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CINCINNATI, Ohio Aug 13 Serena Williams said
she "would have lost to anyone" after her 7-5 6-4 defeat by
unseeded Austrian Sybille Bammer in the third round of the
Cincinnati Open on Thursday.
The world number two, who said she was struggling with a
sore throat, made a stack of unforced errors and world number
29 Bammer took full advantage.
"I definitely wasn't as fit as I normally was," Williams
said. "I never played worse in my life. It was really a bad
match. I think I had about 50 unforced errors.
"I just did not play well at all. I hit balls in the bottom
of the net and made so many unforced errors. Anyone could have
beaten me today."
After losing a tight first set, Williams was broken twice
as she slipped 5-2 behind in the second set.
Only then did she lift her game, getting one of the breaks
back and holding for 5-4, but Bammer held her nerve to clinch
It was a doubly bad day for the Williams sisters as Venus
also went out at the same stage, beaten 7-6 6-4 by Italian
Flavia Pennetta, the 14th-seeded Italian who has now won 14
"I saw her after the match and she just said she had made a
lot of errors," Serena said of her elder sister. "I was like,
wow, I didn't think I would do the same thing, so..."
Bammer said the victory counted as one of the best wins of
"I won against her two years ago, or longer maybe," the
29-year-old said. "I was nervous today, so I don't know how I
really played. I just tried to come into the rallies and make
her play, and this worked."
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