Arguably one of the biggest upsets of the season took place on Tuesday evening, as world No. 1 and Family Circle Cup defending champion Serena Williams was upset in her opening match against Jana Cepelova.
Williams, who was looking to win her third consecutive title in Charleston, lost in straight sets – 6-4, 6-4 – to the Slovak ranked 77 places below her in the WTA rankings. It was Williams’ first loss at Charleston since 2007 and her first on clay since 2012. After going undefeated in 2013 on clay, the American has now lost her first clay court match of the season.
Following the match, Serena admitted that she was a little fatigued and needs some time away from tennis to regroup.
“I’m really just dead. I need some weeks off where I don’t think about tennis and kind of regroup,” Williams said after the match. “I’ve had a long couple of years, and I’m really a little fatigued.”
The top ranked Williams also that she was physically and emotionally drained, yet offered praise to her vanquisher for her efforts.
“Definitely a little bit of both. But again, I think Jana played really well for her today,” she said. “The good thing is I know I can play a lot better. So it’s always really positive for me.”