Virginie Razzano pulled a shocker for the ages Tuesday at the French Open. The 29-year-old scored the biggest win of her career upsetting consensus tournament pick Serena Williams 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.
The loss marked Serena’s earliest exit ever at a Grand Slam tournament – she had never, ever lost in 46 previous Slam first round matches. And it was even more head-scratching when you consider the roll Serena entered with 17 straight wins on the clay.
But you have to feel good for Razzano who could have folded multiple times and endured some questionable hindrance calls, especially one in the epic 20+ minute last game during which she was cramping.
A year ago she went through the pain of losing her fiancee and coach, Stephane, to a brain tumor. In his honor she played and lost an emotional first round match in Paris. Now, the former Top 20 Frenchwoman, rose up in her return to slay the hottest player in women’s tennis. What an incredible win!