Top seed and top ranked Serena Williams crashed out of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Tuesday night. The recent Miami champion complained an exhaustion after a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Slovak Jana Cepelova.
“I actually made the turnaround really, really well,” Serena said of going from the Miami hardcourts to the clay in South Caroline. “I’m really just dead. I need some weeks off where I don’t think about tennis and can kind of regroup. I’ve had a long couple of years.
“I’m going to go on a vacation, for sure. I need some time off. I just need to take a deep breath and regroup, and I think it will actually help me for the rest of the clay court season coming up.”
Serena was slow out of the blocks, losing the first five games the No. 78. Nursing a thigh injury, she battled back but she didn’t have enough.
“Obviously things didn’t go great out there, but she was a great counterpuncher today and hit a lot of balls back,” Serena said. “I really knew nothing about her game going into the match, so she played a really good match against me today. And it just wasn’t my day – it just wasn’t meant to be today.”
Venus Williams, however, remains alive at the event. Other winners on Tuesday were Eugenie Bouchard, Sam Stosur and Lucie Safarova while Sorana Cirstea lost.