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Virginie Razzano got to smile a really big smile at the French Open for the first time in years.
The little-known Frenchwoman played at Roland Garros last year barely a week after the death of her coach and fiance. But on Tuesday, Razzano did what no woman has even done before: she beat Serena Williams in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament.
After defeating Williams 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, Razzano says ''maybe it's a new Virginie. I don't know.''
Williams entered the French Open with a perfect 46-0 record in first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments. Thirteen of those ended up with titles, including the 2002 French Open.
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In one of the most dramatic and scarcely believable duels ever played out on the Center Court at Roland Garros, Serena Williams lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. In her 47th such event.
Williams, the No. 5 seed, was a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 loser Tuesday to 29-year-old French player Virginie Razzano, who is ranked 111th in the world. The loss came...
Much of the tennis world will likely need the rest of the day to figure out exactly what happened to Serena Williams in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday. Believe it or not, Serena is out of the tournament. In a match that lasted 23 minutes, the 5th-seeded Williams lost to a little-known player who is ranked 111th in the world named Virginie Razzano. Williams lost 6-4...
Razzano-Williams French Open Boxscore By The Associated Press Tuesday At Stade Roland Garros Paris First Round Virginie Razzano def. Serena Williams (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Razzano Williams
1st Serve Percentage 66 53
Aces 4 6
Double Faults 8 4
Unforced Errors 36 47
1st Serve Winning Pct. 60 68
2nd Serve Winning Pct. 53 47
Winners (including service) 30 39
Break Points 4-10...
For the first time in her career, Serena Williams has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament. Williams fell to Virginie Razzano of France 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 on Tuesday in Paris at the French Open.
Williams was well in command up 5-1 in the second set tiebreak when Razzano reeled off six straight points to win the tiebreak and the set.
Razzano went up 5-0 in the third...