By Ros Satar, at Roland Garros

  • 13 seeds fall in the Women’s draw before Round 3 with Petra Kvitova withdrawing before her first-round match
  • 14 seeds fall in the Men’s draw with Felix Auger-Aliassime withdrawing before the his opening match.
PARIS, FRANCE – There have been plenty of names falling by the way-side as we take a look at this tournament’s scattered seeds ahead of Round Three.

 

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Women’s Main Draw Casualties

  • (R2) Bertens [4]
  • (R1) Angelique Kerber [5]
  • (*) Petra Kvitova [6] Withdrew before opening match, place taken by Lucky Loser
  • (R2) Aryna Sabalenka [11]
  • (R1) Caroline Wozniacki [13]
  • (R2) Wang Qiang [16]
  • (R1) Anett Kontaveit [17]
  • (R1) Julia Goerges [18]
  • (R2) Daria Kasatkina [21]
  • (R2) Bianca Andreescu [22]
  • (R2) Hsieh Su-Wei [25]
  • (R2) Maria Sakkari [29]
  • (R1) Mihaela Buzarnescu [30]
  • (R1) Aliaksandra Sasnovich [32]

 

While it was sad to see Petra Kvitova withdraw before even her first ball was struck, due to a left forearm injury, it was perhaps a sadder site to see Kiki Bertens retire just four games into her second-round match after being violently ill before the match. Bertens was many people’s pick for a maiden Slam here this year.

A disaster of a clay court season did for both Angelique Kerber (illness at the start of the season and then an injury) and Caroline Wozniacki (injury). This surface is a favourite to neither of them and for Kerber especially, it may well be that a career slam is out of her reach until she figures out a way to love ‘the clay one’.

 

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Men’s Main Draw Casualties

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(R2) Marin Cilic [11]

(R1) Daniil Medvedev [12]

(R1) Nikoloz Basilashvili [15]

(R1) Marco Cecchinato [16]

(R2) Diego Schwartzman [17]

(R2) Guido Pella [19]

(R1) Denis Shapovalov [20]

(R2) Alex De Minaur [21]

(R2) Lucas Pouille [22]

(R2) Fernando Verdasco [23]

(*) Felix Auger-Aliassime [25] Withdrew before opening match, place taken by Lucky Loser

(R2) Gilles Simon [26]

(R2) Kyle Edmund [28]

(R2) Matteo Berrettini [29]

(R1) Frances Tiafoe [32]

 

We might have wondered whether we would see some of the bigger names take a walk off the map – there have been a few ‘scenic route’ encounters with the higher seeds of Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev that have raise a few eyebrows, but by and large, there have been no major shocks.

There was a lot of hope that some of the younger players who have impressed this year from a NextGen perspective would make a show here – Australian Open semi-finalist Frances Tiafoe was an early exiter, Denis Shapovalov too, and poor Felix Auger-Aliassime made it a bit of a Canadian disaster even before he took to the court, withdrawing before his first-round clash.

Perhaps the biggest blow from a British perspective was Kyle Edmund, who called time in his second-round match and it remains to be seen the impact it will have on his grass court season, as he drew a disappointing close to his clay court stint.

 

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