Favorites for the Roland Garros title keep falling like crazy, very early into the tournament already, and the latest to be sent home is world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki who was humbled by Daniela Hantuchova 6-1 6-3 in the third round.
In the first set, Wozniacki earned no break points and scored no winners (Hantuchova hit 15) and Hantuchova took the set in 27 minutes. In the second set Hantuchova raced to a 4-0 lead, and even though Wozniacki produced some sort of comeback it was the Slovakian who didn’t allow her opportunity to be wasted and broke Wozniacki in the final game to advance to the fourth-round meeting with the 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Other major upsets were Kim Clijsters’ yesterday’s loss in the second round, and today’s exits of last year’s finalist Samantha Stosur and hot young player Julia Goerges, who by the way said for herself that she had no chance to lift the trophy. Bizarrely, a match between Wozniacki and Goerges was an expected outcome, and it was awaited since Goerges defeated the top-ranked Dane in their last to meetings, but now none of them advanced. Goerges lost to Marion Bartoli 3-6 6-2 6-4 in the third round. (photos: Cedric Fischer, Ralf Reinecke)