WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams went down fighting, but went down nevertheless, in the third round of Wimbledon here Saturday.
She was seeded No. 1 and had won the title here five times, so this constituted a huge upset, the biggest to date in the 6 days of Wimbledon so far.
Pulling it off was 24th-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who had also won their most recent meeting in Dubai.
The final score was 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Cornet deployed a tactic of running Williams, with one drop shot after another. Williams clearly didn't like it, and eventually lost the match on a drop shot, dashing in on match point as Cornet served at 5-4 of the final set and netting her attempt at returning the short offering.
Cornet is 24. Williams will turn 33 on Sept. 26.
A breathless Cornet marched off the court, via Wimbledon tradition, with Williams and then ducked back out for another quick wave to the crowd. After she had won, she shook hands with Williams, then danced out on the court and knelt to kiss the turf.
"This is the largest upset of the tournament," Cornet said afterward. "She's No. 1 and I can't believe I did it. Me."
She said her amazement at the result was increased by the fact that "I couldn't even play on grass two years ago. Now I beat Serena twice in a row.
"I don't know how I did it."
This was the 56th appearance in a Grand Slam tournament for Williams. She has won 17 titles in the majors, her most recent last year's U.S. Open.
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