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Venus falls in second-round shocker

Updated: June 25, 2004, 9:15 AM ET
Associated Press

WIMBLEDON, England -- With all her injuries and mediocre play of late, the last thing Venus Williams needed was for her opponent to be awarded an extra point.

That's precisely what happened Thursday in the second round at Wimbledon, and Williams lost to Karolina Sprem 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6), the 2000-01 champion's earliest exit at the All England Club since 1997.

In a stunning officiating error at tennis' most hallowed ground, chair umpire Ted Watts awarded the 30th-ranked Sprem a point ...

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