It was the most anticipated match-up of the French Open second round and it ended in just 60 minutes without drama, without competition, twists and turns. Venus Williams walked out of the Court Philippe Chatrier after falling at the hands of world No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-3.
Radwanska covered the court perfectly, her shots were varied and precise, and her unforced errors were down to a minimum (in the first set she committed just four, in the second just two). Venus, on the other hand, didn’t bring in much resistance and only helped Radwanska with 33 unforced errors.
Only late in the second set, trailing 1-5, Venus held her serve, then broke Radwanska when she was serving for the match and earned a game point at 40-15 on her own serve. At that moment I had a glimmer of hope that this match would bring some excitement and Venus would just maybe come back, but it didn’t happen. Radwanska earned a match point by a wonderful lob and capitalized when Venus sent a forehand long.
Venus’ defeat came within just 24 hours after her sister Serena, the hottest favorite for the title, became the biggest news of the tournament by losing in the first round after a nerve-wrecking three-hour match. It was Serena’s first ever exit in the first round of a Grand Slam, and she has played 47 first rounds.
Radwanska’s opponent in the third round will be seed No.26 and 2009 Roland Garros champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated Yung-Jan Chan 6-4 7-6(4). (photo: © Neal Trousdale)