Under grey skies on court Philippe Chatrier, 29th seed
Williams got off to a solid start, winning four games in a row
to take the opening set.
World number 56 Schmiedlova, however, stepped up a gear and
after an early exchange of breaks, stole the nine-times grand
slam champion's serve in the seventh game of the second set and
levelled the contest when her opponent netted a forehand.
Schmiedlova pulled through thanks to a series of jaw-dropping
passing shots to set up a meeting with defending champion Serena
Williams, providing the American beats Spain's Garbine Muguruza.
Since losing in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2011, Venus
Williams has lost in the first or second round of every grand
slam she has taken part in, except for the 2013 Australian Open,
where she reached the third round.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Robert Woodward)
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