Williams Sisters Knocked Out of French Open, Djokovic Advance

Defending champion Serena Williams have been knocked out of the French Open women’s singles in the second round on Wednesday.

The top seed lost 6-2, 6-2, to Garbine Muguruza of Spain in Court Suzanne Lenglen.

20-year-old Muguruza, ranked 35, showcased her credentials as a future title contender on her way to victory over the 17-time Grand Slam champion- a game which lasted for just 63 minutes.

The American made 29 errors and could only muster eight winners, as she put up a dreadful performance with five double faults.

Serena Williams Loses Out of the French Open on Day 4.
Serena Williams Loses Out of the French Open on Day 4.

Her opponent made just 18 unforced errors and her serving percentage ranged in the low to mid 60s.

The 32-year-old said her second round defeat has made her determined to work “five times as hard.”

“I think she played really well and she played really smart,” said the 2002 and 2013 champion.

“You know, it’s great, because I’m going to go home and work five times as hard to make sure I never lose again. Obviously I’m super disappointed. I know for a fact I can play so much better that what I did today, so it’s a double edged sword. I didn’t play well, but I can play better.”

Williams’ loss means she heads into Wimbledon without a Majors triumph. It is the first time in her career that she has failed to reach the second week of a Grand Slam as a top seed.

It is also the first time in the Open era that both the women’s number one and the number two seeds have fallen before the third round at any Grand Slam, following Li Na’s shock defeat on Day 3.

Serena’s sister, Venus, had earlier in the day lost to Slovakian Anna Schmiedlova. It means a projected third-round clash between the Williams sisters, now feature Muguruza and Schmiedlova.

Serena and Venus have likewise lost on the same day at Wimbledon in 2011 and Roland Garros in 2008.

Second seed Novak Djokovic eased into the third round with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over France’s Jeremy Chardy at the Philippe Chatrier.

Djokovic has never lost a set against the number 42nd-ranked Frenchman and Wednesday’s win makes it the Serbs’ ninth win in nine meetings.

The 2012 runner-up, who has however not won a French Open title, next faces either 25th seeded Coat Marin Cilic.

Swiss fourth seed Roger Federer eased into the third round with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastiean Schwartzman.

It is Federer’s 60th win at Roland Garros and he will face Russian 31st seed Dmitry Tursunov for a place in the last 16.

Selected Results

Radek Stepanek (Cze) 6-0 6-3 3-6 6-4 (15) Mikhail Youzhny (Rus)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk) 2-6 6-3 6-4 (29) Venus Williams (USA)

(Swi) Roger Federer (4) beat Diego (Arg) Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 6-4

(Can) Milos Raonic Beats Jiri Vesely 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-1

Tomas Berdych beats (Kaz) Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3

Redek Stepanek beat Mikhail Youzhny (15) 6-0, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Johanna Larsson beat Flavia Pannetta 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

Angelique Kerber beat (USA) varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 7-5

Marin Cilic beat (Ger) Tobias kamke 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0