At 11:40 a.m. ET, 17-year-old French wild-card qualifier Caroline Garcia was up a set and two breaks on new French Open favorite Maria Sharapova. In just her second tour-level event, the teenager was two games away from pulling a stunning upset in front of a raucous, partisan crowd at Roland Garros.
Andy Murray, for one, took notice. The world No. 4 went on Twitter and made a bold declaration about the young Garcia:
That's pretty much when the wheels came off the teenager's upset bid.
Garcia, up 4-1 at the time of the tweet, wouldn't win another game. Sharapova rattled off five straight games to take the second set, 6-4, and then blew Garcia off the court in the decisive set with a 6-0 bagel. That's 11 straight games. In short, Murray provided the ultimate jinx.
- Maria Sharapova
- Andy Murray