From history-making upsets to future Hall of Famers making their Grand Slam debuts, many a noteworthy accomplishment has been made during the first round of the French Open. Here’s a look at five of them from the sport’s most prestigious clay-court tournament.
An Upset of Epic Proportions
Even though it had been nine years since her first French Open victory, Serena Williams entered the 2012 tournament as the heavy favorite, having won two tournaments on the dirt during the spring stretch. Taking on Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano in the first round, Williams easily won the first set over the world No. 111, then had multiple chances to put the match away in the second. Razzano rallied to take the tiebreaker to push the match into a decider, and with the support of the home crowd behind her, she won the third set 6-3, dealing Williams her first—and, to date, only—opening-round loss at a major.
A Star Is Born