Serena Williams loss at French Open, an unprecedented stumble (+video)
Serena Williams entered the day with a 46-0 record in first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments. Serena Williams lost Virginie Razzano of France 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 Tuesday at the French Open.
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Maria Sharapova was nearly perfect in her match, winning all 12 games to produce a "double bagel." And Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced by beating junior Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty 6-1, 6-2.
Sharapova routed Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-0, 6-0 on Court Suzanne Lenglen, needing just 48 minutes to advance to the second round. She finished the match with 18 winners, while Cadantu had zero, but had to save three break points.
"No matter how good or bad they're playing, you still have to win that match," Sharapova said. "It's always about who takes their chances."
Sharapova, who lost in this year's Australian Open final, is looking to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the title at Roland Garros.
The Russian has won the other three Grand Slam titles, but she has never reached the final at Roland Garros. Last year, however, she equaled her best result by making the semifinals.
"I feel like with every year I have improved and I enjoy it much more," Sharapova said. "I think I learn a lot more about the game and the point construction. I feel like I'm moving a lot better than I did years previously, which has helped me a lot in the recovery process within the point."
She moved well enough against Cadantu, a 22-year-old Romanian who was making her French Open debut.
"For me, to have that big crowd, it was a lot," Cadantu said after playing on the second biggest stadium at Roland Garros. "I enjoyed it a lot."
Kvitova lost the opening game in her match against the 16-year-old Barty, but then won six straight in the first set and again raced through the second set despite being broken once.
"She has a big serve with kicks and good forehand," Kvitova said of the Australian teen. "She has very good touch."
The left-handed Czech won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last year, and then won the WTA Championships. Although she has yet to win a title in 2012, she is seeded fourth at Roland Garros and is expected to make it deep into the tournament.
Barty is the youngest player in the draw at the French Open, one of only eight teenagers entered. The Australian received a wild-card invitation to compete in Paris.
"It was tough out there today," Barty said. "I didn't play my best tennis, but she didn't allow me to. I was out there giving it my all, but unfortunately just didn't come out on top today."
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.