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Serena Williams knocked out of French Open

2014-05-28 17:57:15

Serena Williams

Defending champion Serena Williams followed sister Venus out of the French Open on a dramatic fourth day.

Serena lost 6-2 6-2 to Spain's Garbine Muguruza after Venus had been beaten 2-6 6-3 6-4 by Slovakian Anna Schmiedlova at Roland Garros.

It is the first time in her career that Serena has failed to reach the second week of a Grand Slam as the top seed.

It means a projected third-round clash between the Williams sisters will now feature Muguruza and Schmiedlova.

Serena Williams

    • Serena and Venus Williams last lost on the same day
      at a Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2011


  • Serena's 6-2 6-2 defeat is her worst in terms of
    scoreline in her 16-year Grand Slam career

Muguruza, 20, took full advantage of a very out-of-sorts Williams on a cool and breezy Court Suzanne Lenglen.

The 32-year-old American made 29 errors and just eight winners in a 64-minute defeat that means she will not add to her 17 Grand Slam titles this fortnight.

"It was one of those days," said the 2002 and 2013 champion.

"You can't be on every day, and, gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam. It happens, you know. It's not the end of the world. It is what it is.

"I think she played really well and she played really smart.

"You know, it's great, because I'm going to go home and work five times as hard to make sure I never lose again."

She looked inexplicably underpowered as her usually mighty serve failed to win enough free points and the rest of her game disintegrated.

There was a brief moment of hope for coach Patrick Mouratoglou in the stands when his charge got a break back at 3-1 down in the second set, but a dreadful service game followed as she was broken for the fourth time to love.

The world number one looked as bemused as those watching, shaking her head and looking to the sky, while Muguruza remained impressively calm at the other end of the court.

The Venezuelan-born Barcelona resident recovered from 0-40 to move 5-1 ahead, as dark clouds gathered, before coolly serving out her first ever win over a top-five player to love.

Muguruza said: "I was thinking I have a chance. I have to play really good to win.

"There was a moment in the last games of the match, I was like, 'Oh, my God, I'm winning the set,' and then 4 1 or something like this.

"I was nervous, but I said, 'OK, be calm. She's also nervous. I have the opportunity, so I have to continue like this to win.'"

Serena said: "I just can't serve. I mean, my serve hasn't been good yet. I can't say this whole tournament, because my tournament didn't last long, but just in general."

Asked to describe her year, she added: "My first few months I don't think have been great at all. I haven't got past the fourth round of a Grand Slam this year.

"I have a couple of words to describe it, but I think that would be really inappropriate so I'm going to leave it at that."

Venus Williams, 33, had earlier made a strong start before losing eight of nine games on her way to defeat against 19-year-old Schmiedlova on Court Philippe Chatrier.

"I felt like this was a match that I was most likely going to win," said Venus. "I don't know how Serena felt, but I'm sure she feels like that every time she goes on the court.

"So I think our expectation was to play in the next round."


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