French Open Day 4: Maria Sakkari, Emma Raducanu out after upsets

Welcome to Round 2 of the French Open! Over three days of first round matches, we saw a few surprising upsets (Barbora Krejcikova, Ons Jabeur) as well as some magical comebacks (Stefanos Tsitsipas, Aryna Sabalenka).

What will we see on Day 4? Read on to find out.

Sakkari out in major upset

Maria Sakkari has been eliminated from the French Open. The No. 4 seed was defeated by Karolina Muchova in an extremely close match, with both sets going to tiebreaks. Unfortunately, Sakkari was on the losing end of both, as Muchova pulled out a 7-6(5), 7-6(4) win. Sakkari was in trouble early, with Muchova coming out strong and winning four of the first five games. Sakkari was able to pull even, but couldn’t take the tiebreaker. She had a chance to win the second set twice, but couldn’t find any holds when she needed them. Four of the top ten women’s seeds are now out of the tournament.

Gauff wins gritty match against Van Uytvanck

After a difficult second set, Coco Gauff defeated Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1, 7-6(4). It initially appeared that the match would be all Gauff, since she cruised to an easy first-set win. But Van Uytvanck really put up a fight in the second set, taking it all the way to a tiebreak. Gauff, who just graduated high school, kept her cool throughout, which definitely helped her handle the pressure. It was probably also helpful that the umpire didn’t give her a soft coaching warning this time.

Raducanu falls to Sasnovich

Emma Raducanu’s French Open debut is over. The WTA’s No. 12 tennis player in the world was upset by Aliaksandra Sasnovich, losing 6-3, 1-6, 1-6. Raducanu won the first set with emphasis, showing a lot of emotion, and from there you could have assumed that everything was fine. Since last year’s US Open (which she won), she was 20-2 after winning the first set of a match. But once Sasnovich began to figure things out, Raducanu’s body language changed. She began to look defeated long before the match was over and was unable to pull herself out of a nosedive.

Other notable results

  • Felix Auger-Aliassime won his Round 2 match against Camilo Ugo Carabelli in straight sets, and is moving on to Round 3.

  • Taylor Fritz, the highest-ranked American in men’s singles, was eliminated in straight sets by Bernabe Zapata Miralles.

  • John Isner pulled out another gritty win, this time against Grégoire Barrère. In Round 3 he’ll face Bernabe Zapata Miralles, the same player who eliminated Taylor Fritz.

  • Angelique Kerber, a longtime presence on the WTA Tour, is headed to Round 3 after defeating Elsa Jacquemot.

Check back for more results throughout the day.

PARIS, FRANCE May 25. Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts during her loss against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Court Suzanne Lenglen during the singles second round match at the 2022 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 25th 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)PARIS, FRANCE May 25. Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts during her loss against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Court Suzanne Lenglen during the singles second round match at the 2022 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 25th 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu is out of the French Open after losing her second round match. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)