French Open 2014: Day 4 Results, Highlights and Scores Recap from Roland Garros

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IMay 28, 2014

Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves after losing her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament in two sets 2-6, 2-6, against Spain's Garbine Muguruza at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press

Another day, another surprising upset in the 2014 French Open. Only this time, a No. 1 player went down in Roland Garros.   

Serena Williams came into Paris as the No. 1 seed and defending champion, but Garbine Muguruza was too much for the 17-time Grand Slam winner, advancing 6-2, 6-2 in straight sets. Williams' loss came shortly after watching her sister Venus fall to 19-year-old Anna Schmiedlova.

Along with both Williams sisters, No. 12 Flavia Pennetta was also sent packing after losing the final two sets of her match against Johanna Larsson. Pennetta might not have been a serious contender, but was expected to advance past the second round on Wednesday.

On the men's side, No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny was embarrassed in the first set and ultimately fell to Radek Stepanek, 6-0, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Superior players like No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Roger Federer both cruised to convincing wins into the third round of play.

Let's take a look at all of the notable action from Day 4 of the French Open and a breakdown of the most prominent matches from Wednesday.


Day 4 Men's Results

Notable French Open Day 4 2nd-Round Men's Singles Results
No. 29 Gilles Simon def. Alejandro Gonzalez6-4, 6-0, 6-2
No. 27 Roberto Bautista Agut def. Benoit Paire6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2
No. 18 Ernests Gulbis def. Facundo Bagnis6-2, 7-5, 6-0
Radek Stepanek def. No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny6-0, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Marcel Granollers def. No. 20 Alexandr Dolgopolov1-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 Novak Djokovic def. Jeremy Chardy6-1, 6-4, 6-2
No. 8 Milos Raonic def. Jiri Vesely7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1
No. 31 Dmitry Tursunov def. Sam Querrey6-4, 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 Roger Federer def. Diego Schwartzman6-3, 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Tomas Berdych def. Aleksandr Nedovyesov6(4)-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Jurgen Melzer6-2, 6-3, 6-4
No. 17 Tommy Robredo def. Kenny De Schepper6-2, 6-3, 6-3


Day 4 Women's Results

Notable French Open Day 4 2nd-Round Women's Singles Results
Anna Schmiedlova def. No. 29 Venus Williams2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Garbine Muguruza def. No. 1 Serena Williams6-2, 6-2
Johanna Larsson def. No. 12 Flavia Pennetta5-7, 6-4, 6-2
No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard def. Julia Goerges2-6, 6-2, 6-1
No. 31 Daniela Hantuchova def. Claire Feuerstein6-1, 6-4
No. 8 Angelique Kerber def. Varvara Lepchenko6-2, 7-5
No. 19 Samantha Stosur def. Yvonne Meusburger6-1, 6-3
No. 9 Dominika Cibulkova def. Tamira Paszek6-3, 6-4
Mona Barthel def. No. 16 Sabine Lisicki6-1, 3-0 (ret.)
No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro def. Timea Bacsinszky7-5, 1-6, 6-4
No. 7 Maria Sharapova def. Tsvetana Pironkova7-5, 6-2
Taylor Townsend def. No. 20 Alize Cornet6-4, 4-6, 6-4


Defending Champion Serena Williams Eliminated

No one saw this coming.

Even after Li Na was downed on Tuesday, a shocking upset of the No. 1 player in the second round was certainly not expected. On top of that, Williams lost in straight sets while only winning a total of four games against the 20-year-old Muguruza.

Coming in as the defending champion at Roland Garros, Williams was simply routed by an inferior opponent after a shaky start in the first round. Chris Chase of USA Today notes just how historic the loss was for Williams:

Serena Williams didn’t just lose on Wednesday at the French Open, she suffered the worst loss of her Grand Slam career to a player who had never won a set against a player ranked in the top eight.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain routed the world No. 1 and reigning champion 6-2, 6-2, giving Serena her first second-round defeat at a major since the 1998 Australian Open, when she lost to big sister Venus in her first-ever Grand Slam appearance.

Following Williams' loss, the top two seeds losing also made history in Grand Slam history, according to the WTA:

The 32-year-old was never able to gain any ground throughout the match, but she didn't make any excuses for her play either. Following the disappointing loss, Williams told reporters, per Chase, "It was one of those days."

Williams had her serve broken five times against Muguruza and found herself heading home much earlier than anticipated. When the two players met at the court, the Williams gave Muguruza encouragement moving forward, per Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:

After coming in as the world No. 1, Williams joins Li on the plane back from Paris. As for the likely favorite remaining, No. 7 Maria Sharapova might just be the one to watch in the women's bracket.


Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer Advance to Third Round

Two of the most superior players in the men's game took to the court and, unlike the previous days in Paris, both walked off unscathed.

Both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer come into the French Open teeming with confidence. For Djokovic, the Serbian is in search of the final major tournament to complete a career Grand Slam.

The 27-year-old is the believed co-favorite with Rafael Nadal in Paris, as Roland Garros attempts to settle the debate:

What the Djoker did on Day 4 of the tournament was simply crush Jeremy Chardy. Nole has never lost a set to Chardy over the course of his career, and he continued that streak on Wednesday with a straight-sets victory.

Brad Gilbert of Brad Gilbert Tennis provides his thoughts on the lopsided triumph for Djokovic:

As for Federer, he clinched a historic win at Roland Garros in a straight-sets victory over Diego Schwartzman. The No. 4 player in the world won his 60th match at the historic French venue, making him the first man to win 60 in every Grand Slam, per ATP.

While Djokovic made his win look simple, the ATP report also passes along Federer's thoughts on his second-round victory:

“I think it was kind of tough all the way through for me," Federer said. "I didn't feel relaxed for the entire match ... He managed to put pressure on me and keep the pressure on me.”

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 28:  Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot during his men';s singles match against Diego Sebastian Schwartzman of Argentina on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunsk
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Both players now move forward to the third round and might ultimately play one another for the right to reach the final. With each member of the elite class of men's tennis still involved in the tournament, including Nadal and Andy Murray, all four will likely play a huge part in the champion in Paris.

As Federer looks for victory No. 61, Djoker is simply looking for title No. 1 at Roland Garros as the tournament moves forward. If both continue to play at the intensity they've shown thus far, any player in their path might simply be carnage on the court by the end of the French Open.


Venus Williams, Mikhail Youzhny Also Ousted Early

While the big news on the day was Serena Williams being ousted, her sister was another huge story on Day 4 early on.

The elder Williams sister went up a set at the start of the match but couldn't overcome Schmiedlova in the final two sets. ESPN Stats & Info notes just how rare the loss of both Williams sisters on the same day is:

Though her loss was less surprising than her younger sister's defeat, Williams still came away with at least one set win.

On the men's side, Youzhny's loss was surprising only in the sense that he came out extremely flat in the opening set. The No. 15 player in the world was unable to win a single game in the first set and only won just a single frame throughout the match.

Neither player was exactly expected to come away with a win in the tournament, but neither was expected to be gone before the third round of play, either. As with the rest of the French Open thus far, nothing can be expected with any certainty at Roland Garros.


Follow R. Cory Smith on Twitter:


    On Tennis: Daria Kasatkina and Naomi Osaka Represent a New Wave

    Tennis logo

    On Tennis: Daria Kasatkina and Naomi Osaka Represent a New Wave

    Christopher Clarey
    via Nytimes

    Indian Wells: Venus Williams & Simona Halep suffer shock semi-final losses

    Tennis logo

    Indian Wells: Venus Williams & Simona Halep suffer shock semi-final losses

    BBC Sport
    via BBC Sport

    Indian Wells Women's Semis Results

    Tennis logo

    Indian Wells Women's Semis Results

    Joseph Zucker
    via Bleacher Report

    Sharapova Withdraws from Miami Open

    Tennis logo

    Sharapova Withdraws from Miami Open

    Gill Clark
    via Bleacher Report