Serena stunned by Cornet at Wimbledon

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US player Serena Williams returns to France's Alize Cornet during their women's singles third round match in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 28, 2014 (AFP Photo/Carl Court )

US player Serena Williams returns to France's Alize Cornet during their women's singles third round match in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 28, 2014

US player Serena Williams returns to France's Alize Cornet during their women's singles third round match in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 28, 2014 (AFP Photo/Carl Court )

London (AFP) - Serena Williams crashed to her earliest exit at Wimbledon for nine years as the world number one suffered a shock 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss against French 24th seed Alize Cornet in the third round on Saturday.

Top seed Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, had reached at least the last 16 in each of her previous seven visits to the All England Club, but Cornet fought back from a set down to end that sequence in two hours and four minutes of gripping drama on Court One.

It was the shell-shocked 32-year-old's earliest Wimbledon exit since her loss to Jill Craybas at the same stage in 2005.

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