French open

Venus Williams loses in first round of French Open

The Associated PressMay 26, 2013 

  • Sunday’s results

    Men’s First Round

    Milos Raonic (14), Canada, def. Xavier Malisse, Belgium, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

    Kevin Anderson (23), South Africa, def. Illya Marchenko, Ukraine, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

    Blaz Kavcic, Slovenia, def. James Duckworth, Australia, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

    Joao Sousa, Portugal, def. Go Soeda, Japan, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.

    Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain, def. Gilles Muller, Luxembourg, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

    Gilles Simon (15), France, def. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia, 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5.

    Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, def. Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.

    Sam Querrey (18), United States, def. Lukas Lacko, Slovakia, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

    Jan Hajek, Czech Republic, def. Denis Kudla, United States, 6-2, 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.

    Jeremy Chardy (25), France, def. Benjamin Becker, Germany, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.

    Somdev Devvarman, India, def. Daniel Munoz-de la Nava, Spain, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.

    Andreas Seppi (20), Italy, def. Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4.

    David Ferrer (4), Spain, def. Marinko Matosevic, Australia, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

    Michael Llodra, France, def. Steve Darcis, Belgium, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

    Viktor Troicki, Serbia, def. James Blake, United States, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

    Marcel Granollers (31), Spain, vs. Feliciano Lopez, Spain, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, susp., darkness.

    Women’s First Round

    Ana Ivanovic (14), Serbia, def. Petra Martic, Croatia, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

    Sara Errani (5), Italy, def. Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, 6-1, 6-2.

    Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (19), Russia, def. Andrea Hlavackova, Czech Republic, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

    Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic, def. Olga Puchkova, Russia, 6-0, 6-2.

    Serena Williams (1), United States, def. Anna Tatishvili, Georgia, 6-0, 6-1.

    Caroline Garcia, France, def. Yuliya Beygelzimer, Ukraine, 6-3, 6-4.

    Mallory Burdette, United States, def. Donna Vekic, Croatia, 6-3, 6-4.

    Yulia Putintseva, Kazakhstan, def. Ayumi Morita, Japan, 6-2, 6-3.

    Monica Puig, Puerto Rico, def. Nadia Petrova (11), Russia, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

    Sabine Lisicki (32), Germany, def. Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden, 6-3, 6-4.

    Shelby Rogers, United States, def. Irena Pavlovic, France, 6-3, 6-4.

    Dinah Pfizenmaier, Germany, def. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg, 7-5, 6-1.

    Virginie Razzano, France, def. Claire Feuerstein, France, 7-6 (6), 6-4.

    Sorana Cirstea (26), Romania, def. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.

    Galina Voskoboeva, Kazakhstan, def. Grace Min, United States, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

    Urszula Radwanska, Poland, def. Venus Williams (30), United States, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4.

— Grimacing after some poor shots, leaning over with hands on knees while catching her breath after others, Venus Williams left the French Open after the first round for the first time since 2001.

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion seeded 30th, lost 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 Sunday to 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland, who never has been past the second round of a major tournament.

The quick exit for Williams, who was broken 11 of the 17 times she served, came a year after she lost in the second round at Roland Garros to Radwanska’s older sister, Agnieszka, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up.

Williams’ younger sister Serena made a fluent return to the clay-court major tournament in the early afternoon Sunday, overwhelming 74th-ranked Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-1

With shadows creeping across the court in the early evening, Venus had a much tougher time against Urszula, who is far-less-accomplished than Agnieszka, the French Open’s fourth seed.

Venus was one of two seeded players — men or women — to lose on Day 1: Monica Puig of Puerto Rico surprised No. 11 Nadia Petrova of Russia 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Otherwise, results went to form, with 17-time major champion Roger Federer picking up a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory against a guy making his Grand Slam debut, Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, while No. 4 David Ferrer, No. 14 Milos Raonic of Canada and No. 18 Sam Querrey of the United Sates also were among the winners.

Venus, 32 and still learning to live with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, has two first-round losses in the past four Grand Slam tournaments. Her defeat at Wimbledon last June was the first time she’d left a major championship that early since she lost in the first round of the Australian Open 61/2 years earlier.

In a sign of the way things would develop, Venus was broken at love in the first game.

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