London-It is the biggest upset of Wimbledon 2014. Twenty-five seed Alize Cornet defeated number one seed Serena Williams, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Williams has not advanced to the quarterfinals in the three grand slams so far in 2014.
The ladies dropped a serve in the first two games, but rain drizzled down and delayed the match for four hours. Serena appeared to benefit from the delay since she won five straight games to take the first set.
Serena started the second set well, but she gradually lost her concentration and Cornet took advantage of it. Williams plays as her own worst enemy and when she loses an ounce of control it takes a toll on her game. In the second set, Cornet broke Williams twice while Williams committed eleven unforced errors.
In the third set, spectators could tell something was not right with Williams. Her body language expressed tension and her face exuded anger. She double faulted three times and Cornet had a chance to break almost every one of Williams’ serves. Williams fought off seven, but Cornet still broke her twice.
When Cornet won she immediately jumped in the air all over the court to celebrate the biggest win of her career.
“Three years ago I couldn’t play on grass I was so bad!” she exclaimed after the match. “But now I have beaten Serena, the world number one on her own court!”
Cornet beat Williams early in 2014 in Dubai. Next up for her is Canadian superstar Eugenie Bouchard, who made it to the semifinals at both the Australian and French Opens.