Wednesday was the end of the road for Caroline Wozniacki. The No.10 seed is still struggling to regain the form that saw her occupy the No.1 spot in the world, without ever winning a Slam and it is not here at the French that she is going to get on the board. She was brushed aside in straight sets by Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski, a 21-year-old who is up to No.47 in the world and who beat the Dane in Rome earlier in the month.
2012 finalist Sara Errani had no such problems, dropping just two games to Kazak Yulia Putintseva, while No.8 seed Angelique Kerber also progressed without a hiccup, defeating Jana Cepelova 2 & 2.
No.12 seed Maria Kirilenko, who is currently at her highest-ever world ranking, showed why she is poised to break into the top 10 for the first time with a crushing victory of fellow Russian Nina Bratchikova, ranked 95 places below her in the world. Kirilenko hit the ball to all corners with perfect accuracy and recorded a 6-0, 6-1 win in just 67 minutes to book a second-round slot.
No.20 seed Carla Suarez Navarro needed three sets to overcome American qualifier Shelby Rogers, but the latter's fellow countrywoman Varvara Lepchenko (No.29) ousted Elina Svitolina 7-6(1), 6-1.
In bad news for the British contingent, already shorn of their sole representative in the men’s draw when Andy Murray was forced to withdraw with a back injury, Heather Watson went down in three sets to Swiss No.1 Steffi Voegele. After the defeats of Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha yesterday, British interest in the singles at this year’s French Open is now officially ended.
The Czechs meanwhile are having it little better. Australian wild card, highly-touted youngster Ashleigh Barty, defeated Lucie Hradecka in three, while Kaia Kanepi swept past No.23 seed Klara Zakopalova in straight sets. Things then from bad to worse as Lucie Safarova (No.25) saved match points, served for the match herself then lost a titanic third set 9-7 to USA's Jamie Hampton, and to rub salt into the wounds, qualifier Sandra Zahlavova managed only three games in slumping to defeat against Annika Beck. Thank goodness Petra Kvitova struggled through...
And in one of the final matches of the day, Ana Ivanovic defeated Mathilde Johansson 6-2, 6-2 in fading light and chilly conditions. The No.14 seed and 2008 winner had a slight scare when the Sweden-born Frenchwoman broke back at the start of the second set but Ana put that behind to rattle off the final six games and set up a third-round clash with Virginie Razzano, who memorably inflicted Serena's most recent Roland Garros defeat in the first round... last year. Razzano put the loss of the first set behind her and droppd only two more games in defeating Slovak qualifier Zuzana Kucova.