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Error-strewn Williams ousted in Oz

Venus Williams became the first major casualty of the Australian Open after a shocking second-round loss (2-6, 6-3, 7-5) to Carla Suarez Navarro on Thursday.

Updated: January 22, 2009, 5:02 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The expression on Oracene Price's face said it all.

Deep in the third set on another nervy occasion at a Grand Slam, Price dipped her head, then shook it after daughter Venus Williams attempted a risky drive volley against plucky Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. Williams found the corner at 3-1, but the joy was short-lived. Minutes later, the almost unfathomable happened -- Williams blew a 5-2 lead and one match point to exit 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Earlier Thursday, ...

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