Serena Williams loses to Maria Sakkari in three sets at the Western and Southern Open


NEW YORK – Serena Williams took the lead after the lead slip, so she felt it was her own fault when another match extended to the third set and she had spasms in her tired legs en route to a surprise defeat to the Westerns on Tuesday Started. And Southern Open.

Williams said, “I don’t think it helps mentally, when you know that the match is over and you’ve won the match, and now your legs were already tired, and now they’re even more tired Have gone, ”Williams said. “A bad situation. It’s like dating a guy you know is worthless.”

Initially, Williams flared up when he was called to take too much time between points. Later, he ran his racket after dropping the second set. In the end, she lost 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-1 against Maria Sakkari.

This was Williams’ fifth match since the resumption of professional tennis amid a coronovirus epidemic after a gap of nearly six months – and all five had three sets. He is 3-2 in that stretch.

The result against 13-seeded Sakkari was hardly promising for Williams as the US Open begins next week.

“It’s hard to play the way I’m playing and to stay positive. And playing nine hours a week is too much. I don’t usually play like that,” Williams said. “I really should have won.” Match. There was no excuse. It was tough, but I had plenty of chances to win. I need to figure out how to resume those matches. ”

The Western and Southern Open is usually held in Ohio, but this year was moved to the site of the US Open at Flushing Meadows to create a two-event, no-spectator “bubble” during the epidemic.

Williams seemed to be in control early, serving 5–3, 30–0 for the first set, when things began to unravel. She missed two backhands in a row, then put a forehand into the net to set a break point and went to the stand behind the court holding her towel. (Ball people normally handle towels for players, but not during epidemics.)

When chair umpire Aureli Tourte called a time violation. At the following point, Williams tallied a forehand long to break.

At the time of the upcoming change, the 23-time Grand Slam champion argued with Tourette, “I mean, I’m getting my own towels. It’s not fair. You need to play me faster next time, So you should tell me. Trust me, I will … You didn’t even warn me. ”

Although Williams eventually caught that set, he again took a 5–3 lead in the second, and took a 4–1 lead in the tiebreaker. As she sat after the second set, the 38-year-old American threw her racket over her shoulder the way an office worker might slice pieces of paper toward a trash can.

Williams came out of the flat in the third set, as if he were elsewhere. He double-faulted four times in the second game, including Sakri’s eighth break chance, made it 2–0, and it was too much.

The women’s quarterfinal match was set for the first day against two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka against Annette Contevit, Ones Jabari against former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and No. 14 Alice Mertens against No. 83 American qualifier Jessica Peula Were.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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