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Venus Williams upset in the first round of the French Open

Shane Bacon
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It appears that the days of an all Williams final at a Grand Slam are done after Venus Williams got dropped in the first round of the French Open on Sunday at Roland Garros.

Williams lost to 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 in an epic first round match that lasted 3 hours, 19 minutes and gave us not only a big upset early in the first round in Paris, but a seven-time Grand Slam champion fighting back to level the match in the second set and give everything she had considering her back injuries that have really stunted her ability to practice and play the game.

It was the second time in the last year that Venus was taken out in the first round and first time at the French Open that she suffered an opening round exit since 2001.

The big question that is going to come from this is if Venus is considering retiring from tennis all together. Sister Serena has still got it on cruise control, winning her first round match 6-0, 6-1, and the two still plan on playing doubles together at this event, but Venus is now 32-years-old and hasn't made a Grand Slam final since Wimbledon in '09.

"If it's the last match, I'll let you know," Venus said after his match. "That's pretty much how it works."

What has happened to Venus? Well one thing is the fact that she's been struggling with Sjogren's syndrome, a disease that eats away at your energy, something obviously detrimental if you're trying to play professional tennis. Along with that Venus has been struggling with back issues and simply hasn't been able to play or practice the way a professional usually does.

No matter, Venus still said she's out there playing because she knows there are people with certain physical problems that aren't able to do what she does.

"I think I'm playing for a lot of people who haven't felt well," Venus said. "I think for me today it's a positive to be able to play three hours. I'm constantly finding ways to get better and to feel better."

Williams has now been bounced before the fourth round in six straight Grand Slams.

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