While day one of the 2014 French Open was pretty routine, the second and third days proved to be otherwise. In two shocking eliminations so far, both the men’s and women’s Australian Open champs, Li Na and Stan Wawrinka, have taken a fall. These two losses have made history in that both reigning Melbourne champs have been taken out in the first round at Roland Garros. As reported by ESPN on Tuesday, Li Na lost to Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 epic opening match.
Mladenovic played surprisingly well in the first set taking the early lead. It seemed that Li Na might have gotten her mojo back with winning the second set. However, it all went downhill in the third and final set for the world number two as her opponent made some big winning shots on court Suzanne Lenglen. Currently ranked at number 103 in the world, Mladenovic seemed to overpower the 32-year-old tennis player.
Li Na ended up with 27 winners and 37 unforced errors, compared to the 21-year-old tennis player who took 21 winners and 25 unforced errors in the match. This opens it up for American Alison Riske as she will face Mladenovic in the second round at Roland Garros.
In the other shocker that ATP World Tour reported on was the first round loss of Stan Wawrinka, who is currently ranked number three in the world of tennis. Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez stunned the Australian Open champ in a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 win that left the Swiss player wondering what he could have done better.
“It’s a big disappointment for sure. I’m really sad with that loss, but cannot change,” Wawrinka said after the loss. “I have to accept. I have to see what was wrong, to see what I want to change, the way I want to do it, and now think about the future and not about that match anymore, because I can’t change the result.”
Wawrinka had a whopping 62 unforced errors in the match compared to 30-year-old Garica-Lopez who ended with 28. The Australian Open champ has admitted to having many ups and downs in his tennis career and not being as consistent as players like Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic. He also talks about the pressure that he is currently under.
"I need to put the puzzle back together, find solutions, because the pressure is different. I'm not saying I have more pressure, but the pressure is different. My expectations are different,” Wawrinka stated.
Garcia-Lopez is headed into the second round to play against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out for both the men's and women's draw with Li Na and Stan Wawrinka out of the tournament.