The French Open is always one of the wildest tennis tournaments of the year, and after an unpredictable first few days of the 2013 edition, some of the most shocking scores have resulted in early exits for top stars at Roland Garros.
Each of the following players were expected to make so much more of an impact on the championship hunt, but an early exit at the French Open has sent them home with a disappointing finish.
Caroline Wozniacki Drops the Ball Again
There is no questioning that Caroline Wozniacki is one of the best female tennis players around today—currently ranked 10th-best in the world—but on the clay courts of Roland Garros and the French Open, she struggles mightily.
After beating Laura Robson in the first round, the hope that she was turning the corner on the French Open struggles of the past was high. Despite the belief that Wozniacki was ready to dominate on the clay, it was Bojana Jovanovski who sent her home with another second-round loss.
|Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) ||6||6||--|
|Laura Robson (GBR)||3||2||--|
|Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) ||6(2)||3||--|
|Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)||7(7)||6||--|
Wozniacki has now entered seven French Opens in her career and has only managed to make it out of the third round once (she made it to the quarterfinals in 2010), resulting in this Grand Slam tournament being her ultimate challenge.
As much as fans should come to expect the early exit from Wozniacki when it comes time to visit Roland Garros, it’s never easy to see one of the top players in the world cast aside with ease.
Before she can be considered the best in the world again, Wozniacki must get the French Open monkey off her back. Maybe next year.
Tomas Berdych Stunned in First Round
As the No. 6-ranked men’s tennis player in the world, the expectations are very high for Tomas Berdych. After being bounced by Gael Monfils in the first round of the 2013 French Open, the rising star has been dealt a serious blow.
Monfils admittedly had the edge as a Frenchman playing in front of the rowdy Roland Garros crowd, but as one of the top-ranked players in the sport, the atmosphere is not supposed to be too big to handle.
Berdych crumbled under the pressure.
|Tomas Berdych (CZE) ||6(8)||4||7(7)||7(7)||5|
|Gael Monfils (FRA)||7(10)||6||6(3)||6(4)||7|
The tennis world was expecting Berdych to do much better, but when looking at his history at the French Open—five first-round losses and just one semifinals appearance in 11 attempts—it shouldn’t come as a shock that he struggled.
It’s natural to be stunned when a player knocking on the door of being a top-five player in the world losses in the first round of a Grand Slam, but the clay of Roland Garros has a way of making the best players in the world look foolish at times.