Serena Williams’ quest for a 24th Grand Slam title ended with her earliest loss at a major tournament in five years.
Williams lost to fellow American Sofia Kenin in the third round of the French Open on Saturday, June 1.
“Yesterday was not my day,” Williams, 37, captioned the photo of herself on Instagram, raising her arms and racket over her head, a look of frustration on her face. “But it’s about getting up time and time again after you fall. Here’s to a multitude of tomorrows.”
The last time Williams was eliminated this quickly at a major came in 2014, when she lost in the second round at Roland Garros to Garbine Muguruza and in the third round at Wimbledon to Alize Cornet.
“Serena is such a tough player. I’m still trying to process what just happened,” Kenin said, about an hour after the match ended with her covering her face with both hands. “She’s a true champion and an inspiration.”
“All I know is, she was not ready. And it was obvious, I think,” Patrick Mouratoglou, Williams coach said.
In addition to dealing with illness and injury, Williams sat out four Grand Slams in the 2017- 2018 while she took time off to have and care for her daughter Alexis Olympia.
“I am glad I came,” Williams said. “I love the city. I love the tournament. I really wanted to be here. I’m glad I came. But it’s just been a really grueling season for me.”