Venus Ousted in Round 2 of Aussie Open

Sixth seed loses to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 9:11 AM CST
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after winning his men's singles match against Roko Karanusic of Croatia at the Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne today.   (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)
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(Newser) – Venus Williams has never won an Australian Open, and she won't win this one. The seven-time Grand Slam champ lost today in the second round to unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, AFP reports. "I haven't quite figured out the areas of my game that went wrong, but I have to credit her," sixth-seeded Williams said after the 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 upset.

Her sister Serena is still alive after beating Argentina's Gisela Dulko—although not without a struggle. "Today I was at like a D-minus at best," she said. On the men's side, top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain moved into the third round after pounding Roko Karanusic of Croatia 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. " I feel very comfortable here, and I'm very happy with the victory," Nadal said.