"I was really, really bummed out," Williams, 33, said of her shocking semifinal loss on Friday to Italy's Roberta Vinci.
"I played the best I can play and she's never played better," Williams told USA TODAY in a sit-down chat before her show Tuesday afternoon. "She just happened to bring her best game and there was nothing I could have done about it that day."
- Build Me Up Buttercup: Via The Associated Press, the loss may have been tough but Serena has the right perspective on what was still an incredible accomplishment.
"We gotta build up each other. We can't be angry."
"I mean, I won four Grand Slam (tournaments) in a row, and got to the semis in another one, and I've done that twice," Williams said. "I mean how many people have done that? So, yeah, it wasn't a loss for me, it was a win and a learning experience. And I tried hard. Unfortunately the girl I played just outplayed me that day, you know ... She probably deserved it. And I am happy for her."
- Get well, Lucie: Lucie Safarova is in the hospital fighting off a bacterial infection.
? WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) September 15, 2015
- Ana's Redesign: AnaIvanovic.com has undergone a redesign.
- What's a WTA Rising Star: I've seen a number of questions from fans who are trying to parse out which players qualify as "WTA Rising Stars" and which don't. A WTA Rising Star is a player 23 and under who shows significant promise to be a part of the next generation of WTA superstars and has not yet competed at the WTA Finals. Hopefully that clears it up.