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Serena Williams was reportedly "worried" about bestie Meghan Markle's presence at her U.S. Open championship match against Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu, 19.

Bianca beat Serena in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to win her first ever major title.

Meghan flew to New York City on a budget commercial airline to watch her bestie try to win her 24th Grand Slam title in the U.S. Open women's final on Saturday.

Serena's camp was reportedly "concerned" that Meghan's presence would be a bad omen for Serena, who loses whenever Meghan watches her play.

According to Page Six, Serena, who turns 38 this month, asked her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, if the Duchess should attend the women's final because Serena is "superstitious".

"Serena asked her coach about Meghan coming when she won last night and everyone is worried, as tennis players are very superstitious, and Serena lost when Meghan came to watch her at Wimbledon," a source told Page Six.

A separate source told Page Six, "Serena adores Meghan and she's so excited about her coming to the Open."

But Serena is reportedly so superstitious that she wears the same dirty socks every day of a 2-week tennis tournament.

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Serena's coach (pictured in the player's box with Meghan on Saturday) said Meghan's presence at the Open would not be a distraction for Serena.

"There will be 22,000 people in the stadium, 23,000, actually. One more or less won't change a thing."

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Serena has not been herself since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., 2 years ago.

She reached four major finals since becoming a mother - Wimbledon twice and the US Open twice - but she lost all four times to much younger opponents.

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Mouratoglou practically guaranteed Serena would beat Andreescu. He said Serena is not the same woman who lost to 20-year-old tennis prodigy Naomi Osaka at last year's US Open.

"It's totally different situation now, because now she can move," said Mouratoglou of Serena.

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Mouratoglou blamed Serena's losses on motherhood. Daughter Alexis Jr. is pictured above with Serena's husband, co-founder Alexis Ohanian in January.

"The first problem she had was not an injury, but her body transformed to become a mother," he said. "You don't come back to your previous body, which is the body of a professional top athlete, overnight. So that was the first goal, to be completely in shape and able to perform at the highest level physically."

"She finally got rid of her knee problem, and she was able to run without thinking about her knee. So now it's several weeks in a row, so I think her fitness just went up and up, and I think her movement now is better than I have ever seen since she became a mother."

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Excuses... Excuses... Excuses... ?????
    Also, knee problems NEVER go away fully!

    Sit DOWN Sarana???

  • shay2shaymd

    It is time for Serena to retire. She will always be the GOAT regardless.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    The stamina of a 15 year old & a 37 year old is not the same. You'd have to use Wisdom to beat her. Serena would have to beat her psychologically first before beating her athletically. Do whatever it takes to get her off her game.

  • Jai

    Girl just play better and focus. She know she cant move like you use to so you know to make these girls do the running, splits and etc. If she just used her power and precision she'd do fine. Also if it's TRUE she doesn't change her socks for 2 weeks Heffa wash them shyts, that's nasty as hell!

  • Precious Henry

    On the one hand I want to be like YEEESSS Girllll you can do it, keep trying! However, I also want to be like Elsa from frozen and sing "Let it Go. Let it GOOOOOOOOO! I will love her either way. As someone previously stated she is the G.O.A.T and has several income streams outside of tennis. Maybe she can coach or something, pay forward what her dad did for her and her sisters.

  • Renee26

    Ion believe she's wearing the same funky socks for 2 weeks... Nope

  • Jai

    I just hope Serena goes out with a bang atleast two grand slams, get all and then just drop the mic, bow out.

  • R in NYC

    Serena's serve let her down. She's going to get #24 eventually. I believe in her.

  • What???

    Let's keep this in perspective she's the Women's GOAT not the GOAT because she Cannot even beat one top 100 men's player.

  • Facts and Receipts

    because Serena is "superstitious" <<< I dont think I have ever heard anyone who was raised JW to be superstitious. Ever.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    She may think they bring her good luck

  • Facts and Receipts

    Patrick Mouratoglou <<< aint he her ex man? Why is he still her coach. Yeah her husband mayo alright. Bc they different different.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    MAYBE... Serena has $ex before the matches that she has lost.. Supposedly, having relations before games takes athletes off their game

  • iWasteTime

    Good Morning Roses!
    I'm back on the plantation, it was a nice and relaxing week!
    I see a change done come to the garden ...

  • Gloria

    Adore Serena. But these young girls are doing it omg ?. These women are incredible and it may be time for the near 40 year old athlete to humbly retire. She’s had an amazing run but now would be good to focus on other endeavors, IMO.

  • Kanyade

    Alexis looks just like her daddy Alexis. She's adorable. He looks perpetually surprised. I like Serena's lavender outfit. I have no words on anything other than she will win again when she will win again. Amen? Amen.

    How y'all doing this Monday morning?

  • DallasRosebud

    It might be time for Serena to bow out gracefully and retire. This is like the second or third time she's lost to someone much younger than her. I love her but this is becoming kind of embarrassing at this point.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    For her to keep losing in the first or second round would be embarrassing. Losing in a Grand Slam final is not embarrassing. Disappointing for sure, but not embarrassing.


    lmao this is hilarious.

    Anyway, someone said here that the reason Serena keeps losing is because she's carrying around too much weight, and I agree. Even though she's not fat, muscle mass is very heavy and it's true that she can't carry it around as easily as she could before. Her coach is correct that her movement is an issue, but he's blaming the wrong thing - motherhood and hormones, instead of the obvious - her weight. I swear it seems she gets bigger every year and she used to be the same size as Megan. Serena should really slim down by at least 50-60 lbs.

  • DallasRosebud

    Her poor sportsmanship when she lost to the other teen was embarrassing.

  • davine puddin

    She has done amazing in the world of tennis. Do not put your pride before your health. Retire before being run down. Work as a coach. Make money from speaking enhancements.

  • davine puddin

    She is too big looking like a female baseball player.

  • Dowoop

    I need to know how she got rid of her knee problem because mines can be a bitch sometimes.

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  • TheFlow

    5th time

  • SJ

    Serena is one of the great athletes of all time. She has done extremely well for herself.

  • Jai

    In her prime she could've played well against some of the greatest male players in their prime. Yes they would've overpowered her but she made up for it with speed, agility, dexterity and technique which is extremely important in tennis. Male players have two main advantages power and having longer limbs to be able to still return a serve that is slightly further away then women can. I think people forget she's played against andy roddick for fun and was able to return his full power serve without error which this man had a serve 160+ mph

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  • TheFlow

    Well, since she's superstitious maybe she needs to realize that the biggest factor as far as bad luck, its that white man that popped up in here life, ''coincidentally'' before entering the 2017 season which wouldve been the season she wouldve broken Margret courts record. Had she never gotten preggo, she wouldve been down by now. She couldve retired in late 2017 or early 2018 officially as the greatest tennis player of all the time with the most grandlsams in history, and went on to have as many mixed babies as she wanted. Damn shame.

  • Renee26

    Chile I'm not buyin it... Imagine the sweat after one match. Ewww the funk would be unbearable ?

  • Connie

    Money for the best physical therapists.....although I don't think knee problems go away entirely.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I hope so, but it's going to get harder month by month though. Father Time is clearly starting to catch up to her. This might have been her best chance.

  • Roderick2011

    Serena needs to check her food on the day of her finals.
    During the tournament she looks fine and moves well. But she looks lethargic on the day of the finals.
    She can't move her feet which means her serving is crap.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    All athletes are superstitious, and I read on several places that she did not want Meghan to come because she 'always' loses when she is there. Say what you want about age, body, etc., but we all would notice if something 'always' happen whenever a family member or friend comes over. But don't listen to me, I'm superstitious too. LOL!

  • What???

    “Played well” is subjective and doesn’t mean anything. The male players advantage is that they’re Male. Period. She admitted she can’t beat em on TV. I know it’s hard to accept the athletic inferiority of women to men but if it makes you feel better, women are superior in carrying men’s babies to term than them.

  • Dontgetdraggedputa??

    Oh hush rena just need a moment to actually work on her body, shes bigger and slower now and she needs a break to focus on relearning her body thats all. I love my baby

  • Alextra Ballard

    I don’t know how true it is or how it affects their game,but I’ve heard a lot of professional athletes doesn’t engage in sex before a game?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Dropping about 20-25 pounds would probably help with her quickness too. She doesn't seem to have the same the quickness she had 5-10 years ago.

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  • Shawty

    Meagan is bad luck to Serena. She needs to stay at home and watch on TV like the rest of us.

  • Shawty

    The power was in the cat As long as she was wearing it, she was winning.

  • Nina Ross

    Yea she lost when Drake would go to matches as well

  • Undecided

    When Black ppl have babies with other races it sucks the life force out of you. Serena is done

  • the guest

    Serena shouldn’t retire, she needs a change of course. Serena needs 6 months strict Keto and Pilates to slim down and lean her muscles while retaining strength. She is too bulky to be as fast to compete with these lean muscular younger players.

    This is not about skinny. It’s about lean muscle rather than bulk muscle. Being lean, strong, and agile rather than bulky, strong, and weighted down.

    Serena slims down and strengthens, she will beat them all even at 45 years old. There are 45 year olds that can outrun and outplay teens and twenty somethings.

    And she should stay in until she get her 25th then 26th title (match and break the record) which she can do within five years if she takes a new course.

  • Bree

    So does Meghan's presence carry a curse?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Soooo it's this gonna be the excuse they give for her loosing?

  • Soon2BWife

    Morning! Wishing it was still Saturday but happy and blessed to be amongst the living!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Utterly ridiculous! People aren’t satisfied that she lost. Now they want her to sever ties with Meghan. Serena didn’t throw her tennis racket, so it’s now about “superstition!”

    This has more to do with Meghan, who many wouldn’t care if this Black woman hadn’t married into the royal family! Her maternal family didn’t clown, her mom is so low-key, more credential than most of her daughter’s haters!

    First it was about Serena beating Steffi Graf’s record, now it’s this player Margaret Court from the 1960s! They are trying to get in Serena’s head. Tiger Woods ignored his haters until he got another green jacket, in his 40s! But, Serena is only human, very head strong!

    Did “they” watch BLACK GIRLS ROCK last night? The HATE is real!

  • the guest

    Due to all the racist attacks on her black femininity since she was a little girl, Serena has long been showing signs of pressure to prove her femalesness, womanhood, and femininity.

    That’s why Serena married the first man who would marry her because she felt marriage, motherhood, and twerking in Beyoncé videos validated her femininity. She acted like her pregnancy was a surprise when she knowns darn well that she was trying to get pregnant.

    But she’s a pro athlete not a pop singer or fashion model and perhaps should have waited until after beating the record to get pregnant.

  • the guest

    She’s too darn bulky. She needs to lose weight and lean out her muscles.

  • LoveChild

    Is Kanye done? Is Lil Wayne done? Is Kobe done?

  • LoveChild

    Excuse me. Megan Markel is not black. She’s mixed. She’s never ever called herself a black woman not one time.

    Some other mixed chicks do identify as black like Halle Berry. But Megan Markel does not identify as black.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Most of the players will be younger, most due to injury won’t play and still win at Serena’s age! She’s wrapping it up, she trying to beat Margaret Court’s record.

    Plus, she has a clothing line and other merchandise that sells better than when she retires. She has endorsement deals, easy money! We as spectators want her to win, go out on top, well she is STILL on top!

    There’s no shame in being beaten, when others younger than you also lose! Also, no other active player is close to your wins, and, you still make it to the finals beating some younger players! Even Tiger Woods played on with YEARS of losses, until he won!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Well, this might be true on her part (it’s not like she was some superstar actress), I knew or saw little press about her, but WHITE PEOPLE definitely view her as black.

    When I first saw her on the show Suits, I thought she was mixed, and her dad on the show was black, mother white. They didn’t deal with color lines on the show. But, after the world saw her mother, Meghan was very much black in the minds of many!

  • LoveChild

    I disagree. I read lots of international news. She is seen as mixed.

    Some white people actually call her white as she has called herself white on her acting resume.

    It’s black Americans were trying to claim her as black and they look dumb AF doing it.

  • LoveChild

    Megan Markel has evil duplicitous energy. She’s a hustler and a con artist.

  • tia

    Nah, boo it just wasn't your time Serena. She'll be okay.

  • MistaO

    I don't think Kanye, Wayne or Kobe ever had any babies! Js....?

  • leapyearpisces

    So I see that were are still on the fugged up vibration from this weekend. Alright then. Yall have a good one, and be easy!

  • Skin Deep Beauty





    lol! Now you know you wrong for that, sir! ?

  • joel adams

    Maaaan Meghan living the GUUUUD life

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Well, mixed is a very common race description, esp. in Europe. I don’t claim any of these celebrities, I have my faves, but I [and many others, I presume] personally don’t live vicariously through them.

    Many Black people who “claim” her, [I believe] like that she disturbed the status quo of the British monarchy! I believe the consensus is she’s a mixed Black woman. She is mixed, biracial with a white father and a black mother.

    Also, they were a fan of hers [Rachel] from the show and her mother is undeniably black, If she doesn’t identify as black, oh well, her identify crisis!

  • LoveChild

    The whole world knows what her lineage is everybody knows she has a white father and a black mother that isn’t news.

    It’s very obvious she’s never identified as black. Black Americans are the main ones trying to claim her and she never claimed them it’s looking rather foolish.

  • Logan Roberts

    If Serena was so "worried" she should've told her friend not to come.

  • Undecided

    Yes Yes and Yes

  • Kimberly King

    Smh why is she worried about that white lady ? I'm sure she had proper security around her. Instead she should have been concerned about winning her 24th grand slam. She's lost some weight, but she could definitely lose more.

  • facingrealit1

    Motherhood will change your body in ways unimaginable not to mention age. Both times Serena was beaten by women that were almost 20 years younger than her.

  • Jessy

    The fact that Serena keeps reaching the Finals given age, a baby changing your body (and any other so called disadvantage she has) shows just how talented she is. Like, wow!

    Sidenote: I’d tell Meaghan to watch from home lol Better get your old friend Beyoncé to attend Serena. I recall you winning when her & Jay cheered you on! Lol

  • KLove

    I love watching Serena play....but I also think it may be time for her to hang it up fam....these young girls who werent even born yet when she first started winning are beating her...

  • Let them eat cake