The weight of a nation proved too hard for Serena as she crashed out of the US Open during the semi-final stage, but Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn has nothing but respect for the tennis great, HollywoodLife.com can EXCLUSIVELY reveal.
We were all left a little deflated when Serena Williams, 33, lost to Roberta Vinci, 32, in the US Open semi-finals on Sept. 11. Despite her shocking loss, fellow sports great Lindsey Vonn, 30, has revealed she’s very proud of the tennis legend, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned! Find out what she had to say.
We caught up with Lindsey at the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2016 show during NYFW on Sept. 12, and asked her how she felt about Serena’s defeat to Roberta, who ended the world number one’s quest for a Grand Slam. “I was really disappointed,” Lindsey told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “I understand Serena’s position, it’s just really brutal and sometimes you have off days, and unfortunately it was at a really bad time, but she played such an amazing tournament and technically she’s won 4 grand slams in a calendar year. I think she’s an amazing athlete and I’m really proud of all she’s accomplished.”
That’s nice of Lindsey to say, who has also suffered her own disappointments in her professional sporting career. Lindsey missed the 2014 Sochi Olympics after suffering a knee injury, and was unable to defend the downhill gold she had won at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics so famously. But maybe, just maybe, she will be fit enough and ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Fingers crossed!
As HollywoodLife.com told you, Serena was surprisingly beaten by Roberta at the US Open semi-finals in front of her rumored boyfriend Drake, 28, who didn’t bring her any luck whatsoever when watching the match. The rapper even faced a fan backlash for being a curse!
We learned exclusively that Serena wished that she hadn’t invited her new beau to see her play until she had actually reached the final! “She doesn’t blame Drake but would have rather him not have shown up ’til the finals,” an insider EXCLUSIVELY told us.
Do you agree with Lindsey’s sentiments towards Serena, HollywoodLifers? Let us know in the comments below!
— Jon Boon, with additional reporting by Katrina Mitzeliotis