The French Open is being contested at Stade Roland Garros this week and next, but unfortunately my favorite tennis playing siblings are out of this tournament.
Out of all the Grand Slam tournaments, the French Open has been the one Venus and Serena have had the most problems with in terms of winning it. Serena has 13 Grand Slam titles, but only has won on Roland Garros’ clay courts once in her career in 2002, and she beat Big Sis to get it.
Little Sis was looking for her second French Open title while Venus has never won it.
They won’t win it this year either because their inexplicable Roland Garros troubles continued in 2012.
Serena took a 46-0 career record in opening round Grand Slam tournament matches into this tournament and was 17-0 on clay this season nut but fifth seeded Little Sis shockingly lost to French homegirl Virginie Razzano 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 3-6 Tuesday.
She was two points from victory several times in the second set, including leading 5-1 in the second set tiebreaker. But Razzano won six straight points to force a third set, and then took control of the match.
“I made so many errors today, which isn’t the game I was playing in the past,” Serena said. “That’s life.”
Venus had better luck, ousting her first round opponent but on Wednesday Big Sis was ousted by third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in straight sets 2-6, 3-6 in her first major tournament since the announcement she has Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Despite the loss, Venus will qualify for the US women’s Olympic tennis team is she is still one of the top four ranked US women by June 11, the end of this French Open and is sitting in the fourth spot now Serena is comfortably ensconced as the highest ranked US woman in the tennis world rankings, so her London spot is secured.
The next major before the 2012 Games is their favorite tournament.which will also be the tennis venue for the upcoming games in ‘Williams’-don