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Published:May 29th, 2009 17:52 EST
Venus Williams pumping her fist after winning a point at the French Open

Venus Williams Drops Straight Sets In Third Round Loss

By Christopher HIllenbrand

Venus Williams bagels first set on her way to foregoing the next, thereby ending her campaign in the third round of the French Open for the third successive year.

The former number one player, who last appeared at the French Open final in 2002, was eliminated by 29th seed Hungarian Agnes Szavay 6-0, 6-4.

Venus Williams returning a shot

Williams has lost every Grand Slam finals match in which she had a bageled set. The current number three player, as of May 25th, has previously been a victim of winless sets during the 1997 U.S. Open against Martina Hingis, the 1999 Australian Open against Lindsey Davenport, the 2000 French Open against Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario and the 2006 Australian Open against Tsvetana Pironkova: all of which Williams eventually lost. She had also lost 9 other matches with entirely blundered sets in her professional career.

Agnes Szavay

"I had a tough day, and I didn`t get the ball in the court, and that didn`t help me at all," she said. "It was just a day where they didn`t go in. So it was a little difficult to recover from that first set. I`m used to beating people 6-0. I`m not used to my shot not going in and losing a set 6-0. So it completely was foreign ground for me."

The five-time Wimbledon champion was playing in her third consecutive match in as many days, and scraped by both of her first two matches with little ease. The U.S. third seed defeated fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round at Roland Garros but only after dropping the second set 4-6. She lost the first set of her second round match against Lucie Safarova 6-7 (5), before the game was allayed until Thursday because of darkness on the court. In the match`s resumption on Thursday, Williams converted a match point and two straight sets in the win over the Czech.

"Sometimes the more shots you miss, the harder it is to make the next one," Williams said. "It`s just so important to leave that miss in the past and move forward."