Serena Williams Makes Complicated Exit from Australian Open
by Staff | January 23rd, 2012, 9:12 am

There won’t be a Serena William’s Australian Open title, a Serena Slam, or perhaps any major title in 2012 for the former No. 1 after the younger Williams sister exited Melbourne on Monday following a routine 6-2, 6-3 loss to unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova.
Harangued by a constant parade of injuries in this the late stages of her career, Williams seemed tentative and unsure of herself during the match, and exited the court after the loss and went about her post-match conference with a wide-eyed look of disbelief and suppressed anger.

When asked if anything was wrong Williams replied “Nothing really” and congratulated her opponent, before mentioning her own errors and low level of play.

“It was definitely harder to move to that [left] side,” she said, seemingly still in a daze and struggling for words. “I served like a — I guess that’s not appropriate. I served, I don’t know. I can’t even describe how I served, to be honest…You know what, I never blame any injury that I have because I feel like, uhm, she played really well and she deserved the win today.”

Williams entered Melbourne after withdrawing from a WTA warm-up event, injuring an ankle.

She finished the press conference straddling the fence between “no excuses” and “I was injured.”

“Yeah, I’m feeling fine,” she said. “Obviously I’m not a hundred percent, and I haven’t been. But it’s no excuse or anything…You know, usually I play myself into the tournament. But I don’t have a huge problem with an injury. So this is a completely different situation. So usually it’s easier for me to play myself in ’cause I’m usually physically okay, so…I’m not physically 100%. So it’s just like, you know, I can’t be so angry at myself, even though I’m very unhappy.”

Happier with their fourth-round efforts were No. 2 Petra Kvitova and No. 4 Maria Sharapova, who both remain in the hunt to steal the world No. 1 ranking away from Caroline Wozniacki during this event.

Kvitova handled No. 21 seed and former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 7-6(2), and Sharapova was forced to come from a set down to beat No. 14 Sabine Lisicki 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

“The third was a battle,” Sharapova said. “No doubt, she played some really good tennis…she’s a really solid player. She has a big game. Big weapons. Serves really well.”

Also into the quarterfinals was unseeded Italian Sara Errani, who eased past Zheng Jie of China 6-2, 6-1.

“I think I have a game that is difficult for her to play with me I think,” Errani said. “If I play like up ball, very high, she’s in a big trouble because she go back and maybe there is more difficult. She has to run more, so…this is one thing. Also today was very hot. Was difficult for both.”

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6 Comments for Serena Williams Makes Complicated Exit from Australian Open

Colin Says:

“Harangued” by injuries? The injuries were shouting at her?
There are times when I think this is a foreign language forum.

djm Says:

What kind of jerk writes that she will not win any majors this season because she lost one match.

William Says:

It’s unfortunate that Williams will be remembered as a great tennis player but not a great champion. Her lack of humility and sportsmanship is a major character flaw. She could learn a lot from Nadal, Federer and even Sharapova. I’m amazed that she never fully credits her opponents…instead she focuses on her injuries, bad calls, the umpire, etc. True champions rise above the circumstances and are champions even in defeat.

How much longer do we have to wait before she finally decides that ‘she doesn’t love tennis’ and disappears into the Miami sunset?

Tennis Vagabond Says:

obviously an extension of the “listen to your body” metaphor!

anthony Says:

Actually after watching the interview serena was rather gracious about it and gave props to her opponent and said that she herself played very poorly which was true if you saw the match …serena was awful and very obviously didn’t move very well due to her ankle. I expected a big dramatic I could whip her ass if I was healthy I am no.1 press conference but that’s not what she delivered in conference. She was sedate and not at all arrogant. Much to my surprise and delight.

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