Thursday, May 28, 2015

French Open Day 5 recap: Wozniacki joins exodus

Julia Goerges of Germany beat fifth-seeded Carolina Woz-
niacki in the second round. 2012 photo by Paul Bauman
   Upset of the day -- Fifth-seeded "Sweet" Caroline Wozniacki's struggles in the French Open continued as the former world No. 1 fell to Julia Goerges of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the second round in the latest women's upset.
   Wozniacki has advanced past the third round at Roland Garros only once in nine appearances, reaching the quarterfinals in 2010.
   After two rounds, three of the top six women's singles seeds and 12 of the 32 have been eliminated. Heading the list are No. 3 and 2014 runner-up Simona "I Need Some" Halep, No. 5 Wozniacki and No. 6 Eugenie "In A Bottle" Bouchard.
   Match of the day -- In a battle of past French Open champions, 34-year-old Francesca Schiavone saved a match point in her 6-7 (11), 7-5, 10-8 victory over 18th-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova. At 3 hours, 50 minutes, it was the third-longest women's singles match at Roland Garros in the Open era, which began in 1968.
   Schiavone also beat Kuznetsova in the longest Grand Slam women's match in history, 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in the round of 16 at the 2011 Australian Open.   
   Notable -- Both No. 1 seeds had physical problems in their victories.
   Novak Djokovic was treated for a hip injury during his straight-set win over Gilles Muller. "It's nothing serious, really," Djokovic said.
   Serena Williams' right elbow, which led her to withdraw from her second-round match in the Italian Open this month, bothered her during her 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany. Williams next plays 27th-seeded Victoria Azarenka, a former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion.
   Men's seeded winners -- No. 1 Djokovic, No. 3 Andy Murray, No. 5 Kei Nishikori (walkover), No. 6 Rafael Nadal (nine-time champion, including last five years), No. 7 David Ferrer, No. 9 Marin "County" Cilic, No. 15 Kevin Anderson, No. 17 David Goffin, No. 23 Leonardo "Da Vinci" Mayer, No. 29 Nick Kyrgios (walkover).
   Men's seeded losers -- No. 16 John Isner, No. 18 Tommy Robredo, No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber, No. 27 Bernard "A." Tomic, No. 31 Viktor Troicki.
   Women's seeded winners -- No. 1 Williams (2002, 2013 champion), No. 4 Petra Kvitova, No. 10 Andrea Petkovic, No. 16 Madison "Avenue" Keys, No. 17 Sara Errani, No. 23 Timea Bacsinszky, No. 27 Azarenka, No. 30 Irina-Camelia "Ain't Too Proud To" Begu.
   Women's seeded losers -- No. 5 Wozniacki, No. 12 Karolina Pliskova, No. 18 Svetlana Kuznetsova (2009 champion), No. 32 Zarina "Williams" Diyas.
   Stars and stripes -- After two rounds of singles, only two of seven U.S. men remain (Jack Sock and Steve Johnson), and four of 17 American women are left (No. 1 Williams, No. 16 Keys, Sloane "Ranger" Stephens and Irina "Atlanta" Falconi -- all in the top half of the draw).
   Advancing to the second round in women's doubles were No. 7 seeds and reigning Australian Open champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands of Phoenix and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.
   Fast fact -- Two teenagers, Borna Coric (18) of Croatia and Thanasi Kokkinakis (19) of Australia, reached the third round of men's singles. There hadn't been one since 2008. 
   Northern California connection -- Sixth-seeded Raquel Kops-Jones, a San Jose resident and ex-Cal star, and Abigail Spears bowed out of women's doubles in the first round with a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia.
   Also losing in women's doubles were Jarmila Gajdosova of the new California Dream in World TeamTennis and fellow naturalized Australian Ajla Tomljanovic. 
   Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native and former Sacramento Capital in WTT, and Johnson of Redondo Beach lost to fifth-seeded Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania 6-4, 6-0 in the second round of men's doubles.
   Winning in the opening round of mixed doubles were second-seeded Mattek-Sands and Mike Bryan (Stanford, Dream), and Anastasia Rodionova and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Dream). 
   Quotes -- Djokovic on accidentally letting a long shot by Muller touch his racket before hitting the ground: "Never, never, ever happened. And it should never happen again."
   Schiavone on Kuznetsova's game: "It's like playing in a mirror."

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