The crowd became louder and louder, so loud that Williams and Wozniacki both screamed at 2-2, after Serena fought off a break point at 30-40 by diving at the net, while Wozniacki couldn't dig out another pass. The two went into a see-saw battle nearly every point.
Down 15-30 at 3-3, Serena boomed a gigantic delivery, then another, and rushed the net to put away the ball perfectly. At 4-4, Wozniacki passed a rushing Williams with a gorgeous backhand. She broke her that game, but didn’t go for her serves with a chance to end the match. On the contrary, Williams smoked three huge forehands to break to 5-5 and stay alive.
Wozniacki was right there, swinging away until she hesitated. Holding a break point, the 24-year-old rushed in the middle of the court, leapt up, and had a backhand that she could have crushed down the line—but it clipped into the net and fell backwards. Williams would hold to 6-5, courtesy of a 123 M.P.H. ace and then a 121 M.P.H. bomb that Wozniacki could barely touch.
Serena thought she was ready to finally defeat Wozniacki and give her buddy a big hug. But not yet. The American lost a match point, after Wozniacki came into the net, bent very deep, and knocked back three swings to put it away. Williams grew upset and a little bit rattled.
In the deciding tiebreaker, Wozniacki went up 4-1 after four Williams errors. But then Serena got a little lucky, when she hit a ball that went on the top of the net and dribbled over, just enough so Wozniacki couldn't rush up to it and touch it. Williams apologized, but Wozniacki was able to walk on changeover and calm down.
Then Wozniacki stepped back, just as she ended to step forward. She pushed her serves instead of attacking. She floated a backhand slice and Williams crushed it to 3-4. Williams then bashed a sweet serve to 4-4 and a massive forehand to 5-4. Wozniacki then came into the net, but could not handle the ball and went to 6-4. Two match points.