Venus Williams loses in first round of French Open

May 25, 2015 6:31 PM by Ross Field

ROLAND GARROS (AP) - For the second time in three years, Venus Williams has lost in the first round at the French Open.

Venus, who was beaten by younger sister Serena in the 2002 final, lost 7-6 (5), 6-1 to 40th-ranked Sloane Stephens, a 22-year-old up-and-coming American player.

Stephens, who beat Serena at the 2013 Australian Open, made it to the fourth round in Paris each of the last three years.

At 34, Venus was the oldest woman in the draw.

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