Serena Williams crashes out in French first round

Updated: May 30, 2012

Serena Williams crashed to the worst Grand Slam defeat of her career as she was slumped to a dramatic and thrilling 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 French Open loss to France’s world No111 Virginie Razzano.

It was the 30-year-old American’s first ever exit at the opening round stage of her 47-event Grand Slam career and her earliest loss at a major since she was knocked out of the Australian Open second round by sister Venus in 1998.

Maria Sharapova took just 48 minutes to race into the second round with a 6-0, 6-0 humiliation of hapless Romanian Alexandra Cadantu.

Russian second seed Sharapova, who needs a Roland Garros title to complete a career Grand Slam, hardly broke sweat against her 22-year-old opponent who was so penniless in 2008 that she had to stop playing.

The 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy, seeded 14, defeated Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-3, 6-1 while reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, the fourth-seeded Czech, made even shorter work of Australia 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty, winning 6-1, 6-2 in just 54 minutes.

Rafael Nadal’s campaign for a record seventh French Open title began with a straight-sets victory over outclassed Italian Simone Bolelli on Tuesday.

Nadal, defending champion and second seed, thrashed Bolelli 6-2 6-2 6-1 in just short of two hours on the sunny Philippe Chatrier court.

Claycourt specialist David Ferrer, a quarterfinalist twice here and the sixth seed, eased to a 6-3 6-4 6-1 victory over unheralded Slovakian Lukas Lacko.

The fourth-seeded Murray beat Tatsuma Ito of Japan 6-1, 7-5, 6-0 Tuesday in the first round of the French Open, and after the match he revealed some of his secrets for success.