5 Things To Know: Williams Sisters Out
Published May 28, 2014 12:15
PARIS, France - The Williams sisters out, both Top 2 seeds gone, the World No.1 stunned... it was an historic day at the French Open on Wednesday, and here's everything you need to know about it.
1) This was the fourth time the Williams sisters have lost on the same day at a Grand Slam.
It's a very rare occasion to see the Williams sisters both lose on the same day, especially at a Grand Slam - but the world saw it happen on Wednesday, and it was the fourth time it has ever happened:
June 1, 2004 - French Open QFs
(Capriati d. Serena, Myskina d. Venus)
May 30, 2008 - French Open 3r
(Srebotnik d. Serena, Pennetta d. Venus)
June 27, 2011 - Wimbledon 4r
(Bartoli d. Serena, Pironkova d. Venus)
May 28, 2014 - French Open 2r
(Muguruza d. Serena, Schmiedlova d. Venus)
2) The Top 2 seeds have never gone out this early at a Grand Slam in the Open Era.
With No.2 seed Li Na going out to Kristina Mladenovic in the first round on Tuesday and No.1 seed Serena Williams going out to Garbiñe Muguruza in the second round on Wednesday, this is the first time in the Open Era that both of the Top 2 seeds have lost in the first two rounds at a Grand Slam.
3) This is just the third time Serena has ever lost before the third round of a Grand Slam.
Serena Williams had only lost before the third round of a Grand Slam twice before, at the 1998 Australian Open (to Venus Williams) and at the 2012 French Open (to Virginie Razzano).
4) This was Serena's worst Grand Slam loss ever in terms of games won.
Before this, Serena Williams got at least five games in her worst Grand Slam losses, in the 2004 Wimbledon final (6-1, 6-4 to Maria Sharapova), the 2011 US Open final (6-2, 6-3 to Sam Stosur) and the 2012 Australian Open fourth round (6-2, 6-3 to Ekaterina Makarova). This time she lost 6-2, 6-2.
5) Who's Left?
The Top 2 seeds are out, but all seeds from No.3 and No.11 are still alive, with No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and No.4 seed Simona Halep the highest seeds on their respective halves of the draw.
Though many are pointing to the No.7 seed, Maria Sharapova, as the favorite now...