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SERENA WINS 25TH MATCH IN A ROW

2015-5-5


MADRID, Spain - Serena Williams won a tight first set then ran away with it in the second set to beat WTA Rising Star Sloane Stephens on Monday and reach the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open.

Watch highlights, interviews and more video from Madrid right here on wtatennis.com!

Williams and Stephens both had trouble adjusting to the breezy conditions in the first set, both putting together a -7 differential of winners to unforced errors (Williams 5 to 12, Stephens 7 to 14). But it was the No.1-seeded Williams who scored the only break point conversion of the set to sneak it out, 6-4.

She ran away with it from there, taking the second set at love to close it out, 6-4, 6-0.

"She's such a tough player - I've never won a 6-0 set against her before, and I don't think I can ever do that again!" Williams said. "But today I thought to myself, 'Wow, this is one of the reasons I love this surface.' It just gives you so many chances to get in the point and play yourself into the match.

"I really love playing on the clay," the two-time French Open champion added.

Williams was also asked about her encounter with the Predator in downtown Madrid on Saturday.

"He was attacking me! And then I got payback," Williams said.

"I was just downtown and saw it, and I was like, 'Ah, cool.' It's one of my favorite movies."

Williams has now won 25 matches in a row, a stretch that dates back to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global last October - she lost her second round robin match to Simona Halep then won her next three matches for the title, and has now won her first 22 matches of 2015.

Only four players have won 25 or more matches in a row since the turn of the millennium in 2000, with Williams doing it three times and Venus Williams, Justine Henin and Victoria Azarenka once each:

The Greatest Winning Streaks Of The Millennium
35 - Venus Williams (2000 Wimbledon to 2000 Linz F - l. to Davenport)
34 - Serena Williams (2013 Miami to 2013 Wimbledon 4r - l. to Lisicki)
32 - Justine Henin (2007 Toronto to 2008 Australian Open QFs - l. to Sharapova)
26 - Victoria Azarenka (2012 Sydney to 2012 Miami QFs - l. to Bartoli)
25 - Serena Williams (2013 US Open to 2014 Australian Open 4r - l. to Ivanovic)
25 - Serena Williams (2014 WTA Finals RR to present)



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