Injured Williams upset by Zakopalova in Marbella

BARCELONA Thu Apr 9, 2009 1:43am IST

BARCELONA (Reuters) - An injury-hampered world number one Serena Williams suffered a shock 6-4 3-6 6-1 defeat to Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic in the first round of the Andalucia Tennis Championships on Wednesday.

The top seed had clearly not recovered from a thigh problem that affected her performance in Miami last week and was broken seven times by Zakopalova, ranked 95 in the world.

Williams lost to Belarussian teenager Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday and said she was sad to have failed in her opening match on the clay in Marbella in southern Spain.

"I was trying to play my best tennis but the injury prevented me from reaching my top level," the American, who wore heavy strapping on her left thigh, said at a news conference.

World number four and second seed Jelena Jankovic thrashed Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-1 in their first-round clash in Marbella on Tuesday.

(To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Soccer

SPORTS SHOWCASE

Classy Century

Classy Century

Silky Jayawardene puts Sri Lanka on top.  Full Article 

Changes in Team

Changes in Team

Coach and captaincy changes in Zimbabwe shake-up.  Full Article 

Fastest Man

Fastest Man

Interview - Usain Bolt says his best is yet to come.  Full Article 

Formula One

Formula One

'So happy' Perez sure 2015 Mexican GP will happen.  Full Article 

Rising Star?

Rising Star?

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s pursuit of cricketing excellence.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage