Serena Williams crashes out at 1st round in French Open
PARIS: Serena Williams crashed to the worst Grand Slam defeat of her career on Tuesday when she slumped to a dramatic and thrilling 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 French Open loss to France’s world 111 Virginie Razzano.
It was the 30-year-old American’s first ever quit at the opening round stage of her 47-event Grand Slam career and her very earliest loss at a major since she was knocked out of the Australia Open second round by sister Venus in 1998.
On a nights incredible stress on Philippe Chatrier Court, Williams saved 7 match points in the 9th game of the nerve-jangling decider.
“I fought until the end. You (the crowd) gave me your energy. I’m gonna have to rest. Thank you all for your support,” said a breathless Razzano after a 3 hour battle.
Williams had the late evening match in her hands when she led by a set and 5/1 in the second set tiebreak as she looked set for a routine win.
But Razzano, the favorite of the Paris crowd after playing the 2011 French Open just days after the loss of life of her fiance from a brain tumor, then reeled off the next six points of the breaker to level the tie.
Amidst growing stress and emotion, Williams, a 13 time Grand Slam title winner, appeared to cry as she sat in her courtside chair ahead of the final set.