2011 French Open: The Women's Draw Is More Open Than Ever
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What just happened? Are you kidding me?
Those are expressions tennis fans across the world are wondering right now when thinking about the women's field in the 2011 French Open.
The top two seeds in the field have already been eliminated and it's not even the second week of the tournament. Not to mention a past champion and the defending runner up being eliminated as well.
World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was defeated today in the third round by Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 6-3, and in convincing fashion. The Dane had previously defeated Hantuchova in straight sets in three previous meetings but today was pretty much blown off the court and hopes for her first career Grand Slam were gone in a hurry.
Hantuchova has been average since bursting onto the scene as a young teenager, reaching No. 5 in the world at one point. She has hovered around the 20 and 30 ranks over the last few seasons, but she looked like a top player today, executing a perfect game plan against Wozniacki.
Sure, Wozniacki had way more unforced errors than we are accustomed to seeing, but much of that was caused by Hantuchova's aggressive play and good tactics. She was able to make Wozniacki do a lot of running as well as going after her forehand—the weaker side for the Dane.
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This stunning loss by Wozniacki comes a day after No. 2 seed Kim Clijsters blew a big lead in losing to Arankta Rus.
Another big name in the sport, Maria Sharapova, was two games away from going out early as well and as it stands now, she is the only real big name remaining in the draw. Normally you would think that it would be her tournament to lose, but you never know with the state of the women's game today and how this tournament has gone.
Last year's finalist Samantha Stosur also lost in today's action due to a flat performance against Gisela Dulko. 2008 French Open Champion Ana Ivanovic lost back in the first round, leaving this draw wildly open. 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2010 champion Franchesa Schiavone, three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva, Marion Bartoli, Li Na and Jelena Jankovic are now the only remaining players that have even reached a Grand Slam final in their careers.
While this was an extremely tough loss for Wozniacki to deal with—as she was looking at one of her best chances to capture her first Grand Slam—it just epitomizes women's tennis right now. You just never know what is going to happen when the players step out on the court.
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