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Golovin Ousts Venus at Family Circle Cup

April 14, 2005

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Defending champion Venus Williams blamed exhaustion for her upset loss Thursday to Tatiana Golovin at the Family Circle Cup.

Williams lost 7-5, 6-4 on a blustery day. It was the first time this year that Golovin, a Frenchwoman ranked No. 25 in the world, had beaten a top-10 player.

``I just kept making error after error. It was a comedy of errors,″ said the fourth-seeded Williams, who played Wednesday night and then had to play again at 1 p.m. ``It was windy out there and I just had a quick turnaround from the last match and my feet never moved.″

Williams, ranked No. 8 in the world, said she had a mental letdown during the match because of all the tennis she has played in the past four weeks.

``I just felt pretty dead,″ Williams said, quickly adding with a laugh: ``But I’m alive.″

It was the first career meeting between Williams and Golovin.

``I have played against a few top-10 players already and, you know, I always kept losing in three sets,″ Golovin said. ``I think I was just more really ready to beat a top-10 player.″

Golovin advanced to play seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia in Friday’s quarterfinals. Petrova was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Jelena Kostanic of Croatia.

Justine Henin-Hardenne defeated Iveta Benesova 6-2, 6-3 and will face the winner of Thursday evening’s match between top-ranked Lindsay Davenport and qualifier Viktoriya Kutuzova.

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