Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2012 FRENCH OPEN: Serena Loses 1st Round!

Wow! The biggest shock upset of 2012 was delivered today in Day 3 at the French Open where Serena Williams, one of the favorites to win the tournament, lost her first 1st round match at a major in 47 appearances to Virginie Razzano of France in a harrowing 3 hour, 3 minute match that involved a final game which took 8 match points, 5 break points and 13 deuces. The final score was 4-6 6-7(5) 6-3.

The loss makes the 2012 French Open Maria Sharapova's to lose, and she proved it by winning her first round match 6-0 6-0 (against a much less accomplished opponent). Serena and Sharapova would have met in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros if both had played to form.

The early round loss by Serena was a huge surprise since she had not been beaten on clay all year, winning 17 matches in a row, including titles at Charleston and Madrid, before pulling out of her semifinal match with Li Na in Rome. The Rome tournament was eventually won by (you guessed it) Sharapova.

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