Serena Williams has an amazing record at Wimbledon, but here's the story behind her losses

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WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams has played 100 matches since she first came to Wimbledon in 1998 and has only lost 10 of those encounters. It’s common knowledge that she’s won the title here at the All England Club seven times and is hoping for an eighth this week.

But of equal interest is the story behind some of her losses. Here’s a look at what’s happened on some of the occasions when Williams has not taken the Wimbledon trophy home.

  • Her worst loss came in 2005 when as the fourth-ranked player she fell to 85th-ranked American Jill Craybas 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the third round.
  • She’s never lost before the third round here, and she’s fallen in that round three times. Besides the 2005 loss to Craybas, she also fell in the third round in her first appearance at Wimbledon in 1998. She was trailing Virginia Ruano…

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