Li Na loses to Mladenovic; both Aussie champs fall in first round of French

by: AP May 27, 2014

AP Photo

PARIS (AP) -- Li Na lost her opening match at the French Open on Tuesday, the second reigning Australian Open champion to fall in the first round at this year's tournament.

Li, who won the title at Roland Garros in 2011, lost to Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

In January, Li won the title in Melbourne, a day before Stan Wawrinka won his first major. Wawrinka lost in the first round of this year's French Open on Monday.


For French Open previews and thoughts on Novak Djokovic's position in Paris—plus instruction, gear, and GIFs—read this week's edition of Tennis Tuesday.

And for the latest French Open coverage, including updated draws, go to our tournament page.

More Stories

Defending champion Nick Kyrgios into semifinals in Marseille

Tsonga came out on top in an all-French matchup with two-time champion Gilles Simon. 

Second-seeded Dominic Thiem reaches semifinals of clay-court Rio Open

Thiem has won seven ATP singles titles—five of those on clay. 

Flying under radar, defending champ Kyrgios rolls into Marseille semis

The Australian will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a spot in the final.