Roland Garros Turning Into The Women’s Seed Killer

Jun 1, 2014

The 2014 edition of the French Open at Roland Garros continues to see an exodus of seeded players from the main draw in both the men’s and women’s championship, week one has seen numerous upsets occur, particularly in the women’s event where half of the top eight seeds have failed to reach the fourth round, what is startling about that fact is that the world’s top three ranked players, Serena Williams, Li Na and Agnieska Radwanska, have all been beaten prior to the round of 16, the first time since 1978 that the women’s top three seeds have failed to reach the fourth round, Stan Wawrinka (No.3 seed) was the main casualty in the men’s draw in week one although the early upset of the Japanese 9th seed Kei Nishikori by the Slovak Martin Klizan was also a big surprise.

But the women’s championship has been the main talking point when it comes to upsets in Paris this year, only seven of the top 16 seeds have progressed to the fourth round at Roland Garros in 2014 and out of the sixteen women still in contention only three are former Grand Slam champions, two of those being Maria Sharapova (8th seed) and Aussie Samantha Stosur (18th seed) who square off against one another in the fourth round, the other previous major champion is Russian 27th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova who was a former French Open champion back in 2009, the highest remaining seeds in the women’s draw are the 4th seeded Romanian Simona Halep and the 2008 US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic, if either Sharapova or Kuznetsova don’t go on to win the tournament then we will have a maiden Grand Slam champion in the women’s event in 2014.

It will be interesting to see if the exodus of seeded players continues into week two of the tournament, seven of the top eight men’s seeds remain in the event and it’s highly likely that one of those seven players will win the men’s championship, but what of the women’s draw, is it too presumptuous to say that one of the top four remaining seeds (Halep, Jankovic, Sharapova or Angelique Kerber) will win the event?…or will the upsets continue and the new breed of younger players announce their arrival onto the big stage?….week two at Roland Garros should be very interesting indeed!!

Written by: Tono

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