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Serena Williams loses Kentucky Top Seed Open match to player ranked 116th

Serena Williams lost to Shelby Rogers 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Serena Williams has been beaten by an opponent ranked outside the top 100 for the first time in eight years. Williams lost to Shelby Rogers 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) at the Top Seed Open.

Rogers is No. 116 and picked up only her third career victory over a top-10 opponent. Rogers reached her first WTA semifinal since 2016. 

Williams owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles and last lost to someone so low in the rankings against No. 111.

Credit: AP
Shelby Rogers reaches for a shot during action in her WTA tennis tournament match against Serena Williams in Nicholasville, Ky., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Virginie Razzano at the 2012 French Open. 16-year-old Coco Gauff reached her second WTA semifinal by coming back to beat No. 8 seed Ons Jabeur.

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