Serena shocked at French Open, Djokovic and Federer cruise

Wed May 28, 2014 3:16pm EDT
 
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By Robert Woodward

PARIS (Reuters) - Serena Williams was caught cold at the French Open on Wednesday by a Spanish 20-year-old who trounced the defending champion 6-2 6-2 in the second round to provide the shock of the tournament.

The American's defeat by Garbine Muguruza came an hour after her elder sister Venus was shown the exit by another youngster, 19-year-old Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia, a defeat which ruined the chance of possibly the last meeting of the famed siblings at a grand slam.

But Maria Sharapova, last year's losing finalist, and Agnieszka Radwanska, the highest surviving women's seed at three, struggled through on a day when long sleeves and leggings were needed to ward off the Paris chill.

The top men, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic, showed few frailties in progressing to the third round with the loss of one set between them.

Right from the start of her match on court Suzanne Lenglen, Serena never looked the force who has won 17 major titles. Her serve was broken twice early in the first set and she looked leaden-footed as she was kept on the move by Muguruza.

The Spaniard, ranked 35 in the world, did not release the pressure for the full 64 minutes and the match became a repeat of the nightmare of 2012, when Williams lost in the first round, not the glory of 2013 when she beat Sharapova in the final.

"I don't think anything worked for me. It was just one of those days, you can't be on (your game) every day," said Serena. "It's not the end of the world, there's always next year."

The world number one said she was proud of Muguruza, who leapt about the court in ecstasy after the final point.   Continued...

 
Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her women's singles match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier