October 22, 2014
PARIS (AP) - Serena Williams' bid for a third consecutive Grand Slam title has been ended by Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals of the French Open.
Williams was unable to convert a set point in the opening set and lost a seesaw struggle 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-5 Wednesday.
The No. 7-seeded Kuznetsova faced a break point serving at 5-6 in the first set but erased it with a slam. That started a stretch where she won nine of 10 points to take the lead.
Williams rallied three points from defeat to win the second set and led 3-1 in the third. But Kuznetsova mounted her comeback and broke in the final game when Williams pushed a backhand wide.
Williams, seeded second, had won 18 consecutive Grand Slam matches and was bidding for her 11th major title.