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Tennis Fool
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:15 AM
'What am I doing out here?!': Serena Williams upset in third roundBy HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer
June 25, 2005

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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.

Stamp Paid
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:19 AM
no kidding. :lol:

Tennis Fool
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:20 AM
I didn't see the match. Was Serena really huffing and puffing after long rallies? :eek: I guess NBC will show it tomorrow.

SJW
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:20 AM
yes she should have. but im glad i got to see her live nonetheless :)

PointBlank
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:22 AM
Serena. :sad:. Truth though.

Doraemon
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:23 AM
I smell some sour grapes here.

Tennis Fool
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:23 AM
Oh, I didn't realize the SI article was the same. Oh well. Wonder what JMac and MaryC will have to say tomorrow.

Julia1968
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:25 AM
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.

Emerald
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:27 AM
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.

Julia1968
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:30 AM
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.

Emerald
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:33 AM
Yes, I watched the entire disgusting fraud as it unfolded. However, I think Karma will prevail. 10 fold.
Fraud :confused::confused: What do you mean by that in this match?

MissJessou
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:34 AM
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?

RenaSlam.
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:35 AM
Julia has an obsession with the sisters. It's quite sad that she follows them closer than her faves (Sharpie & Enna.).

Evelyn Tremble
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:45 AM
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!

SJW
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:47 AM
This is just like every other post you make in General Messages - NOT tennis related!

i think you posted in the wrong account

Stamp Paid
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:48 AM
lol, you're slipping!!!!

Evelyn Tremble
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:50 AM
i think you posted in the wrong account


They say truth is stranger than fiction. Look, your mother gave birth to you.

Stamp Paid
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:50 AM
lol, the WIT!!

*dead*

SJW
Jun 26th, 2005, 03:51 AM
Look, your mother gave birth to you.

and for your next trick?

Tennis Fool
Jun 26th, 2005, 04:38 AM
Ugh. Please keep this to tennis. Thanks :)

Yonexforever
Jun 26th, 2005, 05:10 AM
I think Serena too teh risk to play to try and"save" as many points as she could from her final round appearance from last year.
The US Open looms and im sure she didnt need a lower seeding, to run the risk of meeting the No1 seed in the quarters for example!

azinna
Jun 26th, 2005, 05:57 AM
I think Serena too teh risk to play to try and"save" as many points as she could from her final round appearance from last year.
The US Open looms and im sure she didnt need a lower seeding, to run the risk of meeting the No1 seed in the quarters for example!

This is about as logical an explanation I've heard regarding her appearance here. She herself knew how unfit and unpractised she was. So I don't get her tears and frustration and self-flagellation at the early loss. Gosh, she really does need to find a way to chill a bit. Otherwise she'll never regain that emotional balance she had 2002-03.

DevilishAttitude
Jun 26th, 2005, 09:03 PM
She wouldn't have been saying this if she'd won Wimby. :tape:

Serena seems to be playing when she's not actually supposed to. Either her doctor is super-cautious or she's trying to find excuses. LOTS OF THEM :lol: :o

Martian Jeza
Jun 26th, 2005, 09:07 PM
I liked also her crocodile tears in her post match interview. 2 days before the match so confident about herself and after the match against Craybas so full of shame but using excuses like " I gave her the match away " ...

Poor Serena : You should have stayed at home :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Strange Famous
Jun 26th, 2005, 09:08 PM
talk about being a bad loser.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 26th, 2005, 09:21 PM
People are so obsessed with Serena. I don't blame you guys.

Joana
Jun 26th, 2005, 10:00 PM
Bit if she had stayed home she might have thought later "What if....". At least she tried.

cheo23
Jun 26th, 2005, 11:06 PM
People are so obsessed with Serena. I don't blame you guys.
:rolleyes: Just like U're Obsessed w/ Miss Maria Sharapova...Its Like WHAtever & Get it TogEthER!!!!!!!!!!!

thelittlestelf
Jun 26th, 2005, 11:10 PM
Yes, I watched the entire disgusting fraud as it unfolded. However, I think Karma will prevail. 10 fold.You're sad. There was a point when I was beginning to read what you were saying and think "Oh, that makes sense!" but no longer. The end.

Craigy
Jun 26th, 2005, 11:24 PM
Her ankle was "Slighty broken"
Really?

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 27th, 2005, 01:17 AM
:rolleyes: Just like U're Obsessed w/ Miss Maria Sharapova...Its Like WHAtever & Get it TogEthER!!!!!!!!!!!

What the hell are you talking about? You hardly ever even see me in Sharapova threads cause I don't really care about her. But you always seem to find your way into Williams' threads. Maybe YOU need to get it together you racist loser.

Evelyn Tremble
Jun 27th, 2005, 01:21 AM
Her ankle was "Slighty broken"
Really?

No - not slightly - supposedly.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 27th, 2005, 01:34 AM
No - not slightly - supposedly.

Oh, you were the radiologist reading the MRI films?