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By Akshay Kohli
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The 2012 French Open has given us a lot of memories, some nice, some astounding and some controversial. Lets have a flashback of some of those moments that would ignite our mind every time we would recall this year's Grand Slam on the red dirt!
We have seen some surprising players popping out of nowhere in this tournament! Call it luck or sheer hard work, these players laboriously made their way through some vigorous battles to reach where they did at the French Open! This involves a couple of players, who made it through the qualifiers and managed reaching the second week of the most prestigious tournament on this surface. Yaroslava Shvedova and David Goffin, proved that even qualifiers have some mettle. Also featuring on this list is Sara Errani, the surprise finalist this year.
Though Goffin entered the main draw as a lucky loser, he managed reaching the fourth round here and lost to his hero Roger Federer after taking the first set! He played two seasoned campaigners in the form of Radek Stepanek and Arnaud Clement in the opening two rounds and scraped through these matches in five sets. Shvedova, on the other hand reached the last 8, beating defending champion Na Li on the way. Her dream run ended in an enticing three set match against World No.4 Petra Kvitova. Errani stole the limelight at the French Open, as she climbed the ladder one step at a time, beating a stronger opponent day by day to reach her maiden Grand Slam finals. Beating former champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic and former finalist Samantha Stosur were a few of her notable victories.
This year at the French Open, some really high ranked players were handed some unceremonious exits, and in both next matches it was the French dispatching the Americans. The first one was that of Former Champion Serena Williams, at the hands of Virginie Razzano. This was the VERY FIRST time that Williams crashed out in the first round of a Grand Slam. Razzano showed some really great fighting spirits as she hung by the wire to outlast the multiple time Grand Slam Champion. On the Men's side, we saw Paul-Henri Mathieu winning a cliffhanger against in form John Isner. Mathieu won this match 18-16 in the final set, indicating how close and long this match was.
When seeded players start losing and pressure starts mounting on them because of the expectations, players end up taking their frustration out on their racquets. Smashing and breaking them is the only way left and in Paris, this type of behaviour and aggression is not appreciated at all. Victoria Azarenka, lost her nerve and broke her racquet after losing the first set to Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter-finals. Though breaking the racquet clearly did not help her as she lost the match too.
And this is not all! With more moments to come, stay put for the second part of this article, 2012 French Open: The Unforgettable Moments Part 2!
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