• Elina Svitolina beats Williams 6-3, 6-3
• Russian teenager Potapova defeats Kerber 6-4, 6-2
The French Open was never one of Venus Williams’s favourite tournaments, nor did she relish playing on its unforgiving clay. And, after losing in straight sets to Elina Svitolina in the beguilingly tranquil new Court Simonne-Mathieu on Sunday, the American, who turns 39 next month, might decide that 22 visits are quite enough.
She has been coming to Paris since 1997, two years longer than Roger Federer has, but for scant dividends. If she decides not to return, she can at least look back on reaching the final in 2002 when her sister Serena beat her 7-5, 6-3. However, on opening day this time, Svitolina, the ninth seed, beat her more handily than that, 6-3, 6-3.
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