Serena stays positive after shock defeat
Serena Williams attempted to put a brave face on a stunning first-round defeat by Virginie Razzano at the French Open that is already being talked about as one of the biggest shocks in tennis history.
The 13-time grand slam champion had never lost in the first round of one of the sport's four biggest tournaments, but went down in three sets to world number 111 Frenchwoman Razzano, and left the court with the cheers of a delirious crowd ringing in her ears.
"It is disappointing, but it's life," said Williams. "I've just got to go back and just figure out what I did wrong and not do it again, learn from it. I think that's the best thing I can do."
The 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 victory was a wonderful moment for Razzano, who last year lost in the first round at Roland Garros eight days after the death of her fiance and coach Stephane Vidal from a brain tumour.
Williams, meanwhile, was back at the tournament for the first time since 2010 after missing last year as she recovered from the blood clots - a complication from a foot injury - that put her life in danger.
She continued: "Things could be a lot worse. I haven't had the easiest past six months. It's nothing I can't deal with. I've been through so much in my life. I'm not happy, by no means. I just always think things can be worse."
Razzano insisted she always kept believing she could win, and she said of her emotions: "It's happiness, pure happiness. It's the most beautiful victory of my whole career, especially on the Philippe Chatrier court in front of the whole crowd."
The 29-year-old spoke briefly about the loss of Vidal, saying: "The past is the past. I think now I did my mourning. I feel good today.
"It took time. I also worked with someone who helped me make progress and helped me maybe start something else, something new. I felt I was ready to go ahead and live my life professionally and personally.
"I wanted to win that match. I wanted to give myself the chance of winning it. I went as far as I could, and I think I won it as a champion."