Youngsters crash Williams party in Paris

Wed May 28, 2014 11:32am EDT
 
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - It was meant to be a grown-up event for the Williams family at the French Open but now it will be more of a kids' party after two youngsters showed the American sisters to the door on Wednesday.

Slovakian teenager Anna Schmiedlova caused an upset when she beat Venus 2-6 6-3 6-4, but jaws dropped when Spain's Garbine Muguruza knocked out world No.1 and defending champion Serena 6-2 6-2, depriving the sisters of a third-round meeting.

"I think this year there are a lot of young girls who are playing really good. I think (this) is a change now in the top 100, a lot of girls are coming," said Muguruza, 20.

"These things are going to happen some time, a new generation is going to come, and I think now is the moment."

On Tuesday, the 21-year-old Kristina Mladenovic of France confirmed that impression when she beat Australian Open champion and second seed Li Na.

But the youngsters still have a way to go - Maria Sharapova is the last under-20 to win a major tournament, at the 2006 U.S. Open.

Iva Majoli, Martina Hingis and Monica Seles claimed grand slam titles as teenagers in the 1990s, while Serena won her first major (U.S. Open 1999) as a teenager.

"I guess it takes younger people longer to develop. Maybe they don't get to play as much," said Venus.   Continued...

 
Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia reacts after winning a women's singles match against Venus Williams of the U.S. at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Stephane Mahe