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Serena Williams refuses to use injury as excuse for Australian Open loss

Jan 17, 2014; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Serena Williams (USA) during her match against Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) on day five of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Mandatory Credit: Matthias Hauer/GEPA via USA TODAY Sports

After her surprising fourth-round loss to Ana Ivanovic in the Australian Open on Sunday, tennis superstar Serena Williams was asked if her poor play was due to a back injury she suffered in practice.

While Williams admitted the injury was hampering her movements, she said her sore back shouldn’t be used as an excuse:

I guess the secret is out, but I obviously wasn’t hitting the way I normally would hit and wasn’t moving the way I normally would move and making a lot of errors that I normally would not make and I haven’t made in a couple of years.

 

At the end of the day it’s not the end of the world, and I keep stressing that I feel like Ana played really well.

 

I think she played a really good match. I don’t want to sit here and make an excuse when she played such a great match.

 

She made some good shots, and I just made way, way, a lot of unforced errors.

The loss to Ivanovic broke Williams’ impressive streak of 25 consecutive victories.

[Source: Reuters]

Topics: Serena Williams

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