In a shocking development, Serena Williams, the women’s number one player in the world, was ousted from Wimbledon, falling to number 25-ranked Alize Cornet, making this third-round loss her earliest exit from the tournament since 2005. Serena Williams, now 32 years old, has won Wimbledon five times, the last time in 2012.
“I worked really hard coming into this event,” Williams said after the shocking loss. “Sometimes it happens. You work really hard — maybe it’s not for today; it’s for tomorrow.”
Cornet recently beat Williams, besting her in a Dubai tournament in France.
Serena’s sister Venus also lost her third round match against the 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in three sets. The 34-year-old wasn’t expected to win, but has won five times previously, the last time in 2008. In 2011, she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune condition that causes fatigue, among other symptoms. That coupled with her age has prompted lots of questions about when Venus will retire.
“No, people have been trying to retire me since I was like 25,” she said after the match. “For some reason, in tennis, we always do that to our players. It’s weird. We don’t encourage them to stick around.” She says she plans on sticking around for the foreseeable future.
And both sisters will also be sticking around at Wimbledon where they’re still competing on the doubles side. They’ve taken that title five times as well.