Halep d. Osaka, 4-6 6-2 6-3 – Not surpised to see Osaka push Halep to three. I saw the end of the match and Osaka threw in a poor game to get broken at *3-4 in the third set. Still, i’m so excited about her potential and i’d guess her game might stack up well for the grass. For Halep, it was a good win in the sense that she fought back from a set down.
Stosur d. Safarova, 6-3 6-7(0) 7-5 – Sobbing… congrats to Sam as this was a huge win for the Aussie. I got to watch the first two sets although half of that was with a frozen picture and just commentary! There was some peak serving from Stosur, particularly at the end of the first set. Disappointed for Lucie, but it was always going to be tough to back up last year’s run to the final. On the upside, she’ll get plenty of time to prepare for grass and hopefully she be at both Birmingham and Eastbourne.
Rogers d. Kvitova, 6-0 6-7(3) 6-0 – This has to be the PEAK WTA scoreline of the year… I mean, for real?! Congrats to Shelby. A small part of me is happy that Petra can get practising on the grass but mannn, that’s a rough scoreline.
Radwanska d. Strycova, 6-2 6-7(6) 6-2 – This sounded like a treat… not the upset but Strycova competed so much better than their previous matches with an indication of how far she’s come this year and how much she has improved. In the end, a sucky day for WTA Czech tennis! Radwanska’s looking good going forward (hands up, never expected it this tournament) and her scheduling is also coming up trumps again.
Pironkova d. Stephens, 6-2 6-1 – First thought… what the hell, Sloane?! Second thought… well actually, Peak Pironkova can beat just about anyone. Just didn’t expect PP to happen on clay!
S.Williams-Mladenovic – I think this could be a tough match for Serena. While I think she will ultimately prevail, I have a feeling Mladenovic could make this pretty competitive, with help from the crowd.
Ivanovic-Svitolina – A dream draw for Ivanovic as she leads the H2H, 7-0… but Svitolina has danced through her first two rounds vs. Cirstea and Townsend. THIS is where i’d like to see Svitolina take the next step up and prove her mettle. I’m still going for Ivanovic in straights.
Suárez Navarro-Cibulkova – Phwoo, a tough one! Both have floated under the radar somewhat with one straight setter and one three setter. Cibulkova leads the H2H, 3-1, but Carla did win their last match in Moscow. I’ll be surprised if this doesn’t go the distance. The clay suits Carla more but then again, Domi’s had success at the French Open too. I’m leaning towards Domi with her superior intensity although I think I read that she pulled out of doubles today?
Putintseva-Knapp – Knapp has a powerful game, but I think Putintseva wins this one.
Kasatkina-Bertens – Hipster match of the day… I’m all in for Kasatkina but Bertens is probably playing at the higher level right now with more confidence. Tough to call…
Keys-Puig – Huge credit to Puig for coming through her R2 match against Goerges. It sounded fabulous. Keys hasn’t dropped a set yet and faces a really challenging match here. Puig leads the H2H, 2-1 and has won both their previous matches on clay. Keys won their last match at Wimbledon in straight sets in 2014. This will be a solid indicator for Keys’s level…
V.Williams-Cornet – I had JJ-Chirico here in my draw! This should be a fun one. Historically, it has been a good match-up for Venus who has never dropped a set in five previous meetings… in fact, Venus has never dropped more than four games in any of the ten sets they have played.
Bacsinszky-Parmentier – Surprised this gets PC over Venus-Alizé? Timea for the win.