French Open: Defending Champion Kuznetsova Booted Out

A new female champion is sure to be crowned at the French Open this year. Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova became the biggest name to crash out on the so-called frantic Friday, when most of the top-ranked players moved into the next round.

Kuznetsova, the sixth seed this year, bowed to fellow Russian and 30th seed Maria Kirilenko in the third round, 3-6 6-2 4-6, a day after rallying from four match points to defeat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic. “You cannot play all the time great, you know…I’ll be back,” Kuznetsova said after going down on the court known as the Bullring.

While Kuznetosova fell by the wayside, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal advanced without much problems, keeping them on track for a showdown in the final. Federer, the top seed and defending champion, thrashed qualifier Julian Reister, 6-4 6-0 6-4, while second-seede Nadal, dumped Horacio Zeballos, 6-2 6-2 6-3. Fourth seed Andy Murray also advanced into the fourth round after a relatively easy, 6-2 6-3 0-6 6-2.