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.