PARIS – Venus Williams is out of the French Open on the opening day.
The 2002 runner-up and ninth-seeded American lost 6-4, 7-5 to Wang Qiang of China in the first round on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday.
Wang avenged her loss to Williams in the first round at Roland Garros last year.
The 85th-ranked player was also beaten by Williams at Wimbledon a few weeks later and had never beaten Williams before Sunday.
It’s the fourth time Williams exits the French Open in the first round in 21 appearances.