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PHOTOS: Champion Serena follows Venus out of French Open

Last updated on: May 28, 2014 19:19 IST

PHOTOS: Champion Serena follows Venus out of French Open

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Defending champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams suffered a crushing 6-2, 6-2 defeat by Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday to follow her elder sister Venus out of the second Grand Slam of the year.

On a chilly day in Paris, Serena never looked the force that has won 17 major titles.

Her 20-year-old opponent broke the American's serve twice early in the first set and made the most of a series of unforced errors by Williams.

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Image: Serena Williams of the United States waves to the crowd as she leaves the court following her defeat in the women's singles match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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Serena never looked the force that won 17 major titles

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The 35th ranked Spaniard kept up the pressure and the match turned out to be a repeat of the nightmare of 2012, when Williams lost in the first round, rather than the glory of 2013 when she beat Maria Sharapova in the final.

A netted return from Williams sent the Spaniard into ecstasy and even Williams's mother, Oracene, smiled as Muguruza leapt about the court. "Of course, it's amazing," Muguruza said. "I had to be really aggressive and focused.

"Today is a great day. I'm so happy," she shouted.

Serena said: "It was just one of those days, you can't be on (your game) every day. It's not the end of the world, there's always next year."

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Image: Garbine Muguruza returns a shot to Serena.
Photographs: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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Venus first seed to lose in second round

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Venus Williams felt the chill of defeat when she became the first seed to lose in the second round, falling 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia.

The 29th seed, wearing long sleeves to stay warm in temperatures of 14 Celsius, has never won the claycourt Grand Slam in 16 visits and the former world No.1, now 32, may have to accept she never will.

Schmiedlova, aged 19 and ranked 56 in the world, wasted two match points on Williams's serve before the American hit wide to set up a third, and she won the match with a fine backhand cross court.

"This is the biggest win of my life," said Schmiedlova, who broke down when expressing how much Venus had meant to her when she was growing up. "Now I want to beat the other one."

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Image: Venus Williams of the United States returns a shot during her women's singles match against Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia
Photographs: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

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Schmiedlova stole Venus's thunder

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The defeat spoiled the chances of a Williams family reunion in the third round, between Venus and her younger sister Serena.

Venus had got off to a solid start against Schmiedlova, winning four games in a row to take the opening set.

Her opponent, however, stepped up a gear and after an early exchange of breaks, stole the nine-times Grand Slam champion's serve in the seventh game of the second set and levelled the contest when her opponent netted a forehand.

Schmiedlova pulled through thanks to a series of fine passing shots.

Venus was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease in September 2011 and since losing in the fourth round of Wimbledon that year, has lost in the first or second round of every Grand Slam she has taken part in with the exception of the 2013 Australian Open, where she reached the third round.

Russian Mikhail Youzhny, the men's 15th seed, joined her in heading for the exit when he lost 6-0, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to Czech Radek Stepanek.

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Image: Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia stretches to hit a return to Venus Williams.
Photographs: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

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Bouchard survives a tough battle against Goerges

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Eugenie Bouchard, the 18th seed, recovered from a slow start in chilly conditions to beat Julia Goerges of Germany in three sets, winning eight in a row to set up her winning position.

Goerges made the most of the Canadian's early lethargy to break Bouchard's serve in the third game and she took the first set when her opponent double-faulted.

But Bouchard began to move better and find her range, and she was soon chasing Goerges along the baseline with her accuracy and depth of shot.

After breaking for 3-2 in the second set, she did not lose another game until she served for the match as Goerges lost hope and accuracy, spraying the ball long and wide.

The German regained some pride by breaking back for 5-1 but the end was not long delayed and Bouchard won 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Gilles Simon, the 29th seed in the men's draw, eased past Alejandro Gonzales of Colombia 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.


Image: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns a shot during her women's singles match against Julia Goerges of Germany
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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