Serena Williams suffers another early exit in Paris


PARIS — Serena Williams’ French Open is over after a first-round loss in mixed doubles to go with her quick exit in singles.


Playing together for the first time, Williams and Bob Bryan were beaten 7-5, 3-6, 10-6 by Gisela Dulko and Eduardo Schwank at Roland Garros on Friday.

Williams was upset by 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in singles on Tuesday, the American’s only first-round loss in 47 Grand Slam tournaments.

She hadn’t played mixed doubles at a major tournament since the 1999 Australian Open, when she and Max Mirnyi lost in the final. Williams and Mirnyi won the 1998 Wimbledon and U.S. Open mixed doubles championships.

KNOCKED OUT: The big surprises came early in the day when third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic were eliminated.

Two days after beating Venus Williams, Radwanska was routed by 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-2.

The 13th-seeded Ivanovic lost to Sara Errani 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. It was only the second time in 39 matches that Errani has beaten a player ranked in the top 15.

EPIC POINT: Talk about leaving it all out on the court.

After quite a point at the French Open – 38 strokes over nearly a minute – France’s Richard Gasquet vomited right there on Court Suzanne Lenglen. His opponent, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, collapsed with a leg cramp and crawled on his hands and knees to a line judge’s chair.

It came 1 hour, 50 minutes into their second-round match Thursday, with Dimitrov serving at 7-5, 5-4, 30-40. Gaquet hit an overhead winner to break serve en route to a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Gasquet blamed his intestinal distress on some fruit, then joked: “The banana is still on Suzanne Lenglen. I was really feeling bad. But he was on the ground. He was even in a worse situation than I was.”



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