Wawrinka Disappoints

Much to the surprise of everybody, Stanislas Wawrinka who had made a great start to the season by achieving glory in the Australian Open was defeated by a far lesser renowned Spanish player Guillermo Garcia Lopez in the first round of the French Open yesterday. Wawrinka lost the match by 4-6, 7-5, 2-6, 0-6.

The Swiss star never looked like matching his opponent shot for shot. He was off colour from the word go. He just couldn’t get going. The poor shots kept coming off his racquet continuously and he ended up suffering a major setback.

The no. of unforced errors committed by Wawrinka was more than double of the no. of unforced committed by his opponent. That clearly tells the difference between the performances of the two players.

Speaking in the post match interview, Wawrinka said, “It’s always gutting when you lose your very first match in the tournament, but, nothing can be done about it now. What I need to do is to accept it and move on.”

“I tried to bounce back, but, things just didn’t happen. It was that kind of day for me. I will have to sit back and have a look at this performance of mine and find out what went drastically wrong.”

This was the first time that Wawrinka had entered a Grand Slam tournament as one of the top favourites and it seems he just couldn’t soak up that pressure.

When asked if he was feeling the pressure, the Swiss player said, “No, it wasn’t like that. I was calm, but, I just faltered in execution.”

Wawrinka was having one hell of a season before this defeat. Not only had he won the Australian Open by beating Rafael Nadal in the final, he had won the Monte Carlo Masters tournament as well.