Quick losses for US women, including Venus, in French's 2nd round

5:33 PM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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PARIS (AP) - Melanie Oudin and other young American women are finding the going much tougher in the second round of the French Open.

The three U.S. women on court early Wednesday at Roland Garros lost, including 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Oudin, who was eliminated by 21st-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 6-3.

Two others from the United States also exited in straight sets against seeded opponents.

Vania King was beaten by No. 15 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-0, 6-2, while Irina Falconi lost 6-1, 6-4 to No. 6 Sam Stosur, the reigning U.S. Open champion.

U.S. women got off to a 10-0 start at Roland Garros before the other two entrants lost. Still, the 10 into the second round were the most at the French Open since 11 in 2003. 

Venus Williams followed little sister Serena out of the French Open.

The elder Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, lost to third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday in the second round.

Williams was playing at a major tournament for the first time since last August, when she withdrew before her second-round match at the U.S. Open. It was then that she revealed she had been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, a condition that can cause fatigue and joint pain.

On Tuesday, Serena Williams lost in the first round of a major tournament for the first time, falling to Virginie Razzano of France 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3.


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