Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Serena has mother of all meltdowns in US Open final loss

Serena has mother of all meltdowns in US Open final loss

Frustration had set in, though, and after a mistake Williams slammed her racquet down after a mistake and broke it.

Like she had against Karolina Pliskova in her quarter-final, Williams began nervously, sending the ball flying over the baseline and losing the opening two games.

Putting down a defiant service hold, the American couldn't hold off the No.20 seed, who served out an emotional victory over the woman who inspired her to play tennis.

She was thinking about survival.

And in last year's U.S. Open, she defeated defending champion Angelique Kerber in the first round. She had four operations following the birth of her daughter, Olympia, during the Open because of complications related to blood clots. "I love you (Serena)".

Williams is trying for her 24th major singles title, which would tie Margaret Court's record.

Only Kaia Kanepi has taken a set off Williams, whose matches have lasted on average just 76 minutes.

As Serena Williams trailed Naomi Osaka in Saturday's U.S. Open Final, match chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, gave Williams a one-game penalty after multiple warnings for receiving coaching during the second set.

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Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou who was accused of offering her coaching from the sidelines said after the game: "Not once in my life have I ever been called a coaching violation". For her, it wasn't a competition, but for me, every day was a competition. "I should just try to play her as an opponent".

Naomi and Mari Osaka have been compared to Venus and Serena Williams in the past. I had one more to go still. "It was what it was".

However, that's how I'll treat tonight's match, at least to start with - as a neutral.

She has, and she'll be only one spot out of the top 10 in the rankings if she wins after barely reaching the top 500 in March.

"There's still much more that I plan on doing", declared Williams.

Less than two months after finishing as the runner-up at Wimbledon, Serena Williams is getting another chance at her 24th Grand Slam title.

"I felt like if I could break, maybe I could get back into it", Keys said.

But even with that win under her belt, she acknowledged that Saturday's match poses entirely different challenges.

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