Serena Williams likened the disappointment she felt in Tuesday’s surprise defeat by means of Maria Sakkari on the Western and Southern Open to that of being caught in a dangerous courting. Williams’ 5-7 7-6(5) 6-1 loss within the spherical of 16 was once a giant blow to her arrangements for subsequent week’s US Open, the place the 38-year-old is bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles name.
It was once a 2nd hard three-setter in as many rounds for Williams, who squandered the chance to shut out the competition on serve in the second one set ahead of her Greek opponent introduced a comeback.
“It was tough. I literally should have won that match. There was no excuse,” Williams, who at one level flung her racket into the empty stands and likewise gained a time violation, instructed newshounds.
“I literally put myself in this situation. You know, it’s like dating a guy that you know sucks. That’s literally what I keep doing out here. It’s like I have got to get rid of this guy. It just makes no sense. It’s frustrating. It was hard… I had so many opportunities to win and I have to figure that one out, like how to start winning those matches again.”
Williams, whose fit health have been puzzled forward of the Open, stated she was once additionally suffering with cramps in opposition to the tip of the fit.
“I started cramping but shouldn’t have been in that situation,” she added. “I don’t think that helps mentally when it’s like, you know the match is over and you have won, and now your legs were already tired and now they’re even more tired.”