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What was happening with the Williams sisters today ??

They were both stunned in the third round Friday by journeywomen who never have been quarterfinalists, much less champions, at any Grand Slam tournament.

Third-seeded Serena Williams lost in a stunning 6-4, 6-4 decision to Katarina Srebotnik. Ten hours later, as darkness fell on Roland Garros, her sister, Venus Williams, lost to Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-3.

"I wasn't nervous," Serena said. "She was getting a lot of balls back, and I might have let that get into my head. She was just making some shots I don't think she's ever made before, or she probably would be in the top two."

Pennetta took a more unorthodox path to beating a Williams, hanging with Venus through long baseline exchanges. In the second set, as the light faded, Pennetta won seven of the 10 points that lasted 10 or more strokes.

"It wasn't a good day for our family but we always plan to get more determined," said Venus, who lost the 2002 final to her sister.

So instead of holding the trophy as lot of people expected, Williams sisters are packing their bags. Really bad day for them...
(source ABC News,Yahoo Sports, photo/AFP/Getty Images+AP Photo)

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Comment by Svetlana on May 31, 2008 at 11:01am
I don't know what was going on with her. She said after the match that she just didn't want to stop the game.

"Asked why she did not request the chair umpire to stop play, Venus said: "Because I didn't."

"Just wasn't a good day for our family, but we always learn and get more determined after our loss," said Venus. "We'll just come back harder."


I'm sorry cause of Serena, I really like that girl and the way she plays. I thought that she'll be semifinalist for sure!
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on May 31, 2008 at 10:27am
I thought that Venus was just going thru the motions at the end of the match. She was off her game and had no mojo. No one would have blamed her if she requested stoppage in the dark. What was she thinking!?!

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