French Open 2016: Quick thoughts on day 8 matches

Following the conclusion of the final women’s match of the day on Twitter (and with a spotty internet connection haha) between Daria Kasatkina and Kiki Bertens has destroyed me… Bertens missed five match points and then Kasatkina twice failed to serve out the match. Bertens eventually won, 10-8 in the decider. A huge win for Kiki (in the context of the Olympics) but mega sad for Dasha. A few quick thoughts about day 8 matches, depending on the weather…Kuznetsova

Muguruza-Kuznetsova – Match of the day and probably match of the tournament so far. After coming through tight three setters in the first round, both Muguruza and Kuznetsova have danced through their last two rounds. A part of me is gutted these two are meeting so early because I think both could go much deeper in the draw. I’d definitely take the winner of this fourth round match to reach the final, provided they don’t play an epic and tire each other out. As to a winner? Phwoo, no idea. One of them will more than likely raise them game and I really have no idea who that will be…

Halep-Stosur – Here’s a repeat of the Madrid semi-finals where Halep thumped Stosur, 6-2 6-0. I’d guess this encounter in Paris will be much, much tighter. Stosur’s third round win over Safarova was a huge one, continuing her excellent recent form at Roland Garros. Halep was pushed hard by Naomi Osaka but came through in the end. Common sense says Halep prevails after that Madrid match, but i’m feeling some good vibes for Stosur in this match provided the wrist injury that plagued her in Strasbourg doesn’t flare up.

Radwanska-Pironkova – I really didn’t expect a great deal from Radwanska this fortnight as the grass court season looms on the horizon. Wins over Caroline Garcia and Barbora Strycova were both impressive and now, the unseeded Pironkova awaits who produced a peak performance to defeat Sloane Stephens in the third round. This will be their 12th (!) encounter on tour and Pironkova has made things tricky on occasion, despite the 9-2 H2H lead for Radwanska. I’d go for Aga in this one…

Begu-Rogers – Begu is into the second week of a Slam for just the second time in her career, while Rogers has achieved the feat for the first ever time. For that reason, I think there is some uncertainty in this match-up as to how each player will perform. Anyone who can score two bagels over Kvitova is worth sitting up and taking notice of! Begu’s been playing great during this entire clay court season and while I have a slight concern she may be fatigued following three consecutive three setters, i’d pick the Romanian player to reach the quarters.

2 thoughts on “French Open 2016: Quick thoughts on day 8 matches

  1. Gutted for Kasatkina but Bertens was incredible again today. It was good to see Daria putting more on her first serve and really trying to be aggressive throughout, even when she was missing shots. In the context of her career it’s probably a good thing she didn’t go through to the next round because she’s still in the learning phase and I’m not sure she’s ready for the added pressure and expectation that comes *after* making a big run at a Slam.
    I think she has a good all court game that could translate onto grass.

    Also disappointed for Puig but she was backing an enormous win and I expected a let down. She definitely has a game that could translate to grass, huge, huge striker of the ball.

    I probably won’t get to see any of the matches tomorrow so I’m hoping someone records the Muguruza v Kuznetsova match. I do feel like one of them is going to really step up and dominate but can’t say who it will be…


  2. Pironkova is the first real test for Radwanska, an on song Pironkova is very consistent and good, I never feared Garcia and Strycova but Pironkova is the one who can threaten Radwanska!


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