French Open: Li Na Crashes Out in First Round

Second seed Li Na, who won French Open in 2011, lost 5-7, 6-3, 1-6 to unseeded Kristina Mladenovic of France in the first round.

updated: May 27, 2014 17:40 IST
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Paris: Former champion Li Na, the second-seeded Chinese superstar and Australian Open winner, was sensationally dumped out of the French Open in the first round Tuesday, beaten by a tearful Kristina Mladenovic.

Li, the 2011 champion, went down 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to the 103rd-ranked blonde Frenchwoman, the Roland Garros junior champion in 2009, to suffer her first opening round defeat in Paris in eight visits.

The 2hr 06min loss on a windswept and chilly Suzanne Lenglen court saw Li undone by 37 unforced errors.

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