Perhaps only Serena Williams can sleep walk through a set and a half and still beat a player as accomplished as Dominika Cibulkova.
Williams was trailing the 14th-ranked Slovak 2-6, 1-4 before turning it around to reach the quarterfinals of the Sony Open, a tournament she has already won five times, by 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
At the beginning it was dire. Serena's feet didn't move; balls flew out of the court; balls plopped into the net. All Cibulkova had to do was keep the ball in play.
Serena told herself she had been in more difficult situations. "I just thought to myself, I've been down worse. It's nothing new. Just keep fighting. I never give up. Doesn't matter whether it's in life or on the court, I keep fighting."
Actually Serena was having quite lengthy conversations with herself. "When I'm down, I talk to myself a lot," she said, laughing. "I look crazy because I'm constantly having an argument with myself."
Admitting there were two Serenas out there, she added, "I'm talking to...