Hello there bloggies!
We are down to our final eight in Paris. The women’s draw is primed for a non-Slam winner to take the opportunity, and the men’s is set to add to stars’ legacies. Let’s take a look at both the women’s and men’s tourney.
The Women’s Tourney
-We are going to have a new major winner!! None of the eight remaining ladies have lifted the trophy at the end of the tournament. Not anymore! You can always count on the ladies on the WTA for such depth.
-We’ve gotten the one massive quarterfinal matchup we were hoping for at the start of the tournament: Svitolina vs. Halep. These two are the strongest clay court players on the WTA this year, and honestly part of me wishes this were the final. The winner is easily the favorite to win the French (that is if they can handle the nerves…).
-You know who did not expect to be in the quarters on clay (even with their good play this year): Pliskova and Wozniacki. These two are brilliant on hard courts and even grass. But clay was always a big no no. Somehow they have struggled and made their way through. Just three more matches. Stranger things have happened.
-Good on you France. Two ladies quarterfinalists with Garcia and Mladenovic! Always good to see the home talent perform.
– In the last round, it was not good to be a prior Slam champ as Muguruza, Venus, Stosur, and Kuznetsova all crashed out. Muguruza fought like hell and did herself well as a defending champ. Good job Garbine!
The Men’s Tourney
-Overall, the seeds have dominated the French Open with 7 of the top 8 seeds making the last eight. Raonic lost 8-6 in the fifth set in the 4th round to stop a full sweep. Such a seed dominated tournament has made the 1st week a bit on the dull side, but has set up an thoroughly intriguing last three rounds. There should be some amazing tennis the rest of the week.
-Even with the seeds making it through, there is one clear theme. We are all watching the Rafa show! Just like the good ole days! His play is just insane. Really really good clay court players are being made to look like club players. Someone is going to have to catch fire and blast winners like Soderling to even have a chance. Hard to see that happening.
-Two men who may be able to prevent Rafa’s re-ascendance to French glory are Stan Wawrinka and Domi Thiem. They have the weapons to beat anyone on any given day. But they also have the ability to fall flat and lose in these later rounds. Both are firing on all cylinders so far, but haven’t faced true tests yet.
-In the next round, Thiem takes on Djokovic who honestly may have looked the shakiest of the top threats. Novak has had to go to 5 sets already and hasn’t looked completely comfortable yet at his weakest major. Djokovic destroyed Thiem a few weeks ago in Rome, but Thiem won’t be that mentally drained this time. This match could be career defining for Thiem. Will he be able to find a way to beat the defending champ? I think no, but I’m hoping soooo much.
-We can’t end without talking about the world number one Andy Murray. And look it here, Andy is starting to show the form we expect from Andy. He found a way to find the first set against Del Potro in the 3rd round, and a switch has been flipped. He’s not peak Murray, but Andy is back. Just in time for the business end of the tournament.
Welcome to the quarters folks!! What are your thoughts about the French so far? Let me know below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.
Enjoy the matchups on the unpredictable clay 🙂