Tennis fans didn't need to wait long for huge upsets in the 2014 French Open. After a mostly predictable first day to start the Grand Slam, both of the Australian Open winners have now been bounced in the opening round.
Stanislas Wawrinka, who came in as the world No. 3, was dropped in two sets by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Just one day later, world No. 2 Li Na saw her hopes at a second French Open end in the first round against No. 103 Kristina Mladenovic.
It appears something's in the water down in Roland Garros.
After two monumental upsets through just three days in the French Open, several of the world's best players still remain in the running. Might upsets be coming for even Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal?
With the tournament still raging on, here's a look at the latest results and storylines to watch over the remainder of the French Open.
|No. 5 David Ferrer def. Igor Sijsling||6-4, 6-3, 6-1|
|No. 7 Andy Murray def. Andrey Golubev||6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3|
|Ivo Karlovic def. No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov||6-4, 7-5, 7-6|
|No. 12 Richard Gasquet def. Bernard Tomic||6-2, 6-1, 7-5|
|No. 19 Kevin Anderson def. Stephane Robert||7-5, 6-3, 6-4|
|No. 23 Gael Monfils def. Victor Hanescu||6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|No. 24 Fernando Verdasco def. Michael Llodra||6-2, 7-6, 7-6|
|No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Pere Riba||7-5, 6-4, 6-1|
|No. 32 Andreas Seppi def. Santiago Giraldo||6-3, 7-5, 6-3|
|Carlos Berlocq def. Lleyton Hewitt||3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4|
|No. 16 Tommy Haas def. Jurgen Zopp||5-2 (ret.)|
|Jack Sock def. No. 21 Nicolas Almagro||5-0 (ret.)|
|Kristina Mladenovic def. No. 2 Li Na||7-5, 3-6, 6-1|
|No. 4 Simona Halep def. Alisa Kleybanova||6-0, 6-2|
|No. 11 Ana Ivanovic def. Caroline Garcia||6-1, 6-3|
|Yanina Wickmayer def. No. 13 Caroline Wozniacki||7-6, 4-6, 6-2|
|No. 15 Sloane Stephens def. Peng Shuai||6-4, 7-6|
|No. 21 Kirsten Flipkens def. Danka Kovinic||7-6, 6-2|
|No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova def. Shelby Rogers||6-2, 6-3|
|No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Kimiko Date-Krumm||6-3, 0-6, 6-2|
|No. 26 Sorana Cirstea def. Aleksandra Wozniak||6-7, 7-5, 6-2|
|No. 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Sofia Shapatava||6-3, 6-1|
|Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor def. No. 30 Klara Koukalova||7-6, 6-2|
|No. 10 Dinah Pfizenmaier def. Estrella Cabeza Candela||4-6, 6-3, 6-3|
Will Another Favorite Tumble Early?
Wawrinka down, Li out. Will the trend continue in Roland Garros after two early favorites were ousted?
That depends on who is considered a favorite. Even players like Maria Sharapova, who bowed out last season in Wimbledon during the second round, has been to at least the semifinals in her last three tries at the French Open.
ESPN Tennis takes a look back at Sharapova's recent surge on clay:
Sharapova's loss to Ivanovic marks only the 4th loss in last 50 clay matches (since '11 French Open). Previous three defeats came to Serena.— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) May 15, 2014
As for names like Williams and Nadal, both come in as the defending champions. After crushing the competition last season, Nadal comes in looking for his fifth straight title in Roland Garros and won't face any true contenders until the quarterfinals—potentially against No. 5 David Ferrer.
In Williams' case, the queen of the court might have one emotional contest coming up in the third round against her sister Venus. "It never gets easier. She's essentially the love of my life, so it's definitely difficult," she told Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press about the possible matchup.
Though there is no promise that any other presumed favorites will fall, many of the remaining ones have experience as champions.
Novak Djokovic Seeking Career Grand Slam
Just seven men have ever claimed a career Grand Slam by winning a title in every major tournament. While Novak Djokovic has six Grand Slams to his name, the world No. 2 has yet to emerge as the winner in the French Open.
It all might change this year, as Djokovic comes in after winning the ATP Internazionali BNL d'Italia. That was on a clay surface. He also did so by downing the "King of Clay," Nadal, in the final match.
The Djoker spoke with ATPWorldTour.com about his expectations coming into the second Grand Slam of the season:
The last few years have been quite successful for me in Roland Garros, especially the last two where I played finals and semi-finals and lost in both of the matches against [Rafael] Nadal, who has the best record on clay and best record here in Roland Garros, and is obviously still the No. 1 favorite to win the tournament this year.
But I have played some epic matches against him, especially the one last year in the semi-finals. We went the distance, so even though it was a tough loss on me and I was putting a lot of emotional effort into winning this event last year, I still take the positives from that tournament. Knowing that I have gotten closer and closer each year to the title gives me enough reason to be confident for the start of this year.
After getting off to a good start in Roland Garros on Monday, look for Djokovic to compete at his highest level to finally complete the astonishing feat. If he can get past Nadal en route to taking the title, it will obviously be even more notable.
Serena Williams Looking to Repeat at Roland Garros
Which is likelier?
After a disappointing fourth-round exit in the Aussie Open, Williams has her sights set on defending her crown at the French Open.
The 32-year-old started off the tournament strong by crushing Alize Lim in the first round. Unlike Li, who suffered a befuddling defeat in her opening match, Williams triumphed through early struggles to continue her streak at Roland Garros.
With a huge potential match against older sister Venus, she can hopefully get past the likely distraction.
As for the upcoming competition if she downs Venus, Williams might face off with Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska in her attempt to repeat.
After seeing Na bow out early in the tournament, the tournament is even more winnable than before for the elder Williams sister. As she stares her 18th Grand Slam win in the face, Williams might just have what it takes to claim her third title at Roland Garros.
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