Wow. I thought Lucie had a real chance to upset Maria Sharapova in their fourth round match but I questioned (i’m ashamed to say!) whether she could get across the finish line. She only went and DID IT, holding on for a 7-6(3) 6-4 victory over Sharapova. I was listening on RG radio for the entire match and my heart was beating so fast at the end. This was a monumental win for Lucie and she *could* crack the top ten depending on other results. As I write this, i’m half watching the highlights being played on British Eurosport. I was stunned how well Lucie played in that tiebreak, particularly the first three points. She’s been shaky in tiebreaks all year but at this tournament, Lucie is 4-0 in tiebreaks! I loved that she closed it out on Maria’s serve with such aggressive tennis because Lucie does have the tendency to get passive when in winning situations. Maria has been struggling with a cold all tournament, but Lucie still had to put her away.
Muguruza has made back-to-back Roland Garros quarter-finals as she came from a break down in both sets of her fourth round match to beat Flavia Pennetta, 6-3 6-4. Her reaction to winning was adorable and it’s great to see her playing well again. I’ve been holding out in Racket Rally keeping my shares in Garbine knowing that she’d come good somewhere. I’m so annoyed with myself for getting rid of half of my shares this week… i’m a fool!
In equal measures, this draw excites/scares me because Lucie has such a great opportunity. All four players in the bottom half will fancy their chances of reaching the final. One match at a time though. Lucie’s played three Grand Slam quarter-finals before, while Muguruza is playing only her second, but will have the experience of last year’s match with Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros to build on. Both have the tendency to get nervous. I think Lucie has the better serve but Garbine has the more explosive power from the baseline. The pair have never met before so it promises to be very intriguing.
I’m in a meeting all day tomorrow so I won’t be able to follow or watch it… I AM GUTTED. Anyway, i’ll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for Lucie. And if she doesn’t do it, then i’ll be pleased for Garbine because I really warm to her. Do I think Lucie can do it? YES! Beating Sharapova will have given her a huge amount of confidence and while I think there will still be plenty of nerves, I believe Lucie can keep this going…
Prediction: Safarova d. Muguruza in 3 sets
ATP RG QF Predictions
Roger Federer d. Stan Wawrinka in 5 sets
Kei Nishikori d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 4 sets