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Serena sees Open loss as a learning experience

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Serena Williams

NEW YORK - Serena Williams says her recent U.S. Open defeat was not a loss, but a win and a learning experience - and she’s happy for opponent Roberta Vinci, who derailed her quest for another Grand Slam.

“We should be happy for each other, you know what I mean?’’ Williams said in an interview Tuesday after presenting her second collection for her fashion line, the Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection, at a high-profile runway show that drew influential heavyweights. “We gotta build up each other. We can’t be angry.’’

“I mean, I won four Grand Slam (tournaments) in a row and got to the semis in another one, and I’ve done that twice,’’ Williams said. “I mean how many people have done that? So, yeah, it wasn’t a loss for me, it was a win and a learning experience. And I tried hard. Unfortunately the girl I played just outplayed me that day, you know ... She probably deserved it. And I am happy for her.’’

Williams, who won last year’s U.S. Open as well as the next three Grand Slam tournaments after that, also said designing was a great break from the pressure of her tennis career.

“I love what I do obviously, but I also sometimes need a break from that, and I love fashion,’’ she said. “It’s something I have a passion for.’’

Not that there wasn’t also pressure coming from the fashion world. Williams said this time, she really felt pressure to deliver.

“This one I felt like I had to show something,’’ she said with a laugh. “Because I felt like [last year], people were surprised, and I got so many good reviews and I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I didn’t know what to expect!’’

Williams’ collection had a very contemporary vibe, with lots of fringed leather and suede, in skirts, jackets and dresses. She wore a revealing fringed leather skirt that showed tiny short shorts underneath.

Earlier, on the red carpet, she tried to explain how she combined designing with her demanding life as an
athlete.

“Honestly, I don’t know,’’ she said. “In between matches ... we have this great group chat, and we just talk all day about the designs.

“We send pictures. We send notes. Technology has been able to make life a lot easier!’’

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