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AO Update: Serena Williams Knocked Out Of Quarterfinals; Venus and Serena Lose In Third Round of Doubles

Monday, January 21, 2008

Defending champion American Serena Williams simply could not pull her game together sufficient to move into the semifinals today. She looked tired and lackadaisical throughout the entire match. Serena appeared to try to modify and control her game to fit whatever may have been ailing her, but it did not work. That big booming serve of Serena's couldn't even save her today.

At one point both ladies were receiving medical treatment.

Serbian Jelena Jankovic, who had all kinds of issues in her initial match, played just well enough, and benefited greatly from Serena's errors, to pull out the win and move into the semis. Serena was defeated 6-3, 6-4.

In the post match interview Serena said, "I'm not going to sit here and make excuses, I lost because Jelena played better than me and I made too many errors..... I think regardless, the match was on my racquet, and I gave it away.

"I didn't move the way I traditionally want to move, and I wasn't feeling 100 percent. But as an athlete you know not every day you're going to feel 100 percent, and some days you have to win feeling 30 percent."

Sorry to See Serena go, hope all is well.

And the day just went down hill from there. Serena went ahead and joined big sister Venus in their third round doubles match. It too went the way of Serena's singles match. Zi Yan and Jie Zheng of China defeated the sisters 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Man, what a let down. Just a day ago both sisters were riding high, winning matches and all was well with the tennis universe. What a difference a day makes.

I certainly hope whatever ails Serena does not attach itself to Venus.

Posted by Shelia

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