MELBOURNE: Serena Williams Saturday said she wasn’t a “robot” and couldn’t win every match she played after slumping to a shock defeat in the Australian Open final against Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
The world number one and top seed was overwhelming favourite to win her 22nd Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park, but an error-strewn performance handed the German a stunning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory.
It stopped Williams matching Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles, which will now have to wait at least until the French Open in June.
The 34-year-old, who had won all six of her previous Melbourne Park finals, was the defending champion and won three Grand Slam titles last year. But she said she was not infallible.