Venus Williams out of Istanbul Cup

Updated: 24 May 2007 15:59 IST

Venus Williams' preparations for the French Open were disrupted on Wednesday when she lost in straight sets to Aravane Rezai at the Istanbul Cup.

Istanbul, Turkey:

Venus Williams' preparations for the French Open were disrupted on Wednesday when she lost in straight sets to Aravane Rezai at the Istanbul Cup.

The 62nd-ranked French player beat the fourth-seeded Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the clay-court tournament.

Rezai will face Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States in the quarterfinals.

Also Wednesday, the second-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia beat Croatia's Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-3, 6-2 and will next meet Catalina Castano of Colombia.

Patty Schnyder of Switzerland beat Vania King of the United States 6-4, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko.

The French Open starts on Sunday.

Topics : Tennis Venus Williams
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