Just some quick thoughts on the tennis and a post with some polls for day 6 to give you all the opportunity to discuss the matches 🙂
Bacsinszky d. Bouchard, 6-4 6-4 – Timea won! I was starting to come round to Genie in this match-up but as a Timea fan, i’m chuffed that she came through. This always felt like her toughest match in her draw so I have high hopes that Timea will go deep in this draw.
Mladenovic d. Babos, 6-4 6-3 – The hotel was playing this match so I settled in! Bit disappointed they flicked right at the end… how was the handshake?! Rollercoaster first set but Mladenovic really dialled in from the end of the first set. Babos was disappointing but this match reminded me of the quality of Mlads and made me feel a little sad at what’s happened to her singles game this year. Good win though and can just give it her best shot against Serena with no pressure.
V.Williams d. Chirico, 6-2 6-1 – Wowsers, I got this one so wrong haha! Chirico has had a few thumping losses (Kvitova in Stuttgart springs to mind) but I wasn’t convinced about Venus on clay. This week i’ll be asking for your help to enlighten me as to what happened 😉
Cornet d. Maria, 6-3 6-7(5) 6-4 – OMG the drama haha!
Keys d. Duque-Mariño, 6-3 6-2 – Another straightforward win for Keys, i’m impressed…
Radwanska-Strycova – Match of the day. Aga leads 4-0 and has never dropped more than four games in any of the sets they have played. I’ve got a weird feeling that Strycova might win this one… is it just me? Aga played great against Garcia but Bara has stepped up her game in a big way this year and got her first win vs. Kerber in Madrid with a negative H2H. I’ll go with my instinct on this one and Bara.
Safarova-Stosur – Positive vibes for Lucie but then again, I had negative vibes for R2 match and she sailed through! Not surprised it got PC. Fingers crossed for Lucie!
Halep-Osaka – Very interesting match, Osaka is the type of explosive player that *could* hit Halep off the court… i’d still fancy Simona to prevail on clay. Simona will be relieved that Osaka took out MLB in the second round.
Kuznetsova-Pavlyuchenkova – Could be a cracker, Kuznetsova leads the H2H, 4-1 but Pavs did win in Wuhan dropping just one game last year. Sveta’s looking very good but Pavs is decent on the clay. Fancy a tight match but Sveta in 3.
Beck-Begu – Both had really tough second rounders… loved the way Beck closed out her match against Bondarenko, but I think Begu wins this.
Muguruza-Wickmayer – Not feeling an upset alert with this one to be honest.
Kvitova-Rogers – Great tournament for Rogers and Kvitova is always vulnerable on clay… sticking with Petra though.
Stephens-Pironkova – A repeat R32 RG match from last year… Sloane for the win.