Upsets, Rain Mark French Open’s 5th Day
The real action has begun at the French Open. With rain wreaking havoc on match schedules, several seeded players started to fall by the wayside as action on the courts of Roland Garros entered the fifth day. Gone are men’s 13th seed and French hope Gael Monfils, women’s 8th seed Agnieszka Radwanska, 21st seed Vera Zvonareva, and former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic.
Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008, was no match to 28th seed Alisa Kleybanova in their second-round match, losing in straight sets 3-6 0-6. The defeat was the earliest in Roland Garros for Ivanovic, who is now only ranked 42nd in the world. Monfils, on the other hand, bowed to Italy’s Fabio Fognini in their highly charged, rain-delayed match, 6-2 6-4 5-7 4-6 7-9.
Surviving the carnage and earning places in the last 32 were top American bet Andy Roddick, the 6th seed in Paris, 4th seed Andy Murray of Great Britain, and women’s 4th seed Jelena Jankovic. Roddick struggled with his serve but did just enough to hack out a 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-2 win over Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia. Murray defeated Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-2 6-7 6-3 6-2, to set up a dangerous match with 25th seed Marcos Baghdatis, who trumped Marcel Granollers, 4-6 6-1 7-5 6-2. Jankovic, on the other hand, topped tough qualifier Kaia Kanepi, 6-2 3-6 6-4, to move into the last 32.