May 22, 2011 Leave a comment
Just like the prophet said: “One shall never doubt the skillz of a Spaniard on clay”. Who am I to disagree? Maria José Martinez Sanchez showed ‘em!
No, in fact, one of the last serve-and-volleyers on tour showed only Peer – who’s not Spaniard or even decent on clay – but I’ll take it.
7/6, 6/1, with both players choking a serve-for-the-set in the first. As a penalty, Shahar Peer will drop outside the top-20 AND also be forever remembered as the first seed to leave Roland Garros in 2011.
And when you think she was one win away from breaking through the top-10 not so long ago…
YOU KNOW – who else was a top-10 not so long ago, but slumped his way out of it and now looks like a perennial top-20?
Ok, there are lots. But whatever. How many of them fell to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in straights?
Marin Cilic! He lost, 7/6, 6/4, 6/4, and joined Peer as the only seeds to say goodbye so far.
Meh. Not good, eh?
Blame it on the seeding.
PS: One last seeding bizarre stat (or maybe not so bizarre). According to my stats here, the #17 is the defending women’s champion. This year, Julia Goerges is the 17th seed. She had a confident start today (though she faced Mathilda), but watch out for every coincidence.