2016 French Open

Radwanska’s monumental meltdown

World #2 latest seed to be scattered

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Agnieszka Radwanska relinquished her massive lead at Roland Garros to suffer a shock exit to Tsvetana Pironkova.

With the match postponed by 40 hours because of rain in Paris, the Pole only needed three more games to wrap up the 4th Round contest.

Yet in the drizzle the world #2 went from a set up and a 3-0 advantage to bow out 2-6 6-3 6-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

After the defeat Radwanska fumed:

“I am just surprised that we have to play in the rain because I cannot play in those conditions, I’m just p***ed off! I don’t know who allows us to play on those kind of conditions.”

Pironkova was in fine fettle to reel off 10 games on the bounce to seal the second set and soar into a 4-0 lead in the decider.

Pironkova at the press conference following her victory

Pironkova at the press conference following her victory

Radwanska had a medical timeout for treatment on her right forearm and had after the third game of the final set, yet still dropped her serve to love.

The Pole stopped the rot with her first game of the day, which brought cheers from the crowd, breaking in the fifth game.

But her late revival was too little too late as Pironkova seized control and moved into the quarter-final stage.

Pironkova, a quarter-finalist at last year’s Wimbledon, said: “Usually if the court is not fit for play they would cancel straight away.

“But today the court was hanging in, we could have played so we did!

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