While a majority of the big names, including defending champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, are still alive at the 2014 French Open at Roland Garros, a handful of notable contenders have been dispatched on the Paris clay through the tournament's first three days.
Defending Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka was the marquee upset victim through the first two days of play, but the Swiss star has company after Tuesday's action.
Read on to find out which players suffered the most shocking defeats on Day 3.
|2014 French Open - Notable Day 3 Singles Scores|
|(5) David Ferrer def. Igor Sijsling||6-4, 6-3, 6-1|
|(7) Andy Murray def. Andrey Golubev||6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3|
|Ivo Karlovic def. (11) Grigor Dimitrov||6-4, 7-5, 7-6(4)|
|(12) Richard Gasquet def. Bernard Tomic||6-2, 6-1, 7-5|
|Kristina Mladenovic def. (2) Li Na||7-5, 3-6, 6-1|
|(4) Simona Halep def. Alisa Kleybanova||6-0, 6-2|
|(11) Ana Ivanovic def. Caroline Garcia||6-1, 6-3|
|Yanina Wickmayer def. (13) Caroline Wozniacki||7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2|
*Click here to view complete Day 3 results via RolandGarros.com.
Reigning Aussie Open Champ Exits Early
One day after Wawrinka was bounced in the first round at Roland Garros, 2014 Aussie Open women's champ Li Na fell victim to yet another jaw-dropping upset.
The second-seeded Chinese contender lost in three sets to unseeded Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, who currently ranks 103rd in the world.
Afterward, Li admitted that she didn't put up the necessary resistance to advance Tuesday, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com):
"Nobody say if you No. 2 in the world you have to win all the matches. I mean, this is tennis. I think doesn't matter who plays today against me; I always lose the match today because I don't think she...put a lot of pressure [on] me. I think today just I gave it away."
Despite some shaky play early, Li appeared poised to survive after taking the second set in just over a half hour. But the third set belonged to Mladenovic, who won 27 of 39 total points and committed just five unforced errors en route to a 6-1 blowout.
For Li, who won this Slam back in 2011, the loss is not only disappointing but worrisome at age 32.
Men's Singles Dark Horse Routed
After winning two ATP singles titles in 2014 and coming off a semifinal run at the Rome Masters earlier this month, 11th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov was viewed by many tennis pundits as a dark horse in this year's men's draw.
However, the Bulgarian only needed three sets to fall short of expectations, suffering a stunning straight-sets loss to 6'11" Croat Ivo Karlovic on Tuesday, as pointed out by The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg:
Although the numbers between the two men were relatively similar, the difference was Karlovic's play in the key moments. He converted on two of four break points in the match compared to Dimitrov's zero-of-one performance.
Despite having recently turned 23, Dimitrov's early exit is extremely disappointing considering he had reached the quarterfinals in his most recent Slam appearance Down Under back in January. He had also reached the third round at Roland Garros in 2013.
Having never been past the second round at Wimbledon, it'll be back to the drawing board for Dimitrov as he prepares for next month's grass-court Grand Slam at the All England Club.
Former World No. 1 Falls
Following a tumultuous week off the court, one in which her engagement to golf superstar Rory McIlroy was called off, former world No. 1 and 13th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki was clearly rattled, losing in the first round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2007.
ESPN's Rick Reilly breaks down Wozniacki's difficult stretch:
But as SI's Beyond the Baseline notes, there was another factor in play:
What's more, Wozniacki's opponent, 24-year-old Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, was a first-round loser in each of her past two tries at the French Open.
Wickmayer, currently ranked 64th in the world, gained a massive boost early by outlasting the 23-year-old Dane in a first-set tiebreak. Wozniacki would rally to win the second set and level the match, but she ran out of gas in the deciding set as Wickmayer picked apart her serve.
Wozniacki would win just eight of 22 total service points and was able to save just one of four break points in the third set.
Now, Wozniacki will have less than a month to recover from her nagging knee injury and refocus on her craft. She's never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon and hasn't been past the third round in any of her past five major appearances.
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