Ser­ena suf­fers shock loss to world num­ber 78

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Top-ranked Ser­ena Wil­liams suf­fered a shock 6-4, 6-4 loss to Slo­vakia’s world num­ber 78 Jana Ce­pelova in the sec­ond round of the Fam­ily Cir­cle Cup in Charleston yes­ter­day.

The world num­ber one and de­fend­ing cham­pion lost the first five games and never re­cov­ered.

“Ob­vi­ously things didn’t go great out there, but she was a great coun­ter­puncher to­day and hit a lot of balls back,” Wil­liams told re­porters.

“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,” added Wil­liams.

The 20-year-old Ce­pelova had never beaten a top 15 player but held her nerve to pull off the big­gest win of her ca­reer.

Wil­liams, a 17-time Grand Slam cham­pion, won the Sony Open on Satur­day and had been on a roll com­ing to Charleston, South Carolina where she was a three­time cham­pion.

Her sis­ter Venus also had prob­lems in her open­ing round match, los­ing seven con­sec­u­tive games at one point, but re­cov­ered to beat Barbora Zahlavova 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.

Venus, who won the event in 2004, said she had been un­der the weather re­cently.

“I’ve ac­tu­ally been pretty sick lately, so it was a lit­tle rough out there to­day,” she said. “I just kept fight­ing till the end.”

In other early-round ac­tion, sixth seed Eu­ge­nie Bouchard breezed past Alla Kudryavt­seva 6-2, 6-0, while Aus­tralian sev­enth seed Samantha Sto­sur over­came a stiff chal­lenge from Yaroslava Shve­dova in a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 tri­umph.

Eighth seed So­rana Cirstea was up­set by Teliana Pereira in a 3-6 6-3 7-6(0) de­feat.

SER­ENA Wil­liams

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