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Venus Williams Loses In French Open 1st Round For First Time Since 2001

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Venus Williams reacts after losing a point to Urszula Radwanska during their French Tennis Open first round match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, on May 26, 2013. | Getty Images

PARIS -- Venus Williams lost in the French Open's first round for the first time since 2001, beaten 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 Sunday by 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland.

The quick exit for Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, came a year after her younger sister Serena was upset in the first round at Roland Garros.

Radwanska also has a sister who plays professional tennis, Agnieszka, who was the runner-up to Serena at Wimbledon last year and is seeded No. 4 at the French Open.

Venus Williams now has two first-round losses in the past four Grand Slam tournaments. Her defeat at Wimbledon last June was the first time she'd left a major championship that early since she lost in the first round of the Australian Open 6 1/2 years earlier.

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