Venus Williams loses in French Open’s 1st round
PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams lost in the French Open’s first round for the first time since 2001, beaten 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 Sunday by 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland.
The quick exit for Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, came a year after her younger sister Serena was upset in the first round at Roland Garros.
Radwanska also has a sister who plays professional tennis, Agnieszka, who was the runner-up to Serena at Wimbledon last year and is seeded No. 4 at the French Open.
Venus Williams now 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 6½ years earlier.