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Itís Over: Serena Williams Loses Historic Grand Slam Bid
By Thurston Soros, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Friday, October 09, 2015 10:30pm PST USA
Itís Over: Serena Williams Loses Grand Slam Bid NEW YORK-- Last month in a stunning upset in the semifinals of the US Open, the world number one Serena Williams of the USA lost to the unseeded Roberta Vinci of Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a match in which the American was an overwhelming favorite.

Williams started the semifinal strongly while racing to a 6-2, 1-0 lead.

However the American then delivered several errors and struggled with the backhand slice/forehand down the line combination from the Italian to drop serve and trail 3-5 in set two.

After dropping the middle set, Williams held serve then broke serve to lead the final set 2-0.

Serena Williams of the USA
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Serena Williams loses to the unseeded Roberta Vinci in a match in which the American was an overwhelming favorite.

Serving up gamepoint for a 3-0 lead, Williams was unable to hold serve as she double-faulted on break point to put the set back on serve at 2-1.

Following several loud cries of ďcome onĒ and massive serves, Williams held onto her next service game to lead 3-2.

Vinci then held serve to pull even at 3 all.

Williams again reached gamepoint on her serve before netting a crosscourt backhand then sending a down the line forehand long to drop serve and trail 3-4.

In Vinciís following service game, Williams hit two consecutive overhead winners to hold two breakpoints at 15-40.

However the American then committed several groundstroke errors to put the Italian ahead at gamepoint.

Williams then returned a 69 miles per hour second serve as she struck a crosscourt backhand return wide which put Vinci ahead 5-3.

The American then held serve to reach 4-5.

With Vinci serving for the match, Williamsí errors continued as she netted a down the line backhand return to trail 0-15.

The Italian then struck a crosscourt backhand half volley winner to lead 30-0.

Williams would then net a crosscourt backhand swing volley to face match point.

A Vinci crosscourt forehand half volley winner ended the match after two hour of play.

And for Williams, it would be her final match of 2015 as she would this month announce her break from the WTA Tour until 2016 to recover from injuries.

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