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Serena Williams went down to Sakkari (Picture: Getty Images)

Serena Williams crashed out of the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday after failing to serve out a win against Greece’s Maria Sakkari.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion was 7-5 5-4 up and serving for it before going down 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 1-6 to the world No. 21.

All five Williams’ matches since the WTA Tour resumed this month have gone the distance and she was left cramping in the third set against Sakkari.

Williams, 38, lamented letting Sakkari off the hook and compared her loss of her ruthless edge to ‘dating a guy that you know sucks’.

‘I started cramping, but I mean, I shouldn’t have been in that situation,’ said Williams after the defeat.

‘I don’t think that helps mentally when it’s like you know the match is over and you have won the match, and now your legs were already tired and now they are even more tired, and now it’s even more tired.

Sakkari will face Konta next (Picture: Getty)

‘So it’s like, I literally put myself in this situation. I put myself in a bad situation. You know, it’s like dating a guy that you know sucks.

‘That’s literally what I keep doing out here. It’s like I have got to get rid of this guy. It just makes no sense. It’s frustrating.

‘Yes, I was obviously cramping, but that’s no excuse. I can’t sit here and make excuses.’

She will now turn her attention to the US Open, where she’ll target Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam record.

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And she feels there are fine margins between her being successful at Flushing Meadows.

‘I’ve just got to start learning how to win big points. It was literally one point since January.

‘One point I could have won so many more matches, literally. So if I could just focus on how to win that one point, that would be better.’

Konta will face Sakkari next (Picture: Getty)

Sakkari, who will face Britain’s Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals, was delighted with the upset.

‘I knew it was going to be an ugly match from my side but I’m extremely happy with the result,’ Sakkari said.

‘She’s a role model for me and many others. What she has achieved in our sport is unique and I don’t know if anyone else is going to do it again.’

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