posted on Oct, 27 2004 @ 03:42 PM
Serena Williams blamed a headache for her poor play in a 7-6 (5), 6-3 upset loss to qualifier Alina Jidkova in the second round of the Generali Ladies
The third-seeded Williams, who got a first-round bye, made 29 unforced errors. She hadn't played in a month because of lingering pain in her left
"My knee was pretty OK, but I suffered from a bad headache," Williams said.
The six-time major champion was given pain killers by a trainer after falling behind 3-1 in the second set. Williams said the medicine helped her head
but slowed her reaction and time and made her feel tired.
Jidkova, a 25-year-old Russian, never has won a WTA Tour title and she had lost five straight main-draw matches coming into this tournament.
"It feels so great to have beaten Serena. I was trying to watch the ball and forget whom I am facing," said the 73rd-ranked Jidkova, who's lost seven
straight first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
Asked whether she thought Williams was not at her best, Jidkova said: "What do you mean, 'She was not fit'? She was hitting great, and I don't think
she had any pains."
The stunning setback hurt Williams' chances of qualifying for the season-ending tour championship in Los Angeles next month. She didn't sound too
upset about that, saying that if she doesn't make the field, "I will go on vacation instead."