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Venus Williams loses to Radwanska sister at French

Monday - 5/27/2013, 3:22am  ET

Serena Williams, of the USA, returns the ball to Georgia's Anna Tatishvili during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Tennis Writer

PARIS (AP) -- Grimacing after some poor shots, leaning forward with hands on knees while catching her breath after others, Venus Williams left the French Open after the first round for the first time since 2001.

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player seeded 30th at Roland Garros, felt hampered by a bad back, had problems with her serve -- all sorts of strokes, actually -- and lost 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 Sunday to 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland, who never has been past the second round of a major tournament.

Inflammation in her lower back limited Williams to two matches over the previous 1
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