Daily Data Viz: Upsets through the first two rounds

Friday May 29th, 2015

Through the first two rounds of the 2015 French Open, three of the top six women's seeds dropped out, while three of the top 16 seeds on the men's side have lost. 

The top 3 women’s seeds—No. 3 Simona Halep, No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard—were out hit and generally out played as they all lost in straight sets. The winner total from those three matches tells the story—the seeds had 40 total winners, while the opponents had 92 total winners.

For the top men’s seeds that lost, it was a different story. For No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 11 Feliciano Lopez and No. 16 John Isner, it was their inability to pressure the opponent’s serve that cost them the match. Breaking serve on clay is critical as the surface slows down even the biggest serves and makes holding serve more difficult.  The three seeds combined to create just 13 total break point chances in 11 sets and only 2 of those were converted into breaks of serve (both by Isner).

Check SI.com's French Open data hub page throughout the whole tournament for the latest data-driven infographics and charts from IBM, the official technology partner for the French Open. IBM captures and analyzes the data that powers all of the Grand Slams, as well as the digital platforms that extend the experience to fans around the world.

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