French Open 2014: Li Na follows Wawrinka`s footsteps to bow out in first round

AFP| Last Updated: May 27, 2014, 17:32 PM IST

Paris: Chinese second seed Li Na crashed out of the French Open first round on Tuesday in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 defeat against world number 103 Kristina Mladenovic of France.

Following men`s third seed Stan Wawrinka`s exit on Monday, fellow Australian Open champion Li became the biggest early victim in the women`s draw as 21-year-old Mladenovic stormed through the third set.

It was another disappointing exit for Li, who won in Paris in 2011 but hasn`t been past the fourth round in six other appearances.

Mladenovic now meets Alison Riske of the United States in the second round.

Meanwhile, Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep reached the French Open second round on Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Russia`s Alisa Kleybanova.