Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep appeared to be heading for a clash in the French Open quarterfinals. Instead, both players crashed out of the tournament in the fourth round on Tuesday.
No. 6 Halep was upset 7–6(0), 6–3 by No. 21 Sam Stosur, keeping the Romanian out of the quarterfinals for the sixth time in seven years at Roland Garros. A few minutes later, Tsvetana Pironkova finished off No. 2 Radwanska, recording a 2–6, 6–3, 6–3 victory.
Halep, who made the 2014 French Open final, failed to win a point in a critical first–set tiebreaker. The upset loss comes on the heels of a shocking first–round exit at the Australian Open earlier this year.
Halep, 24, is still seeking her first Slam title.
Stosur, 32, will play Pironkova in the quarterfinals. Stosur has made three French Open semifinals—including one appearance in the final—over her career.
Radwanska appeared to be control after taking the first set 6–2. But Pironkova turned the match around, taking the second set 6–3 before closing out the world No. 2 in the decider.
Previously, Pironkova’s best finish at Roland Garros was a third round appearance last year.
Radwanska’s defeat means that the best–ranked player in the bottom half of the bracket is No. 4 Garbine Muguruza. Six of the top 10 seeds in the women’s singles draw have been eliminated.
- Stanley Kay