Chinese hopes at this year’s French Open took another huge hit on Friday night in Paris as almost all of the country’s doubles players saw their tournaments end in the second round. That had been the case in the women’s singles earlier in the week – with China’s No 1 Wang Qiang and Zheng Saisai making it to the second round before bowing out. On Friday night in Paris four of the five Chinese women’s doubles players were beaten as was the only Chinese woman in the mixed doubles. Eighth seeds Zhang Shuai and Xu Yifan lost to Czech twins Karolina and Krystina Pliskova, losing after taking the first set on a tiebreak. The unseeded sisters eventually won 6-7, 6-3, 6-3. Xu also lost her mixed doubles second round game with partner Brendan Soares of Brazil. The No 4 seeds were beaten by Desirae Krawczyk of the US and Britain’s Joe Salisbury 6-4, 6-3. Li Na’s French Open win opened the door for Chinese and Asian tennis Back in the women’s doubles Wang Yafan and German partner Anna-Lena Friedsam lost in straight sets to the 14th seeds, Iga Swiatek (Poland) and Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US). It ended 7-5, 6-3. Yang Zhaoxuan and Japan’s Makoto Ninomiya were beaten by Petra Martic (Croatia) and Shelby Rogers (US), also in straight sets – 6-4, 6-3. China’s sole remaining player Zheng Saisai, the women’s doubles 13th seed, is still to play her second round doubles encounter after beating Coco Gauff and Serena Williams in the opening round. She and Australia’s Ellen Perez are still to meet Canadian duo Leylah Annie Fernandez and Gabriela Dabrowski but no time has been set for their match. Elsewhere, the top seeded pair of Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Belgium’s Elise Mertens marched on. They are in the third round after a straight sets win over Amanda Anisimova (US) and Anastasia Potapova (Russia). A decade on from Li Na making history at the French Open, where she became Asia’s first female grand slam winner, Chinese interest in the 2021 tournament looks doomed to end early with the players free to prepare for the grass season.