May 27, 2011 Leave a comment
HA. Remember when we used to say Roland Garros ladies draw were wide open and there were no clear favorites, though we had some players who wouldn’t shock the world by lifting the title? Very well. It is starting getting to us!
Why did it take “so long”, a.k.a three rounds? First, because clay is no puzzle. Second, because the good players are really good. Third, because the seed vs. seed clashes only start in the round of 32.
Where to start with? What about yesterday? I was mourning. And you all know why. But the first and biggest upset of the French Open brewed yesterday, by Le Parisienne Morgen, on Philippe Chatrier. Needless to say further, let’s move on.
Today, to kick-off the third round, the organizers selected 2010 runner-up Samantha Stosur to open the main stage. She took on the Argentine beauty and doubles #1 – just like herself was in 2006, and please correct me if I’m wrong – Gisela Dulko. And lost (6/4, 1/6, 6/3)! Ups and downs. Ups: Gisé, of course. No-one beats the world no.6 and defending runner-up randomly. The newest auntie of the tennisverse ties her best Roland Garros run by reaching the last 16. And downs, of course, Sam. Gosh, she’s just frustrating, and is having a truly mediocre year. Result? Bye bye top-10. Just hope you find your game – and for good – someday, Samantha.
After the first upset of the day was complete, it was time for one of the most interesting matchups of this third round: 11th seed, local girl and Bambi on ice (sometimes venomously referred to as “Elephant on ice” by some stonehearted pricks) Bartoli and the 17th seed (defending champ with Francy-esca), Stuttgart champion and clay wonder Julia Goerges. Must confess: a) Hadn’t watched her since Stuttgart, when she became relevant, b) I was impressed and, finally, c) Marion Bartoli is way hotter than her. But well, Julia – who was the favorite for this one – cruised in the first set, heavily pumped by her confident service and the massive forehand (made me giggle in the middle of my Portuguese Literature class). Only to follow the script, she got broken serving for it, but broke right back and won the first. And then it was all Marion. Don’t ask, because I could not tell. Maybe was Julia’s nerves, or maybe was the flu or even the French crowd backing her opponent. The fact is, she lost the following two sets, 6/2, 6/4 and said goodbye – at least she was coherent when saying she wasn’t a favorite for lifting the trophy. Marion also surprisingly ties her best FO run, and will battle Gisela next. And I, who always thought Rezai would be the next French clay star, am glad to be wrong. At least this year. But whatever J #AllezMarion
The last, and maybe the biggest, upset of the day had two major consequences: First, it will keep the label “slamless” sticked to Caro for a little longer. And second, maybe even worse, it triggered a wave of hatred towards the number 1. Complaints where the same as always: too much passivity and even theories about Wozz’s skills of facing adversity without on-court coaching, plus the points system and stuff. I guess this matter is way simpler: Hantuchova was the better player today and won. Aaaand, there’s also the “you can’t always win” thing. About her decision to play Brussels in the week before RG? Dumb decision, in my opinion. Finally, I have to say I’m far from being a fan of her game, but I recognize her talent. And the fact she’s winning. And, please, some people should stop whining. The rankings are not subjective, they never were. If Serena and Venus have abandoned the pro-tour, it is THEIR problem, not Caro’s. You want to blame a professional player for winning matches and adding points? That’s just… not smart. But whatever, final results: Hantuchova def. Wozniacki, 6/1, 6/3, will play Kuznetsova (!!!) in the R16. Good to see Dani pulling a good run, but there’s a lot of the momentum thing on it. And when it comes to Dani, you can never know how long the momentum will last – could be six matches or fifteen minutes.
- Is it me or Jelena Jankovic is playing really good tennis these days? 6/2, 6/2 today over Bethanie, and well… how crazy would it be if she somehow… I don’t know… wins it all?
- Smooth assassin, troubled wins, but Vera Zvonareva is making her way through the early round. Didn’t face the hardest foes out there, but the possibility of taking over the #1 prior to Wimbledon exists. She must win Roland Garros and Eastbourne in order to make it. Let’s see. She plays Pavs next.
- She was also “helped” by her draw, but Svetlana Kuznetsova is winning matches again! She hasn’t dropped a single set in her three wins so far, and faced some tricky opponents – in a bad day, I can totally picture Sveta losing to Rybarikova, Begu (it even happened, eheh) and Rebecca Marino. Her 4th Round matchup with Danka could be the most-amazing-turn-disappointing-and-ugly match of the next round. We shall see.
- Tomorrow, Azarenka-Vinci, Sharapova-Chan, Wicky-Aggie, Li Na-Cirstea, Petko-Gajdosova, Kirilenko-Rus, Kanepi-Makarova and King-Kvitova will close ladies’ third round. Potential upsets? Makarova, Cirstea and Rus. Vika will bake some products, HAHAHA @ Maria and no upsets possible in Wicky-Aggie/Petko-Jarka. And oh, go figure what I think about the Kay-Kay meeting.