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Her father and coach, Richard, stroked his chin as he watched the comeback from the photographers’ pit.
"I saw my dad on the sideline, and he was so calm and so relaxed," she said. "And I was just like, ‘OK, Serena, you can do this.’ I took that energy and started playing better."
Williams went ahead to stay by breaking serve at love for a 2-1 lead in the final set. After closing out the victory with a 116-mph ace, she swung her fist in satisfaction.
Williams lost serve five times but hit 14 aces. She won despite 52 unforced errors, including 27 on her backhand.
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