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 
- (R1) Angelique Kerber 
- (*) Petra Kvitova  Withdrew before opening match, place taken by Lucky Loser
- (R2) Aryna Sabalenka 
- (R1) Caroline Wozniacki 
- (R2) Wang Qiang 
- (R1) Anett Kontaveit 
- (R1) Julia Goerges 
- (R2) Daria Kasatkina 
- (R2) Bianca Andreescu 
- (R2) Hsieh Su-Wei 
- (R2) Maria Sakkari 
- (R1) Mihaela Buzarnescu 
- (R1) Aliaksandra Sasnovich 
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
(R2) Marin Cilic 
(R1) Daniil Medvedev 
(R1) Nikoloz Basilashvili 
(R1) Marco Cecchinato 
(R2) Diego Schwartzman 
(R2) Guido Pella 
(R1) Denis Shapovalov 
(R2) Alex De Minaur 
(R2) Lucas Pouille 
(R2) Fernando Verdasco 
(*) Felix Auger-Aliassime  Withdrew before opening match, place taken by Lucky Loser
(R2) Gilles Simon 
(R2) Kyle Edmund 
(R2) Matteo Berrettini 
(R1) Frances Tiafoe 
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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