NEW YORK -- If Serena Williams' U.S. Open loss to Roberta Vinciseemed inexplicable, one popular theory is circulating about it on social media.
Rapper Drake was in the stands rooting on Williams, and even before Friday he had developed a reputation as bad luck for teams and athletes.
Hang around Drake too long, the evidence is starting to mount, and stunning losses happen. Case in point: Kentucky basketball, whose undefeated season ended in -- sound familiar? -- the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament against Wisconsin.
Soon after Williams' bid for the first Grand Slam since 1988 came to a halt in shocking fashion, the hashtags "blamedrake" and "drakecurse" started to trend on Twitter.
Though some did come to the defense of the famous rapper.
The 35-year-old Williams was the favorite to win. This was Serena's 19th time being the No.1 seed at a Grand Slam, according to the Women's Tennis Association. She has won more WTA titles than anyone else this year.