World No.37 Urszula Radwanska recorded the biggest victory of her career by taking out seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the most memorable match of the first day of the French Open. After three hours and 19 minutes, three sets (including two tiebreaks) and 21 breaks of serve, the match ended in Radwanska’s favor: 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4.
The younger Radwanska sister came to Roland Garros with recent claycourt wins over Ana Ivanovic in Rome and Dominika Cibulkova in Estoril, while Williams is nursing a back injury, on top of her always-present Sjogren’s syndrome, and had just one match on red clay this season, a loss to Laura Robson in Rome.
An all-Radwanska third round is now likely, even though Urszula has never been past the second round of a Grand Slam. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)