Injured Serena Williams Loses 4th Consecutive Match at Madrid
by Staff | May 11th, 2009, 8:20 pm
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World No. 2 Serena Williams bombed out of the WTA stop in Madrid on Monday, retiring with a leg injury trailing unseeded Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-4.


The younger Williams sister complained that she is forced to play events, even while injured, to avoid being fined by the WTA Tour.

“I don’t know about you, but 75,000 is a lot of money to me,” said Williams on being fined for potentially skipping Madrid. “I’m redecorating a house and $75,000 is my furniture budget…I can’t just go writing cheques for $75,000 in this economy.”

Williams has now lost her last four matches since the Miami final.

“I wanted to do well here, but I was really hindered and I didn’t want it to get worse. I didn’t want to risk my chances to play Roland Garros,” Williams said. “It’s something that has bothered me in the previous weeks. It’s always hard to deal with things like this. I came here to compete and do my best. I planned on doing well. But you just live to fight another day, I guess.”

Williams was the only seeded upset on a day when No. 3 Elena Dementieva and No. 8 Nadia Petrova advanced into the third round, and No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki moved into the second round when opponent Shahar Peer retired with a foot injury.

Former No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo defeated Ai Sugiyama in her opener, and unseeded threats Patty Schnyder and Anna Chakvetadze won second round matches.

Tuesday highlights in Madrid are Jankovic vs. Hantuchova, V.Williams vs. Kleybanova, Lepchenko vs. Wozniacki, and Zheng vs. Mauresmo.


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13 Comments for Injured Serena Williams Loses 4th Consecutive Match at Madrid

Von Says:

“I don’t know about you, but 75,000 is a lot of money to me,” said Williams on being fined for potentially skipping Madrid. “I’m redecorating a house and $75,000 is my furniture budget…I can’t just go writing cheques for $75,000 in this economy.”

Come on Serena, get real. $75,000 is chicken feed to her considering how much she’s already raked in for this year. This economy is not a problem for her, so why is it she’s complaining.?The rules are the rules, and I’m happy to see the WTA finally adhering to them instead of using cop out promotional ideas to make it easier to withdraw from a tournament.

“I wanted to do well here, but I was really hindered and I didn’t want it to get worse. I didn’t want to risk my chances to play Roland Garros,” Williams said.

Now we’re talking, there are big bucks to be made at RG, so why not focus on that. Serena should remain quiet because she’s becoming extremely transparent when she speaks. I think some of these athletes think the public is absolutely dumb and can’t see their motives behind the talk. What is it now, walk the talk, or talk the walk?


lucy Says:

Why is there constant negative comments made about Serena. I believe nothing has been said about Roddick and other american men skipping most of the clay court season every year. Wow an INJURIED Serena loses. Big deal. To be fair you biased idiots may want to remember the Australian Open Finals where a UNINJURIED Serena Blitzed Safina and Sharapova that’s why she’s the real number ONE.


Kimmi Says:

What is Roddick losing for missing Rome anyway ?


vared Says:

Murray fangirl Kimmi, I wonder that myself.


Von Says:

Roddick lost 500 points for missing Rome, and it’s a lot. Due to that loss, he is only 150 points in front of Verdasco, and it keeps DelPotro at No. 5. However, DelPotro has points from four (4) tournament titles to defend. We’ll see where they all end up by the TMC — it’s really the end of the year ranking that’s important. I think those chasing Roddick will have to show some consistency to overtake him and remain in front of him, but only time will tell ….


Kimmi Says:

vared, Murray won Today ! great.

Von, my question was not about losing points he neede to defend ? I am talking about penalties. Rome is a mandatory event, he did not play and was not injured either. Serena had to play or he has to pay $75,000. You know what I mean ?


Von Says:

Kimmi;

Yes, now I understand. I don’t know what he had to pay, but his marriage was planned a year ago, and if he was still fined, I’m sure it was worth it to him — he’s got a beautiful wife! He’s not complaining, right? Fines, etc., is a matter of their mind-set, and as I mentioned it’s immaterial in comparison to the millions they make.


Kimmi Says:

Vared, who is your favorite player ? And another thing, are you a boy or a girl ?

Von, that will be interesting to see with new ATP rules, how tough will it be for players ? I read it somewhere, that this year is even tougher, players could lose ranking points from the most earned mandatory event.


matt Says:

The problem with Serena is that she is not dedicated. Where are her doctor’s notes which state that she has a credible injury? She hasn’t one. Her whole career has been about playing only the majors, which is why in comparison to someone of say, Martina Hingis’s caliber, she has much fewer titles, despite player for a longer period of time.

Serena needs to quite making excuses, she is an athlete and spectaters pay good money to see her and other top players compete. When they don’t not only is it disappointing, but it affects the WTA.


lucy Says:

Serena has nothing to prove to anybody. Thank u please if would not compare her to that uneducated COKE-HEAD (HINGIS). So I guess when Pete, Andre, now Roger toward the end of their career concentrate on the big tournaments in your opinion their not dedicated either. Sorry, please provide me where I can read professional athletics private medical information!!!


pam Says:

Serena is full of it. If you pull out due to an injury you are not fined and you can do press or a public appearance to make it up like Maria Sharapova has been doing. However, you must present an approved doctor’s report, something I guess Serena didn’t do. Even if she played and lost, she still didn’t have to mouth off about the fine money. I doubt it was more than the appearance fees she’s been collecting on her last 4 “one and done” efforts.


Lydia Y. Lindquist Says:

There is that ol’ Master against Slave mentality.
I wonder if Serena was fair skinned, she’d not be even considered “faking” injuries. The woman is only human! She is a woman not a robot. Sounds like more haters to me.


Lydia Y. Lindquist Says:

Whatever strategic moves she and Venus makes is working for them. Why don’t you critics find something you’re very good at, do it well, then pat yourselves on the back. Maybe then you’ll not find the need to tear down this woman. She is doing so much for children’s education, her clothing line, her spirituality, her jewelry line and etc… She paid the price to be the #1 ranked in the world. She has to prove nothing to anybody. Don’t you think?

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