World number 2 Li Na has been knocked out in the opening round at Roland Garros by local Kristina Mladenovic. It was a well deserved win for the Frenchwoman who dictated for the majority of the match.
Mladenovic made her intentions known right from the outset, she would break Li Na's serve in the third game to take the early lead. Kiki consolidated the break with a strong service hold as Li Na began to look increasingly frustrated with her mediocre start to the match. Li Na would hit straight back, leveling the set at 3-3. From here the two would trade service breaks. Three double faults from Li Na gifted Mladenovic a break whilst two double faults from Mladenovic gifted Li a break. At 4-5 the Frenchwoman was have to serve to stay in the set, she successfully did so despite facing two set points. Mladenovic was able to come up with some big first serves when she needed to most. From here Mladenovic would go on to win the next two games to take the opening set in just over an hour. Mladenovic was able to dictate play for most of the opening set, successfully stepping into the court on a number of occasions.
The second set was a different story, Mladenovic's level really dropped and Li Na was able to take advantage of this. Li Na raced away to a 3-0 lead and was able to maintain a similar lead for the entire set. Li Na took the second set 6-3. The key to the second set was that Li was able to considerably cut down on the number of unforced errors she hit. In the first set the world number 2 hit 18 unforced errors compared to just 5 in the second set.
The third set was all Mladenovic, she regained the momentum with a love service hold to begin the third set. In the fourth game Mladenovic would break to love and for the first time the finish line was within reach. What was impressive was that Mladenovic continued to attack, winning the next three games to take the deciding set 6-1. A massive upset, I certainly didn't see this coming. After the match Mladenovic cried tears of joy, showing just how much this win meant to her.