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Venus loses; Henin ousts Sharapova at French Open

PARIS - Venus Williams' celebrated corset went under wraps Sunday, and now it's out of the French Open. Playing with a long-sleeve top over her black lace outfit on a chilly afternoon, Williams lost in the fourth round to Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 6-3.

Williams came into the tournament seeded No. 2 behind her sister Serena, but Petrova ended the possibility of a sibling showdown in the final.

"I don't think she did anything super special, but I think she just played a little bit more consistently," Williams said. "The conditions aren't that easy with the rain and the wind."

Williams converted only one of seven break-point chances. In the second set, she lost serve three times after taking a 2-love lead.

Justine Henin rallied in a winner-take-all set that seemed like a final, outslugging Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. The two former No. 1s returned to center court following an overnight suspension of the third-round showdown after two sets.

The pivotal moment came when Henin fell behind 0-2, love-40, then overcame four break points to hold. She soon led 4-2 and broke to go ahead 5-3.

Roger Federer reached the quarterfinals in his bid for a second successive title, beating Olympic doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Federer will next play No. 5-seeded Robin Soderling in a rematch of last year's final. Soderling advanced past No. 10 Marin Cilic, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Andy Murray lost, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, to Tomas Berdych. - AP

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