Serena Williams’s hopes of a fourth consecutive major championship ended Tuesday night

Serena Williams’ legendary tennis career likely over after third-round singles’ play loss at US Open

In this April 24, 2018, photo, Serena Williams, left, looks on while play during her second match of the mixed doubles quarterfinals against Elena Vesnina, during the US Open tournament in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

In this April 24, 2018, photo, Serena Williams, left, looks on while play during her second match of the mixed doubles quarterfinals against Elena Vesnina, during the US Open tournament in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Serena Williams’s hopes of a fourth consecutive major championship ended Tuesday night — she was beaten 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 by China’s Zheng Jie in the third round of the US Open.

Williams finished the match without a single break point, the first time she has ever lost a Grand Slam singles match in the second round, according to ESPN. That is a big blow after it was believed she had built momentum during the first week of Wimbledon.

When Williams was beaten in the first round at the U.S. Open two years ago she had not had a single break point at any point of the match. She played a stunning comeback in her final-set win over Simona Halep — and finished with 26 unforced errors.

Williams had a strong performance in the opening matches at Wimbledon, including a stunning comeback against the world No. 1, and she is ranked No. 2 in the world. But her final-set win against Halep seemed to put Williams’s chances in jeopardy.

“I saw Serena’s match against Halep today, and I saw Serena getting upset at the beginning,” Serena Williams said during a televised interview from Beijing on the eve of the US Open, “and I saw that she had an extremely difficult time against Halep.”

Ahead of the match, Williams said it was “a little bit

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