26th May, 2013
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams crashed to her earliest French Open defeat in 12 years Sunday when she lost 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 to Poland’s Urszula Radwanska.
The 32-year-old Williams, giving away 10 years to her opponent, had only once suffered a first round exit at Roland Garros, back in 2001 when she was defeated by Barbara Schett.
Troubled by a back injury in recent weeks, the 30th-seeded American had mounted a stirring comeback in the second set tiebreak, clawing her way back from 0/4 down to reel off seven points in succession.
But the effort was too much for the veteran as Radwanska, the younger sister of world number four Agnieszka, took the tie on a second match point to make the last 64 for the second year in succession.
She will face German qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier