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post #2 of (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 2004, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Serena takes blame for loss
Serena Williams has admitted she has only herself to blame for her defeat to Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon final.
Sharapova hit back from 4-2 down in the second set to win and Williams said: "I put so much pressure on myself.

"I didn't do anything I was planning on doing or had done in previous matches and I couldn't relax before the match - I'm a perfectionist."

However Williams is determined to bounce back and added: "All I want to do is play tennis and get better."

Williams and sister Venus are both playing in next week's JP Morgan Chase Open in Carson, California.

"I need points, she needs points. We're both trying to get our rankings back to number one and number two where they were before," she said.

"I'm hoping to play a lot over the summer and have a lot of match play under my belt by the time the US Open comes."

Meanwhile Jennifer Capriati has withdrawn from the tournament because of a hamstring injury, following Sharapova who pulled out because of fatigue.

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