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Serena Williams So Dominant in First Round at the U.S. Open That Her Opponent Needed Ball Boy's Compassion

Greg Archuleta
By Greg Archuleta (gregory.archuleta@comcast..net) @GeigaSr
on Aug 27, 2013 08:11 AM EDT
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No. 1 ranked Serena Williams surrendered just one game to Francesca Shiavone during Monday's first round of the U.S. Open (Photo : Reuters)

If Serena Williams wasn't going to provide any consolation, Francesca Schiavone had to find it elsewhere during their opening-round match Monday at the U.S. Open.

Williams won the first eight games of the match against Schiavone, a former world's No. 4-ranked player who won the 2010 French Open and was a finalist there a year later.

According to a USA TODAY Sports report, Schiavone had won just 25 percent of her first-serve points and lost a 26-point rally to the top-ranked Williams.

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After the match, Schiavone was asked about the impromptu hug. (Watch the Hug In the Video Below)

"I don't need a hug in that moment, I need a game - points," she said, USA TODAY Sports reported. "I went to the ballboy to say, 'Well, that's tough.' No, it was just a joke."

Schiavone was down 4-0 in the second set when she finally won her first game of the match.

When Schiavone finally got on the board more than 50 minutes into the hour-long match, holding serve to win her first game with a volley winner, she swung her right fist in a celebratory roundhouse punch and shouted.

Shiavone then showed a huge smile when she returned to the sidelines. She threw her racket toward her changeover chair.

Williams went on to win the next two games for a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

Williams was nearly perfect, making only eight unforced errors, compiling a 13-3 edge in winners, hitting serves faster than 115 mph, and taking the first 10 games. She needed only an hour to advance to the second round.

 "I knew playing a former Grand Slam champion in the first round was a really, really tough draw," the New York Daily Post reported Williams as saying, "so I tried to be super serious."

On this night, with the outcome no longer in doubt, Schiavone was the one who was not serious.

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