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Serena Williams: Four years of hurt: Serena Williams’s Grand Slam failures since her 23rd title | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Serena Williams was knocked out of the Australian Open within the semifinals by Naomi Osaka on Thursday, ending her newest bid to match Margaret Court’s document of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Here is a rundown of the American nice’s failed makes an attempt at historical past since profitable her final main on the 2017 Australian Open whereas pregnant.
In her first main match since giving delivery to daughter Alexis, she withdrew earlier than her fourth-spherical conflict with Maria Sharapova citing a pulled muscle in her chest.

She suffered the damage in a doubles match with sister Venus, with her serve noticeably hampered.
“I’ve had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can’t serve,” she mentioned.
Fell agonisingly quick within the ultimate as she chased an eighth title on the All-England Club grass, defeated 6-3, 6-3 by Angelique Kerber because the German gained her first Wimbledon and third Grand Slam crown.
“To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today. And I tried,” mentioned Williams, then 36, simply 10 months after a tough childbirth and medical problems.
“Angelique played really well.”

Suffered an notorious meltdown within the ultimate that left Osaka in tears as she gained 6-2, 6-4 to change into the primary Japanese participant to win a Grand Slam singles title.
The second-set tantrum was sparked by umpire Carlos Ramos warning Williams for receiving teaching. A second code violation for racquet abuse, together with a degree penalty, then triggered Williams to erupt.
She tearfully accused him of being a “thief” and demanded an apology.
“You are the liar,” she ranted, costing her a sport penalty for verbal abuse which put Osaka a break forward at 5-3, a lead that proved decisive.
Looked headed for an additional Slam semifinal at 5-1 up within the third set towards seventh seed Karolina Pliskova. But she in some way squandered 4 match factors as the massive-serving Czech clawed her means again into the match.

There was nonetheless time for Williams to save lots of two match factors at 5-6, 0-40 however she netted on the third as Pliskova shocked a packed Rod Laver Arena with one the match’s best comebacks to win the final-eight conflict 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
Unseeded American Sofia Kenin introduced herself on the highest degree with a 6-2, 7-5 third-spherical defeat of Williams, her earliest Grand Slam exit since Wimbledon in 2014 when she fell on the identical stage to Garbine Muguruza.
Williams had dropped simply 12 video games in her first two matches however the then thirty fifth-ranked Kenin, 17 years her junior, took full benefit of 34 unforced errors from her lauded opponent.
“It’s just crazy,” mentioned the 20-yr-previous Kenin. “I would have never guessed that in a few years I’d be playing Serena Williams in the third round at Roland Garros. I would have been jumping off the couch back then.”
Destroyed 6-2, 6-2 in simply 56 minutes within the ultimate by Simona Halep, who described it as her most interesting efficiency.

Williams didn’t earn a single break level as she was blown away in just below an hour. She confessed afterwards that she was like “a deer in the headlights”.
“Whenever a player plays that amazing you just kind of have to take your hat off and give them a nod,” mentioned Williams.
“I just was trying different things. Today nothing really helped.”
Toppled by 19-yr-previous fifteenth seed Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 7-5 within the ultimate, in a efficiency Williams referred to as “inexcusable” regardless of combating again from 5-1 down and match level within the second set.
“I was just thinking, honestly at that point, ‘Wow, this is terrible’,” Williams mentioned. “Like, ‘You got to play better. I have to do better.’ I just couldn’t go down like that, so I just wanted to play a little bit better.”

Andreescu lastly sealed her maiden Slam victory on her third match level.
China’s Wang Qiang takes benefit of 56 unforced errors to register largest win of her profession, 6-4, 6/7 (2/7), 7-5 within the third spherical, but it surely took the twenty seventh seed six match factors to get throughout the end line after greater than two-and-a-half hours of battle.
“I just made far too many errors to be a professional athlete today,” mentioned Williams, who was livid with herself.
“I can’t play like that. I literally can’t do that again. That’s unprofessional. It’s not cool.”
Williams is excellent within the opening set of her semi-ultimate towards Victoria Azarenka earlier than struggling an Achilles damage.
Needs an damage timeout within the third set after limping again to her seat and has her ankle taped earlier than returning to court docket.
Loses 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, however says she is getting nearer a twenty fourth Slam title.

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“I feel like other times I’ve been close, I could have done better. Today I felt like I gave a lot.”
Pulls out earlier than her second-spherical match of Covid-delayed match in September as a result of of the Achilles damage picked up in New York, saying she was “struggling to walk”.
The withdrawal means 2020 is the primary yr since 2006 that Williams has didn’t make a ultimate of any of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, although Wimbledon was cancelled as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic.
Relaxed and taking part in nice tennis till she runs into Osaka, within the semi-ultimate, with the world quantity three once more having the higher hand as of their earlier Slam assembly on the 2018 US Open ultimate.
Williams breaks Osaka in first sport of the match however is overpowered from then on as she loses 6-3, 6-4 in 1hr 15min.

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