Defending champion Li knocked out of French Open

  • Mon Jun 4th, 2012 9:55am
  • Sports

Associated Press

PARIS — Li Na’s French Open title defense ended Monday with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 fourth-round loss to 142nd-ranked qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan on a blustery day at Roland Garros.

Shvedova, a doubles specialist who teamed with Vania King to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010, became just the ninth qualifier to make it to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. This matches the furthest she’s ever gone in a Grand Slam singles draw.

The seventh-seeded Li’s loss leaves no former French Open champions left in the women’s draw. Last year at Roland Garros, she became the first player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title.