Hello there bloggies!!
The tennis action in French is flying by. We are already finished up with Round 2 with matches filling up all of the courts and the doubles teams starting their march toward to the trophy.
So what in the heck has happened the past two days at Roland Garros. Let’s start with the bros this time:
1) Remember in my last post how impressed I was with Nick Krygios in his 1st round match. Well, I spoke to soon. He fell in 4 sets to Kevin Anderson in the 2nd round. Krygios’s prep was not ideal as he mentioned (and more than understandable). Let’s hope he can recover for the Wimby grass, a surface his game may be more suited to.
And let’s just give a big welcome back to the tour to Kevin Anderson, who is coming back from injury. A great South African talent and overall good guy.
2) Juan Martin Del Potro is the tallest, lankiest sweetheart in the world. Wanna know why? Check out this clip here. Thoughts go out to Almagro. But the game is so much better with DelPo not injured and playing. Speaking of playing, DelPo gets the ever testy Andy Murray in the next round. Who the hell knows what can happen in that match not he clay? Get ready for some shot making and incredible rallies!!
3) You can’t go through the men’s draw and not mention the upcoming all-French battle between Monfils and Gasquet. Both played well in their straight sets 2nd round wins, but I do not have the highest hopes for this match. They’ve known each other for so long, and it is in front of the home crowd. Cue awkward city.
4) Guess what my overall impression of the men’s draw is. STILL. We are in the Stan, Thiem, Nadal, and Novak show. Your winner is there. Stan has a tricky match upcoming against new papa Fognini, and Thiem is taking on the sentimental favorite Stevie Johnson. But mouth is watering for and I am trying to be patient for when these guys start running into each other.
Now, let’s turn to the ladies:
1) Our defending champ Muguruza found a way to survive her match against the very game Kontaveit. And that’s what champs are supposed to do. You don’t have to play your best. You just have to do enough to win and get closer to those big matches. Things don’t get easier for Garby though. She has Putintseva up yet, and we all know Poots is chomping at the bit to take out the champ on a big show court.
2) Also, recovering nicely was Mlandenovic who eased past the former finalist Sara Errani. The back behaved this time, and she found a way to not give the French crowd a collective heart attach. As is the case women’s draw, Mlandenovic runs into another threat against former quarterfinalist Shelby Rogers next. But she is not the only woman flying the French flag, as Garcia and the entertaining Cornet pushed into the 3rd round too. Vive le France!
3) Two special shout-outs go to Ons Jabeur and CiCi Bellis. Jabeur is the first Arab woman to make it to the 3rd round of a slam. She has a tough but definitely winnable match against Bacsinszky next. And a little US love to the young Bellis who continues to impressive at the tour level. Though I will be rooting for my Woz in the next round.
4) Snaps to Petra Kvitova for coming back and competing so hard. She may have lost (largely as a result of competitive rust), but Petra fought her ass off. So glad to see her back. Her conqueror Mattek-Sands takes on Stosur next. I can’t help but shake my feeling that Sam is going to go far in this tournament. I think it has her name written all over it. That probably means she’ll lose 5 and 5 to Mattek-Sands.
5) Now, the match I can’t wait to see in the women’s 3rd round is Halep against Kasatkina. Arguably the best clay courter in the draw against arguable the best clay courter in the next 5 years. Both fight for everything, and there will be some amazingly long rallies.
Loving the tournament so far…what have you noticed so far?
Can’t wait for the 3rd round!