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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Tennis

Serena left stunned by Cepelova
AFP
Charleston, April 03, 2014
First Published: 01:10 IST(3/4/2014)
Last Updated: 01:12 IST(3/4/2014)

World No 1 Serena Williams crashed out of the WTA Tour’s Family Circle Cup, losing her opening match in straight sets to world number 78 Jana Cepelova.

The 20-year-old Slovakian shocked defending champion Williams 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match at the clay court tournament in Charleston.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner Williams complained about being mentally fatigued after the 84 minute contest.

“I am really just dead,” said the 32-year-old American. “I need some weeks off where I don’t think about tennis and can kind of regroup. I’ve had a long couple of years.”

Williams, who won this event in 2013, 2012 and 2008, also had her 15-match tour win streak snapped.

Williams was fresh off winning her sixth Miami title and 59th singles crown after beating world No. 2 Li Na, of China, on the weekend.


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