Before we could even catch our breath after Kim Clijsters’ early exit yesterday, top seed and number one-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark succumbed to defeat at the hands of the number 28 seed, Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. Wozniacki was embarrassed after being broken five times while watching 26 winners fly right past her. Wozniacki’s 6-1, 6-3 loss will have the media, along with fans, talking about how she still cannot win “the big one” yet.
Another surprise on the women’s side came at the hands of Gisela Dulko of Argentina, who took out the 2010 French Open runner up Samantha Stosur of Australia, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. This loss comes as a disappointment for Stosur as many thought she’d be able to reach the finals once more with her heavy spins and big serve. Last year’s champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy made her way into the fourth round, along with France’s Marion Bartoli, who defeated Julia Goerges of Germany, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Goerges had been on a hot streak coming into the French Open after beating number one-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in back-to-back tournaments.
The men’s side has still yet to see any major upsets, as all the top seeds advanced. The number three seed Roger Federer made quick work of Janko Tipseravic of Serbia, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. The number seven seed David Ferrer of Spain had zero trouble with Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine, winning 6-1, 6-1, 6-3. France’s Gael Monfils was able to take care of business in a straight-set victory over Steve Darcis of Belgium, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.
The spotlight now shifts to the third round match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. The heavy hitting of del Potro might be what ends Djokovic’s streak of 39 straight wins, but a slight hip injury to del Potro gives the number two-ranked Serbian the advantage going in.