Serena struggles again

The promised "two thousand times better" improvement did not materialise as a sluggish Serena Williams eked out a narrow 6-3, 6-7 
(1-7), 7-6 (8-6) win over Lucie Safarova at the Hopman Cup in Perth yesterday.

Williams belted 41 winners, eight more than Safarova, but also committed 46 unforced errors in a see-saw contest.

After her shock straight-set defeat by Eugenie Bouchard on Tuesday, Williams had warned she could play "two thousand times better", but the improvement did not show yesterday.

"I'd love to do a little better," said Williams. "I missed a few shots. I was not aggressive. Lucie played really, really well. She was aggressive."

Williams later partnered John Isner to beat Safarova and Adam Pavlasek 6-3, 6-3 to give the US a 3-0 victory in Group A.

- Reuters.