Serena Williams: What Does French Open Upset Mean for Her Legendary Career?

Dan RenfroCorrespondent IIIMay 29, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29:  Serena Williams of USA shows her frustration during her women's singles first round match between Serena Williams of USA and Virginie Razzano of France during day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Once again, Serena Williams leaves tennis fans scratching their heads.

As the No. 5 player in the world, Williams was expected to do decently well at the French Open. Being who she is, people expected her to do exceptionally well.

Unfortunately, Williams added another smudge to her resume.

In the first round of the French Open, Williams lost to the 115th ranked player in the world, Virginie Razzano. The hometown hero took over the match and sent Williams home early.

During the match, as the fans were getting into it, Razzano took a bathroom break and Williams all but lost it (via Yahoo! sports). The meltdown was startling to see, but it signified Williams fall from grace.

At Wimbledon in 2010, Williams won her 13th Grand Slam. Since then, she has only made it past the fourth round once in a Grand Slam. Injuries, poor play and an apparent lack of desire have littered Williams' career.

Williams was once considered the greatest in the world. Now we are wondering if she will ever see another final.

There is no doubt Williams is one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. However, as her career arcs downward, she is only leaving a stale taste in her fans' mouths.

Williams always left people thinking she could have been more. She had great talent and coaching, but she never seemed to want it. In January, she described tennis like it was a regrettable relationship she couldn't get out of (via ESPN).

Williams never wanted it like her father wanted her to have it. She never wanted to beat anyone but Venus. She never wanted to be legendary like we wanted.

Why didn't she? If she wanted it, could Williams be the greatest of all time? She had the talent and we were confused as to why she didn't have the desire.

For her entire career, even when she was winning consistently, Williams was letting people down. At this point, she will be remembered as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time and the defining player of her generation.

Nevertheless, Williams always managed to fall short of expectations. No, it isn't fair. It is just the way great players that leave something on the table are viewed. This first-round loss exemplifies her persona. No matter how much Williams wins, we always want more from her.

Once again, she leaves us disappointed and confused.