2011 French Open

French Open 2011: Kim Clijsters, Marin Cilic and the Seeds We've Lost so Far

Carrie DunnAnalyst IIMay 26, 2011

French Open 2011: Kim Clijsters, Marin Cilic and the Seeds We've Lost so Far

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Kim Clijsters of Belgium serves during the women's singles round two match between Arantxa Rus of Netherlands and Kim Clijsters of Belgium on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo b
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    This year's French Open has been full of shocks so far, with the seeds finding themselves in surprisingly sticky situations against lower-ranked players. Blustery conditions today have made it even more unpredictable for the top players and, with unsettled weather predicted in forthcoming days, we may get even more upsets.

    So let's take a look at who we've lost so far...

Nikolay Davydenko

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    KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 23:  Nikolay Davydenko of Russia hits a return against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 23, 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Antonio Veic sent Nikolay Davydenko packing today, with an impressive five-set win, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1. Davydenko may only be the No. 28 seed this year, but the Croatian Veic is ranked 227th in the world at the moment. 

Florian Mayer

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Florian Mayer of Germany shows his dejection during the men's singles round two match between Alejandro Falla of Columbia and Florian Mayer of Germany on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2011 in Paris, Franc
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    I don't really count this one as too much of a shock because Alejandro Falla is a great player, but the German No. 20 seed exited in four sets today, 4-6, 7-6, 6-1, 6-2.

    Out on court three, he'll probably have been hoping nobody noticed.

Marcos Baghdatis

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23:  Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus plays a backhand during the men's singles first round match between Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus and Frederico Gil of Portugal on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, Franc
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    And immediately after Florian Mayer's defeat, his namesake Leonardo knocked out Marcos Baghdatis, the No. 27 seed, with a straight-sets win, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6.

    24-year-old Mayer, of Argentina, is currently ranked 217th in the world.

Sam Querrey

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Sam Querrey of USA serves during the men's singles round two match between Sam Querrey of USA and Ivan Lubicic of Croatia on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Ge
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    A disappointing one, this, as I expected Querrey to do well this year, but instead he was soundly beaten by Ivan Ljubicic, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

    Of course, Ljubicic is a fine player, ranked No. 37 in the world, but the No. 24 seed must have fancied his chances too.

Ana Ivanovic

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 24:  Ana Ivanovic of Serbia serves during the women's singles round one match between Johanna Larsson of Sweden and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Cl
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    Sweden's Johanna Larsson surprised many with her first-round defeat of Ana Ivanovic, 7-6, 0-6, 6-2. That second set must have reassured the No. 20 seed that her experience would see her through, but she simply couldn't maintain it.

Tomas Berdych

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23: Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic shows his dejection during the men's singles first round match between Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic and Stephane Robert of France on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in
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    A home crowd will always even out your chances somewhat, but even so, Stephane Robert's first-round win against Tomas Berdych, the No. 6 seed, was a shock. Berdych must have thought he had it in the bag, winning the first two sets, but Robert stayed focused to take the match 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 9-7.

Kim Clijsters

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Kim Clijsters of Belgium gathers her thoughts during the women's singles round two match between Arantxa Rus of Netherlands and Kim Clijsters of Belgium on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2011 in Paris, Fra
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    The biggest shock of all—arguably the best female tennis player in the world—crashed out in humiliating fashion to Arantxa Rus today.

    Clijsters has been struggling for fitness and the poor conditions didn't help, but even so, Rus did brilliantly to beat the No. 2 seed.

Flavia Pennetta

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Flavia Pennetta of Italy speaks with the umpire during the women's singles round one match between Varvara Lepchenko of USA and Flavia Pennetta of Italy on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 22, 2011 in Paris, Fran
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    Nobody expects much of the US women's singles players in the absence of the Williams sisters, but Varvara Lepchenko showed that there is some talent in the pool when she knocked out No. 18 seed Flavia Pennetta in the first round, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Marin Cilic

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    ROME, ITALY - MAY 13:  Marin Cilic of Croatia slides to play a backhand during his quarter final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day six of the Internazoinali BNL D'Italia at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre  on May 13, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Pho
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    The shock that started the tournament—the No. 19 seed and former top-10 player Marin Cilic losing in the first round to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Other Big Names

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 24:  Nicolas Almagro of Spain serves during the men's singles round one match between Nicolas Almagro of Spain and Lukasz Kubot of Poland on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Ale
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    Other seeds who have made an early exit include No. 11 seed Nicolas Almagro (lost to Lukasz Kubot in the first round, 3-6, 2-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4); No. 22 seed Dominika Cibulkova (lost to Vania King in the first round, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2); No. 22 seed Michael Llodra (lost to Steve Darcis in the first round, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3); No. 26 seed Nadia Petrova (lost to Anastasia Rodionova 6-7, 6-3, 6-4); No. 19 seed Shahar Peer (lost to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 7-6, 6-1).

    Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova both managed to cling on today to avoid early exits—who will be the next big name to fall?

    Let me know who you think might spring a shock in the comments.

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