Tennis: A professor of winning falls to puzzling defeat

Serena Williams leaves the court after her defeat against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova during their women's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 23, 2019.
Serena Williams leaves the court after her defeat against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova during their women's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 23, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

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.

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