When the French Open women’s draw was released last week, many had the Williams sisters meeting in the third round. Perhaps both Venus and Serena were looking ahead to that meeting when they took the court today.
Instead both are now out of the French Open, thanks to the play of two young upstarts.
Venus Williams was first on court on a chilly day in Paris to face 19-year old Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia, ranked 56 in the world. The 33-year old American won the first set comfortably, but failed to put away the teenager who fought back to win the next two sets for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 upset of the 29th seed.
Serena’s performance was even more shocking!
The defending champion and top-ranked player in the world had perhaps the worse Grand Slam defeat of her career, falling to 20-year old Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2, 6-2. The four games marked the fewest won by Serena in a Slam match. Serena looked sluggish throughout the match, failing to move her feet and committing several unforced errors, which her opponent (ranked 35 in the world) took full advantage of.
With Li Na having lost yesterday, it is the first time in professional tennis that the top two women’s seeds have failed to each the third round.
Indian Wells winner and 12th seed Flavia Pennetta, joined the Williams sisters as she went down to Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.