Stop me if you've heard this one before—several top players in the women's draw of the French Open were knocked out of the tournament.
It's a sentence that could be written on pretty much any day of the event. It just so happens it applied once more at Roland Garros on Saturday.
But that wasn't the only major storyline at the French Open. Below, you'll find all of the day's results, a few highlights and a recap of the day's top stories.
|No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. Leonardo Mayer||6-2, 7-5, 6-2|
|No. 5 David Ferrer def. No. 32 Andreas Seppi||6-2, 7-6(2), 6-3|
|No. 19 Kevin Anderson def. Ivo Karlovic||6-3, Retired|
|Dusan Lajovic def. Jack Sock||6-4, 7-5, 6-3|
|Marcel Granollers def. Martin Klizan||6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(4), 7-5|
|Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Donald Young||6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7(4), 6-4|
|No. 7 Andy Murray vs. No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber||Postponed|
|No. 12 Richard Gasquet vs. No. 24 Fernando Verdasco||Postponed|
|No. 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. No. 5 Petra Kvitova||6-7(3), 6-1, 9-7|
|No. 15 Sloane Stephens def. No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova||6-3, 6-4|
|No. 23 Lucie Safarova def. No. 11 Ana Ivanovic||6-3, 6-3|
|No. 6 Jelena Jankovic def. No. 26 Sorana Cirstea||6-1, 6-2|
|No. 4 Simona Halep def. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor||6-3, 6-0|
|No. 10 Sara Errani def. Julia Glushko||6-0, 6-1|
|Kiki Bertens def. Silvia Soler-Espinosa||6-2, 6-1|
|No. 28 Andrea Petkovic def. Kristina Mladenovic||6-4, 4-6, 6-4|
Upset is a Four-Letter Word
Well, it is if you are a top seed in the women's draw, at least.
On Saturday, No. 5 Petra Kvitova and No. 11 Ana Ivanovic were both upset, continuing the trend on the women's side. That means eight of the top 13 players in the women's draw have now been eliminated, a pretty shocking development.
Ivanovic talked about her struggles against Lucie Safarova, whom she's now lost to in five straight matches:
Kvitova, meanwhile, just can't seem to rediscover the magic she had in 2011, when she won Wimbledon and six singles titles overall. Back then, we thought a star was emerging. But she's won just four titles since and hasn't won another Grand Slam, although she did reach two semifinals in 2012.
But with the top players dropping in front of her, this seemed a golden opportunity to make a deep run in France. It wasn't to be.
Top Men Advance; Andy Murray's Match Delayed, Tied 7-7 in fifth Set
While Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer advanced to Round 4 without much incident, No. 7 Andy Murray found himself in an absolute battle with No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber (and let's be honest, he also found himself in a battle with the Roland Garros surface he so struggles with).
From BBC Sport:
It's hard to say who the postponement might favor, though Murray did seem to be struggling with some part of his leg during the match. Though, as Howard Bryant of ESPN tweeted, that might have just been the usual Murray histrionics:
Murray grabbing left hamstring last two sets, so trainer comes out and massages right quad...— Howard Bryant (@hbryant42) May 31, 2014
Whatever the case may be, both players will have a chance to regroup and finish arguably the day's most epic match on Sunday.
No. 23 Gael Monfils Edges Out No. 14 Fabio Fognini in Entertaining Spectacle
Ignore for a moment that this one went the full five sets or that the momentum shifts were pronounced. This particular showdown was entertaining for so many other reasons.
There were the normal theatrics between the two, colorful players as they are. Both requested the doctor. At one point Monfils essentially gave up on the fourth set, complaining of experiencing dizziness. In the fifth set, with the crowd roaring with every Monfils point—as they do for their French brethren—Fognini scratched his face with his middle finger while glaring up at the crowd.
It seems unlikely he actually had an itch.
In the end, Monfils regrouped after dropping the fourth and earned the win. It was a good win, but as Bryant lamented, a match that dripped of wasted potential along the way:
Does Fabio Fognini really care? Amazingly unprofessional body language...and Monfils is, well, Monfils...too much talent for such antics.— Howard Bryant (@hbryant42) May 31, 2014
Guys like Federer, Djokovic and Nadal must look at Fognini and Monfils and shake their heads at the waste of ability.— Howard Bryant (@hbryant42) May 31, 2014
Fognini 80 unforced errors. Monfils 58— Howard Bryant (@hbryant42) May 31, 2014
But hey, at least they know how to put on a show, right? Right?
Looking Ahead, Round 4 Should Be Tasty
On the men's side, No. 6 Tomas Berdych will try to fend off the powerful serve of No. 10 John Isner, while No. 4 Roger Federer will try to hold off No. 18 Ernests Gulbis. And then there is No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who won't just face a stiff challenge from No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but he will also have to fend off the crowd, which will be supporting the Frenchman.
The women's side offers even more intrigue. No. 7 Maria Sharapova, the prohibitive favorite at this point, takes on No. 19 Samantha Stosur. No. 8 Angelique Kerber will face a test against No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard. Rising star No. 15 Sloane Stephens will face the top-seeded player remaining in this tournament, No. 4 Simona Halep.
And in the match of the round, No. 6 Jelena Jankovic will stare down No. 10 Sara Errani.
Add in the fact that the women's draw is so unpredictable at this point and Round 4 should be quite a doozy. While the men seem to be biding time before the top stars meet in the semifinals, the women's tournament is ripe for the taking at this point.