she's putting no effort into whatsoever.
Second set underway!
Errani to serve with new balls.
Wonder if that's going to help her against Williams power game.
Ah, these just get better and better.
Someone said that Nadal plays the drums while Federer plays the piano. Here, Serena plays the gong while Errani plays the triangle.
Three stats to portray just how dominant Williams has been so far.
1. Williams has hit 14 winners; Errani has nine points in total.
2. Williams is winning 61 percent of Errani's service points.
3. Williams has more aces (three) than Errani has winners (two).
Williams claims the first set 6-1!
An absolutely dominant performance by Williams in the opening set here—crushing Errani so far to take a commanding 6-1 victory in the opening set.
And right on 30 minutes for all those that were wondering.
Set point, Williams.
40-15 and not a worry in the world on her own serve.
Williams simply dominating Errani. I can't stress that enough.
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