Serena Stunned at French Open

    Serena Williams of the US kneels on the clay in her first round match against Virginie Razzano of France at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday May 29, 2012. Razzano won in three sets, 6-4, 6-7. 3-6. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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    Game, set, match…Virginie Razzano? Tennis fans around the world were scratching their heads on Tuesday as French Open favorite Serena Williams crashed out of the year’s second big tournament with a first-round loss to the Frenchwoman, 4–6, 7–6 (5), 6–3. The loss was the first time Williams, a 13-time major champion, had suffered defeat in the first round of a grand slam in 47 appearances, dating back to 1998. World No. 111 Razzano became just the fourth player ranked outside the top 100 to beat Williams on the pro circuit. Williams led the second-set tiebreak 5–1 before losing six straight points, and could not dig herself out of a 5–0 hole in the deciding set. “You know, that’s life,” she told the press in Paris after her exit.

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