Top seeds continue to falter in French Open first round

(KSDK) – Tuesday brought more shock heard around the tennis world in the French Open.

The day after the men's Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka lost in the first round, the women's Australian Open champion – and previous French Open winner – Li Na lost her opening round battle.

The top Chinese player, and world No. 2, lost 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to Kristina Mladenovic.

In her post-match press conference, Li Na said she gave the match away by not putting much pressure on her opponent.

"Of course the easy thing is to say today was a bad day for me, but it's not. I'm 100% sure. The problem is me," she said. "I don't think I'm doing well on the court. And also, even during the match, I wasn't thinking through what I should do, especially, I didn't follow the game plan, and even when I was standing out on the court, in my mind I didn't have any idea how to play the match."

With her loss, this opens up her quarter of the draw for other top players such as Jelena Jankovic and Sara Errani.

Along similar lines, No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov lost his opening round match to Ivo Karlovic in straight sets.

Back on the women's side, Caroline Wozniacki battled for the second round and fell short against Yelena Wickmayer following a tumultuous personal time.

World No. 8 Andy Murray seemed to get things back on track as he beat Kazakh Andrey Golubev in four sets in his opening match.

The day also saw Sloane Stephens, Gael Monfils, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kutznetzova Ana Ivanovic pull out wins in their respective opening matches.

What to expect Day 4

Wednesday will bring us into round two with Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga taking the court.

Many will watch Venus Williams's performance against Anna Schmiedlova to see if she can set up a third round duel with younger sister, Serena, who will face Garbine Muguruza.

Roger Federer will play Diego Sebastian Schwartzman on Suzanee Lenglen Wednesday too.


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