Serena Fails To Reach Quarter-Finals Again In 2014

Jun 29, 2014

The first week of The Championships at Wimbledon 2014 is now behind us, only a handful of third round matches are still to be completed as the traditional Sunday lay day takes place before week two kicks into overdrive on Monday, the biggest talking point at the end of week one is undoubtedly the shock exit of the women’s favourite and No. 1 seed Serena Williams, the five-time former Wimbledon champ was ousted in the third round by the French woman Alize Cornet in three sets, what made the result even more astounding was the fact that Williams won the first set 6-1, Serena’s surprise exit means that the world No.1 has failed to reach the quarter-finals of any Grand Slam in 2014.

Serena seemed to suffer from the pressure of again being the hot favourite for the title at SW19, every player that plays against Williams seems to lift their game against her which means the top ranked woman in the world must play at a consistently high level to achieve success at the majors, Cornet had already beaten Williams in Dubai earlier this season but usually when Serena loses unexpectedly to any player on tour that motivates her to seek revenge at her next opportunity, the fact she failed to deliver on this occasion left most people absolutely gobsmacked, all but Cornet that is.

There have been other upsets as well in week one at SW19, but none as big as seeing the world’s best female player sent packing from the tournament, women’s 2nd seed Li Na was also sent spiralling out of the tournament in the third round by the solid Czech grass court player Barbara Zahlavova Strycova and the 8th seeded Victoria Azarenka was also an early casualty, however Vika’s loss wasn’t totally unexpected because the Belarusian has only recently come back from injury, on the men’s side the two big casualties in week one were the 6th seed Tomas Berdych and the 7th seeded Spaniard David Ferrer, Berdych was toppled in straight sets in the 3rd round by the 26th seeded Croat Marin Cilic while Ferrer fell early in round two to the unseeded Alex Kuznetsov in a long five-setter.

Serena Williams looks to be contemplating the worst case scenario before her shock third round loss to Alize Cornet in The Championships at Wimbledon.

Written by: Tono

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