Serena Williams’ Grand Slam quest cut shockingly short
After beating her older sister Venus in a poignant U.S. Open quarterfinal — and reaching the doorstep of just the fifth calendar Grand Slam in tennis history — it seemed that Serena Williams had a much easier task Friday afternoon in New York. All she had to do was win against Roberta Vinci, just the 43rd ranked player in the world
How wrong we all were.
Vinci upset an emotional Williams in three sets to end Williams’ quest to win all four of her sport’s biggest tournaments in a single calendar year. The stakes for Williams, at least in the public eye, couldn’t have been higher: Had she pulled off the feat for the first time since Steffi Graf did in 1988, it would have cemented her in many observers’ eyes as without a doubt the greatest women’s tennis player of all time Read more…