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Williams Is Dismayed With Third Round Wimbledon Loss






A third Grand Slam disappointment in succession has left Serena Williams a disenchanted and puzzled figure. But she is determined to somehow recapture her championship winning style in time for the US Open and get the 18th singles title to tie with Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

This year Williams has gone out in the fourth round of the Australian Open (to Ana Ivanovic), in the second round of the French Open (to Garbine Muguruza) and in the third round at Wimbledon, which was her earliest exit from the All England Club since 2005.

Clearly dismayed after her defeat by Alize Cornet she maintained equaling and even surpassing Navratilova and Evert remains a distinct possibility and said: Its something Im obviously going to keep going for. Its definitely something in my mind, pretty important.

Williams, who is already the oldest woman ever to hold the world No 1 ranking, will be 33 in September shortly after the US Open, which is the last Grand Slam title she holds.

In Australia, I just couldnt play, she said. In Paris I played really badly. Here I actually thought I played better. I came into the tournament in better form. I thought I was doing pretty decent. I think Im going to have to watch [a video of this match] and see what I can do better and what went wrong.

Serena did not think her defeat in the French Open last month had any effect on her form here. I actually feel like that loss helped me work on some things and see things that I needed to see, she said. I think that loss really helped me and motivated me to go home and put a lot of effort on the court and work out really hard.

I worked really, really hard coming into this event. Im going to have to keep working hard. Just because you lose a match doesnt mean you stop. Youve just got to keep going. Maybe it wasnt for today. Maybe its for tomorrow. So Ill just keep fighting. Thats all I can do really.

Margaret Court (24 titles), Steffi Graf (22), Helen Wills Moody (19), Navratilova and Evert  (18) are the only women ahead of Williams on the all-time list of Grand Slam champions.


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