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31-May-2012  
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Serena Williams succumbed to a dramatic 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 defeat against world number 111 Virginie Razzano of France in the French Open first round.

It is the first time the fifth-seeded 2002 champion has lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam event. “There is no excuse,” admitted Williams after the match. “I made so many errors today. I just didn’t play at all.”

Second seed Maria Sharapova, who has never reached the final, beat Alexandra Cadantu 6-0 6-0 in only 48 minutes. Williams was at the top of Sharapova’s section of the draw and the two were expected to meet at the quarter-final stage.

But the 30-year-old American squandered a 5-1 lead in the second set tie-break and lost in three hours, three minutes.

Having lost six points in succession in that tie-break, Williams then conceded the first five games of the deciding set.

Razzano, who has never gone beyond the fourth round, was struggling with cramp and lost three games in a row, but in a 25-minute final game containing 12 deuces, the 29-year-old finally prevailed on her eighth match point.

“I just felt I couldn’t get a ball in play. When I did, I just felt like I was hitting late and, I mean, how can you hit late on a clay court?” Williams said.“I was definitely nervous, which I think is healthy, but there are no excuses.”

A delighted Razzano thanked the boisterous home support at the end of the match. “You [the crowd] gave me your energy. I’m gonna have to rest. Thank you all for your support,” she said.
 
 
 
 
 

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