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Agnieszka Radwanska blames herself for French Open loss

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Agnieszka Radwanska has criticised her performance in the third round of the French Open, as she was shocked by Croat Ajla Tomljanovic.

The number three seed was beaten 6-4, 6-4, and her premature exit from the tournament will be seen as a missed opportunity, as she had been the highest seed left in the women’s draw after first and second round defeats for Li Na and Serena Williams.

But the 25-year-old was blaming no-one other than herself for her loss to the world number 72, saying that she didn’t take enough chances to win the match.

The Polish player’s loss means that fourth seeded Romanian Simona Halep is now the highest seed left in the draw, and there is no established favourite for the title heading into the second week.

Among the players left in the draw are former champions Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova, and Radwanska has missed out on the opportunity to win her maiden Grand Slam title.

Despite the unexpected loss, Radwanska was defiant that she had no divine right to beat her opponent.

The 2012 Wimbledon finalist has never been beyond the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, and she has struggled to find her best form in the clay-court season this year, with her best tournament performance being a run to the semi-finals in Madrid, while she has not beaten a top 10 ranked player on clay this year.

Despite being the world number three, she has not managed to win a singles title in 2014, with her one final appearance coming in Indian Wells in March, where she was beaten by Italian Flavia Pennetta.

Her defeat to Tomljanovic is not the first time she has been surprisingly beaten in a Grand Slam this year, as she was convincingly beaten in the semi-finals of the Australian Open by 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova, winning just three games in that match.

The top three seeds have all been knocked out by unseeded players, and Tomljanovic said after her momentous win that seeing the world’s top two players lose earlier in the week gave her confidence that she too could pull off an unlikely victory.

The 21-year-old has never previously reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam, and her world ranking has never been higher than 67th.

She will next face 14th seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who came past American Taylor Townsend in two sets in her third round match.

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