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Serena: I should have stayed home...

'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
More PhotosWIMBLEDON, 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.

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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.

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I didn't see the match. Was Serena really huffing and puffing after long rallies? I guess NBC will show it tomorrow.

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yes she should have. but im glad i got to see her live nonetheless
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Serena. . Truth though.

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I smell some sour grapes here.
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Oh, I didn't realize the SI article was the same. Oh well. Wonder what JMac and MaryC will have to say tomorrow.

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Richard said the same thing verbatim during an interview of him they televised during her match. It sounds like they have their stories (and phrases) down pat.
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Richard said the same thing verbatim during an interview of him they televised during her match. It sounds like they have their stories (and phrases) down pat.
Stories?Did you see this game? Serena is telling the truth. She did not play well and all Jill had to do was play percentage. That's not a story that was the match.
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Stories?Did you see this game? Serena is telling the truth. She did not play well and all Jill had to do was play percentage. That's not a story that was the match.
Yes, I watched the entire disgusting fraud as it unfolded. However, I think Karma will prevail. 10 fold.
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Yes, I watched the entire disgusting fraud as it unfolded. However, I think Karma will prevail. 10 fold.
Fraud What do you mean by that in this match?
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She should have stay home. Why did she took the risk to get her injuries worst when she knew that she couldn't play well during the tournement?

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Julia has an obsession with the sisters. It's quite sad that she follows them closer than her faves (Sharpie & Enna.).
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Julia has an obsession with the sisters. It's quite sad that she follows them closer than her faves (Sharpie & Enna.).
This is just like every other post you make in General Messages - NOT tennis related!
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This is just like every other post you make in General Messages - NOT tennis related!
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