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Tennis: Serena, Venus crash out of French Open as Townsend strikes future blow

Published on May 29, 2014 6:37 AM
Serena Williams of USA takes on Garbine Muguruza of Spain during their second round match for the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, May 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: EPA

PARIS (AFP) - Defending champion and world number one Serena Williams was knocked out of the French Open by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday as the American star stumbled to her second worst Grand Slam defeat.

The top seed lost 6-2, 6-2 in the second round to the world number 35 with her defeat coming just an hour after sister Venus also went out, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Slovak teenager Anna Schmiedlova.

It was the earliest exit for a defending champion at Roland Garros since 2005 when Anastasia Myskina of Russia was eliminated in the first round.

With Li Na losing in the first round on Tuesday, Serena’s defeat marks the first time in the Open Era that the top two seeds had failed to get to the third round at a major.

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