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French Open 2014 Results: Notable Scores from Day 7

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic misses a return during the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Safarova won in two sets 6-3, 6-3. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2014

The French Open followed a familiar theme on Saturday—upsets on the women's side, chalk generally holding for the men.  

Both scenarios have made the action at Roland Garros particularly compelling. On the men's side, we generally want to see the top players go at it in the later rounds because the level of play is historically high. On the women's side, there is Serena Williams and a large group of potential contenders, so upsets and crazy results set up interesting matchups and always promise the possibility of a new star being born. 

The mystical clay at Roland Garros always makes things fun, doesn't it? Let's look back at some of the more notable results from Saturday.

Note: Not all matches on Day 7 were complete at the time of publication.

 

Notable Results
MatchupScore
No. 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. No. 5 Petra Kvitova6-7(3), 6-1, 9-7
No. 15 Sloane Stephens def. No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova6-3, 6-4
No. 23 Lucie Safarova def. No. Ana Ivanovic6-3, 6-3
No. 5 David Ferrer def. No. 32 Andreas Seppi6-2, 7-6(2), 6-3
No. 6 Jelena Jankovic def. No. 26 Sorana Cirstea6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Simona Halep def. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor6-3, 6-0
No. 10 Sara Errani def. Julia Glushko6-0, 6-1
No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. Leonardo Mayer6-2, 7-5, 6-2
RolandGarros.com

 

Women's Draw

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 31:  Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia kisses Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic at the net following her victory in their women's singles match on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mat
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The upsets continue. 

No. 5 Petra Kvitova? Gone. No. 11 Ana Ivanovic, a former winner at Roland Garros? Gone. Yes, folks, that means that eight of the Top 13 seeds in this tournament have now been eliminated. 

Good grief.

For Ivanovic, it was a familiar result against Lucie Safarova, as Beyond the Baseline tweeted:

Three of the top seeds did manage to survive on Saturday, though, as No. 4 Simona Halep, No. 6 Jelena Jankovic and No. 10 Sara Errani all won in straight sets. Halep is the top seed remaining on the women's side, a fact that even has her surprised, as she told the Associated Press, via CBC Sports:

"That's a surprise for everyone. Is not easy to be the [top] seeded now, during the tournament. But I try just to keep ...the pressure [away]."

Round 4 will certainly have some intriguing matchups. No. 7 Maria Sharapova, now most people's favorite to win the tournament, will take on No. 19 Samantha Stosur. No. 15 Sloane Stephens will look to break through against Halep. And, in the premier match, Jankovic will face Errani.

There will be a lot of good tennis played in Round 4. And, more than likely, a slew of upsets.

 

Men's Draw

Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press

With Andy Murray yet to finish, the most relevant results on the men's side were Rafael Nadal's normal proficiency and David Ferrer's rather dominant performance against Andreas Seppi.

Everyone is hoping to see the delicious potential quarterfinal between the Spaniards, a matchup generally dominated by Nadal, who leads the all-time series 21-6. However, Ferrer has taken two of the last three matches between the two and twice beaten Nadal in Grand Slams.

But, like pretty much everyone else in tennis, he's never beaten him (0-3) on the clay at Roland Garros.

Still, assuming he gets past Kevin Anderson, Ferrer should have a lot of momentum going into his match with Nadal. He's yet to lose a set in this tournament and lost just 26 games, with six of them coming in the second set against Seppi. 

Nadal has looked equally dominant, however, so the potential clash of titans seems unlikely to disappoint.

 

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