After blowing a 5-1 lead in a second-set tiebreak, Serena Williams cried during a set changeover and melted down in a decisive third set to suffer one of the biggest upsets in tennis history. The French Open favorite was in control of her first-round match against Virginie Razzano before a bizarre series of points led to the the Frenchwoman stealing the second set. Razzano eventually prevailed 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
While Serena waited for Razzano to return to the court before the decisive set, she cried into a tissue and talked angrily to herself. Moments before, she was two points from earning a decisive, if hard-fought, victory, her 47th straight in a Grand Slam first-round. But she lost momentum after stopping a point at 5-1 in the tiebreak, erroneously believing Razzano's shot had sailed long. Serena lost the set five points later and reacted with a rare burst of emotion during the break before the third.
At one point, the 13-time major champion lost 22 of 24 points against the 111th-ranked Razzano. She went down 5-0 in the third set before fighting back, only to lose after saving seven match points in a dramatic, bizarre game that lasted 23 minutes.
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