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SI: "See ya, Serena"

See ya, Serena
Unseeded Craybas ousts two-time Wimbledon champ
Serena Williams earned her seventh Grand Slam title in January at the Australian Open but hasn't won a tournament since.
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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Two-time champion Serena Williams lost at Wimbledon one round shy of another showdown with sister Venus.

Still rusty following a layoff and slowed by an ankle injury, Serena was upset Saturday by fellow American Jill Craybas 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Williams departed hours after her older sister advanced to the fourth round by beating Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 6-3. Venus will next play Craybas, who arrived at Wimbledon with a career record of 7-23 in Grand Slam tournaments.

It was Williams' earliest elimination at a major event since the 1999 French Open.

"I've never been one to lose well," said Williams, who fought back tears and dabbed at her eyes during a postmatch news conference. "I'm just used to winning these kind of matches. It's hard for me to go out there and you can't make a shot and you've been making them for years."

The match was scheduled as the last of the day on Centre Court, but because other matches there ran long, Williams and Craybas were moved to Court 2 -- the "Graveyard of Champions." Past losers there have included Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and seven-time champion Pete Sampras in his final match at Wimbledon.

Williams made a late decision to play at Wimbledon following a six-week layoff because of a left ankle injury. Earlier this week she said for the first time that her ankle was slightly broken, but she declined to blame the injury for the loss to Craybas.

"I think I was better off staying at home," Williams said. "I shouldn't have lost this match. She didn't have to do anything exceptionally well. She just had to show up."

On a chilly, cloudy afternoon, other women's winners included Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova. None lost a set.

Two-time defending champion Roger Federer and 2004 runner-up Andy Roddick advanced in men's play.

Williams earned her seventh Grand Slam title in January at the Australian Open but hasn't won a tournament since, and it was clear from the start this week she wasn't at her best.

She was pushed to three sets in the opening two rounds for the first time at a Grand Slam event, and Saturday's match was just her fourth in 21/2 months.

Williams lost her first five service games and became increasingly frustrated as she fell behind. When she sent a swinging volley long to lose the opening game of the second set, she looked to the gray sky with an anguished expression, then tossed her racket.

By the end Williams looked exhausted, panting between points. But she continued to battle, shouting "Come on!" or "Yes!" almost every time she hit a winner.
She overcame a 4-2 deficit in the second set to lead 5-4 and 6-5, and was up 2-0 in the tiebreaker. On the next point Craybas' forehand clipped the net and dropped for a winner, starting a run of five consecutive points for her.

Williams pulled within 5-4, then put shots into the net on the final two points. Craybas leaped in glee and was met at the net by a gracious Williams, who smiled as they shook hands.

"I'm not sure if it has hit me yet," Craybas said, "but it feels real good."
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Nice win for Jill no matter what the circumstances. If you take the court you take the loss or win. Get better soon Serena and get some matches in before the US OPEN!!! Nobody likes a rusty grand slam winner except the competition.


Venus, take out the Serena Slayer!!!

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wait a minute wasn´t Bye cya in the next Slam what u said Julia so early in this tournament?! xD

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This is what i don't like about her.. just go in and say.. Jill played a great match..everyone knows you are injured.. you don't have to be like.. all she had to do was show up..I will win a wimbledon title before serena gives someone credit for beating her.

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This is what i don't like about her.. just go in and say.. Jill played a great match..everyone knows you are injured.. you don't have to be like.. all she had to do was show up..I will win a wimbledon title before serena gives someone credit for beating her.
Sometimes the truth hurts. I'm sure Jill doesn't care so why do you? All that matters is that Jill has that W by her name not how or why its there.

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This is what i don't like about her.. just go in and say.. Jill played a great match..everyone knows you are injured.. you don't have to be like.. all she had to do was show up..I will win a wimbledon title before serena gives someone credit for beating her.

That’s what I love about her. She’s so magnanimous in defeat. LOL
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This is what i don't like about her.. just go in and say.. Jill played a great match..everyone knows you are injured.. you don't have to be like.. all she had to do was show up..I will win a wimbledon title before serena gives someone credit for beating her.
Why lie!

Jill do nothing spectacular,
simply got balls back and won
on Serena's errors.
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This is what i don't like about her.. just go in and say.. Jill played a great match..everyone knows you are injured.. you don't have to be like.. all she had to do was show up..I will win a wimbledon title before serena gives someone credit for beating her.
but i mean what top player does........does elena......i havent heard her.......i would like to see a quote of her losing where she didnt blame it on her serve or whatever problems she had........kuznetsova?....mauresmo?.....justine?.. .....lets face it......all the top players do this but of course you only point it out for serena
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That’s what I love about her. She’s so magnanimous in defeat. LOL
It's definitely something you love about her to the point of obesession. You can't get Serena off your mind The title of the thread is so fitting because you will be seeing Serena, I doubt you'd miss any of her matches, interviews, etc.
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Why lie!

Jill do nothing spectacular,
simply got balls back and won
on Serena's errors.
Because udaci elena needs to sleep better at night knowing what Serena thinks. This coming from a fave who has no problem speaking ill about other players and concocting family conspiracy theories when she gets beaten by one sister. Yeah, udaci elena is a person who can sit and judge The usual typical hypocrite. Classic.
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It's definitely something you love about her to the point of obesession. You can't get Serena off your mind The title of the thread is so fitting because you will be seeing Serena, I doubt you'd miss any of her matches, interviews, etc.
I did NOT miss today's match that's for sure!
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I did NOT miss today's match that's for sure!
But of course you wouldn't. You have to be on top of what Serena does, what she says. You wouldn't be able to go about your day on the regular if you didn't
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But of course you wouldn't. You have to be on top of what Serena does, what she says. You wouldn't be able to go about your day on the regular if you didn't
It's apparent in your case the wheel is still spinning but the hamster died.
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This is what i don't like about her.. just go in and say.. Jill played a great match..everyone knows you are injured.. you don't have to be like.. all she had to do was show up..I will win a wimbledon title before serena gives someone credit for beating her.
I did not see the match but frankly I can't possibly imagine Jill outplaying Serena on grass (or any surface for that matter) so I believe Serena wasn't wrong there.
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It's apparent in your case the wheel is still spinning but the hamster died.
Wow, what a comeback. Pat yourself on the back and get a cookie
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