Serena, Venus Stunned Early in French Open
They'd have met in the next round otherwise
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 28, 2014 8:30 AM CDT
Serena Williams gestures after missing a return during the second round match of the French Open against Spain's Garbine Muguruza at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, May 28, 2014.    (Darko Vojinovic)

(Newser) – Instead of looking forward to playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early. The American sisters both lost to little-known opponents in the second round today. Serena, the defending French Open champion and a 17-time major winner, lost to Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2, 6-2. "I don't think anything worked for me today, which is just nothing really worked," Williams said. "I don't know anything that actually worked."

It is Serena's earliest exit at a major tournament since falling in the first round at Roland Garros two years ago. A short time earlier, older sister Venus was eliminated by Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, in a match where she wound up with 47 unforced errors, to Schmiedlova's 20. The Williams siblings would have met in the third round had they both won. They've only faced each other once before at Roland Garros, in the 2002 final.

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May 28, 2014 1:47 PM CDT
oh look an article on a professional legitimate sporting event where all competitors were fully cognizant of the who why when. interesting.
May 28, 2014 1:36 PM CDT
oh look bullshit.
May 28, 2014 9:03 AM CDT
They have been kicking a** for a long time... Through no fault of their own, people who are younger, at the peak of their game, have less injuries/more energy and maybe have a technique that's hard to match, are going to come along. It happens.