Another day and another shocker at Roland Garros.
One day after Roger Federer bowed out in the quarterfinals, Serena Williams succumbed to a surprising defeat in the quarterfinals at the hands of No. 7 Samantha Stosur.
Williams, the top—ranked woman in the tournament, cruised through her first set before falling in consecutive tie—breakers for a 6-2, 6-7 (2), 8-6 loss.
Williams' loss is yet another in a line of disappointing defeats at the French Open. Serena's loss got us thinking about some of the other very notable stars, both men and women, who have for one reason or another struggled to find consistent success on the clay.
Here is a look at the ten best stars who were, or remain, perpetually flummoxed by the French Open.
Federer has enjoyed plenty of success at the French Open, but throughout his dominant run of the last decade, the French Open title has remained relatively elusive.
Federer finally achieved his lone title at Roland Garros in 2009 when he finally reached the finals without running into Rafael Nadal. Federer has routinely reached the finals at the French Open (before this season), but his inabilities to overcome Nadal make for a lopsided Grand Slam resume of his prestigious career.
Andre Agassi won his first Grand Slam title in 1992 (Wimbledon) and his last in 2003 (Australian Open), but throughout a career that spanned nearly two decades, he claimed only one French Open title.
Agassi famously grabbed his lone clay title in 1999 after losing the first two sets with just three games to his ledger.
Aside from that one grand comeback, the French Open remained a hazard which tripped him up on an annual basis.
Serena's quarterfinal exit at this year's French Open is indicative of the overall career struggles she's had on clay.
Yes, Serena has one French Open title to her credit (2002), but the clay title has since eluded her.
In fact, her 2002 title is the only time in her career that she has reached the final match at Roland Garros.
Martina Hingis was the undisputed No. 1 female tennis player in the world during the late 1990s. A doubles title at Wimbeldon at the age of 15 made her the youngest Grand Slam champion of all-time.
As a singles player, Hingis won Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the U.S. Open in 1997 and the Australian Open again in 1998 and 1999. However, the French Open eluded her as a singles player as she only reached the finals twice in 1997 and 1999.
Hingis' short-lived dominance made her a shooting star streaking across the sky, but the lack of French Open titles leaves her three-year run and chance at a career Grand Slam unfulfilled.
Few were as proficient at winning Grand Slam titles as Edberg in the late 1980s.
From 1985 to 1992, he claimed two victories each at the U.S. Open, the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
However, the clay cut him down like so many others.
Only once did Edberg reach the French Open finals. In 1989, Edberg dropped the final two sets of a five-set thriller versus Michael Chang.
Venus' prowess on the grass at Wimbledon is well-documented, but the clay has been a source of supreme frustration for her.
Her lone finals appearance at Roland Garros came in 2002 when she fell to sister Serena.
Her fourth round exit in this year's tournament simply adds to her frustration.
YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! Oh, but we are when it comes to McEnroe's failures at the French Open.
Despite winning seven times at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open between 1979 and 1984 (McEnroe never won the Australian Open), McEnroe made just one French Open final appearance in his career.
To add further pain to the volatile McEnroe, his one French Open final appearance was a bitter loss.
After taking the first two sets from Ivan Lendl at the 1984 final, McEnroe lost three straight sets including tie-breakers in the last two.
Connors was one of men's tennis' best players in the 1970s and the first half of the 1980s.
Connors has eight Grand Slam to his credit, but never reached the finals at Roland Garros.
He reached the semifinals four times from 1979 to 1985, but was bounced out each time.
On the men's side, Connors is far from alone when it comes to greats who failed to win the French Open.
Becker was unquestionably one of the best men's players in the world during the 1980s.
From 1985 to 1991, Becker won five Grand Slams (and another in 1996) including back-to-back Wimbledon titles in 1985 and 1986 and another Wimbledon title in 1989 followed by a U.S. Open win the same year.
However, Becker reached the semifinals of the French Open just three times in his career (1987, 1989, 1991).
Despite winning 14 Grand Slam titles in his career, Pete Sampras' shortcomings at the French Open are a black eye to his resume akin to Dan Marino not winning the Super Bowl.
Sampras was the undisputed king of men's tennis from 1993 to 2000 when he won 12 of his 14 Grand Slams. Yet, just one semifinal appearance at the French Open (1996) leaves him short of the career Grand Slam.
Sampras is unquestionably one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, but the lack of a French Open is a disappointing blemish to his Hall of Fame resume.