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first_imgNEW YORK (AP):For Serena Williams’ first 26 matches at major tournaments in 2015, no deficit was too daunting, no opponent too troublesome, no victory too far from reach.She was unbeaten and, seemingly, unbeatable, nearing the first Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century. All Williams needed was two more wins to pull off that rare feat. And yet, against an unseeded and unheralded opponent in the US Open semi-finals, she faltered. Her pursuit of history ended, oh so close.In one of the most significant upsets in the history of tennis, Williams finally found a hole too big to climb out of, losing 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 yesterday at Flushing Meadows to 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy.”I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me,” Williams said at the start of a briefer-than-usual news conference. “If you have any other questions, I’m open for that.”Vinci had never before played in a Grand Slam semi-final. She had never so much as taken a set off Williams in four previous match-ups.VICTORIOUS DAY”Today is my day,” Vinci told the crowd in an on-court interview. “Sorry, guys!”She said she told herself not to think about having Williams across the net. And Vinci’s unusual style, full of slices and net rushes, kept Williams off-balance enough to cause problems and prevent the 33-year-old American from becoming the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a single season. Williams had been pushed to the limit before – this was her 12th three-setter in a major this season – but had managed to win titles at the Australian Open on hard courts in January, the French Open on clay courts in June, and Wimbledon on grass courts in July.This time, for once, the No. 1-ranked Williams could not pull it out, undone by 40 unforced errors, twice as many as Vinci. That negated the impact of Williams’ 16 aces, including one at 126 mph.”I thought she played the best tennis in her career,” Williams said about Vinci. “She played, literally, out of her mind.”Today, Vinci will face another Italian making her Grand Slam final debut: 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta, who eliminated No. 2 Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3 earlier yesterday.Pennetta, 33, and Vinci, 32, have known each other since they were kids, having grown up in towns about 40 miles apart on opposite coasts of Puglia, a region in the south-eastern heel of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula.Now they will face each other in a stadium in New York – with a Grand Slam trophy on the line. An intriguing story line, to be sure, but nothing compared to what Williams was chasing: a perfect Grand Slam season.After all, not only was she 26-0 at those tournaments this year, but her winning streak at majors was 33 matches entering yesterday, because she won last year’s US Open.If she had managed to win a fifth consecutive major title, Williams would have raised her total to 22, equalling Graf for the most in the Open era, which began in 1968, and second-most in history behind Margaret Court’s 24.last_img read more

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first_img Trebilcock seemed to favor Ohio State throughout her short recruiting process, but said her trip to UConn this week was so good, it made the decision tougher than she anticipated. “There’s a reason coach (Geno) Auriemma and Connecticut have been so successful, and I was fortunate to be able to experience that first hand,” she said. Ultimately, she chose Ohio State. She’d formed a close bond with Buckeyes’ coach Jim Foster and the team on her visit two weeks ago. “His personality reminds me a lot of (Hart High) coach (Dave) Munroe, and we had a great relationship,” she said. “He’s the kind of coach who doesn’t have to raise his voice, or yell or scream, his players just naturally respect him. “He’s an amazing basketball coach, all you have to do is look at what he’s done to see that. But I also think he will help me grow as a person, and we’ll have a great relationship.” Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The final decision came down to Ohio State, ranked No. 7 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, and UConn, one of the most storied programs in women’s college basketball. “I truly believe I was in a win-win situation with either Ohio State or Connecticut,” Trebilcock said. “But I had to make the decision by this weekend.” Trebilcock visited Connecticut from Wednesday until Friday. She said she still was undecided until she returned home late Friday night. She won’t have much time to get ready for her new school. She’s flying today to Columbus, Ohio, where classes begin Jan. 3. Because of NCAA transfer rules, she will have to sit out one year, meaning she’ll be eligible to play for the Buckeyes in December. Ohio State returns most of its core group next year, including 6-5 All-American center Jessica Davenport, who will be a senior. The 5-foot-9 guard was a Parade All-American at Hart, where she holds nearly every school record. She committed to UCLA in the fall of her junior year, but didn’t last long in baby blue and gold. Just four games into her freshman season, on Nov. 30, Trebilcock announced her intention to transfer. UCLA granted her release to any school outside the Pacific 20 Conference. Within a week, she had over 30 scholarship offers. She narrowed the list to four – Ohio State, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Georgia – and visited the first three before canceling her trip to Georgia this week. center_img It’s take two for Ashlee Trebilcock. The former Hart High of Newhall standout announced on Saturday that she will play for Ohio State, choosing the Buckeyes over Connecticut. last_img read more

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