Williams Sisters Both Eliminated At French Open

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PARIS (AP) - Serena Williams sat in the stadium stands with twilight descending, her face longer than the shadows as she watched a bad day for the family draw to an end.

Williams and her sister Venus were eliminated in third-round matches Friday at the French Open. Serena lost to Katarina Srebotnik 6-4, 6-4, and was part of the dwindling crowd more than eight hours later when Venus was beaten by Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-3.

The double defeats meant that for the first time in the Open era, there will be no American woman in the fourth round at Roland Garros. The only U.S. player left is Robby Ginepri on the men's side.

For Serena, missed opportunities came in a flurry. She shanked overheads, hit wild volleys and squandered six break points.

But Venus never really gave herself a chance, losing serve six times and committing 29 unforced errors as Pennetta repeatedly bested her in long rallies.

To beat the older Williams, Pennetta had to beat darkness. The Italian closed out the victory with a forehand winner at 9:47 p.m.

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