You need your head examined, lady
For Williams, who turns 35 on Sept. 26, the defeat nonetheless continued a troubling trend. By any measure -- the statistics, the anecdotal evidence, the way she has dominated tennis for two decades now -- Williams is the greatest player in tennis history, bar none. There's no need to confine the praise to only the women's side of the sport.
Including last month's Rio Olympics, where Williams was sent crashing out in the third round by Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, what has been astonishing isn't just who Williams has lost to in the biggest moments the past year -- it's how she has been losing. Even when her body hasn't betrayed her, as it did in the past month, nerves seem to haunt her.
Her confidence seems more brittle than you'd expect, given all that she has done. Errors come in bunches. Opponents are rushing in to capitalize.
Williams has now lost four of her past five major tournaments to players that she had a combined career record of 18-2 against before she lost to them.
- Margaret Court;
- Steffi Graf
- Pete Sampras
- Rod Laver
- Roger Federer
Serena Williams is nowhere even close to this list.
- 22 Grand Slam singles titles - tied with Steffi Graf for women's all time
- 186 consecutive weeks as World #1 - tied with Steffi Graf for women's all time
- 309 Grand Slam singles matches won - all-time leader, men's and women's
- 79% win rate in singles tournament finals
- $80.9M in career earnings
And now, Mr. Federer:
- 17 Grand Slam singles titles - all-time leader, men's
- 237 consecutive weeks as World #1 - all-time leader, men's and women's
- 302 weeks as World #1 - all-time leader, men's and women's
- All-time leader for consecutive Grand Slam appearances in multiple categories
- $98.8M career earnings- 2nd all-time
So let's analyse the above- ladies first, of course, it's only polite.