Williams, however, would get another chance in Alexandrova’s next service game, as unforced errors by the qualifier gave the American a fourth set point. There, Alexandrova hit her eighth double fault of the set, and Williams had successfully notched the opening frame.
37-year-old Williams was broken in the first game of the second set, meaning she was down a break in all four of the sets she has contested this week. However, the American was able to eventually win all of those sets, and this would turn out to be no exception. She began her fightback in the second set by breaking Alexandrova to pull level at 3-3.
Reminiscent of her grit in the opening set, Alexandrova dodged three match points on her serve at 5-4 with risky, aggressive play, punching the third one away with a winning volley. But Williams garnered a fourth match point in the game with a backhand winner, and the Top 10 star converted that chance with a forehand winner down the line to collect another victory in Toronto.
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