2014 French Open

French Open 2014: Day 3 Results, Highlights and Scores Recap from Roland Garros

Chinas Li Na returns the ball to France's Kristina Mladenovic during their first round match of  the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2014

Although Day 3 of the 2014 French Open was somewhat short on star power with most of the top players in both draws enjoying a day off, a few surprising results made for a very interesting slate of tennis.

The rain that plagued the first couple days of play at Roland Garros was not a factor Tuesday, but the big upset reared its ugly head on a few occasions.   

Nobody was bitten harder than women's No. 2 seed Li Na, who shockingly crashed out in the first round. Li wasn't alone, though, as a handful of seeded players in both draws were forced to leave Paris early.

Disappointment didn't rule the day for every big name, though, as British superstar Andy Murray was able to survive a first-round test and continue his quest for his first French Open title. In addition to that, defending French Open finalist David Ferrer moved on in convincing fashion.

The wide-open women's bracket featured wins from No. 4 seed Simona Halep and No. 11 Ana Ivanovic, who is a threat to potentially make a run to the final thanks to her current form.

With Day 3 of the French Open in the books, here is a look at the notable singles results from Roland Garros along with further analysis regarding Tuesday's biggest storylines.

 

Day 3 Men's Results

Notable French Open Day 3 First-Round Men's Singles Results
MatchupScore
No. 5 David Ferrer def. Igor Sijsling6-4, 6-3, 6-1
No. 7 Andy Murray def. Andrey Golubev6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Ivo Karlovic def. No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov6-4, 7-5, 7-6
No. 12 Richard Gasquet def. Bernard Tomic6-2, 6-1, 7-5
No. 19 Kevin Anderson def. Stephane Robert7-5, 6-3, 6-4
No. 23 Gael Monfils def. Victor Hanescu6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 24 Fernando Verdasco def. Michael Llodra6-2, 7-6, 7-6
No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Pere Riba7-5, 6-4, 6-1
No. 32 Andreas Seppi def. Santiago Giraldo6-3, 7-5, 6-3
Carlos Berlocq def. Lleyton Hewitt3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4
No. 16 Tommy Haas def. Jurgen Zopp5-2 (ret.)
Jack Sock def. No. 21 Nicolas Almagro5-0 (ret.)
RolandGarros.com

 

Day 3 Women's Results

Notable French Open Day 3 First-Round Women's Singles Results
MatchupScore
Kristina Mladenovic def. No. 2 Li Na7-5, 3-6, 6-1
No. 4 Simona Halep def. Alisa Kleybanova6-0, 6-2
No. 11 Ana Ivanovic def. Caroline Garcia6-1, 6-3
Yanina Wickmayer def. No. 13 Caroline Wozniacki7-6, 4-6, 6-2
No. 15 Sloane Stephens def. Peng Shuai6-4, 7-6
No. 21 Kirsten Flipkens def. Danka Kovinic7-6, 6-2
No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova def. Shelby Rogers6-2, 6-3
No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Kimiko Date-Krumm6-3, 0-6, 6-2
No. 26 Sorana Cirstea def. Aleksandra Wozniak6-7, 7-5, 6-2
No. 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Sofia Shapatava6-3, 6-1
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor def. No. 30 Klara Koukalova7-6, 6-2
No. 10 Dinah Pfizenmaier def. Estrella Cabeza Candela4-6, 6-3, 6-3
RolandGarros.com

 

Defending Australian Open Champ Li Na Upset

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27:  Na Li of China shakes hands at the net with Kristina Mladenovic of France after her defeat in the women's singles match on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

It didn't take long for the first major upset to occur in the men's draw at Roland Garros as defending Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka was upended by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Monday. The women's side featured a similar surprise Wednesday in the form of Li Na bowing out against Kristina Mladenovic.

After dropping the first set to the 21-year-old native of France, Li bounced back to win the second. Rather than capitalizing on that momentum, however, Li was crushed by Mladenovic in the third set as she fell 5-7, 6-3, 1-6.

Like Wawrinka, Li won the Aussie Open earlier this year. With this loss, though, it marks the first time that both Australian Open champs have lost in the first round at Roland Garros, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

Although Li has never been regarded as an elite clay-court player, she won the French Open in 2011. She has certainly been susceptible to poor matches on the red stuff, though, and that was the case Tuesday.

According to Li's comments courtesy of the Roland Garros Twitter account, her loss may have had more to do with the mental part of the game than anything:

Even though Li is a hugely popular player on tour due to her jovial personality, the crowd was not in her favor. That was to be expected since Mladenovic was playing in front of her home fans.

Mladenovic admitted that the crowd support had plenty to do with her major upset:

Li's ouster certainly hurts the depth of competition in the women's draw, but it opens things up in a major way for someone unexpected to make a run. The French Open has played host to some surprising runs in recent years, and another could very well be on the horizon.

Only one of Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova can reach the final since they are on track to play in the quarters. Assuming one of them survives and makes it all the way to the end, their opponent could be any number of players.

Mladenovic may not be at the top of that list, but she is uber talented and has a lot of people on her side. Regardless of who prevails, the bottom half of the ladies' draw at Roland Garros will be extremely interesting.

 

Andy Murray Advances to Second Round

With top players in both draws dropping like flies, No. 7 seed Andy Murray had to be on full alert entering his first-round meeting with Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan. The Brit seemed to be well on his way to a fairly easy victory as he went up 2-0 in sets, but Golubev got back in it by taking the third. Murray didn't allow the pressure to get to him, though, as he ultimately closed it out 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in four sets.

As pointed out by Neil Harman of The Times, it was a big win for Murray simply because several other heavy favorites have already been sent packing:

Murray was nowhere close to perfect and there is no question that he'll have to improve if he hopes to compete with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Big-time players win matches at all costs even when they aren't at their best, though, and Murray did that Tuesday.

Murray is still in a position where he is working his way back into top form after missing time due to injury. According to Piers Newbery of BBC Sport, Murray felt good about his progress in that regard prior to the start of the French Open.

"Rome was a good step forward," Murray said "I need to build on that, take confidence from it, and I need to try to keep that consistency for the next four or five months if I can. I've obviously got a big focus on these next couple of weeks, and hopefully I can have a good run."

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27:  Andy Murray of Great Britain returns a shot during his men's singles match against Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Im
Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Murray took the first step toward that good run he desires, but the competition is bound to get tougher. With that said, Murray is in the same quarter as Wawrinka, who was knocked out in the first round. Murray is suddenly the favorite to reach the semis from that portion of the draw, but he won't be able to rely on talent alone.

Add in the fact that a semi against Nadal and a final against Djokovic are possibilities if Murray makes it that far and it's clear that he simply can't afford to look too far ahead.

 

Grigor Dimitrov, Caroline Wozniacki Among High-Profile Upsets

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27:  Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria returns a shot during his men's singles match against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

While Li was certainly the biggest name to go down Tuesday, she certainly had some company. On the men's side it was rising star Grigor Dimitrov who looked listless in a straight-sets loss to Ivo Karlovic.

The No. 11-seeded Bulgarian was expected to make some noise at Roland Garros, but he fell 4-6, 5-7, 6-7 to the big-serving Croatian. Dimitrov earned just one break-point opportunity against the near 7-footer, and he was never able to disrupt his serve.

Dimitrov has all the promise in the world, but Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times rightly alluded to his struggles in Grand Slam tournaments:

Although Dimitrov simply looked over-matched on the court against Karlovic, he suggested that personal issues played a role in his disappointing loss, per Douglas Robson of USA Today:

Another potential case of personal problems impacting play occurred in the women's draw. Yanina Wickmayer upset No. 13 seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 in three sets on the heels of the latter's breakup from star golfer Rory McIlroy.

After her defeat, Wozniacki didn't make any excuses:

Based on her comments after news of the split became public, though, it is difficult to imagine that she was able to focus solely on tennis:

Wozniacki's on-court struggles over the past couple years are well documented, but the McIlroy situation couldn't have helped matters.

Also, No. 21 Nicolas Almagro fell to American Jack Sock on the men's side as the Spaniard retired due to a foot injury with Sock leading 5-0 in the first set, per Ron Powell of JournalStar.com.

Sock's win was part of a fairly strong day for Americans as American women Sloane Stephens, Alison Riske and Coco Vandeweghe moved on too.

Based on the sheer amount of upsets that have already occurred through just three days, this tournament promises to be an unpredictable one.

Clay-court tourneys seemingly always set the stage for some shocking results, and the 2014 French Open hasn't disappointed thus far.

With so many matches left to be played, the surface has likely only been scratched in terms of upsets.

 

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