HAWTHORNS 3PEAT - THE HUNT CONTINUES : THE FALL & RISE 2016

The fall of champions continues

PARISIAN SURPRISES

The current Roland Garros is full of surprises. Of course, this does not mean that all the favorites will eventually leave the tournament and we will get new champions - but several sensational defeats have already taken place. And if the misfire of the unstable playing Stanislas Wawrinka is still somewhere between surprise and sensation, then the loss of the second racket of the world, Li Na , is an absolute sensation. At the same time, Li lost to her rival, who is currently in the second hundred of the rating list - Kristina Mladenovic . However, the potential of the champion of the two Grand Slam tournaments in mixed doubles clearly allows her to count on more.

SENSATIONAL LOSS OF SERENA

However, this defeat has also faded against the backdrop of what happened on Wednesday . Nobody expected a catch from the match between the first racket of the world and the current champion of the tournament Serena Williams . Yes, the opposing her Garbin Mugurusa had a great start this season - she won the title in Hobart, reached the 4th round of the Australian Open, beating on the way still in the top 10 Caroline Wozniacki and then reached the Florianapolis finals.

Roland Garros. Women.
Second round

Eugenie Bouchard (Canada, 18) - Julia Görges (Germany) - 2: 6, 6: 2, 6: 1.
Johanna Larsson (Sweden) - Flavia Pennetta (Italy, 12) - 5: 7, 6: 4, 6: 2.
Anna-Carolina Schmidlova (Slovakia) - Venus Williams (USA, 29) - 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4.
Garbin Mugurusa (Spain) - Serena Williams (USA, 1) - 6: 2, 6: 2.
Angelica Kerber (Germany, 8) - Varvara Lepchenko (USA) - 6: 2, 7: 5.
Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia, 9) - Tamira Pazhek (Austria, Q) - 6: 3, 6: 4.
Taylor Townsend (USA, WC) - Alize Cornet (France, 20 ) - 6: 4, 4: 6, 6: 4.
Maria Sharapova (Russia, 7) - Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) - 7: 5, 6: 2.
Ayla Tomlyanovich (Croatia) - Elena Vesnina (Russia, 32) - 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 2.
Mona Bartel (Germany) - Sabina Lisicki (Germany, 16) - 6: 1, 3: 0, refusal.
Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland, 3) - Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) - 6: 3, 6: 4.

True, the clay part of the season did not work out for the Spaniard - she made it past the second round only at the International Series in Marrakesh ... At the same time, Serena just defended her title at a major competition in Rome, losing only one set there - to Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals. In a word, the American woman had no doubts about her good shape. Yes, in the first round match of Roland Garros against Alize Lim she made a lot of mistakes, but compensated for them with a lot of blows right through. In addition, the level of the opponent in this fight clearly allowed Serena to act relaxed.

The American won the only previous fight between Williams and Mugurusa easily - 6: 2, 6: 0 in the first round of the Australian Open - 2013. However, this once the match started in a different way. Serena confidently took the starting game, and after switching sides lost the serve with 40:15. This still did not raise any suspicion - it was thought that she was about to get together and add. But Mugurusa kept her game in the fightand then took another break. The Spaniard kept speed well, played actively and did not shake up in front of such an eminent rival - but Serena was not like herself either. It has been a long time since I saw her in such a state, especially at the Grand Slam tournament. The last two years, after an early defeat at Roland Garros in 2012, have made many forget about Williams' past failures that were inherent in her in earlier times. She has become practically a model of stability and has suffered only four defeats over the past season. Yes, this year Serena did not manage to continue performing as brilliantly, but still she kept a very high level.

And Garbin, having taken the first game, did not even think to slow down. Serena was desperately trying to fix something, changing the game, acting either more carefully or, on the contrary, more risky. However, she frankly lacked stability. Having made one reverse break when the score was 0: 3, Williams immediately gave the serve to zero. After that, she got angry with herself and performed two luxurious moves, earning a triple break point - but then Mugurusa added and took a game. For Serena, as it turned out, this was the last chance to save the match. The Spaniard took her next serve under zero, confidently creating the main sensation of the tournament - 6: 2, 6: 2. The last time Williams suffered a defeat with a similar score more than two years ago - from Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round of the Australian Open - 2012 and from Samantha Stosur in the final of the US Open - 2011. Both the match ended with a score of 6: 2, 6: 3 in favor of Serena's rivals. And no more than four games were given to the American for the last time Elena Dementieva in the semifinals of Sydney-2009 - 6: 3, 6: 1.

By the way, Mugurusa will now play with the offender of her older sister Serena , Venus . She easily took the first set from Anna-Karolina Schmidlova , but the American woman was not enough for more. The 19-year-old Slovakian took the initiative and put the squeeze on her opponent - 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4. Let's note one more defeat of the seeded tennis player. Alize Cornet, who is now the first racket in France, did not cope with the powerful hitting the ball Taylor Townsend . Despite the apparent problems with being overweight, the black 18-year-old American won three games (6: 4, 4: 6, 6: 4), applying for the match on the second attempt.

Roland Garros. Men.
Second round

Ernest Gulbis (Latvia, 18) - Facundo Bagnis (Argentina, Q) - 6: 2, 7: 5, 6: 0.
Marcel Granollers (Spain) - Alexander Dolgopolov (Ukraine, 20) - 1: 6, 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 0, 6: 2.
Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) - Mikhail Youzhny (Russia, 15 ) - 6: 0, 6: 3, 3: 6, 6: 4.
Dmitry Tursunov (Russia, 31) - Sam Querrey (USA) - 6: 4, 7: 5, 6: 1.
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic, 6) - Alexander Nedovesov (Kazakhstan) - 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 4, 7: 5, 6: 3.
Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 2) - Jeremy Chardy (France ) - 6: 1, 6: 4, 6: 2.
Milos Raonic (Canada, 8) - Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) - 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 4, 6: 1.
Roger Federer (Switzerland, 4) - Diego-Sebastian Schwarzman (Argentina, Q) - 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 4.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(France, 13) - Jurgen Melzer (Austria) - 6: 2, 6: 3, 6: 4.
John Isner (USA, 10) - Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) - 6: 7 (8: 6), 7: 6 (4: 7), 6: 3, 7: 6 (4: 7).

She became the youngest participant in the third round of Roland Garros after Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova , who reached the 1/16 finals in 2009. The Russian woman was then 17 years old.

SHARAPOVA COPED WITH PIRONKOVA

Maria Sharapova coped with the resistance of Tsvetana Pironkova and achieved a victory in two sets. The Russian woman started unsuccessfully, making mistakes and immediately giving up her game. After that, for a while, a kind of balance was established - Tsvetana did not allow her opponent to approach her serve, but she could not do anything serious at the reception either. At the same time, Maria continued to make a lot of mistakes and hardly felt her game. And in the eighth game, she still managed to catch on to the reception and make a reverse break. After that, Sharapova began to play more confidently, although in the last rally it was not without luck - the ball hit the cable and fell under the net.

During the break between the games, Pironkova called a doctor - she was worried about her hip. The beginning of the set took place in an equal struggle, although in general Maria acted much cleaner than in the first game. And when the score was 3: 2, Sharapova increased her activity, performed several beautiful attacking strikes and made a break. The match was ending under a little rain - many spectators on the court opened their umbrellas. Fortunately, the rain did not become so strong as to interrupt the match on clay, and the Russian woman put the squeeze on her rival - 7: 5, 6: 2. In the third round, Maria, who can now be called one of the main favorites of the tournament, will play either Monica Niculescu , or Paula Ormaechea .

And another Russian woman , Elena Vesnina , dropped out of the tournament, losing to Aila Tomljanovic . The first set passed without loss of service, and in the tie-break Elena earned a set point on her serve - but after that she made two double mistakes in a row. Croatian took advantage of this generous gift, and in the second game she designed a hidden steering wheel, taking six games in a row with a score of 0: 2.

YUZHNY KID OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT, TURSUNOV OUT TO THE FEDERER

Mikhail Youzhny was defeated in the men's tournament. At the start, he played 0-2 in sets against Pablo Carreno-Busta , but could not repeat this feat in a duel with Radek Stepanek . The 35-year-old Czech played two games brilliantly, winning some incredible points both at the net and at the back line. The second set, however, could have turned out differently, do not lose Yuzhny two games with 40: 0. In the third game, Mikhail managed to improve the game on the serve and take advantage of his chances on the reception - but he did not succeed in the ending of the fourth set. Having given up two of his games, he tried to rectify the situation at the reception, but failed to do so - 0: 6, 3: 6, 6: 3, 4: 6.

But the fight continues Dmitry Tursunov . The Russian played a good match with Sam Querrey , having won a landslide victory in three games - 6: 4, 7: 5, 6: 1. In the third round, however, he will face many times more seriousth rival - Roger Federer .

The Swiss calmly dealt with Diego-Sebastian Schwarzman - 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 4. Confidently reached the 1/16 finals and Novak Djokovic , who beat Jeremy Chardy . The rest of the high-seeded players from this half of the bracket also remain in the tournament. Tomas Berdych defeated Alexander Nedovesov in four games, and Milos Raonic defeated Jiri Vesely .

Four Russian players are due to play on Thursday. Svetlana Kuznetsova will meet with Camila Giorgi, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - with Kiki Bertens , Ekaterina Makarova - with Coco Vandeweghe , and Teimuraz Gabashvili - with Leonardo Mayer . There will also be Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Andy Murray, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Elena Jankovic and many others.

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