Serena Williams went on to beat German Laura Siegemund 6-4 6-3 at the ASB Classic in Auckland and secured her spot in the semi-finals.
Laura Siegmund who is ranked 73rd fell short to the 23-time grand slam champion.
Serena Williams is on a mission to right her previous mistakes after being knocked out of the Auckland classic in the second round in 2017 by fellow American Madison Brengle.
In her post-match interview, Williams told the press:
“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.”
“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.”
It was not an easy matchup for Serena who after a tight opening set found herself down a breakpoint in the second set but managed to bounce back and beat the German.
Serena Williams who last won a singles title in 2017 is on her way to claim another one having already beaten Camila Giorgi, Christina McHale and now Laura Siegemund.
Serena also finds herself in the doubles semi-finals alongside teammate Caroline Wozniacki.
After the ASB Classic in Auckland, Serena will be heading over to the Australian Open where she hopes to claim her 24th Grand Slam title.
“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 said.