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Venus ousted by Stephens at French Open

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PARIS (AP) A loss by Venus Williams in the first round at a Grand Slam is no longer the rarity it once was.

And, as it happens, the woman who beat Williams at the French Open on Tuesday, Sloane Stephens, is making a concerted effort, at her coach's behest, to focus less on who is on the other side of the net.

Still, it was hard not to see the 22-year-old Stephens' 7-6 (5), 6-1 dismissal of seven-time major champion Williams, who at 34 was the oldest woman in the field, as a statement about the directions their respective careers are heading.

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2015 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 13,845
2 R. Federer 9,235
3 A. Murray 7,040
4 T. Berdych 5,230
5 K. Nishikori 5,220
6 M. Raonic 4,800
7 R. Nadal 4,570
8 D. Ferrer 4,490
9 S. Wawrinka 3,845
10 M. Cilic 3,370
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2015 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 S. Williams 9,361
2 M. Sharapova 7,710
3 S. Halep 7,360
4 P. Kvitova 6,760
5 C. Wozniacki 4,940
6 E. Bouchard 3,888
7 A. Ivanovic 3,655
8 C. Suarez Navarro 3,645
9 E. Makarova 3,510
10 A. Petkovic 3,310
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