Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/29/12
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 after Serena led 5-1 in the second-set tiebreaker. The scoreboard revealed another stunning statistic about a half-hour before Razzano became a new national heroine -- Serena was trailing 5-0 in the final set. The idea of this great champion suffering a third-set drubbing of that magnitude seemed unreal, and Serena at least saved herself that humiliation by staging a defiant, if somewhat mindless, comeback against an opponent who was visibly suffering from leg cramps. And that was not all Razzano had to deal with. She was called for interference twice as a result of grunting, which seemed a little harsh c...
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