Venus fades, falls in French Open first round

Updated: May 29, 2013, 4:01 PM ET
By Jim Caple | espnW.com

PARIS -- The 2013 French Open began Sunday morning with top-ranked Serena Williams dispatching her opponent 6-0, 6-1 in just 51 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier. It ended in the evening, with the sunlight fading on elder sister Venus as she lost a three-hour, 19-minute marathon match to Urszula Radwanska.

Playing with an ailing back that limits her famous serve, Venus lost 6-7, 7-6, 4-6. At one point late in the match, a chant of "Let's go Venus! Let's go Venus!" broke out among ...

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