Serena Williams Eliminated By Svetlana Kuznetsova At Miami Open

Serena Williams gave it her best shot, but the tennis champ was upset by Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Miami Open on Monday.

The 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 loss to Kunzentsova ended Williams’ 20-match winning streak.

Via Associated Press:

Williams was bidding for her ninth title in the event and her fourth in a row. But after a grueling first set that lasted nearly an hour, the 21-time Grand Slam champion faded on a sweltering afternoon.

This is the first time she hasn’t reached the Key Biscayne quarterfinals since 2000, when she lost in the fourth round to Jennifer Capriati.

“I did the best I could,” she said during a postmatch news conference that lasted less than three minutes before she cut it off. “I can’t win every match. These players come out and play me like they’ve never played before in their lives. I have to be 300 percent every day.”

Williams, 34, will retain the No. 1 ranking, but she hasn’t won a tournament since earning her 69th title at Cincinnati in August.

“She’s still No. 1, and she still plays great,” Kuznetsova said. “I don’t see much to be depressed about.”

The No. 15-seeded Kuznetsova won with defense, extending points until Williams would make a mistake. The Russian finished with only 18 unforced errors to 55 for Williams.

“It’s obviously disappointing,” Williams said, “but I’ve won here a lot, so it’s OK.”

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