French Open Day 6 recap: Townsend's run ends; Isner notches milestone
PARIS -- The upsets continued on the women's side at the French Open on Friday. The top men, however, marched on, as No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Roger Federer won four-set matches against No. 31 Dmitry Tursunov and No. 25 Marin Cilic, respectively. Seven of the top eight men remain alive, while the highest women's seed left is No. 4 Simona Halep. (Click here for our mid-tournament look at the women's draw.)
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska falls: The top three women's seeds are out before the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in the Open era. Radwanska, the highest seed left after No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 2 Li Na were sent packing earlier in the week, played poorly in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to No. 72 Ajla Tomljanovic. The 21-year-old Tomljanovic started last season ranked No. 495 after missing most of 2012 with mononucleosis, and this third-round victory puts her on the verge of the top 50.
Tomljanovic, who is playing her first French Open, admitted to a slight rookie error when she tried to serve out the match.
"I went to the wrong side at 30-Love because I was thinking, OK, if I serve well here, it's going to be 40-Love," she said. "And I guess in my mind I already thought I had three match points. It's probably embarrassing to do that the first time at Chatrier [center court], but I pulled it out."
Tomljanovic will play No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro on Sunday.
Milos Raonic makes history: Raonic became the first Canadian man to reach the fourth round and matched his career-best result at a major, rallying past No. 29 Gilles Simon 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the third round. Raonic was broken at love when serving for the match at 5-4 in the fifth, but he won the final two games. He will face either Martin Klizan or Marcel Granollers, who led two sets to one when play was suspended for darkness.
Raonic isn't the only Canadian into the fourth round, either, as No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard defeated Johanna Larsson 7-5, 6-4. She'll play No. 8 Angelique Kerber.
Taylor Townsend's run ends: The 18-year-old American lost to Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 in the third round. Asked what she learned about herself this week, when the Chicago native won two matches in her Grand Slam debut, Townsend said: "Just to trust myself and believe in myself. I have a lot of weapons, and I have a lot of gifts and talents that not many people have. Just trust it, because that's going to separate me from a lot of different people." Read Jon Wertheim's take on her fantastic French Open here.
John Isner being John Isner: Isner saved all 13 break points he faced and broke serve once in a 7-6 (13), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 7-5 victory over No. 17 Tommy Robredo. In fact, through three matches, Isner has saved 24-of-25 break points and held 64-of-65 times. Isner, who is into the fourth round for the first time, will meet No. 6 Tomas Berdych.
French surprise: French wild card Pauline Parmentier, 28, is the most surprising name to make the fourth round so far -- a career-best result in 10 appearances at Roland Garros. Ranked No. 145, she defeated Mona Barthel 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 for her third consecutive comeback victory. She'll play Garbine Muguruza, who backed up her upset of Serena Williams with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Anna Schmiedlova.
Photo of the day
Highlights from Tomljanovic's win over Radwanska:
Controversial quote of the day
From Ernests Gulbis, naturally:
Q. You have two younger sisters that play tennis, as well. Are they going to be as good as you? When was the last time you played with hem?
ERNESTS GULBIS: Hopefully they will not pursue professional tennis career. Hopefully. Because for a woman, it's tough. I wouldn't like my sisters to become professional tennis players. It's tough choice of life.
A woman needs to enjoy life a little bit more. Needs to think about family, needs to think about kids. What kids you can think about until age of 27 if you're playing professional tennis, you know.
That's tough for a woman, I think.
Non-controversial quote of the day
From Maria Sharapova on Ernests Gulbis, naturally:
Q. I was wondering what you were thinking about [Gulbis' comments about his sisters].
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I don't think we can take everything serious when he speaks (laughter). I mean, let's be honest with that.
Tweets of the day
Ajla Tomljanovic is a copy editor's nightmare. Also, Aga Radwanska's nightmare.
— Naila-Jean Meyers (@NailaJeanMeyers) May 30, 2014
To be fair, what woman could muster the kind of single-minded focus and intensity with which Gulbis has approached his tennis career?
— Hannah Wilks (@newballsplease) May 30, 2014
Caroline Wozniacki's new Twitter avatar is spectacular, very Witches of Eastwick. I wouldn't drink that, Rory... pic.twitter.com/3pzW19ek7l
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 30, 2014
So....I'm up early, I turn on the tv and Federer is playing!! #perfecttiming #gofed #frenchopen — lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) May 30, 2014