Williams' loss to 22 year old Dinara Safina of Russia ended her impressive 17 match win streak. The final
score for the match 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(7-5).
"I'm excited I lost here and not in Roland Garros," Williams said. "The pressure is off me."
Williams started the match playing her normal aggressive game to take set one 6-2. In the second set Safina however started to step up
her game, and unleashed a tactic of attacking the Williams backhand; the same tactic Safina had used yesterday to upset world number one
Justine Henin of Belgium.
"I couldn't concentrate, I started the match like, 'I won yesterday,' so that was good," Safina said. "Then I started believing I could
win. I just had to be more aggressive."
Safina went ahead in set two 5-0 before Williams held on to win her lone game of the set.
Williams had been 7-0 in three set matches this year and led 5-4 and 6-5 in set three today but was unable to close the match out. A
Williams forehand wide on matchpoint number two sealed the upset.