The stunners just keep on coming at the 2014 French Open, where the women's singles draw is wide open following the departure of defending champion Serena Williams on Day 4.
The two-time French Open champion and world No. 1 joins second-seeded Li Na on the list of early upset victims and opens the door for Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Ana Ivanovic and others to break through at Roland Garros this summer.
With Wednesday's action winding down, let's take a closer look at the day's most notable second-round results.
|2014 French Open Scores - Day 4 Singles|
|(2) Novak Djokovic def. Jeremy Chardy||6-1, 6-4, 6-2|
|(4) Roger Federer def. Diego Sebastian Schwartzman||6-3, 6-4, 6-4|
|(6) Tomas Berdych def. Aleksandr Nedovyesov||6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3|
|(8) Milos Raonic def. Jiri Vesely||7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1|
|(13) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Jurgen Melzer||6-2, 6-3, 6-4|
|Radek Stepanek def. (15) Mikhail Youzhny||6-0, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4|
|Garbine Muguruza def. (1) Serena Williams||6-2, 6-2|
|(3) Agnieszka Radwanska def. Karolina Pliskova||6-3, 6-4|
|(7) Maria Sharapova def. Tsvetana Pironkova||7-5, 6-2|
|(8) Angelique Kerber def. Varvara Lepchenko||6-2, 7-5|
|(9) Dominika Cibulkova def. Tamira Paszek||6-3, 6-4|
|Taylor Townsend def. (20) Alize Cornet||6-4, 4-6, 6-4|
|Anna Schmiedlova def. (29) Venus Williams||2-6, 6-3, 6-4|
*Click here to view complete Day 4 scores via RolandGarros.com.
Both Williams Sisters Stunned
Conspiracy theorists will argue that neither Serena nor Venus Williams wanted to face each other in the third round of the women's singles draw later this week and, therefore, left their A-game at home on Wednesday.
Regardless of the reason, both Williams sisters are out in Round 2 following shocking losses on Day 4.
ESPN Stats & Info provides some perspective:
2002 French Open finalist and No. 29 seed Venus blew a one-set-to-love lead against 19-year-old Slovak Anna Schmiedlova, winning the opening set in 35 minutes only to fade down the stretch. The young underdog would figure out Williams' serve in the second frame, winning 12-of-21 points on return and converting on each of her two break points.
The deciding set featured more of the same as Schmiedlova continued to pressure Williams' serve, and the seven-time Grand Slam winner began piling up the unforced errors, finishing with 47 for the match.
Meanwhile, on Court Suzanne Lenglen, it was another young European, Spain's Garbine Muguruza, shocking defending champion and world No. 1 Serena—who provided little resistance in a straight-sets loss that took just over an hour to complete.
Williams double-faulted five times in the match, won only 46 percent of her total service points and recorded just eight winners to an eye-popping 29 unforced errors.
Afterward, Williams discussed what went wrong, per SI.com's Courtney Nguyen:
I don’t think anything worked for me. It was one of those days. You can’t be on every day, and, gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam. It happens...I have actually never seen her play like this. Garbine played really well and she played really smart. I didn’t adapt.
Although Muguruza deserves a ton of credit for executing one of the all-time great upsets on such a massive stage, this result raises more questions about Williams, who clearly lacked the confidence and belief to weather the storm.
The 17-time major champion won't have to wait long for a shot at redemption—Wimbledon is right around the corner. And seeing as Williams has won at the All England Club five times over the course of her career, and as recently as 2012, there's no question that she remains a heavy favorite heading into the season's third Grand Slam.
Men's Favorites Cruise into Round 3
While the women's singles draw was dealt a major blow on Wednesday, the men's singles draw is still very much intact following comfortable straight-sets wins from Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The second-seeded Djokovic was outright dominant against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, winning each set in under 36 minutes and converting on 7-of-9 break points for the match. The tournament favorite also recorded 31 winners to just 16 unforced errors.
Following the superb display, Djokovic discussed the key to his success, per Roland Garros on Twitter:
On Court Suzanne Lenglen, 2009 French Open champion Federer was no match for South American Diego Sebastian Schwartzman, overwhelming the young Argentine with his first serve en route to recording nine aces.
Both Federer and Djokovic will be heavy favorites in their respective third-round matchups.
The Swiss legend will take on Russian Dmitry Tursunov, while the Djoker will be up against 25th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic.
Federer is 4-0 all-time against Tursunov and should be able to improve to 5-0 against him if he can continue to play lights-out on serve and capitalize on his break chances.
Meanwhile, Djokovic is 8-0 all-time against Cilic, dominating him on hard courts. The two have never met on clay, but with the Serb playing at an elite level and navigating the red clay better than anyone this season, he's surely a lock to keep on cruising through the men's draw.
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