Serena Williams returns to action, wins at French Open

PARIS — Finally back on court after two days of rain, Venus Williams warmed up for her fourth-round French Open match Wednesday in a zipped-up gray coat, something that seemed more appropriate for winter wear.

Once play began, the No. 9-seeded Williams never really gave herself a chance to join sister Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, coming up short in a bid to get back to that stage at Roland Garros for the first time in a decade. Venus dropped eight games in a row during one early stretch and lost 6-2, 6-4 to No. 8 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.

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