Serena Williams suffers another loss at Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open

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Former world number one Serena Williams has suffered another loss against Czech Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati. She lost 6-3 2-6 6-3 in the second-round to Petra Kvitova.

The loss to Petra Kvitova followed Serena Williams heaviest career defeat, a 6-1 6-0 loss to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the Silicon Valley Classic first round. Since having given birth to her baby girl last year, Serena Williams, arguably the best female tennis player in the world has been struggling to find her old powerful and impressive form, which has helped her win 23 Grand Slam titles.

“I’m still at the very beginning. I’m just going to continue to work hard, and hopefully, I’ll start winning more matches.” Serena Williams, who ratified that she had been struggling with post-natal emotions, said hopefully.

Last week, the 36-year-old Williams withdrew from last week’s Rogers Cup in Canada for “personal reasons.” Despite coming back from giving birth, the American did show her former tennis dominance by reaching to the final at this year’s Wimbledon, losing to the German Angelique Kerber. That achievement was not expected from a woman who just gave birth to a baby. However, the  6-1 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta, the worst career loss, raises questions in the minds of some fans to Serena Williams’ invincibility and dominance on the tennis court.

With a net worth estimated by online wealth database Celebrity Net Worth at a mouth-watering figure of $180 million, some have begun to wonder if it is time for Serena Williams to hang up her rackets, in view of her recent losses. However, for a strong-willed Serena, who went ahead and won the Australian Open in January while eight weeks pregnant, predictability can be a difficult word to associate with Serena Williams – especially when tennis is concerned.


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