Serena's long unbeaten run ended by Kvitova

Fri May 8, 2015 11:54am EDT
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MADRID (Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams’s 27-match unbeaten run ended with a 6-2 6-3 defeat by Petra Kvitova in the Madrid Open semi-finals on Friday.

Czech Kvitova will face Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final after she surprisingly knocked out defending champion Maria Sharapova.

Williams had not lost since October but her mood appeared negative and she was slow around the court against fourth seed Kvitova who broke the American’s first service game and never looked back.

“I’m just exhausted today. This has been a rough week for me,” Williams told a news conference.

“It’s good to be really exhausted now going into another tournament and then getting ready for Roland Garros.

“So this is all great preparation that I actually really, really needed, something to push me to the wall and to the limit.”

Kvitova broke serve three times in the first set and there was little resistance in the second set from a despondent Williams.

It was a setback for Williams who won in Madrid in 2012 and 2013, and this was her first claycourt tournament of the season as she prepares for the French Open looking to win her 20th grand slam title.

Sharapova crashed out after failing to match the solid hitting of unseeded Kuznetsova who won 6-2 6-4.   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. serves the ball to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during her semi-final match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Andrea Comas