This Is How Serena Williams Celebrates Loss

Serena Williams is arguably one of, if not the best, female tennis players in the world. She plays a solid game, has a solid circle of supporters, and even knows how to handle a loss with poise and grace.

When Williams first came on the scene with her older sister, Venus Williams, the duo was an unstoppable force. The Williams sisters changed the game when they stepped on the court all those years ago. But now, the sisters are suffering more losses — an inconceivable thought when they first entered the world of professional tennis. 

Serena Williams’ 2018 U.S. Open loss

Serena Williams
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Serena Williams has won the U.S. Open an impressive six times throughout her career as a professional tennis player. This is especially impressive when you consider she’s made 10 U.S. Open finals appearances as well. Not to mention, with her sister Venus by her side, she also took home two wins in the U.S. Open women’s doubles competition.

With so much success and a prolific career at her back, it’s no surprise that a loss hits hard. In the 2018 U.S. Open, Williams lost to Naomi Osaka. It was clear to everyone that the loss was painful, but Williams just opened up this year in Harper’s Bazaar about just how traumatizing the experience was. 

“It’s the beginning of the second set, and the umpire thinks he spots my coach signaling me from the stands. He issues a violation—a warning. I approach him and emphatically state the truth: that I wasn’t looking at my coach. ‘I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose,’ I said,” Williams told Harper’s Bazaar. “I walk back to the court and lose the next point. I smash my racket in frustration; he issues another violation and gives a point to my opponent. I feel passionately compelled to stand up for myself. I call him a thief; I again demand an apology. I tell him he is penalizing me for being a woman. He responds by issuing a third violation and takes a game from me.”

Serena Williams went to therapy to cope with the loss

Williams was unable to find any peace after the match. She spent nights racking her brain and couldn’t even play tennis. The shift made her seek out a therapist, and with their help, she discovered the root of her problem. Williams felt she overshadowed Osaka’s first Grand Slam title with her behavior. So not only did she lose the game, but she felt like she stole what should have been a great moment from another player.

Williams sent Osaka a beautiful text message apologizing, and Osaka responded graciously. The exchange mended Williams’s heart, and she was able to push forward with her career.

“People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can’t differentiate between the two,” Osaka said graciously. “No one has stood up for themselves the way you have and you need to continue trailblazing.”

Williams broke down in tears after reading the response.

Serena Williams faced another U.S. Open loss this year

As if one failure wasn’t enough, Williams also had to accept another defeat at the U.S. Open this year. This time it was to 19-year-old newbie Bianca Andreescu.

Despite not taking the title, the tennis superstar still decided to celebrate with her closest friend and family. The crew rented out the top floor of Vide Verde, a Mexican restaurant. Williams stormed the restaurant with her guests around 9 pm and ordered everything off the menu alongside some delicious Fortaleza margaritas! The party went on to 2 AM.

According to the insider source: “Serena was in good spirits.” That’s a massive difference from the loss she suffered the year prior.

This is what Serena Williams has to say about losing

Williams called this particular loss her “worst match.” In Williams own words,

“I believe I could have played better. I believe I could have done more. I believe I could have just been more Serena today. I honestly don’t think Serena showed up. I have to kind of figure out how to get her to show up in Grand Slam finals.” – Serena Williams

Considering she is just one win away from tying with Margaret Court, her feelings about the match are no surprise. But while Williams is blaming her poor skills on the court for the loss, others are taking their frustrations out on a completely different person — Meghan Markle. It’s unlikely Williams would place any sort of blame on her bestie.