Australian Open: Serena, prone to mistakes, passes the Tamara test

MELBOURNE: There were so many emotions on display at the Rod Laver Arena during the 78-minute night game, which made the script exciting. Oracene Price raised her hands. What? He asked, why, he said, with no one in particular, like his daughter. Serena Williams , the main winner 23 times, fell into errors in the middle of the second set. Alexis Ohanian, the internet entrepreneur, was a little more trained. On the court, his wife, the eighth seeded, shooting through history, shouted and scratched, not so much with his designer nails, but with his famous semolina, to cross the finish line on a dramatic day in the Australian Open .

Serena, in search of a historical historical title number 24, her first Grand Slam crown in three years, hit 25 winners against the stubborn Slovenian Tamara Zidansek of 22 years. But it was the 28 unforced errors, 17 of which came in the second set of 47 minutes, with which the American superstar was dealing, almost as much as her opponent's challenge. Serena won 6-2, 6-3 against the 70th professional to establish a third round meeting with Qiang Wang of China.

It was by no means serious as the transmitted images, stars and spectators, but a slip here and slip there, has seen Serena fall on more than one occasion in recent years.

Serena, whose last important title came on these courts, wore her lavender dress of several levels with black specifications, which was a reflection of the day, when the winds hit the city, giving everything from loose leaves to sand and stone wings. . After he finally broke up on the eighth chance in the sixth game to level the scores, he recovered.

While Zidansek was playing, Serena said it was more about what she was not doing well.

I was not doing the right technique, without catching the ball in my strike zone. Everything was wrong, I had to adapt, said Serena, whose extravagant nail art also has Koala bears, a man and a woman. Definitely, most of the mistakes I've made since the beginning of the year. Therefore, I just had to tell myself, not all matches will be perfect, how to work on that. He had not done so since September. It was about working on that and overcoming it. Sometimes you just miss a few shots, you don't know why. I just try to find an answer. That is what I kept doing.

The 38-year-old woman did not have fun with her performance, but she was relieved to do the job. However, he laughed out loud when the tournament played a dance video of her and Coco Gauff, 15, who recorded in the off season when they were together in a camp where dancing and boxing were included in the daily routines . .

I generally don't box. Not good for my nails, said Serena. I always dance. I am not the best dancer, but I love to dance. It is nice and fun to do. Is different. It's better than going to the gym every day. At some point you have to go to the gym. I just try to do different things.

Olympia's practical mother, two years old, is also the queen of multitasking. She has her own clothing line and before heading to the courts on Wednesday, she approved the spring line. Shooting emails. By her own admission, she and her husband have been with Olympia every day since birth. That's a bit much, I agree, but I love all aspects. It is incredibly special. The best I've done, said the professional champion.

In men's second round matches, defending champion Novak Djokovic dismissed the Japanese Ito Tatsuma 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; third seed swiss Roger Federer beat Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1. In the big surprise of the day, the Italian Matteo Berrettini, planted eighth, was defeated by the American Tennys Sandgren 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 5-7. The 18th Bulgarian German Grigor Dimitrov was ejected by American Tommy Paul in a crash marathon 4-6, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3 -10).

Among the women, Ashleigh Barty, best seeded, had a 6-1, 6-4 record against Polona Hercog of Slovenia; title defender Naomi Osaka He arrested Saisai Zheng of China 6-2, 6-4. The Japanese will play Coco Gauff 15 years later. The American defeated the Romanian Sorana Cirstea 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Last year's finalist, Petra Kvitova, seeded seven this time, beat Paula Badosa of Spain 7-5, 7-5.