In the moments immediately following her stunningly early exit from the 2012 French Open, as her eyes welled with tears and she bemoaned how she's ''been through so much in my life,'' Serena Williams could not possibly find anything positive to take from the experience.
How could she?
For the first -- and, so far, only -- time in her career, Williams lost her opening match at a Grand Slam tournament. Not merely that, but a woman many considered the favorite to leave with the title lost to a woman ranked 111th and with 20 first-round losses in 46 previous major championships. And, surely adding to her disappointment, Williams lost after having been two points from victory against France's Virginie Razzano.
When the 31-year-old American returns to Court Philippe Chatrier to play Anna Tatishvili on Sunday -- the schedule for Day 1 of the 2013 French Open also features Williams' older sister, 30th-seeded Venus, and 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer -- she will do so with a di...