Biggest Stories Of French Open 2014 – Week 1

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The first week of the French Open is in the books with all but a few round three matches to complete early on Sunday. In what has been an eventful 7 days, we take a look at the biggest talking points of the event to date.

Early Exits For The New ATP Generation – Both Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori were tipped pre-tournament as those who could upset the dominance of the elite group at the slams. However, both players failed to even make it past the first round. Dimitrov couldn’t handle the hot serving of Ivo Karlovic, losing in straight sets while Nishikori still looked to be feeling the effects of his most recent injury in the loss to Martin Klizan. Milos Raonic battled through a tough five setter against Gilles Simon to book his place in the last 16.

Stanislas Wawrinka 1st Round Exit – After his maiden slam title in Australia, there had been talk that the ‘Big Four’ should be considered the ‘Big Five’ to account for a fifth legit slam threat. However, the World No.3 continued his up and down season with an early exit to Spain’s Guillermo Garcia Lopez. Losing in four sets, it would be his first round one exit in France since 2005.

Exodus Of Top Women’s Seeds – Going into the fourth round, just one of the top five seeds still remain in the draw. 2011 champion Na Li was the first to fall, suffering a three set defeat at the hands of home favourite Kristina Mladenovic but more shockingly, it was Serena Williams defeat in round two that blue the draw wide open. Garbine Muguruza dealt the defending champion her worst ever slam loss, dropping four games. Agnieszka Radwanska lost in straights to Ajla Tomjlanovic while Petra Kvitova came out on the losing side of an enthralling encounter with 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova despite serving for the match twice.

WTA Young Guns Firing On All Cylinders – Garbine Muguruza will get all the headlines for her victory over Serena Williams on her way to the fourth round but the future of the WTA looks good if this tournament is anything to go by. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova ensured neither Williams sister would make the third round with a comeback win over Venus. Kristina Mladenovic showcased her singles potential with her win over Na Li before pushing Andrea Petkovic all the way in the third round.

Tomjlanovic’s aforementioned win over Radwanska booked her place in the fourth round against Carla Suarez Navarro who finally ended the run of America’s Taylor Townsend. Despite throwing away a big lead in set two, Townsend brushed it aside to win in three over Alize Cornet and the raucous Paris crowd. Genie Bouchard will be favoured to make a second straight semi final with Angelique Kerber and most likely Carla Suarez Navarro awaiting in the next two rounds.

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