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Serena Williams suffers shock defeat in first round of French Open

May 29, 2012: USA's Serena Williams reacts as she plays France's Virginie Razzano during their first round match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

May 29, 2012: USA's Serena Williams reacts as she plays France's Virginie Razzano during their first round match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.  (AP)

Serena Williams lost in the first round of a major tournament for the first time, falling to Virginie Razzano of France 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 Tuesday at the French Open.

The fifth-seeded Williams was two points from victory several times in the second set, including leading 5-1 in the tiebreaker. But Razzano won six straight points to force a third set, and then took control.

Williams entered the day with a 46-0 record in first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments. She had been looking for her 14th major title, and second at Roland Garros.

Razzano won on her eighth match point.