Defending French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko lost her opening match to Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova at the season's second major.
Williams, 37, who is due to compete in the doubles with sister Serena in Paris, went out when she sent a forehand into the net.
Something even more unusual happened at Roland Garros, too: Venus Williams was beaten in her opening match at a second consecutive major, the only time in her lengthy, distinguished career she's had such early back-to-back exits.
In 2017, ranked only 47th and 20 years old, Ostapenko became the first woman since 1979 to win her initial tour-level trophy at a Grand Slam tournament.
Kozlova, who is No. 67 in the WTA rankings, earned her first victory against anyone ranked in the Top 30. Moments later, Ostapenko was gone, swiftly heading to the locker room. Ostapenko raised her left hand to acknowledge the crowd's applause, but she kept her eyes focused on the ground as she walked off.
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Kozlova stayed steady despite the enormity of the moment and while dealing with a blister on the back of her right foot.
"And then you go to the match and try to be positive, but everything goes not your way, and you still try to be positive, but then you lose the match and of course you can not be positive anymore".
She only returned to the court earlier this week in Nuremberg, and also needed medical attention after struggling with blisters on Sunday.
"I was warming up and my coach said, "hey look" and we saw up on the board that I was playing a different opponent", said 27-year-old Dimitrov, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, after his 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) win.
On this day, she was not.
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