28 May 2014

Li Na a first round loser at French Open

5:46 am on 28 May 2014

Li Na, the Australian Open tennis champion has followed her male counterpart Stan Wawrinka out of the French Open in the first round, losing to the home player Kristina Mladenovic in three sets.

The second seed from China admitted she had handed her victory to the Frenchwoman through her own failings on another chilly day in Paris.

Once dubbed the next big thing of French women's tennis, Mladenovic saved two set points in the openinhg set, lost focus in the second, but then stepped up a gear again in the decider to wrap it up on her second match point.

Meanwhile, a week after her breakup with Rory McIlroy, the Danish 13th seed Caroline Wozniacki went out in three sets to the Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.

In the men's draw the Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was taken to four sets by by Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev, the

the exciting young Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov lost in straight sets to the Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic, and Australia's former world number one Lleyton Hewitt lost in four to the Argentine Carlos Berlocq.