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French Open: Urszula Radwanska tops Venus Williams

PARIS — Grimacing after some poor shots, leaning forward with hands on knees while catching her breath after others, Venus Williams left the French Open after the first round for the first time since 2001.

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player seeded 30th at Roland Garros, felt hampered by a bad back, had problems with her serve — all sorts of strokes, actually — and lost, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, on Sunday to 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland, who never has been past the second round of a major tournament.

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