Sporting Life: A professor of winning falls to puzzling defeat

Determined not to suffer the pain of defeat, Karolina Pliskova (left) battled from 5-1 down in the third set to beat Serena Williams 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the Australian Open quarter-finals yesterday.
Determined not to suffer the pain of defeat, Karolina Pliskova battled from 5-1 down in the third set to beat Serena Williams 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the Australian Open quarter-finals yesterday. PHOTO: DPA

Everyone great falls, it's how sport eventually gets even. Everyone brilliant trips, it's why we watch. Everyone exceptional collapses, it's how we remember invincibility is a notion not a truth.

No one is immune to the laws of sport, to loss and indignity, to frustration and falls. Even the ones with cabinets stuffed with trophies have a small storeroom of heartbreak.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2019, with the headline 'A professor of winning falls to puzzling defeat'. Print Edition | Subscribe