Venus Williams loses in first round at Wimbledon

US player Venus Williams plays a shot during

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US player Venus Williams plays a shot during her first round women's singles defeat to Russia's Elena Vesnina on the first day of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London. (June 25, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

WIMBLEDON, England -- She called herself a "great player," and Venus Williams was, especially at Wimbledon, where she has won five championships. But Monday, for the first time since her 1997 debut at the All England Club, she was an opening-round loser.

In only her sixth tournament since being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Sjogren's syndrome -- which saps her strength -- last August...

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