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Venus Williams loses in first round of Australian Open
Venus Williams loses in first round of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Just as she was starting to show glimpses of returning to form, Venus Williams was let down by her serve and her concentration at crucial times and lost, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, to Ekaterina Makarova on the first day of the Australian Open. Makarova, seeded 22nd, upset Serena Williams in the fourth round here in 2012, but was comprehensively outplayed in the first set against the elder of the Williams sisters Monday, dropping serve three times. Williams had chances in the second set too, missing a break-point opportunity to go up 4-2, and then serving three consecutive double-faults after leading the ninth game 40-30 to surrender a crucial break. The 33-year-old Williams,...

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