The highest ranking American woman to compete in the French Open, Venus was also:
"Obviously I'm disappointed," Williams said. "I would have loved to have done better." (photo and quote - AP)
In Nicole Vaidisova, Venus was faced with her own reflection less than 10 years ago... young, hungry and determined.
One consolation, Vaidisova is no young tennis wallflower. She defeated #1 seed Amelie Mauresmo 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-2 earlier on in the Open. So, while Venus was playing with an elbow injury, only played nine matches going into the Open AND while clay courts are her least favorite surface, Vaidisova earned the victory.
In other Williams news, sister Serena, who has played just four matches in the last eight months, chose not to play at all due to a chronic left knee injury.