“Every time I walk into this room, everyone expects me to win every single match, as much as I would like to be a robot, I’m not. I try to do my best. Serena Williams told reporters in the interview room.
When Angelique Kerber stunned Serena Williams in a 6-4 3-6 6-4 thriller to open her grand slam account and deprived the American of a 22nd title in the Australian open, her greatest victory was in the question of just how rare is it for Williams to lose a grand slam final?
Serena who had won her last eight and 21-4 overall finals was under the pressure of having to keep on winning in the wake of repeatedly crushing her rivals following her remarkable performance at the semi finals were she crushed Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.
But after watching and internalizing that game on 30th jan, many came to a conclusion that fate had it for the left-handed Kerber, who became the first German to win a grand slam since her idol Graf in 1999 to take the trophy.
Given Williams’ history, when she rallied from 5-2 down in the third to get to 4-5 and serving, how many picked Kerber to prevail? Yet she did, Williams giving Kerber a match point by missing a forehand into the net and then sending the comfortable looking volley long, this was defiantly a hand of fate.
Kerber sunk to her knees when Williams erred on a forehand volley long on match point and soon was in tears to end an evening that was marked by the latter’s plethora of unforced errors in the first set prior to turning into an absorbing two-hour affair.
Overall Williams committed 46 unforced errors. “I was missing a lot off the ground, coming to the net,” said Williams. “I think I kept picking the wrong shots coming into,” the net, said Williams, who won less than half of her 32 points at the net.