Sunday, July 29, 2012
Serena Williams defeated Jelena Jankovic 63 61 on the opening day of the Olympic tennis event at the All England Club.
USA First Lady , Michelle Obama, watched Serena from the players' box along with Williams' sister Venus.
"They asked me if I minded if she sat in my box, and I was like, 'Of course not. Please. It would be my honor,'" Williams said. "I mean, I love Michelle. She's so cool. I've met her several, several times. Seeing her there made me feel better and made me want to play better. After the match I gave her a thumbs up, just to acknowledge I knew she was there - obviously it's impossible not to see her.
"I also loved her dress. She's always looking good."
Williams herself took to the court in a red, white and navy blue dress with a red headband, while Jankovic also wore red.
"It's so different than playing in all white and I was thinking 'I wouldn't like it', but I like it," she said, although then adding that she would "absolutely not" like to see colored clothing introduced at Wimbledon.
With the first set comfortably under her belt, Williams took an early break in the second set when Jankovic hit the ball into the net.
The American quickly broke again to storm to a 3-0 lead, then denying her opponent a single point in the fourth game. Jankovic managed to hold her serve one more time, but appeared increasingly frustrated with herself, wrongly challenging two line judge's calls in a row.
Serving to stay in the match at 15-40, the 27-year-old was given a momentary reprieve when her opponent powered a backhand into the net.
The American let out a squeal of annoyance but she didn't have to wait long to secure her victory as Jankovic hit the next shot wide to gift her the match.
"I was a little nervous in the first set, but once I got relaxed I played a little better," Williams told reporters afterwards. "I actually think I played solid today. I felt the ball well. I missed a few shots, but at least I was going forward."
source YAhoo Sports
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