Serena Williams likened the frustration she felt in Tuesday’s shock defeat by Maria Sakkari on the Western and Southern Open to that of being caught in a foul relationship. Williams’ 5-7 7-6(5) 6-1 loss within the spherical of 16 was a giant blow to her preparations for subsequent week’s US Open, the place the 38-year-old is bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.
It was a second exhausting three-setter in as many rounds for Williams, who squandered the chance to shut out the competition on serve within the second set earlier than her Greek opponent launched a comeback.
“It was robust. I actually ought to have received that match. There was no excuse,” Williams, who at one level flung her racket into the empty stands and likewise acquired a time violation, advised reporters.
“I actually put myself on this scenario. You realize, it’s like courting a man that you understand sucks. That’s actually what I preserve doing out right here. It’s like I’ve acquired to eliminate this man. It simply is not sensible. It’s irritating. It was exhausting… I had so many alternatives to win and I’ve to determine that one out, like how one can begin successful these matches once more.”
Williams, whose match health had been questioned forward of the Open, mentioned she was additionally fighting cramps in the direction of the tip of the match.
“I began cramping however shouldn’t have been in that scenario,” she added. “I don’t assume that helps mentally when it’s like, you understand the match is over and you’ve got received, and now your legs have been already drained and now they’re much more drained.”