Serena Williams seems to be still feeling the
pain over her early Roland Garros loss with the Wimbledon top seed
sounding short and sharp with minimal positive thoughts about the
upcoming grand slam which she has won three times in the last five
The world No. 1 was dumped out in the French
Open second round by Spain's Garbine Muguruza, with the seed winning
just four games. Williams growled brief answers in an obligatory media
conference at Wimbledon, most notably: "Who says I was over it? I doubt
it. Knowing me, no," in response to a question concerning any lingering
The 32-year-old who has not been to the second
week of either of the 2014 majors may have also been put off by
Wimbledon's decision not to start her in pole position on Centre court
on Tuesday, a spot reserved by tradition for the defending women's
With 2013 winner Marion Bartoli now "retired,"
that place in the schedule went to German Sabine Lisicki, the losing
finalist who has had a misery season so far in 2014.
Williams could easily consider the decision as a
slight by the All England Club. "She was in the final last year, so she
was two sets closer than I was. So why not?" Williams said, perhaps with
tongue in cheek, "For me, you have to be ready to play on any day."
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