|Serena Williams, shown en route to the title in the Bank of the|
West Classic at Stanford last summer, rallied to beat Victoria
Azarenka on Saturday. Photo by Paul Bauman
Williams, seeking her third French Open singles title, trailed 6-3, 4-2 but won the last four games of the second set and the last six games of the third set.
Upset of the day -- Jeremy "Don't Be" Chardy of France knocked off his second consecutive seed, clobbering No. 17 David "Gerry" Goffin of Belgium 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Chardy, who also took out No. 16 John Isner, will face No. 3 Andy "Bill" Murray in the round of 16.
Notable -- No. 17 seed Sara "No Runs, No Hits, No" Errani, the 2012 runner-up to Maria Sharapova, dispatched No. 10 Andrea Petkovic "Park," a 2014 semifinalist, 6-3, 6-3.
Men's seeded winners -- No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 Murray, No. 6 Rafael Nadal (nine-time champion, including last five years), No. 7 David Ferrer, No. 9 Marin "County" Cilic, No. 20 Richard "Blow A" Gasquet.
Men's seeded losers -- No. 15 Kevin Anderson, No. 17 David Goffin, No. 23 Leonardo "Da Vinci" Mayer, No. 29 Nick Kyrgios.
Women's seeded winners -- No. 1 Williams, No. 4 Petra Kvitova, No. 17 Errani, No. 23 Timea Bacsinszky.
Women's seeded losers -- No. 10 Petkovic, No. 16 Madison "Avenue" Keys, No. 27 Azarenka, No. 30 Irina-Camelia "Ain't Too Proud To" Begu.
Stars and stripes -- Sloane "Ranger" Stephens joined Williams in the round of 16, but Keys and Irina "Atlanta" Falconi lost.
Jack Sock reached the fourth round of a major for the first time, dominating 18-year-old sensation Borna "Gain Christian" Coric of Croatia 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. Coric owns victories over Nadal and Murray.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, the seventh seeds in women's doubles and reigning Australian Open champions, advanced to the third round.
Northern California connection -- Hao-Ching Chan of Taiwan and Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues, a member of the Sacramento-based California Dream in World TeamTennis, reached the last 16 in women's doubles.
Mattek-Sands and former Stanford star Mike Bryan, seeded second in mixed doubles, won in the second round, but Raquel "Welch" Kops-Jones, a San Jose resident and ex-Cal standout, and Robert Farah of Colombia lost.
Fast facts -- Williams became the first woman in the Open era, which began in 1968, to win at least 50 singles matches in each Grand Slam tournament.
A whopping five Frenchmen, including four seeds, reached the round of 16: No. 12 Gilles Simon, No. 13 Gael Monfils, No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 20 Gasquet and Chardy.
A Romanian woman advanced to the last 16, but not Simona "I Need" Halep. Andreea Mitu eliminated 34-year-old Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 champion, 7-5, 6-4. Halep, the No. 3 seed and 2014 runner-up, lost to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round.
Quote -- Azarenka on chair umpire Kader Nouni's decision to replay a key point: "That call was (bull----), and everybody knows it."
Today's best match -- Second-seeded Roger Federer, the 2009 French Open champion, is scheduled to face Monfils, a 2008 semifinalist and a three-time quarterfinalist at Roland Garros, in the round of 16 (NBC, 9 a.m. PDT). However, rain is forecast.
Monfils has won the last two meetings against Federer, both on clay. And this time, Monfils will be playing in his home country.