Top-seeded Azarenka loses at French Open

Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka has been knocked out in the fourth

round of the French Open, losing 6-2, 7-6 (4) to 15th-seeded

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

Azarenka, the Austrailian Open champion, fell behind early and

couldn’t get any sense of control in this match. She vented her

frustration in the second set, slamming her racket to the ground,

then smashing it again while during a changeover. The chair umpire

gave Azarenka a warning for racket abuse.

Cibulkova, who reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2009,

had pushed Azarenka to a third set in their five previous matches

but hadn’t beaten her since 2008 at Amelia Island – the last time

they met on clay.