serena & drake

*There are moments when even the most gifted professional athletes experience crushing defeat.

Despite being heavily favored to win this year’s US Open, Serena Williams uncharacteristically wilted under pressure and fell short making sports history.

Although she has been on quite a roll in recent months, Williams couldn’t pull out a victory during her semi-finals match Thursday against the much lower ranked Roberta Vinci. Had she won, Williams would’ve advanced to the final round and moved a step closer toward completing a calendar-year grand slam, the first in more than two decades.

Williams’ die-hard fans are having a difficult time coping with her early exit from the tournament. Instead of accepting that she isn’t perfect, they have elected to shift blame on her on again-off-again love interest, hip hop mogul Drake.

The superstar rapper was shown on camera cheering in the stands as Williams fought to recapture momentum. When the match finally concluded, her supporters wasted no time flooding social media with half-baked conspiracy theories:

THIS IS WHY WE DON’T LET DRAKE HAVE NICE THINGS
— kylie (@kyliemcconv) September 11, 2015

I blame Drake.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) September 11, 2015

I TOLD YALL DRAKE AINT NO GOOD FOR SERENA, I TOLD YALL
— Tracy LaFway Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) September 11, 2015

Drake is the Jessica Simpson to Serena’s Tony Romo. #BlameDrake
— Madelyn Burke (@MadelynBurke) September 11, 2015

Drake jinxed Serena man
— b (@brandynmarshall) September 11, 2015

WE ALL KNEW THAT DRAKE/SERENA WAS GOING TO BE A MESS. LOOK WHAT HE DID.
— Andrei Damane (@AndreiDamane) September 11, 2015

Wherever drake cheers, losing follows. The curse continues.
— tᕼe ᒪᑌᑕᗩᔕ ᗷᖇOᔕ (@lucasbros) September 11, 2015

Drake strikes again. #Serena #upset #USOpen
— Steve Gorman SPORTS! (@SGSFOX) September 11, 2015