American Serena Williams saved four match points before clawing her way back to beat Australia’s Samantha Stosur 6-3 6-7 7-5 in the opening round of the Sydney International on Sunday.
Williams, playing her first match this year after recovering from a hamstring injury, looked to be heading toward a shock defeat when she failed to serve out the match in the second set then trailed 5-4 in the third.
Stosur had four match points on her own serve in the deciding set but failed to convert any of her chances as the world number two demonstrated her great fighting qualities to win the last three games on the trot and seal victory.
Williams, who looked rusty in her first match, said she had allowed her concentration to be broken by an umpire’s call that went against her.
“I probably shouldn’t have allowed it to disrupt my game but it was a little frustrating,” she told a news conference.
“I felt like I wouldn’t have been out there that much longer and I was that close to the finish line.
“Maybe if I had finished sooner I wouldn’t have had to deal with that.”
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