Early on, Serena Williams knocked dirt from her shoes by angrily whacking them with her racket, as if punishing the clay that keeps tripping her up at the French Open.
The top-ranked Williams stumbled in the quarterfinals Wednesday, squandering a match point and losing to Australian spoiler Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 8-6.
A 12-time Grand Slam champion, Williams won her only French Open title in 2002 and hasn’t been to the semifinals since 2003.
Jelena Jankovic also reached the French Open semifinals in 2007 and ’08 but lost both times.
“I guess it’s a redundant story with me,” she said. “It was my match, and I lost it.”
The upset was the second in a row for the No. 7-seeded Stosur and the third in as many days at Roland Garros. Stosur ended four-time champion Justine Henin’s French Open winning streak at 24 matches in the fourth round.