What an upset! Serena Williams has been eliminated in the ASB Classic tournament and we’re bummed about it. Meanwhile, her sister Venus Williams had to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury. Details inside…
Major upset in New Zealand!
Serena Williams’ stint at the ASB Classic was cut short on Wednesday after she lost her second-round match against fellow American Madison Brengle. The ending score: 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4. She said about the loss:
“I really think I played – I’m trying to think of a word that’s not obscene – but that’s how I played. Eighty-eight unforced errors is too much, just way too many. It’s a lot. I can’t expect to win hitting that many errors.”
The 22-Grand Slam champion told the media that the weather conditions had a lot to do with her performance.
“I would say it’s my least favorite conditions I’ve ever played in,” she said. “Again, my opponent played in the exact same conditions. She was able to adjust better than me. I really abhorred these conditions.”
The match was Serena’s 2nd match since taking four months off to nurse injuries after her semifinal loss at the U.S. Open in September. The tennis superstar is headed to Melbourne for the Australian Open, which kicks off January 16th, on a quest for to nab her 23rd Grand Slam title.
“I can take solace in the fact that the conditions won’t be like this in Melbourne,” Serena told reporters. “This is almost not a great opportunity to assess your game, to be honest.”
Hmm..wonder if her recent engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and all the good (and bad) hoopla around it took her head out of the game as well. Or was it just the super windy conditions?
Meanwhile, Serena’s sister Venus Williams had to withdraw from the tournament due to a right arm injury during her second-round match. Ugh!