After an odd offseason where Serena proclaimed she has never enjoyed playing tennis, she will no longer have to worry about playing the sport in Australia this year.
5-time Australian Open champion, Serena Williams, was defeated by Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-3, in the 4th round of the Australian Open. This probably stands as the biggest upset of the tournament so far, along with Mardy Fish going down to Alejandro Falla last week.
This comes as a shock to anybody that has been watching her play in this tournament, as she has blown through her competition in the first three rounds. It looked as if no one could stop her, including her potential next opponent – Maria Sharapova. She proved viewers wrong.
Usually starting matches firing with her powerful forehand, Williams came out flat, allowing Makarova to break her serve early on and take an easy first set.
The American women can now join the men and watch other countries compete for this Australian Open. It is difficult to remember the last time American tennis fans had to watch the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament without any man or woman representing the U.S.A. As I recently pointed out, the lack of consistent American tennis players has hurt the sport in American. Serena Williams has been the one American player to go deep into tournaments on a consistent basis. If Serena is truly losing her fervor for the sport and will begin to slowly fade out of the tennis spotlight, I’m worried to know how much farther down the sports-watching totem pole tennis can fall…
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