Grand slam tournaments in tennis are famous for their upsets. Pete Sampras lost a match at Wimbledon, a tournament he had won seven times prior, to George Bastil in 2002, who was ranked 145 at the time.
In 2008, unranked Julie Coin took out number one ranked Ana Ivanovic in the second round at the U.S.Open. The French Open has absolutely had its share of upsets, the most notorious one dating back to only 2009, when Rafael Nadal, who had never before lost a match at the Open, took a beating in the fourth round at the hands of Robin Soderling, who was ranked only 23 at the time, and had never fared well at the Open.
This year’s French Open had its share of upsets and near upsets, which in turn made it one of the most publicized grand slam tournaments in recent memory.
Azarenka Loses to Cibulkova, Top Spot In the fourth round
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka was taken down by number 15 player Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets.
The match started off in Azarenka’s favor, as she took the first game in brisk fashion. Slowly but surely however, Cibulkova managed to win six of the next seven to win the first set rather handily. The second set was closer, but ended with Cibulkova falling to her knees in sheer joy after defeating the world’s most highly ranked player, and with Azarenka breaking her racket out of frustration.
Despite Azarenka’s clear height advantage (nine inches), Cibulkova played the baseline stubbornly. She took the famously powerful shots Azarenka was firing her way and was able to put them in the corner of the opposite side of the net.
After the match, Azarenka sarcastically quipped that she would kill herself. The fact is she didn’t have to; Cibulkova killed her on the court already.
Errani Defeats Stosur, Continues Unlikely Run
In the semifinals, Samantha Stosur, ranked sixth in the world, suffered a defeat at the racket of Sara Errani, ranked number 24. The Australian sensation was able to take it to the final set, but Errani reigned victorious. As much as Errani’s fans would like her to take credit for the victory, the fact of the matter is that Stosur committed an abundance of unforced errors that led to her loss.
Stosur uncharacteristically committed several double faults during the match, all of which Errani was able to seize on.
Djokovic Holds On, But Just Barely
The men have not suffered the same type of upsets, but they’ve come awful close. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had four match points against Novak Djokovic in the third set, and managed to blow every one of them. Not only that, Djokovic came back to win the match in five sets.
Djokovic, ranked number two in the world, has been playing phenomenal tennis as of late, so the fact that he was in such a precarious position is shocking enough, even if he ended up winning. The other grand slam tournaments have seen some upsets as well. Just ask Lukas Rosol, who knocked heavyweight Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in only the second round. This just makes you wonder what’s in store for the U.S. Open.