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U.S. Open postcard: Serena Williams’ opponent helped her prepare for this tournament

Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) ORG XMIT: USO207 (Elise Amendola)

New York – Today, Sascha Bajin, Serena Williams’ hitting coach, and I will go over to the U. S. Open practice courts, adjacent to the Arthur Ashe stadium, where Serena takes on her third round opponent, Varvara Lepchenko, in the second match after noon. We follow Rogers Federer’s match, which could go into five sets. Let’s hope not.

What’s interesting about Serena’s match is that Lepchenko, a south paw, practiced with Serena last week to help her prepare for her first round match against Taylor Townsend who is also leftie.

We will practice from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. then taping, a pre match meal, quiet time, coaching input and a warm up in the fitness center will be on the pre-match menu.

While a friend on the practice court, Lepchenko is now the opponent. And, no punches will be pulled.

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