'What am I doing out here?!': Serena Williams upset in third roundBy HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer
June 25, 2005
AP - Jun 25, 4:28 pm EDT
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Serena Williams
steered a wild backhand wide to make a growing deficit even more daunting, looked up at the slate sky, and screamed at herself, ``What am I doing out here?!''
The short answer: playing poorly.
The more complete explanation: gasping for air after long points, favoring an injured left ankle, and making so many mistakes that the 85th-ranked player with a 9-23 career record at Grand Slams truly believed she could upset a seven-time major champion.
Falling a match shy of a showdown with her older sister, Williams lost 6-3, 7-6 (4) Saturday to Jill Craybas
in the third round at Wimbledon, her earliest exit from a major since 1999.
``I've never been one to lose well,'' Williams said, tugging a pink visor low over her eyes and wiping away tears. ``She didn't have to do anything exceptionally well today. She just pretty much had to show up.''
Craybas hadn't managed to win more than three games in a set in two previous losses to Williams, but those were in 2003 and 2004, when each was a different player.
``Previously, when I played her, when I saw her across the court, I was probably thinking to myself, 'Oh, my God. I'm playing the No. 1 player in the world,''' said Craybas, a 30-year-old from Rhode Island who won the 1996 NCAA singles title as a senior at Florida.
Williams almost didn't make the trip to England, having played only one match in nearly 2 1/2 months because of an ankle she said was slightly broken. She won the Australian Open at the start of the season, but was just 8-4 since and without a title when Wimbledon began. There were signs she wasn't at her best, going three sets against each of her first two opponents -- both ranked out of the top 100 -- for the first time at any Slam. ``I think I was better off staying home,'' said Williams, who made 34 unforced errors and was broken each of the first five times she served.