It's a sign of the times. Gisela Dulko, winner of four clay court titles, was upset yesterday in the first round of qualifying for the 2012 French Open. Dulko was defeated 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 by Vesna Dolonc of Serbia. The Argentine served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but then collapsed and was taken out of the competition.
Dulko, who has been ranked as high as 29 in the world in singles and who was--not that long ago--the world's number 1 doubles player, has had multiple injuries in the past year and is obviously lacking confidence. Last year, she reached the round of 16 at the French Open, after defeating both Tsvetaba Pironkova and 2010 finalist Sam Stosur.