Jeepers… another soggy day in Paris has left a backlog of matches in Paris. While the bottom half of the women’s draw has progressed to the quarter-final stage, the four fourth round matches from the top half are still to be completed. The previews for those matches are still relevant HERE. While the lack of roof is an obvious talking point, I don’t really understand all the hate towards RG. The weather is the weather and the schedulers can’t really do much about it. It’s just a very unfortunate situation. The two women’s quarters from the bottom half are also up on the packed schedule for Wednesday. Read on for some quick thoughts and polls…
Garbiñe Muguruza v Shelby Rogers (RG, QF)
This tournament’s surprise package has been Rogers who has gone on a fairytale run to reach her first Slam quarter-final. Her post-match interview with Marion Bartoli was really touching! Muguruza dropped her first set of the tournament to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova but has since, rolled through to the quarter-finals. The win over the very dangerous, Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round was a statement of intent from the Spaniard. On the whole, Muguruza looked in excellent form with just a few jitters at the end. I had Muguruza as my finalist to start with and I haven’t seen anything to change my mind…
Sam Stosur v Tsvetana Pironkova (RG, QF)
Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep were in control of their respective fourth rounders but both matches turned on the resumption in heavy, damp conditions. Pironkova won ten straight games when play resumed on Tuesday and eventually came through for the upset win over Radwanska, 2-6 6-3 6-3. Stosur was down 3-5 in the first set but came back to defeat Halep, 7-6(0) 6-3. Stosur’s form has been decent during this entire clay court season and she’s often saved her best tennis for Paris; however, she did head into Paris having pulled out of Strasbourg with a worrying wrist injury.
While Pironkova has gone on runs like these before, there were definitely no signs of it during this particular clay court season! Pironkova had won just one match on clay in 2016 and her last match before Paris was a crushing 3-6 0-6 loss to Varvara Lepchenko in qualifying for Rome. Furthermore, these Peak Pironkova runs have more often than not come on grass or even hard courts.
Stosur leads Pironkova in the head-to-head, 4-1. Pironkova actually won their most recent encounter although that was on grass which is Pironkova’s favourite surface and Stosur’s weakest surface. Before that encounter in Eastbourne last year, Stosur had never dropped a set against the Bulgarian. After scoring a tight win over Lucie Safarova in the third round and then battling from an early deficit against Simona Halep in the fourth round, i’m sensing Stosur is primed for another charge in Paris.