Top-seeded Azarenka loses at French Open

Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka was knocked out in the fourth round

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

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

Azarenka, the Austrailian Open champion, fell behind early and

struggled with her control throughout. She vented her frustration

in the second set, slamming her racket to the ground, then smashing

it again 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.