French Open, Day 4: Townsend advances, Serena upset

Serena Williams is upset by Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the French Open — Getty Images

Serena Williams

Serena Williams is upset by Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the French Open — Getty Images

While plenty of big names were on court on Wednesday at the French Open, the match of the day goes to a young woman ranked 205th in the world.

Taylor Townsend became the youngest American to advance to the third round of the French Open since 2003, and did it with a mix of serious collapses followed by clutch performances.

The first stumble came when Townsend took a 4-1 lead in the second set over No. 20 Alize Cornet only to drop that set 6-4 to the Frenchwoman.

Most thought that was the end of Townsend, who was playing in her first ever Grand Slam at the age of 18, but she kept fighting and went up 5-1 in the third set, making it look like she would waltz into the third round. But Cornet battled back to get the third back to 5-4, and that was when Townsend finally ended it, winning the 10th game of the third set to advance and her play on Wednesday even had Andy Murray taking notice.

It's normally Serena Williams who absolutely dominates her opponents in the first week of a Grand Slam, but it was Williams who had no gas in the tank on Wednesday at Roland Garros.

Williams was taken down in the second round to Garbiñe Muguruza 6-2, 6-2 in a match that saw Serena commit 29 unforced errors and basically give this quote afterwards that was as jumbled as her serve.

"Well, I don't think anything worked for me today, which is just nothing really worked. I don't know anything that actually worked."



"She has huge potential, I will keep a close eye on her. She was born in '96. That's painful." — Alize Cornet on Taylor Townsend after their second round match

Thursday brings us another slate of big names, with Rafael Nadal, Ana Ivanovic, Gael Monfils, Sloane Stephens and Andy Murray all playing their second round matches.

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