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Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic made history in the French Open by knocking out the third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-4 in the third round. This defeat meant that the French Open’s all top seeds had been ousted inside six days, with top seed Serena William losing in the second round and second seed Li Na departing in the first round.
Improving from world ranking 495 to 78, she makes herself the biggest ranking improvement by any player in the top 100.
This year, she lost in the third round at the Australian Open but more recently failed to qualify for the draw at Madrid and Rome in the buildup to Roland Garros.
On the other hand, it was the first time for Radwanska as she had failed to make it past the third round at a grand slam since the Frence open 2012. Last year at Wimbledon, she ended up as semi-finalist, quarter-finalist at Australian Open and French Opens and at the US open she made the fourth round.
This year French Open has become remarkable being the first Grand Slam in the open era where the top three players all failed to make the last 16. In this French Open, fourth seed Romanian Simona Halep is the top seeded player left in the draw, having reached the third round on Thursday.
Russian Maria Sharapova, the seventh seed dodged the debris to inflict a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing on hapless Argentine Paula Ormechea. Sharapova won 54 points to 17 for her opponent with the South American taking just three points in the second set.
In men’s side second seed Novak Djokovic made his fourth round with a tough 6-3,6-2,6-7,6-4 win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic. The 2012 runner-up, Djokovic next faces either French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz for a place in the quarter-finals.
Roger Federer, the 2009 champion and the fourth seeded player defeated Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 win and reached the last 16.
Roger Federer will face Ernests Gulbis of Latvia for a place in the quarterfinals.
Federer will play Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis for a place in the quarterfinals.