Radwanska, Cibulkova lose in Paris


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Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska became the latest women's favorite eliminated at the French Open.

The third-seeded Radwanska followed in the footsteps of Serena Williams and Li Na, exiting with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday in the third round.

Li, the second seed and 2011 French Open champ, was knocked off in the first round and Williams, the No. 1 seed and two-time winner at Roland Garros, fell in the second round.

Radwanska's ouster leaves fourth-seeded Simona Halep as the highest seeded player remaining in the women's draw. Maria Sharapova, however, is now the clear-cut favorite. The 2012 French champion is slated for action later today against Argentina's Paula Ormaechea.

Another top-10 seed also lost Friday, as Dominika Cibulkova was beaten in straight sets by former U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur. Stosur, the 2010 French runner-up to Francesca Schiavone, notched a 6-4, 6-4 win over the ninth-seeded Cibulkova, who had her best Grand Slam finish earlier this year with a loss to Li in the final of the Australian Open.

Cibulkova's best result at the French Open was a semifinal loss to Dinara Safina in 2009 and she reached the quarterfinals two years ago. However, it's been a rough spring for the four-time WTA winner, as she dropped first-round matches at both major French Open tune-ups in Madrid and Rome. Stosur beat Cibulkova in the first round at the Madrid Open earlier this month.

Tomljanovic, meanwhile, is playing at Roland Garros for the first time and has now beaten three established veterans. Ranked 72nd in the world, she took out former champion Schiavone in the first round and also knocked off Russian veteran Elena Vesnina in the second.

Next up for Tomljanovic will be Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro. The 14th seed eased past American Taylor Townsend in a 6-2, 6-2 triumph.

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