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Serena!
May 30th, 2008, 01:40 PM
Article from frenchopen.com

An inconsistent performance from 2002 champion Serena Williams saw her crash out in the third round to Slovenian No27 seed Katarina Srebotnik 6-4 6-4.

Srebotnik, a doubles specialist and runner-up here in the doubles in 2007 had never beaten Williams in four previous meetings but it was the 2002 champion who looked ill at ease on Suzanne Lenglen court and seemed to be unusually nervous right from the start. Srebotnik began well, breaking Williams in the first game of the match. She then held comfortably to lead 2-0 but Williams broke back in the fourth game to level at 2-2. Games continued with serve until the seventh when a forehand error from William’s handed Srebotnik the break at 4-3. Serving at 5-4, the Slovenian wrapped up the set in forty four minutes on her third set point.

An increasingly unhappy-looking Williams managed to get to break point on Srebotnik’s serve at 3-2 in the second set but netted an easy ball to allow the Slovenian back to deuce. Williams had another opportunity to break at 4-3 only to send her backhand slice wide. The momentum was with the Slovenian, and she broke Serena in the next game before serving out to take the match 6-4.

“She was edgy. Her head just wasn't there and I can't explain why," said her mother and coach, Oracene. "She's been like that since she got here. She wasn't confident. She been in a funk for a couple of weeks.”

Srebotnik has now equalled her previous best Grand Slam performance – a fourth round appearance at Roland Garros in 2002 and will face either France’s Emilie Loit or Patty Schynder in the next round. Williams’ defeat has also opened up the draw for Ana Ivanovic who was due to meet the American in the quarter finals and who had little trouble overcoming Dane Wozniacki 6-4 6-1. And with the retirements of Justine Henin and Anastasia Myskina and the elimination of Williams, it means that Roland Garros will have a brand new women's champion this year...

treufreund
May 30th, 2008, 01:43 PM
I think that since Justine retired that it may be making Serena feel pressured. Also, when one great champion WALKS AWAY from the sport it would not be a stretch to think that Serena who is also a great champion would be contemplative. Perhaps she also is forced to think about how long she wants to put her body and mind through this grueling sport? I think Serena still enjoys tennis, but just like for Justine, Serena is under much pressure.

comfortably.numb
May 30th, 2008, 01:46 PM
“She was edgy. Her head just wasn't there and I can't explain why," said her mother and coach, Oracene. "She's been like that since she got here. She wasn't confident. She been in a funk for a couple of weeks.”
A couple of years, Oracene. She's been in a mental funk for a couple of years. More, even.

starin
May 30th, 2008, 01:46 PM
I think that since Justine retired that it may be making Serena feel pressured. Also, when one great champion WALKS AWAY from the sport it would not be a stretch to think that Serena who is also a great champion would be contemplative. Perhaps she also is forced to think about how long she wants to put her body and mind through this grueling sport? I think Serena still enjoys tennis, but just like for Justine, Serena is under much pressure.

u are so right. I say Serena goes to Justine's house and punches her in the face for making her lose to Srebotnik. ;)

but truthfully there is some validity to this statement. Justine leaving could def. have sapped away some of Serena's desire and maybe made her wonder what she's doing out there. Justine was her closest rival in terms of acheivement and with Justine gone she the undisputed best of her generation. So some of that fire could def. be gone. too early to tell. have to see how the rest of the year pans out.

Demska
May 30th, 2008, 01:47 PM
go oralscene

Dodoboy.
May 30th, 2008, 01:51 PM
I hope they talk about this. No retirement please, we are not cowards.

Hopefully she can sort out that mental problem before Wimbledon.