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  • Serena, Venus ousted in second round at French Open

  • PARIS — Instead of playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early.
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  • PARIS — Instead of playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early.
    The American sisters both lost in the second round on Wednesday, each being outplayed by little-known opponents at Roland Garros.
    Serena, the defending French Open champion and a 17-time major winner, lost to Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2, 6-2. It is her earliest exit at a major tournament since falling in the first round at Roland Garros two years ago — and her most-lopsided loss ever at a Grand Slam.
    A short time earlier, older sister Venus was eliminated by Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
    The Williams siblings would have met in the third round had they both won.
    "It was one of those days. You can't be on every day, and, gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam," the top-seeded Serena said. "It happens, you know. It's not the end of the world. It is what it is."
    The sisters have lost on the same day at a major tournament twice before, with the last coming in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2011. The other time was at the French Open in 2008 in the third round.
    With Li Na also eliminated, it is the first time in the Open era that the top two seeded women have lost before the third round at any Grand Slam tournament.
    Serena struggled from the start against the 20-year-old Muguruza and finished the match with only eight winners and 29 unforced errors.
    "Just nothing really worked," Serena said. "I don't know anything that actually worked."
    Muguruza was playing at the French Open for only the second time in her career. She lost in the second round last year, but reached the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.
    No. 12 Flavia Pennetta of Italy also lost, while No. 8 Angelique Kerber of Germany and No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada won.
    Also Wednesday, 2012 French Open champion Maria Sharapova was scheduled to play.
    In the men's tournament, both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic made it through to the third round.
    Federer beat Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday, while the second-seeded Djokovic defeated Jeremy Chardy of France 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
    Djokovic needs to win the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam.
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