Serena Williams has lost to world number 111

Fifth seed Serena Williams has lost to world number 111, Virginie Razzano in of French Open at The Roland Garros, Paris. She suffered a dramatic 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 loss against the world number 111 from France in the first round. This is the first time that the 2002 champion has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event. Speaking after the match she said, “There is no excuse, I made so many errors today. I just didn’t play at all. 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? I was definitely nervous, which I think is healthy but there are no excuses”.

Williams was expected to meet Sharapova at the quarter final stage and was at the top of Sharapova section of the draw but the 30 year old lost the 5-1 lead opportunity in the second tie-break and lost in three hours, three minutes. And having lost six points in succession in the tie-break she conceded in the deciding set. Sharapova seeded second who has never reached the final of the event beat Alexandra Cadantu 6-0 6-0 in 48 minutes. Razzano struggled with cramps and lost three games in a row but in the 25-minute decider containing 12 deuces she finally got a breakthrough on her 8th match point. An ecstatic Razzano at the end of the match thanked the home support and said, “You gave me your energy. I’m going to have to rest. Thank you all for your support, I knew I had it in me and I dug deep inside myself to find it”.

Sharapova, a semi-finalist in 2007, will next go up against Ayumi Morita of Japan. She is in good form after winning titles in Stuttgart and Rome, French Open being the only title which eludes her. Former world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki beat Elini Daniilidou of Greece 6-0 6-1. Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova beat wildcard entry Ashleigh Barty of Australia who only turned 16 last month making her the youngest player in this year’s draw. Francesca Sciavone of Italy, winner of the 2010 French Open, beat 41 year old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan, the 3rd oldest woman to play at the Roland Garros. 22nd seed Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Great Arn of Hungary 6-4 6-4 and faces Melinda Czink also of Hungary in the next round.

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