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Serena says her body needs a break

Posted on August 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

In the aftermath of her 6-4, 6-4, quarterfinal loss to Angelique Kerber in Cincinnati, Serena Williams says she needs to shut it down for a while. Williams has played nearly non-stop since the tournament in Miami in late March. She recently won Wimbledon, Stanford and the Olympic gold medal.

“It was probably for the best that I didn’t win today, even though I wanted to win,” Serena told reporters. “But maybe my body was like telling me to… [I] probably just need a break.”

Williams added that she isn’t sure whether being called a U.S. Open favorite makes a difference.

“I embrace being [the favorite],” she said. “I also embrace — like at Wimbledon I wasn’t the favorite and I was shocked. I actually got angry. So I don’t know if it’s better not to be a favorite or better for me to be a favorite.”