RTTNews - The French Open lost a bit of its luster on Friday, as third-seeded Venus Williams was sent packing in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4, by underdog Agnes Szavay of Hungary.
Williams, winner of seven Grand Slam titles including last year's Wimbledon, lost in the third round at Rolland Garros for the third consecutive year, showing little of the power and speed that has characterized her game away from the clay surface.
Williams was unable to summon up the energy to fight for long points against her 20-year old opponent, and struggled with her serve and forehand all week. She played the day before, rallying to defeat Lucie Sararova in a match that began on Wednesday but was suspended due to darkness.
The former number one player in the world was a chic pick to make the finals of the French Open, but lacked the look of a winner despite winning her first two matches.
She had struggled on clay over the past few seasons before winning the 2009 Acapulco Open in March. Williams was in fine form earlier in the year, winning tournaments in Zurich and Dubai.
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