(Un)lucky 19

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.

This pic alone says no way it would end well for Peer // Yahoo! Images

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?

That "what the hell am I doing here?" face. // Yahoo! Images

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.


About Pete S. Liguori
Pete was born in São Paulo, Brasil. Loves sports - pigskin fanatic, tennis lover. One of his most famous quotes is "I'm no Tolstoi, but I love the Dallas Cowboys" His favorite quote of all time is "I'll keep playing", unknown author.

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