Australian Open - Serena Williams stunned as Anastasia Potapova double faults FIVE times in one game
If any further proof was required that tennis is a mental sport, it came when Anastasia Potapova double faulted five times in a single game when serving for the opening set against Serena Williams during their Australian Open 2021 third-round match on the big stage that is Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
Serena Williams of the United States of America in action during round 3 of the 2021 Australian Open on February 12 2020, at Melbourne Park in Melbourne
Williams, pursuing her 24th Grand Slam in Melbourne, could only watch on in bewilderment at the developing disaster for her young opponent.
"What's wrong?!" Potapova screamed up at her box in frustration as her serve fell apart when she needed it most.
'What's wrong?!' - Serena stunned as Potapova double faults FIVE times in one game
It was tough to watch as the Russian battled back time and again through deuce, only for her serve to continue to ruin her progress in the match.
Serena, the 10th seed, improved as the contest progressed and will now take on the in-form Aryna Sabalenka in the next round.
“It feels good to be in the fourth round," she said after the victory, which was anything but easy or straightforward for the American.
"It felt good to get through that match, it felt like I didn’t come out of the starting blocks like I would’ve liked to since I’ve been playing here but it’s about surviving and playing better every round."
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