While getting ready for the day, the French Open was on the telly in the background at the homestead.
The second ladies semi-final in Paris quickly moved to the foreground as the 23rd seed Timea Bacsinszky was just abusing the great Serena Williams in the first set.
The soon to be 26-year-old from Switzerland was aggressive and hitting winners from the baseline and at the net on the red clay of Roland Garros.
The American looked shell shocked. I thought Serena was playing possum, making it look like she was injured or tired, and then she would pounce.
Williams was taking baby steps between points and sometimes she was bent over resting on her racquet. It appeared she was just delaying to keep herself in the match, knowing eventually her skill set, which has been good enough to win 19 Grand Slam singles finals, would kick in.
It looked like she was going to put up a fight at the end of the first set, but surrendered 6-4.
At the change over, the number one seed did not look right and wrapped her head in ice towels. It was 30 degrees and she played on.
The 33-year-old was clearly not sandbagging.
She has lost the first set three other times in the event, and managed to come back to win on each occasion.
Williams continued to move cautiously. The umpire did not ask her to speed up. Eventually, Serena’s game did come around and she found the strength while Bacsinszky faltered and started to make mistakes. Despite being down a service break in the second set Williams rallied and won the final ten games of the match to earn the win 6-3, 6-0.
She has had the flu since last Saturday and now Serena squares of with Lucie Safarova. William is 8-0 lifetime versus the Czech.
Serena goes for her 20th slam on Saturday and only her stomach, not Safarova, will keep her from the title.