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Tennis: Venus knocked out in Roland Garros opener

AFP , Sunday 27 Sep 2020
Venus Williams of the US reacts as she plays against Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova during their women's singles first round tennis match at the Simonne Mathieu court on Day 1 of The Roland Garros 2020 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on September 27, 2020. AFP
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Venus Williams suffered a third successive first round exit at the French Open on Sunday as she lost in straight sets to Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

The 40-year-old Williams, runner-up at Roland Garros to sister Serena in 2002, was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by an opponent who snapped a 12-match Grand Slam losing streak.

It marked Williams' third first round defeat in a row at a Slam after exiting the US Open and Australian Open at the same stage.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion has not been past the third round at a major since 2017. She has lost eight of nine matches on tour this year.

Williams dropped serve six times in cold, blustery conditions in Paris as Schmiedlova registered her first main draw victory at a Slam since the 2015 US Open.

Her reward is a second round tie against two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka.

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