In this file photo, taken on Aug. 5, 2012, at the London Summer Olympics, Serena Williams, left, and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate on podium after receiving their gold medals in women's doubles. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Singles was the easy part for Venus Williams Monday.After Venus comfortably beat CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open, the Williams sisters lost to Andreja Klepac and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-1, 7-5 .On a rough day for the home players even in the men's tournament, Fabio Fognini of Italy was beaten by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-1, 7-6 (2).Also, Milos Raonic overcame two breaks of his serve to get past Italian wild card Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 .The big four – Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal – are all entered.Venus won the singles title at the Foro Italico in 1999, and is playing this clay-court event for the 12th time.
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