LONDON (AP) - Five-time champion Serena Williams lost to 25th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday.
It's Williams' earliest exit at the All England Club since 2005, when she also was beaten in the third round.
The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams owns 17 Grand Slam titles, but she now has departed before the quarterfinals at four of the past five major tournaments. That includes a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open in January, and a second-round loss at the French Open in May.
But of Williams' five total losses in all tournaments this season, two have come against Cornet, who also beat the American at the Dubai Championships in February.
Rain played havoc with the Day 6 schedule at Wimbledon causing play to be suspended for a while with the exception of Centre Court, which has a roof. That's where French Open winner Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) defeated American Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0. The fifth seeded Sharapova won the last 11 games to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon after being ousted in the second round last year.
Men's No. 2 Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') also played under the roof and had to rally back after losing the first set to Mikhail Kukushin 6-7 to win the next three sets 6-1. Nadal has now lost the first set in all three of his Wimbledon matches this year.
Roger Federer, the fourth seed, advanced to the second week of the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over Santiago Giraldo of Colombia.