An absolute RG classic was witnessed in which Kiki Bertens triumphed 7-6(5), 3-6, 9-7 in a three-hour 11-minute clash which left her in cramps and Italian Sara Errani screaming in obscenity. Dutch fifth seed Kiki Bertens was accused of faking injury as she was taken off court in a wheelchair after a stormy Roland Garros second round win over former finalist Sara Errani.
US Open runner-up and veteran Victoria Azarenka is out of the French Open in the second round after the 10th seed lost to 161st-ranked Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday.
Azarenka’s exit means all four women who reached the semifinals in New York earlier this month already are gone in Paris. Serena Williams withdrew earlier in the French Open because of an injured Achilles tendon, Jennifer Brady lost in the first round at Roland Garros, and US Open champion Naomi Osaka did not make the trip to France. Schmiedlova had lost 13 consecutive Grand Slam matches in a streak dating to 2015 until beating Venus Williams in the first round this week.
Azarenka is a former No. 1 and a two-time champion at the Australian Open.