By Richard Kent BASN Writer
Updated: September 1, 2012
NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—She had some controversy with Sanchez at the 2009 French Open over a ball which she felt went off her opponent’s arm, but that Sanchez did not acknowledge. That was all in the past.
On a day at the US Open in which retirement was in the air, 30 year old Serena Williams ignored father time and moved on with a 6-2,6-4 win over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain.
Williams had 32 winners to 4 by Sanchez.
Williams was not happy with the way she played, especially her serving with 5 double faults.
She was clearly impacted by the retirement announcements of Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters, noting after that, “Losing Kim was so hard.” She has tremendous respect for Clijsters, as do all players.
The win came a day after her older sister Venus was eliminated in 3 long sets by highly seeded Angelique Kerber. Venus had 60 unforced errors in that match and lost despite a New York crowd which did everything possible to keep her in the match by continually chanting her name.
The sisters won easily in doubles on Friday and despite being unseeded look like the favorite to win that crown.