Serena Williams was still emotional over her loss at the 2105 US Open, but she managed to praise Roberta Vinci, the woman who beat her! In a post-game press conference, Serena called Roberta ‘inspiring’ and said she ‘played literally out of her mind.’
We’re still stunned by the 2015 US Open semifinals. Roberta Vinci, 32, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in tennis history, beating Serena Williams, 33. Though Serena was crushed that she wouldn’t achieve a Calendar Grand Slam, she congratulated her opponent on playing “the best tennis in her career.”
Serena’s path to a Calendar Grand Slam ended on Sept. 11. While everyone thought that Serena would easily defeat Roberta, the 43-ranked Roberta proved the world wrong, beating Serena! Fans were shocked but the person most upset by this loss was Serena herself, who told reporters in the post-game press conference, “I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me.”
When asked about her opponent, Serena said that she thought Roberta “played the best tennis in her career.” She called Roberta’s enthusiasm “inspiring,” and added that Roberta “played literally out of her mind.” On her own performance, Serena admitted she made “more unforced errors than I normally make.” She didn’t blame her performance on Drake, unlike the Internet, who said he was the reason she lost!
Despite her positive words for Roberta, Serena was clearly exhausted from the emotional, intense match she just played. She ended the press conference just after two minutes and when a reporter asked a question she didn’t like, Serena asked “Anyone else want to ask a different question than that?”
Serena’s loss prevents her from winning a Calendar Grand Slam, or a victory at all four Major tournaments in a single season. Still, she ended the conference on a positive note. Serena said she will focus on how she won four Grand Slam tournaments in a row — the 2014 US Open and the French Open, the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2015. Instead of fixating on her loss, Serena said she would turn her attention to all the amazing stuff she’s done! That’s the spirit!
Are you shocked by this upset, HollywoodLifers? Are you glad Serena wasn’t a sore loser?
— Jason Brow