Venus Williams was the back-to-back U.S. Open champ in 2000 and 2001.
Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) -
Second seed Simona Halep and two-time champion Venus Williams were a pair of third-round losers Friday at the U.S. Open.
The French Open runner-up Halep succumbed to 32-year-old Croat Mirjana Lucic- Baroni 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 on the famed Grandstand court. Halep had reached at least the quarterfinals at the year's first three Grand Slam events.
Meanwhile, 13th-seeded gritty Italian Sara Errani outlasted the 19th-seeded former world No. 1 Venus in 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5) fashion at Ashe Stadium.
After swapping a pair of bagel sets, Errani and the seven-time major champion Venus got down to business in the third. Venus blew a 5-3 third-set lead as the Italian eventually forced a tiebreak.