Everyone loves a good underdog, right? Well, usually. Unless that underdog’s opponent is Serena Williams and even less when it is Serena Williams just two victories away from winning the Grand Slam. And CERTAINLY not when winning the Grand Slam would have tied her record with that of tennis legend Steffi Graf’s. It’s all Drake’s fault!
Yes, the rapper/singer and rumored beau of Serena Williams was there, but opponent Roberta Vinci, who was ranked 43rd overall, played one hell of a game and Serena couldn’t deny that.
“You know, she’s 33, and you know, she’s going for it at a late age, so that’s good for her to keep going for it and playing so well. Actually, I guess it’s inspiring, but yeah I think she literally played out of her mind,” Williams said.
Though Williams seemed a little off coming out of the gates, she came back dominant as she always does, winning 6-2. However, Vinci’s increasing confidence as the match went on became an even more dominant force as she fought to win the last two sets and succeeded. She won both 6-4, triumphantly taking the victory that nobody, not even herself, thought would be hers. No really, she was stunned.
Vinci, who has never made it past the quarterfinals round in a Grand Slam bid described the win as a dream. Out of pure disbelief and excitement, she struggled to get the words out, but she eventually said, “I’m in the final. I beat Serena…For me it’s an amazing moment, yes, it’s incredible.”
She added, “For the American people, for Serena, the Grand Slam, everything…but today is my day. Sorry guys!”
Indeed it is, and the crowd loved every moment of her humbling but beyond enthusiastic speech. The victory was well-deserved.
The upset makes this the first time that Williams has lost her Grand Slam bid in 27 years. Her mother and her coach both believed that Williams didn’t look like herself going into the match, but she dispelled any excuses for her loss saying that pressure was never a factor.
Champions don’t make excuses, but for now this is the end of the line for the beast of an athlete that is Serena Williams.
Roberta Vinci will face fellow Italian Flavia Penneta at the the final at Arthur Ashe Stadium this Saturday.
A huge congratulations to Roberta Vinci, but damn Serena!