Tennis - Serena Williams suffers shock loss to world number 78

Top-ranked Serena Williams suffered a shock 6-4 6-4 loss to Slovakia's world number 78 Jana Cepelova in the second round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Tuesday.

Tennis - Serena Williams suffers shock loss to world number 78

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The world number one and defending champion lost the first five games and never recovered.

"Obviously things didn't go great out there, but she was a great counterpuncher today and hit a lot of balls back," Williams told reporters.

"I really knew nothing about her game going into the match, so she played a really good match against me today. And it just wasn't my day," added Williams.

The 20-year-old Cepelova had never beaten a top 15 player but held her nerve to pull off the biggest win of her career.

Williams, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, won the Sony Open on Saturday and had been on a roll coming to Charleston, South Carolina where she was a three-time champion.

Her sister Venus also had problems in her opening round match, losing seven consecutive games at one point, but recovered to beat Barbora Zahlavova 6-3 0-6 7-5.

Venus, who won the event in 2004, said she had been under the weather recently.

"I've actually been pretty sick lately, so it was a little rough out there today," she said. "I just kept fighting till the end."

In other early-round action, sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard breezed past Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2 6-0, while Australian seventh seed Samantha Stosur overcame a stiff challenge from Yaroslava Shvedova in a 6-3 5-7 6-1 triumph.

Eighth seed Sorana Cirstea was upset by Teliana Pereira in a 3-6 6-3 7-6(0) defeat.

Meanwhile, at the Monterry Open, the biggest causality was fourth seed Kirsten Flipkens who lost to Julia Boserup 6-4 1-6 6-2 but second seed Ana Ivanovic and third seed Caroline Wozniacki moves safely on.

Results from the Family Circle Cup Women's Singles matches on Tuesday

Round 2

9-Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) beat Virginie Razzano (France) 2-6 6-4 6-4

Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) beat 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) 6-4 6-4

6-Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) beat Alla Kudryavtseva (Russia) 6-2 6-0

Teliana Pereira (Brazil) beat 8-Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 3-6 6-3 7-6(0)

7-Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) 6-3 5-7 6-1

Round 1

Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) beat Nadia Petrova (Russia) 4-6 6-3 6-4

Peng Shuai (China) beat Caroline Garcia (France) 6-2 6-3

14-Andrea Petkovic (Germany) beat Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) 6-7(2) 6-4 6-1

Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spain) beat Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) 6-3 6-2

11-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic) 6-3 0-6 7-5

13-Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 6-2 6-1

Vania King (U.S.) beat Julia Glushko (Israel) 4-6 7-5 6-3

16-Zhang Shuai (China) beat Hsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) 3-6 7-6(5) 7-6(0)

12-Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) beat Shelby Rogers (U.S.) 7-5 7-5

Results from the Monterrey Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday

2-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat Urszula Radwanska (Poland) 4-6 6-3 6-3

3-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Coco Vandeweghe (U.S.) 6-3 7-6(4)

Aleksandra Wozniak (Canada) beat Marcela Zacarias (Mexico) 3-6 6-0 6-1

Julia Boserup (U.S.) beat 4-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 6-4 1-6 6-2

8-Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) beat Olga Puchkova (Russia) 6-0 6-3

6-Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) beat Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 6-3 3-6 6-2

Luksika Kumkhum (Thailand) beat Dalila Jakupovic (Slovenia) 7-5 6-0

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