Reputations counted for little at the French Open yesterday when seeds Amelie Mauresmo, James Blake and David Nalbandian were toppled by opponents ranked outside the world’s top 75.

Women’s sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze also joined the exodus but triple champion Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic survived the carnage and dodged the rain, which once again returned to Roland Garros, to march on.

Mauresmo’s slender hopes of winning her home grand slam were left in tatters by a 19-year-old upstart ranked 132nd.

Spanish qualifier Carla Suarez Navarro from embarrassed the 22nd seed Mauresmo with a 6-3, 6-4 second-round victory.

Latvian teenager Ernests Gulbis, ranked 80th in the world, ensured Blake’s run of never passing the third round here continued with a 7-6. 3-6. 7-5. 6-3 humbling on Court One.

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