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Title-holder Serena Williams knocked out of French Open

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Defending champion Serena Williams was sensationally knocked out of the French Open on Wednesday in just over an hour in a shocking second-round 6-2, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Spanish world No. 35 Garbine Muguruza.

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Williams is now the first defending champion to exit the tournament so early since Russian Anastasia Myskina lost in the first round in 2005.

The women's competition has been blown wide open as Williams joins second seed Li Na of China on the list of top casualties to crash out.

Any hopes of a third round clash between the Williams sisters went up in smoke earlier on Wednesday when Venus was knocked out by teenager Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

However, the elimination of world No. 1 Serena, who won a career best 11 titles last year including the French Open and the US Open, sent a buzz of shock around Roland Garros.

The 32-year-old was also eliminated in the first round in 2012, her earliest Grand Slam exit since 2008 when she only reached the third round in Paris.

It was also the first time she had never reached the second week of a Grand Slam after coming into the tournament as top seed.

Her curse of failing to defend her title in Paris continues, the only one of the majors she is yet to retain successfully.

For 20-year-old Muguruza, the win is the biggest of her young career as the Barcelona native took advantage of 29 unforced errors from Williams, who hit only eight winners all match.

"I really didn't expect that but I'm really happy," she said.

"I had to be aggressive and I did it well. Serena is a great champion but today is a great day for me."

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

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