Mason, Ohio • Serena Williams lost her cool and her 19-match winning streak at the Western Southern Open. Sister Venus did much better, reaching the semifinals for the first time this season.
Williams had her 19-match streak snapped by Germany’s Angelique Kerber on Friday, a 6-4, 6-4 defeat that marked the first time she’d even lost a set since her title at Wimbledon. The third-longest winning streak of her career didn’t end quietly.
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She flung her racket at the ground, picked it up and slammed it on the court again as the second set slipped away.
“I probably need a break,” she said.
Williams said she needs a little time to get recharged for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 27.
“I’ll be better in New York, I promise,” she said.
While Serena fumed over missed shots, older sister Venus reached the semifinals of a tournament for the first time this season by beating Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4.
On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro won in straight sets, setting up a rematch of their bronze medal match at the Olympics. Del Potro won that one. Djokovic defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2.
Del Potro beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-3.