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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: May 31st, 2012
Williams sisters out at French Open — early

Even if you’re not a tennis fan, you’ve probably heard of Venus Williams and Serena Williams, two women who pretty much changed the face of professional tennis more than 10 years ago. And they are American women who pretty much learned the game on public courts in Compton, outside of Los Angeles.

For the first time in 47 professional tournaments, Serena Williams,30, lost in the first round at Roland Garros in Paris during French Open, the prestigious clay tournament.

French player Virginie Razzano, 29, beat Serena 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3. After a year that included foot surgery that resulted in a near life-ending blood clot. Serena seemed out of sync, off balance and even tearful after losing a tiebreak — something we never see in Serena. And give Razzano credit. She had been cramping and shaking during the marathon final game.

Venus Williams, just shy of 32, was booted one day later in a second-round match when Agnieszka Radwanska beat the champion 6-2, 6-3 in an hour.

Age, illness and injury are creeping up on the champion Williams sisters. Radwanska, 23, had no fear and plenty of energy against Venus, who is publicly battling Sjogren’s Syndrome, something that often robs her of energy.

What a run they’ve had. Venus has won $28 million in prize money since turning pro in 1994. Serena has won more than $36 million since turning pro in 1995. I don’t think they’re done. The Olympics are coming, and they will hopefully mentor some more Americans, and give us something to cheer about.

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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