Serena Williams seemed to have left her fantastic skills at home. She’s out of the Australian Open after losing to Ekaterina Makarova, the lowest-ranked player at No. 56. Wow. Serena, that’s got to sting.
The Russian player won 6-2, 6-3, which is the biggest Grand Slam defeat of Williams’ 17-year career. She’ll go on to face Maria Sharapova in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. “I can’t even describe how I served, to be honest,” said Williams. “My lefty serve is actually better than that. Maybe I should
have started serving lefty.”
Williams was plagued by errors. 37 to be exact. Makarova, who had stated she was afraid of Williams back in Beijing in 2009 said, “I really thought that I could beat her. Maybe in my head that helped me.”
Williams was dealing with an ankle injury, though she didn’t blame that for her loss. “Usually I play myself into the tournament,” Williams said. “But I don’t
have a huge problem with an injury. So this is a completely different
situation. Usually it’s easier for me to play myself in because I’m
usually physically OK.”