Radwanska out of French Open

Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic stunned third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, pictured, to reach the fourth round of the French Open (AP)

Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic stunned third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, pictured, to reach the fourth round of the French Open (AP)

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The top three women's seeds are all out of the French Open after Agnieszka Radwanska lost to Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round.

While not as big a shock as either Serena Williams or Li Na's exits, it was a sizeable upset nonetheless and leaves fourth seed Simona Halep as the highest-ranked player left in the tournament.

Radwanska has never enjoyed playing on clay, particularly in the slow and heavy conditions that have been a feature of the first week at Roland Garros this year.

She reached the quarter-finals for the first time last year but was on the back foot from the start against 21-year-old Croatian Tomljanovic and went down 6-4 6-4.

It was a breakthrough at the top level for the Croatian world number 72, who is through to the fourth round at a grand slam for the first time at her maiden French Open.

This has been a tournament where the young guns have made their mark, and the powerful Tomljanovic joins Garbine Muguruza, Kristina Mladenovic and Taylor Townsend as a headline maker.

Tomljanovic, Muguruza and Mladenovic, the conquerors of the world's top three in Paris, were all born in 1993.

The Croatian said: "After seeing the two first seeds go out, you kind of feel like 'I can do this too'. I grew up with these girls that are beating them.

"I went on the stadium for the first time, and she kind of feels like home there, because she's been there a lot more than I did. I went out there, and I really, inside really thought I could win. I think that showed and it is why I won."

Tomljanovic moved to America eight years ago to train at Chris Evert's academy and remains close with the 18-time grand slam singles winner.

"She really wants me to do well, and I can feel that from her," said the Croatian. "I'm really happy that she's someone I can rely on."

Radwanska pulled the first set back from 5-1 to 5-4 but Tomljanovic held on and then moved ahead early in the second.

"I don't think was my day today," said Radwanska.

"I think I just started too slow. I was 5?1 down, and I guess I was a little late for the first set. I was still trying, I almost came back, but it didn't work out well.

"But she definitely played good tennis today. I had my chances. I didn't take them. I think that cost me the match."

Radwanska did not feel a major opportunity had presented itself following the exit of the top two seeds.

The Pole said: "I think the draw is so big and it's still the third round. I think it doesn't really matter if someone is out or not. Maybe that matters a little bit later in the second week, but it doesn't matter now."

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