But afternoon showers in Paris weren't enough to save 2011 French Open champion Li Na from a shocking second-round upset at the hands of unseeded American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The 28-year-old underdog overcame a slow start and a long break because of rain to win the final two sets in dominant fashion, via Roland Garros on Twitter:
Mattek-Sands pulls off the upset in the rain! She defeated Li Na 5-7 6-3 6-2 #RG13— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 30, 2013
Sixth-seeded Li joins Caroline Wozniacki as notable early upset victims at Roland Garros.
In the men's draw, top seed Novak Djokovic cruised in straight sets as many expected. He's headed to the third round in Paris for the eighth straight time. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal will have to wait another day to play after his match was canceled.
Here we'll get you caught up on what went down on Day 5 at the French Open.
Notable Day 5 Results
|Novak Djokovic (1) defeats Guido Pella||6-2, 6-0, 6-2|
|Kei Nishikori (13) defeats Grega Zemlja||6-1, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4|
|Grigor Dimitrov (26) defeats Lucas Pouille||6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1|
|Fabio Fognini (27) defeats Lukas Rosol||6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-1|
|Victoria Azarenka (3) defeats Annika Beck||6-4, 6-3|
|Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeats Li Na (6)||5-7, 6-3, 6-2|
|Petra Kvitova (7) defeats Shuai Peng||6-4, 6-3|
|Samantha Stosur (9) defeats Kristina Mladenovic||6-4, 6-3|
|Marina Erakovic defeats Dominika Cibulkova (16)||6-2, 2-6, 6-4|
|Sloane Stephens (17) defeats Vania King||6-1, 6-3|
|Jelena Jankovic (18) defeats Garbine Muguruza||6-3, 6-0|
|Paula Ormaechea defeats Yaroslava Shvedova (27)||6-4, 7-6 (8-6)|
Rain Continues to Put Damper on French Open
For the third straight day rain showers were the topic of conversation at Roland Garros as they forced players to stop, start and adjust.
Showers late in the evening made for a significant delay that ultimately resulted in the cancellation of several Day 5 matches, most notably Rafael Nadal's second-round showdown with Martin Klizan that hadn't started, per Roland Garros:
New matches will not be sent out. However, matches that are already underway will hopefully resume. Grounds staff working on them now #RG13— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 30, 2013
The seven-time champion will have to wait until Friday to attempt to advance to the third round of the men's draw.
Official: all tennis done for the day #RG13— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 30, 2013
The good news is the forecast for the next few days looks promising, as there is no rain in sight.
Former Champion Li Na Exits in Second Round
Despite a fast start from the 31-year-old Chinese star, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the current world No. 67, battled back in the second set, recording twice as many winners as Li (14-7) and winning 74 percent of her first-serve points to even the match at a set apiece.
In the third and final set, Mattek-Sands won a remarkable 56 percent of her receiving points to easily finish off Li, taking the final frame 6-2 and leaving no doubt about who the better player was on Thursday.
Mattek-Sands reached the third round once before in 2011, but she lost to Jelena Jankovic in straight sets.
For Li, Thursday's gut-wrenching defeat marks the earliest she's ever lost at the French Open in seven career trips. Don't expect her to make any excuses, though, per Roland Garros:
Mattek-Sands will take on surprising young Argentine Paula Ormaechea next in the third round.
Novak Djokovic Steamrolls into Third Round
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic made it look easy on Thursday, blowing past Argentine Guido Pella, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the third round of the men's draw. Roland Garros captured this highlight of Djokovic celebrating his victory:
The match lasted less than two hours as Djokovic converted 7-of-16 break points and watched the 23-year-old Pella commit 34 unforced errors. The Serb's dominance was obvious when you look at his 78 percent first-serve points won and 54 percent total receiving points won.
The six-time major winner was also phenomenal at the net on Day 5, winning 17-of-23 net points.
Djokovic will next play 26th-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in Round 3, who beat him in the second round at the Madrid Masters in their most recent meeting.
Victoria Azarenka Advances for Second Straight Day
One day after winning her first-round match in straight sets, women's No. 3 seed Victoria Azarenka won again in straight sets to advance to the third round of the French Open, per Roland Garros:
The two-time reigning Australian Open champion defeated Germany's Annika Beck, 6-4, 6-3 to earn her third consecutive third-round appearance at Roland Garros.
Despite looking shaky at times in the first set, committing five double faults, the 23-year-old Belarusian hit her stride in the second frame, breaking Beck three times and converting on all seven of her points at the net to wrap up the set in under 40 minutes
Azarenka will take on the winner of Alize Cornet vs. Silvia Soler-Espinosa in the third round.
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