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Roland-Garros: Pliskova becomes fifth Top 8 seed to lose after upset by French wildcard Jeanjean

Ranked No 227 in the world, French woman Leolia Jeanjean upset former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to move into the third round of the French Open

Karolina Pliskova || 231720_0030 2022 FRANCE Internationaux de France- paris RG Roland-Garros sport tennis

The seeds continue to tumble out of the Roland-Garros women’s draw with a fifth top 8 seed, Karolina Pliskova, losing on Thursday in Paris.

No 8 seed Karolina Pliskova was defeated 6-2, 6-2 by French wildcard Leolia Jeanjean in another big upset in Paris.

Pliskova joins No 2 Barbora Krejcikova, No 4 Maria Sakkari, No 5 Anett Kontaveit and No 6 Ons Jabeur as Top 8 seeds who failed to reach the third round in Paris. 10th seed Garbina Muguruza and 12th seed Emma Raudcanu, along with four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, have also already lost in Paris.

France's Leolia Jeanjean celebrates winning her second round match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova at the French Open
France’s Leolia Jeanjean celebrates winning her second round match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova at the French Open Image Credit: AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Jeanjean is ranked No 227 in the world. The 26-year-old Frenchwoman, who was ranked No 378 in the world at the start of 2022 and No 1189 at the start of 2021, had gone to college in the United States to complete her education before returning or another shot at the pr tour.

So far this year, Jeanjean has already picked up one ITF $25K title and reached two other finals on the ITF Tour.

The French player, who joins countrywoman Diane Perry into the last 32 in Paris, meets either Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, the No 30 seed, or Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu for a spot in the fourth round.

Badosa wins in three sets to avoid joining Pliskova on the sidelines

Elsewhere in Paris, third seed Paula Badosa was one of the top 8 seeds who did manage to survive and reach the third round.

Badosa had to use all her experience to overcome the young Slovenian Kaja Juvan. The Spaniard led 5-2 with a double break in the first set only to see Juvan fight back to 5-5. Badosa broke again to win the first set 7-5 but by then Juvan had already found her way back into the contest.

The 21-year-old won the second set 6-3 but Badosa proved too strong and completed the 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win in two hours and 17 minutes.

24th seed Tamara Zidansek also advanced to the third round after he opponent Mayer Sherif had to withdraw from the event due to a foot fracture.

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