Moments after one of the worst losses of her career, Serena Williams walked into the women’s locker room sobbing.
When she met with the press 20 minutes later she was still teary-eyed. And she did not want to talk about her match.
“I really don’t feel like talking about it, to be honest,” she said. “It’s like I don’t want to get fined. That’s the only reason I came. I can’t afford to pay the fines because I keep losing.”
When asked to explain what went wrong tonight, she said: “No, I can’t. I’m sorry. Any more questions?”
There were 18 more questions, but Serena had little say. A reporter observed that she looked more devastated tonight than she did after her losses to Henin at the French and Wimbledon.
“Do I? Go figure.”
Serena famously gives little credit to her opponents after a loss.
“I just think [Henin] made a lot of lucky shots, and I made a lot of errors,” she said.
She conceded Henin played better, but when asked if she lost the match more than Henin won it, Serena said: “I think that’s usually the case with me, that it’s for me to win or lose.”
When asked about her apparent exhaustion on court she said: “I’m very fit. I can run for hours.”
After this, is her career at a crossroads?
“I got to go back and study and figure out how to beat her,” she said. “That’s it. Bottom line.”