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Serena Williams upset at the US Open and loses No. 1 ranking

Written by Liz Charre, President

Serena Williams has failed to make the US Open final for the second time consecutively. If last year wasn’t a disappointment, this year was worse.

Williams struggled with serves, hit shots, and consistency during the match Thursday night against Karolína Plíšková from Czech Republic.  The worst part of it all was that she lost the match with a double fault in the tie-breaker.

Not only did Williams lose her semifinal match in consecutive sets, she also lost the world No. 1 ranking. She was No. 1 in the world for 186 consecutive weeks–tied for the longest streak in WTA history.

Many tennis fans had high expectations of Williams. Over the past few months, she has not played her best. However, she did win Wimbledon back in July but lost in the third round of the Olympics. She also did not compete in the tournaments before the US Open. Many fans were left wondering: was the pressure of keeping world No. 1 too much for Williams?

On the other hand, Plíšková was the star of the night because she played the match of her life. She eliminated both Williams sisters in the tournament and reached her first ever grand slam final. She also made history for her country being the first ever Czech woman tennis player to reach the US Open final.  

Even though it was an upsetting loss for Williams, she has so much to be proud of. She will no longer be the world No. 1 but has definitely changed the game in women’s tennis. She sure isn’t done winning titles and tournaments. At this point, she can enjoy the rest of the year and prepare for the Australian Open next year.

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