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Tomljanovic defeats Radwanska, makes history at Roland Garros

PARIS -- Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic made history in the French Open on Friday by upsetting third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-4 in the third round.

The defeat meant that the tournament's top three seeds had all been ousted inside six days, with top seed Serena Williams losing in the second round and second seed Li Na departing in the first.

It was the first Grand Slam in the Open era where the top three women seeds all failed to make the last 16.

Ranked 72nd in the world, 21-year-old Tomljanovic will next play Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who ended the challenge of 18-year-old American wildcard Taylor Townsend 6-2, 6-2, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

Fourth seed Simona Halep of Romania is the top seeded player left in the draw, having reached the third round on Thursday.

“After seeing the first two seeds go out you kinda feel like — hey I can do that too. I grew up with these girls that were doing that,” the Florida-based Tomljanovic said.

“I went out out there and I really felt that I could win. It showed and that was how I won.

“I have a fourth round next and obviously happy, but I do not want to get too happy about it either.”

Tomljanovic ended 2013 ranked 78th in the world, improving from 495th — the biggest ranking improvement by any player in the top 100.

This year she lost in the third round at the Australian Open but more recently failed to qualify for the main draw at Madrid and Rome in the buildup to Roland Garros.

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Ajla Tomljanovic, of Croatia, hits a return to Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, during their French Open third round match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Friday, May 30.

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