French Open 2016: Radwanska and Halep crash out in Fourth round

The seeds continue to tumble at Roland Garros, as Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep both crash out of the French Open in dreary conditions

French Open 2016: Radwanska and Halep crash out in Fourth round
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Just eight seeded players remain in the women's singles, as both Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep crashed out of the French Open on Tuesday, under leaden skies.

Of the two, world number 2 Radwanska was the biggest casualty, throwing away a set and a 3-0 lead in the second, versus Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, to lose 6-2, 3-6, 3-6.

Romanian, Halep, also had a lead after resuming from Sunday, but suffered defeat in straight sets, as cool and heavy conditions on the clay hampered the top seeds' power.

Radwanska loses ten games in row  

Resuming three games away from the last eight, Radwanska struggled under heavy skies as the ball lacked its' normal zip. 

The second seed looked a different animal, as Pironkova levelled and overhauled her deficit in the second set to level things at one set all. Before the Pole knew where she was she was staring down the barrel at 0-4 in the decider, in a remarkable turnaround. 

Almost at the point of no return, the number two seed fought back to break her unseeded opponent, as Pironkova - more known for her grass court game - tightened up with the finish line in sight.

The 28 year-old Bulgarian was to have her day though. Despite a few wayward forehands at 5-3 up and with nerves attempting to intervene Pironkova - inspite of her ranking exactly 100 places below Radwanska - held on to book her place in the quarter-finals.

Halep failed to ignite her game in dank conditions (photo:getty)
Halep failed to ignite her game in dank conditions (photo:getty)

Halep also loses from favourable position 

Pironkova will meet Samantha Stosur, after the Australian toppled Halep in straight sets, to leave just two of the top six seeds left in the draw. Just Garbine Muguruza and reigning champion Serena Williams are left standing, with the latter due to face Elina Svitolina of Ukraine later on Tuesday - weather permitting.

Like Radwanska, Halep looked a different player, as the Romanian's power game was diminished in the cold and dank Parisian air. Resuming at 3-5 down, 21st seed Stosur forced a tie-break and stole the advantage to take the breaker.

Bedecked in her now signature black and white Zebra-like uniform, Halep looked lost in the wilderness. The former runner-up at Roland Garros, was making unforced errors as Stosur's serve-volleying was too much on this occasion taking the second set to win 7-6, 5-3, to qualify for her first quarter-final since 2012.