US Open final loss is going to hurt Serena Williams, says Navratilova

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US Open final loss is going to hurt Serena Williams, says Navratilova

The 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova commented on Serena Williams's US Open final loss to Bianca Andreescu. Navratilova, speaking on Amazon Prime, said: "This is going to hurt. Everybody thought this was a great opportunity for her, everything was pointing in her direction for the win.

She almost turned it around. When she came back from 5-1 to 5-5 [in the second set], for me she was the favourite in the match at that point. For me, it means more for Andreescu to win it the way she did. Three and one almost would have been a bit anticlimactic.

Serena didn’t play badly, Andreescu has to have a lot of that credit. For Williams to lose four Major finals in a row, it’s going to be hard to recover from this much. She will, she will keep trying next year, no doubt about it but this will sting more than the other ones”.

Annabel Croft spoke of Serena's request not to let Carlos Ramos umpire her matches: “We have seen it before with Rafael Nadal where he has said he doesn’t want certain umpires umpiring his matches. Certainly it would have been an antagonistic thing to do to put him on this match.

That would have been almost unfair to [Williams], given the circumstances last year. I completely understand why they haven’t done that. But I would like to think that sometime in the future they may be able to go back out on court again.

Although she said to him, 'You will never umpire another match of mine again’, and I don’t think that’s quite right because a player should never be above the sport”.