Reigning Australian Open champion and No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki lost 7-6, 6-3 at the French Open on Monday against No. 14 Daria Kasatkina.
Wozniacki’s loss wrapped up as 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a pectoral injury before her anticipated match with 28th-seeded Maria Sharapova.
Kasatkina, 21, is through the Round of 16 and into the quarterfinals of a major for the first time in her career. Sloane Stevens awaits Kasatkina in a match scheduled for Wednesday.
Wozniacki appeared to be rattled by the change in court before the match, from Suzanne Lenglen to Philippe Chatrier.
“The slower the surface … the better it is for her,” Wozniacki said after her match. “She has very good hands and good angles and everything, so I think that suits her. I honestly didn’t think I played badly this morning. She didn’t miss one ball, and she was playing very close to the lines. I was trying what I could, but it just wasn’t enough today.”
Williams’ walkover loss to Sharapova was her first ever in a Grand Slam. Serena Williams and Venus Williams were eliminated from doubles competition on Sunday.
Top-seeded Simona Halep also played on Philippe Chatrier, but had no problem in dispatching of No. 16 seed Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1.
–Field Level Media