Round 1 Day 1:
Surprises At The French Open As Top Seeds Succumb To Youngsters
Shocking Exit For Serena and Sister At Early Stage
The French open has entered day 6 since the 2014 edition kicked off on May 25. The first day, the expected qualifiers reached the second round at Roland Garros; Top seed Serena Williams and her older sister Venus Williams made it to second with swift victories over their opponents, Serena beat Alize Lim of France 6-2 6-1, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat Chinese Shuai Zhang 6-3 6-0 while Venus Williams defeated her 17 year-old Swiss opponent Belind Bencic 6-4 6-1 to reach th next stage. Garbine Muguruza of Spain's 7-5 8-6 victory over America's Grace Min qualified her a second round match-up against Serena Williams.
Italy's Francesca Schiavone was however beaten by little known Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia in two staright sets of 6-3 6-3 to exit the first round.
In the Men's game, Former Champion Roger Federer beat Lukas Lacko 6-2 6-4 6-2 to go through, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also made success of his first round tie against compatriot Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6 7-5 6-2. Tomas Berdych beat Canada's Peter Polansky 6-3 6-4 6-4 to advance to the second round and Mikhail Youzhny also beat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in a dramatic match that ended 3-6 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-0.Day 2:
In the Women's game, 7th seed Russia's Maria Sharapova took centre stage at the Philippe Chatrier Clay Court against unseeded fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak, the former champion defeated Pervak in two straight sets of 6-1 6-2, Alize Cornet of France who is seeded 20th defeated Ashleigh Barty of Australia 6-2 6-1. The match between Sloane Stephens and Shaui Peng was shifted to the next day for unknown reason.
Another Australian Samantha Stosur beat Monica Puig in two staight sets 6-1 6-1.
In other women games;
Eugenie Bouchard beat Israeli Shahar Peer 6-0 6-2, Germany's Mona Barthel defeated Karin Knapp of Italy 6-4 6-0, Karolina Piskova of Czech Republic beat local girl Mathilde Johansson 6-1 7-6, Andrea Petkovic beat Misaki Doi 6-3 6-3.
In the Men's game, world number 2 Novak Djokovic cruised past Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1 6-2 6-4, home boy Gilles Simon beat Croate Ante Pavic 6-1 6-1 6-3. World number one Rafael Nadal defeated America's Robby Ginepri 6-0 6-3 6-0.
In other Men games;
Thomaz Belluci beat Benjamin Becker 6-2 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-2
Tommy Robredo defeated James Ward 4-6 6-4 6-2 6-4, while Croatian Marin Cilic beat Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-0 6-3 7-6(6).
The Day three of the French Open witnessed David Ferrer's triumph over Igor Sijsling of Netherland 6-4 6-3 6-1, Gael Monfils defeated Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-2. Another Frenchman Richard Gasquet defeated Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-2 6-1 7-5, Britian's number one and world number 7 had it easy over Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3 to advance to the second round while Fernando Verdasco beat local Michael Llodra. What could be the biggest upset of the round 1 for the men is the defeat of Tommy Haas by unseeded Jurgen Zopp of Estonia; the defeat might not have been had the German not retired, 19th seed South African Kevin Anderson defeated Stephane Robert of France 7-5 6-3 6-4; just as Lleyton Hewitt of Australia lost 3-6 6-2 6-1 6-4 to Argentina's Carlos Berlocq
In the Women games, Sloane Stephens of the USA beat Shaui Peng of China 6-4 7-6(8), 6th seed Serbian Jelena Jankovic beat Sharon Fichman 5-7 6-1 6-3, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia defeated Urszula Radwanska of Poland 4-6 6-4 3-0.
The day 3 witnessed the shocking exit of another top seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark by Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, the Belgian lost 7-6 6-4 2-6 to the 24 year-old Yanina.
All the winners in the round 1 games qualified for the second round of games which resume on May 28, 2014
Round 2, Day 4:
The Round 2 of the 2014 French Open kicked off on Wednesday with the winners of the first round games slugging it out on the clay at Roland Garros.
In the first Men game of the 2nd round; on the Philippe Chatrier Court, World number two Serbia's Noval Djokovic beat France's Jeremy Chardy on three straight sets of 6-1 6-4 6-2, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Austrian Jurgen Melzer, Marin Cilic beat Tobias Kamke of Germany in a keenly contested match which ended 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-0. 29th seed Frenchman Gilles Simon beat Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia 6-4 6-0 6-2.
Tommy Robredo defeated Kenny Schepper of France 6-2 6-3 6-3, Mikhail Youzhny lost to Rade Stepanek 0-6 3-6 6-3 4-6 while sixth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic scaled past a resilient Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan 6-7 6-4 7-5 6-3.
The biggest win of the men's game was World number one Rafael Nadal taking on Dominic Thiem in a match he won without stiff competition from the unseeded Austrian 6-2 6-2 6-3, Jurgen Zopp lost to Serbian Dusan Lajovic 2-6 4-6 4-6 while 5th seed David Ferrer defeated Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-3 6-2.
Frenchman Gael Monfils beat German Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 6-4 6-1, while his other compatriot Richard Gasquet beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6 6-4 6-4, Andy Murray saw off Marinko Matosevic of Austria 6-3 6-1 6-3
In the Women Round two game, it was a shocker to watch the Williams sisters get knocked out by little unknown opponents. World number one Serena Williams was knocked out by little known unseeded Spaniard in two easy straight sets of 6-2 6-2 while her sister Venus was beaten 6-2 3-6 6-4 by Slovakia's Anna Schmiedlova; it was a well meant come back from the 20 year old world number 56: The Williams sisters would have met themselves in the third round had the reverse been the result.
Germany's Sabine Lisicki who is ranked 16 retired in the game between compatriot Mona Barthel with a 1-6 0-3 result, Samantha Stosur beat Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-3, 7th seed Maria Sharapova defeated Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5 6-2 while Agnieszka Radwanska beat Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-4.
In other games, Alize Cornet of France lost to USA's Taylor Townsend 4-6 6-4 4-6, Flavia Pennetta lost 7-5 4-6 2-6 to Johanna Larsson of Sweden, Eugenie Bouchard saw off Julia Georges 2-6 6-2 6-1, 8th seed Angelique Kerber of Germany squared up against Varvara Lepchenko of USA and it ended 6-2 7-5 in favour of the German.
In the other round of games, 5th seed Petra Kvitova beat Marina Erakovic 6-4 6-4, Ana Ivanovic slugged it out with Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-2, Sloane Stephens kept the American flag flying when she beat Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-1 6-3 while another of her compatriot Coco Vandeweghe lost to Russian Ekaterina Makarova 4-6 3-6, Serbian Jelena Jankovic defeated Japan's Kurumi Nara 7-5 6-0 while Belgian number 21 Kirsten Flipkens lost to Israeli Julia Glushko 4-6 6-3 4-6.
The third round games resumes on Match day 6 for both the Men's singles and Women Singles.
The women singles is without the presence of number one and favorite to retain the tournament she won last year; Serena Williams who couldn't up her game against young spaniard Muguruza. The Men third round will still had the top contenders for the Roland Garros cup slugging it out against their opponents. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are still in the competition.
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