Serena Williams slowly coming around

Updated: June 23, 2011, 3:40 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Oh, the tears after the first-round match, an unprecedented flash of vulnerability, were sweet.

But this is more like it:

On Thursday, after Serena Williams dropped the first set to Simona Halep, the championship beast within the American finally surfaced. In danger of letting the second set drift back to level, she stroked a hefty forehand winner and launched a scream that, even in retrospect, was terrifying.

"Come on!" Serena bellowed, ...

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