Wozniacki ousted, Kuznetsova and Stephens advance at Roland Garros

Tennis: Former world no.1 Wozniacki was beaten in 3 sets by Yanine Wickmayer of Belgium

by Talal Dar
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Wozniacki ousted, Kuznetsova and Stephens advance at Roland Garros

Tennis: Former world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki faced an upset loss in the first round of the 2014 French Open, as she was beaten by Belgium's Yanine Wickmayer in 3 sets 7-6, 4-6, 6-2. 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, 15th seed Sloane Stephens and 23rd seed Lucie Safarova also reached the second round, whereas oldest player in the draw, Kimiko Date-Krumm was ousted.

13th seed Wozniacki faced former world no.12 Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, who she led 6-1 in head-to-head meetings. Wickmayer had lost 6 straight meetings against Wozniacki, including the 2009 US Open semifinal, before winning her first match against Dane in Doha this year.

After losing in first rounds in last two appearances here, Wickmayer was determined to do well, as she won the first set in tie-break. Wozniacki fought back in the second set and won it 6-4, but Belgian won third set 6-2 to move into second round.

2-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova needed only 1 hour and 2 minutes to breeze past Sofia Shapatava of Georgia in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. 23rd seed Lucie Safarova, who has not gone beyond second round at French Open in last 6 six appearances, was also a straight sets 6-3, 7-5, winner against Mandy Minella of Luxembourg.

15th seed Sloane Stephens had to face a stiff competition in second set as she defeated Shuai Peng of China 6-4, 7-6 (8). 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, who would turn 44 in 4 months and reached semifinals at French Open 19 years back, bagelled 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in second set but still could not win, going down in 3 sets.

The Russian won first set 6-3, but Japanese won second set 6-0 in just 22 minutes. Pavlyuchenkova won third set 6-2 to oust the oldest player in the draw.

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