Serena suffers shock exit, Venus also out

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Serena Williams was shocked in the second
round of the French Open, crashing out 6-2 6-2
to world number 35 Garbine Muguruza on
The world number one, who beat Maria
Sharapova in the final at Roland Garros last year,
was well below her best, making countless
unforced errors as Muguruza deservedly
The unseeded Spaniard broke the famous
Williams serve five times in total, sealing the win
when the American sent a forehand return into
the net.
Williams was on course to take on sister Venus
in the third round, but it was bad day for the
family as the elder sister also exited, going down
2-6 6-3 6-4 to Anna Schmiedlova.
Flavia Pennetta was another high-profile
casualty as the 12th seed lost out 5-7 6-4 6-2
to world number 99 Johanna Larsson, the Swede
battling back from a set down to progress to the
next stage.
The Italian recovered from a break down at 4-5
in the first set to win the next three games and
take the lead.
Larsson hit back in the second, claiming a
crucial break in game nine to set up the
opportunity to level the match and then
dominated the decider, surging into a 4-0 lead
before holding out comfortably to shock her
The Swede will now face 18th seed Eugenie
Bouchard, who came from a set down to beat
Julia Goerges 2-6 6-2 6-1.
Sabine Lisicki, the 16th seed, was forced to
retire with an injury to her right wrist when 6-1
3-0 down to Mona Barthel, and Alize Cornet was
another to suffer a surprise exit, losing out 6-4
4-6 6-4 to world number 205 Taylor Townsend.
Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska enjoyed a
much more positive outcome as she breezed
past Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-4, while other top
10 seeds to progress on Wednesday were Maria
Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Dominika
Cibulkova, who all enjoyed straight-sets
Sharapova, runner-up in 2013, recovered from
being an early break down to see off Tsvetana
Pironkova 7-5 6-2.
Kerber was similarly comfortable in overcoming
Varvara Lepchenko 6-2 7-5, and Cibulkova had
little trouble in advancing 6-3 6-4 against
Tamira Paszek.
Cibulkova will now come up against Sam Stosur,
6-1 6-3 victor over Yvonne Meusburger, and
Kerber takes on Daniela Hantuchova, who came
through 6-1 6-4 against Claire Feuerstein.
Carla Suarez Navarro saw off Timea Bacsinszky
7-5 1-6 6-4, while Ajla Tomljanovic knocked out
Elena Vesnina 7-6 (8-6) 6-2.
The matches between Pauline Parmentier and
Yaroslava Shvedova, and Monica Niculescu and
Paula Ormaechea were both suspended due to
rain and will resume on Thursday.

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