For the first time in her career, Serena Williams has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament. Williams fell to Virginie Razzano of France 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 on Tuesday in Paris at the French Open.
Williams was well in command up 5-1 in the second set tiebreak when Razzano reeled off six straight points to win the tiebreak and the set.
Razzano went up 5-0 in the third set when Williams took three consecutive games to close it to 5-3. In the ninth game Williams could not take advantage of five break points which would have put the set back on serve.
“I was just thinking, if I can break here we’ll be back on serve,” Williams said.
Razzano finally held serve to win the match, winning on her eighth match point.
“I made so many errors today, which isn’t the game I was playing in the past,” Williams said. “That’s life.”
Going into Tuesdayâ€™s play Williams was 46-0 in first round matches in majors. She was also 17-0 on clay this year.
Razzano reflected on the victory,”I had to dig deep against a great champion and you could see until the end that she gave away nothing. I had to go and get the victory. I had to be mentally strong, and I gave my everything.”
Razzano has now won four of her last six Â matches against top five ranked opponents.
Second seed Maria Sharapova had an easy day in Paris demolishing Romanian Alexandra Cadantu 6-0 6-0 to advance to the second round. The Russian won the match in 48 minutes.
Sharapova can move up to No. 1 in the world with a Roland Garros title.
The woman who dubbed herself â€œcow on iceâ€ when moving on clay, nailed 18 winners against her opponent. She could complete a career slam if she wins the tournament.
Cadantuâ€™s assessment of Sharapova:”She has a good game. She can make it here.”
No. 2 Rafael Nadal began his campaign for his seventh French Open title with an easy 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over Simone Bolelli.
“I think I did what I had to do today,” said Nadal. “I played probably with less stress or nerves than in other first rounds in the past.”
Nadal improves his record at the French Open to 46-1.