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Serena just not herself at Australian Open

Serena stunned

Updated: January 23, 2012, 2:32 PM ET
By Joanne C. Gerstner

The thought persisted until the very end, until it was apparent the real Serena Williams wasn't going to show up and take control of her fourth-round Australian Open match against Ekaterina Makarova.

The Williams who is known for her determination and fighting spirit, known to turn around shaky sets and rough patches into memorable wins, wasn't in Melbourne on Monday. Instead, Williams was never the aggressor, and 56th-ranked Makarova dictated play through her flat, laser-like groundstrokes ...

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