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Anne Keothavong

V. Williams loses match after umpire loses track

WIMBLEDON, England - It was noisy out there yesterday. Venus Williams and Karolina Sprem were playing with their arms, legs and heart - but most of all, their lungs.

They were playing with all their screeching, grunting, growling might, hitting forehands so hard they expelled air in yelps. Sometimes the play was exhilarating, sometimes sloppy, but it was fast and frantic and, all of a sudden, too confusing for chair umpire Ted Watts.

Sprem's raucous 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) second-round upset of Williams - a two-time Wimbledon champion and the No. 3 seed - was punctuated by a rookie mistake by Watts. During the fourth point in the second-set tiebreaker, he apparently quit paying...