Tennis News – French Open
We are in the third week of the French Open and we are entering the most crucial fixtures of the tournament. Roland Garros always offer some incredible rivalries on the court and we think that this year we won’t be dissapointed.
On Monday we once again saw the world’s number one Andy Murray making one more step towards his first triumph in Paris. He was merciless and beat the Russian Karen Khachanov in three sest in the fourth round – 6-3 6-4 6-4. After that the French crowd was left in dissapointment as they saw their biggest favourite Gael Monfils losing in three straight sets against Stan Wawrinka.
On Court Suzanne Lenglen we saw Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic also winning their matches. The Japanese star shockingly lost the first set against Fernando Verdasco with 0-6, but he won the next three and qualified for the next round. Meanwhile Marin Cilic had to play just a set and a half against Kevin Anderson, after the South African’s retirement from the match.
In the Women’s Singles we saw the №3 in the scheme Simona Halep dominating Carla Suarez Navarro – 6-1 6-1. Meanwhile Elina Svitolina also won as it was expected, beating the qualifier Petra Martic from Croatia in three sets. №2 in the scheme Karolina Pliskova also needed three sets to beat Veronica Cepede Royg from Paraguay. She lost the first set, but after that won the next two for a 2-6 6-3 6-4 win.
On Tuesday the crowd in Paris was left dissapointed, beucase the rain postponed the two most expected events for the day – Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s matches. Nadal had to play against his countryman Pablo Careno Busta, while Djokovic was meant to face the №6 in the scheme Dominic Thiem from Austria. Both of these matches will take place on Wednesday.
But there was tennis on Tuesday. We saw two matches in the women’s 1/4-finals. France’s Kristina Mladenovic left the tournament, after losing against Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszsky with 4-6 4-6. For Bacsinszsky it’s a second when she reaches the Roland Garros 1/2-finals. Will she reach the final for a first time in her career so far?
We have another Roland Garros semifinalist as well. Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia moved very close to the final after beating the former №1 in the world Caroline Wozniacki. She lost the first set with 4-6, but after that won the next two with 6-2 6-2. This means that Wozniacki will once again fail in her dream to win her first Grand Slam title.
On Wednesday we hope to see Nadal and Djokovic’s matches, if the weather allows it. We should also enjoy the very interesting 1/4-final between Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori. Other 1/4-finals to follow: Caroline Garcia (France) vs. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic), Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) vs. Simona Halep (Romania) and Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) vs. Marin Cilic (Croatia).