Venus Williams loses 3rd-set tiebreaker at US Open

9:45 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) - Venus Williams dug herself out of deficits over and over again, until she simply ran out of solutions, exiting the U.S. Open before the third round for the third year in a row.

At 33, Williams was the oldest woman in the second round at Flushing Meadows, and while she made things interesting after a poor start to the match and to the final set, she couldn't sustain her solid play all the way through and lost to 56th-ranked Zheng Jie of China 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) on a wet Wednesday.

The third set alone lasted 1½ hours, and Williams missed a volley, then a return, on the last two points.

Rain began falling in the early afternoon, jumbling the schedule, and eight women's singles matches were postponed, including Williams' younger sister, defending champion Serena, against Galina Voskoboeva.

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