Serena Williams handed a 6-0, 6-0 US Open thrashing to Czech player Andrea Hlavackova on Monday, setting up a quarter-final clash with Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic.
Williams, who has clinched the US Open singles title on three occasions (1999, 2002, 2008), was in an unforgiving mood as she solidified her position as tournament favourite.
Hlavackova, the world no. 81, had no answer to Serena’s ruthlessness; the 30-year-old American fired 31 winners and made a paltry seven unforced errors throughout the entire match, which lasted 57 minutes.
Williams was dominant from the start; the first point of the match saw her produce a walloping passing return on Hlavackova’s serve. As Hlavackova observed later:
“The first point of the whole match, I served and she returned like a 100-mile-per-hour forehand. That was like: ‘Okay, I know who I am playing. You don’t have to prove it to me.’ But she obviously wanted to prove it to me.”
The shellacking continued with Serena consistently finding the service line corners with unerring accuracy throughout the first set. Five of the opening six games took less than four minutes for Williams to wrap up, and the set was sealed with a brutal 117-mph ace up the middle.
There was slightly more exertion required from the Open favorite in the second set with Hlavackova gaining her first break points in the final game of the second set. A scarcely believable comeback was not on the cards, however, and Williams saved two break points to score her first ever “double bagel” (6-0, 6-0) in a major slam.
There was less to celebrate for the star later in the day: She and sister, Venus Williams, were knocked out of the women’s doubles, falling to a 6-1 6-4 third-round loss to fourth seeds Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova of Russia.