Two of the heavy favorites in the men's and women's singles draw both cruised on Day 4 at the 2013 French Open.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams made it look easy as they each won in straight sets to advance to the third round at Roland Garros. And while most top seeds enjoyed success on Wednesday, world No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki went out early in disappointing fashion.
Rain once again threatened to disrupt play during the afternoon, but fortunately the showers passed and all of the day's matches were able to be played as scheduled, via Roland Garros:
Play suspended due to rain. Players still on court, though, in hopes of waiting it out under umbrellas. #RG13— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 29, 2013
That was quick! Play resuming. #RG13— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 29, 2013
With more second-round action set to continue on Thursday, here we'll get up to speed on what went down in Paris on Day 4.
Notable Day 4 Results
|Roger Federer (2) defeats Somdev Devvarman||6-2, 6-1, 6-1|
|David Ferrer (4) defeats Albert Montanes||6-2, 6-1, 6-3|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6) defeats Jarkko Nieminen||7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-3|
|Janko Tipsarevic (8) defeats Nicolas Mahut||6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1|
|Nicolas Almagro (11) defeats Edouard Roger-Vasselin||6-2, 6-4, 6-3|
|Milos Raonic (14) defeats Michael Llodra||7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2|
|Gilles Simon (15) defeats Pablo Cuevas||6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1|
|Sam Querrey (18) defeats Jan Hajek||6-4, 7-5, 6-4|
|Andreas Seppi (20) defeats Blaz Kavcic||6-0, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (2-7), 4-6, 6-3|
|Gael Monfils defeats Ernests Gulbis||6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2|
|Serena Williams (1) defeats Caroline Garcia||6-1, 6-2|
|Victoria Azarenka (3) defeats Elena Vesnina||6-1, 6-4|
|Agnieszka Radwanska (4) defeats Mallory Burdette||6-3, 6-2|
|Sara Errani (5) defeats Yulia Putintseva||6-1, 6-1|
|Petra Kvitova (7) defeats Aravane Rezai||6-3, 4-6, 6-2|
|Angelique Kerber (8) defeats Jana Cepelova||6-2, 6-2|
|Bojana Jovanovski defeats Caroline Wozniacki (10)||7-6 (7-2), 6-3|
|Ana Ivanovic (14) defeats Mathilde Johansson||6-2, 6-2|
|Varvara Lepchenko (29) defeats Elina Svitolina||7-6 (7-5), 6-1|
Serena Williams Dominates
World No. 1 and women's top seed Serena Williams looked unbeatable again on Wednesday, taking out French teenager Caroline Garcia in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, in the second round.
Williams recorded six aces and 27 winners in a victory that took her just over an hour to complete. She has now lost just four games total through the first two rounds this year.
The victory also extends Williams' overall streak to 26 matches, per Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:
Serena Williams wins her 26th straight match, 6-1, 6-2 over Caroline Garcia in 62 minutes. Convincing stuff yet again from the No1. #rg13— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 29, 2013
Williams will take on Romanian Sorana Cirstea in the third round. Cirstea reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2009 but has struggled since, losing in the first round here a year ago.
Roger Federer Keeps Cruising
It's no secret that Roger Federer doesn't lose in the early rounds at major tournaments (he's reached the quarterfinals at every major tournament since the 2004 French Open). Even nearing age 32, the Swiss legend is the safest bet in tennis when it comes to the first week of a Slam.
Which Day 4 winner was most impressive?
Fed blew past unseeded Somdev Devvarman in Round 2 on Wednesday, winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 to pick up his 56th career victory at the French Open.
While Fed's serve wasn't as lights-out as we've seen it in the past, he was able to win an impressive 75 percent of his service points for the match. What's more, Fed struck 54 winners to Devvarman's 12.
Up next for Federer is 30th-seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau in Round 3. Although Federer has dominated Benneteau over the years, the world No. 32 upset his fellow 31-year-old in the quarterfinals at Rotterdam last February in their most recent meeting, according to Roland Garros:
Caroline Wozniacki Goes Down
Recently, Caroline Wozniacki has become the face of underachievement in tennis. The former world No. 1 bowed out in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday, losing in straight sets to Bojana Jovanovski, via Beyond the Baseline:
Even worse, the 22-year-old Dane was the first woman in the Top 10 to lose this year, according to ESPN Tennis:
Wozniacki double faulted three times in the loss, and she committed 18 unforced errors to just 13 winners. Credit Jovanovski for playing a superb match, though. The Serb won 77 percent of her first-serve points and won two key break points in the second set to finish off the upset.
Since reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros in 2010, Wozniacki has failed to get past the third round at the season's second Grand Slam event.
Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska Both Roll
Before Caroline Wozniacki became the first Top 10 woman to fall at the French Open, Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska took care of business early in the day on Wednesday, each winning in straight sets.
For Azarenka, the victory came a day later than it should have after rain on Tuesday forced her first-round match to Day 4.
The extra day off certainly didn't hurt Azarenka, though, as she received a lift from the ball kids, winning 49 percent of her receiving points for the match and committing just 13 unforced errors in all. She'll take on Germany's Annika Beck in Round 2.
Meanwhile, Radwanska, who played the first match on Court No. 1 on Wednesday, was equally as dominant in her win over American Mallory Burdette, recording 14 winners and committing just five unforced errors for the match. Radwanska will battle German Dinah Pfizenmaier in the third round.
Keep in mind that Radwanska has never been past the fourth round at Roland Garros, while Azarenka has yet to reach the semifinals in seven tries on the Paris clay.
There was plenty to smile about for the French supporters watching from the stands on Wednesday, as a number of the top-seeded men's players survived and advanced.
Sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won early in the day, taking out Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets in the second round to excite the crowd surrounding Court Philippe Chatrier. The 28-year-old won a dramatic first-set tiebreaker and never looked back, via Roland Garros:
Fifteenth-seeded Gilles Simon also won his second-round match, beating Pablo Cuevas in four sets after dropping the opening frame in a tiebreaker. Simon took each of the final three sets by a score of 6-1.
Frenchmen Gael Monfils, Benoit Paire and Julien Benneteau also won their Day 4 matches.
On the women's side, Virginie Razzano, most famous for her first-round upset of Serena Williams at this tournament a year ago, won in three sets over Zuzana Kucova to advance to the third round of the French Open for the first time since 2009.
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