Venus Williams upset in Paris, falls in third round

A day after saving a match point in her previous match, Venus Williams was knocked out of the Roland Garros third round by Hungarian Agnes Szavay 6-0, 6-4.

The 7-time Grand Slammer was unable to find the game that got her past Lucie Safarova the day before, spraying balls and hitting 23 errors to Agnes' 18. It was Venus' third straight day of action after her second round match was played over two days.

The former No. 1 lost in the same round last year falling in straight sets to Italy's Flavia Pennetta. Agnes will now face Slovak Dominika Cibulkova for a spot in the Roland Garros quarterfinals.

I have to say this is a pretty big upset since V was coming in as the third best lady baller in the world and had already won a clay-court title this season in Acapulco. As I mentioned in my preview, she needed to find the right balance of controlled aggression with her groundies to have a chance at lifting her first Roland Garros title. But it seems her unforced errors were her own undoing in this match.

Rich Rodriguez writes the tennis blog Down the Line!

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