Serena and Venus Williams upset in Cincinnati Open
Venus Williams lost 7-6 (2), 6-4 to Flavia Pennetta in Cincinnati.
The American made 38 unforced errors and repeatedly dumping balls into the net or well beyond the baseline.
“I saw her after the match, and she just said she had made a lot of errors,” Serena said. “I was like, ‘Wow.’ I didn’t think I would do the same thing.”
Serena topped her sister in confounding mistakes. She had 44 unforced errors during a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Sybille Bammer.
“I never played worse in my life,” Serena said. “It was really a bad match.”
Venus made some of her worst shots at the biggest moments. She hit a couple of forehands long during the first-set tiebreaker, and ended the match by sending a forehand well beyond the baseline.
“I wasn’t able to get control of my ball today,” she said. “After a while, it was obvious to see she was just keeping the ball in play and waiting for me to self-destruct.”
When Williams’ forehand sailed long to end the match, Pennetta raised both arms in celebration, then put her left hand on her forehead as she approached the net.
“I’m shaking,” she said, shortly after shaking Williams’ hand.
Pennetta doesn’t usually get so emotional after a match.
“Very unusual,” said Pennetta. “I don’t know. The emotion was crazy. Coming from Los Angeles, I didn’t have a lot of days to rest. I was playing like that-yesterday, not my best tennis. I was tired. When everything comes together, the emotions go up.”
Serena was determined not to make it an 0-2 day for the Williams family.
“We don’t lose too much in the same day, so usually I’m so pumped,” Serena said. “And I was pumped today. I just couldn’t get it together.”
She struggled against a player who was uncomfortable in her first match on the center court. Bammer is ranked No. 29 in the world and beat Serena in their only head-to-head match in 2007, a three-set victory. This was much different.
“I was nervous today, so I don’t know how I really played,” Bammer said. “I just tried to come into the rallies and make her play, and this worked.”
The longer Serena played, the worse she got.
“I just hope I don’t have another day like this for another several years,” she said.
Information from Yahoo