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Early Defeats of Roland Garros and Grand Slam No.1 Seeds and Defending Champions

Early Defeats of Roland Garros and Grand Slam No.1 Seeds and Defending Champions

PARIS - The second round loss of world No.1 and Roland Garros top seed and defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) to Tathiana Garbin (ITA #86) is the earliest loss of a defending champion here since 1989 winner Arantxa Sánchez (ESP #4) fell to Mercedes Paz (ARG #39), 75 36 61 in the 1990 second round

In the Open Era, there have been two defeats of a Grand Slam defending champion in the first round:

· 1994 Wimbledon: Steffi Graf (GER) lost to Lori McNeil (AUS)
· 2003 Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati (USA) lost to Marlene Weingärtner (GER)

In the Open Era, there have been four defeats of a Grand Slam No.1 seed in the first round:

· 1979 Australian Open: Virginia Ruzici (ROM) lost to Mary Sawyer (AUS)
· 1994 Wimbledon: Steffi Graf (GER) lost to Lori McNeil (USA)
· 1999 Wimbledon: Martina Hingis (SUI) lost to Jelena Dokic (then AUS)
· 2001 Wimbledon: Martina Hingis (SUI) lost to Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)

In the Open Era, Henin-Hardenne is the first No.1 seed to lose in the second round of any Grand Slam; it is also the earliest loss of the No.1 seed at Roland Garros since seedings were introduced in 1925

Garbin, ranked No.86 is the third lowest-ranked player since the inception of WTA computer singles rankings in November 1975 to defeat a world No.1 at any tournament:

· 1980 Chichester QF: Billie Jean King (Unranked) d. Martina Navratilova
· 1999 Wimbledon 1r: Jelena Dokic (No.129) d. Martina Hingis
· 2004 Roland Garros 2r: Tathiana Garbin (No.86) d. Justine Henin-Hardenne
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