Originally posted on The Mark Graham Sports Blog  |  Last updated 6/25/12

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Venus Williams of the United States of America serves in her quarterfinal match against Na Li of China during day ten of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Five time Wimbledon ladies champion Venus Williams has been eliminated from this year's Wimbledon, losing 6-1, 6-3 to Russian Elena Vesnina. It's the first time since 1997 that Venus had lost in the first round at the All England Club. Venus has been battling an autoimmune disease that she was diagnosed with during last years US Open. She lost in the second round of this year's French Open, her first Grand Slam tournament since being diagnosed. Williams lost her first five games to Vesnina, the 79th ranked player in the WTA. Venus played a better second set, but her serve was broken when she missed a forehand shot by Vesnina. Vesnina clinched the match on a service winner. Williams has played in 16 straight Wimbledon's and, before today, hadn't lost since her debut.
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