1. Last Hurrah?

    Venus Williams Out at U.S. Open

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Venus Williams of the United States reacts during her women's singles second round match against Jie Zheng of China on Day Three of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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    Is she winding down? It looked that way when Venus Williams lost to China’s Zheng Jie at the U.S. Open on Wednesday night, her third straight second-round loss at the tournament. Venus came into the tournament with limited play due to a back injury and quickly dropped the first set. But she held on, making the match the longest in the women’s singles draw so far at more than three hours. Venus won the second set and took the match to a third-set tiebreaker, where Zheng’s consistency finally overwhelmed her. “Really, she played well,” Venus said. “She just went for every shot.”

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