In a year she was unbeaten and, seemingly, unbeatable, nearing the first Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century. All Williams needed was two more wins to pull off that rare feat. And yet, against an unseeded and unheralded opponent in the US Open semifinals, she faltered. Her pursuit of history ended, oh so close. It was a case of so near yet so far.
For Serena Williams’ first 26 matches at Grand Slams in 2015, no deficit was too daunting, no opponent too troublesome. History was just a step away. That too at home the U S Open 2015.
In one of the most stunning upsets in the history of tennis in recent times , Williams finally found a a match a tough to battle out losing 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at Flushing Meadows to 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy.
“I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me,” Williams said at the start of a briefer-than-usual news conference. “If you have any other questions, I’m open for that.”
Vinci had never before played in a Grand Slam semifinal. She had never so much as taken a set off Williams in four previous matchups.
“Today is my day,” Vinci told the crowd in an on-court interview. “Sorry, guys!”