Behind the microphone, Li Na sighed. She had no answers, only questions, like the reporters who packed around her, who wondered about the weather and whether she had prepared properly for this French Open.
Li, the defending women’s singles champion at Roland Garros, did not play as if she were defending anything Monday. She played as if she were lost, and then she did lose, in a spectacular collapse. The final tally read 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 in favor of Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, a doubles specialist who entered the match ranked 142nd in singles.
Behind the microphone, Li fought back...