Monday’s Set Points, French Open 2017 Day 9: QFs all set, Svitolina & Pliskova battle to wins

Set PointsLast 16 action was the order of the day on Monday with two women’s matches up first on the top two courts. The match on Philippe Chatrier was over in exactly an hour as Simona Halep recorded her first ever win over Carla Suárez Navarro on clay, soaring into the quarter-finals with a 6-1 6-1 victory. Halep’s participation at Roland Garros had been somewhat uncertain pre-tournament due to an ankle injury picked up in Rome. Match-by-match, Halep has looked more and more assured and she’s into the last eight without dropping a set. Now the favourite?

Carla is so nice.

Simona talked about on-court coaching with Darren Cahill and the ankle in an interview with Tennis Channel.

The match opening up proceedings on Suzanne Lenglen court couldn’t have been more different to the one on Chatrier as Elina Svitolina clung onto her position in the draw, recovering from *2-5 *0-30 in the third set and two points from going out to overcome Petra Martic, 4-6 6-3 7-5. I tuned in during my lunch break at *2-5 *30-30 with Svitolina winning 20 of the last 24 points.

Martic did get tight and looked inhibited towards the end but credit to Svitolina who stepped up her game and found the forehand. An ace to set up match points was also handy. Winning a match like this, not playing at her best, was impressive from Svitolina, who spoke about an injury in her post-match interview and press.

And a big hearty applause for Petra Martic. A real shame for her that she couldn’t close out the win but what a sensational tournament. I would guess she should be in qualifying for Wimbledon?

In the all-French fourth rounder, Caroline Garcia held her nerve for the most part to reach a first Slam quarter-final. The 23-year-old had played a fine match for a set and a half against an out-of-sorts and strapped-up, Alizé Cornet. In a rather painful ending, Garcia was unable to serve out the match at *5-3, double faulting in rather spectacular fashion. Cornet though chucked in a few double faults of her own serving to stay in it with Garcia breaking for the win, 6-2 6-4.

After all that has been said following the Fed Cup drama, props to both for a really classy handshake.

And finishing just a few minutes later, Karolina Pliskova reached her third consecutive Slam quarter-final with a hard fought win over surprise package, Veronica Cepede Royg, 2-6 6-3 6-4. The third set could have gone either way but Pliskova scrapped well, as she has done for most of 2017, and saved a break point at *3-4 before winning the last three games of the match.

Much like the tournament for Pliskova, nowhere near her best but she found a way to win. A great effort though from Cepede Royg.

The last eight for RG17 is now set!

Now we know the eight quarter-finalists, who you got? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

In terms of who I WANT to win, Bacsinszky all the way.

In terms of who I THINK will win, now my two finalists are out, i’m going for a Halep vs. Mladenovic final with Halep as champ.

I still think it’s very wide open and i’m excited to see who comes through. I think it’s a quality QF line-up and there are no dud match-ups.

 

The first pair of quarter-finals are up on Tuesday – Caroline Wozniacki vs. Jelena Ostapenko and Kristina Mladenovic vs. Timea Bacsinszky. Previews for both matches are linked below.

Here is the latest column by Kristina Mladenovic for Sport 360 where she talks more about her doubles partnership with Caroline Garcia.

A video of Muguruza’s press conference yesterday is including in the post linked below by Tennis Now.

And finally, Lucie and Beth had a great win in doubles over Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kristina Mladenovic. They are into the quarter-finals where they will play Francesca Schiavone and Kirsten Flipkens.

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14 thoughts on “Monday’s Set Points, French Open 2017 Day 9: QFs all set, Svitolina & Pliskova battle to wins

  1. I’m thinking

    Bacsinszky d Ostapenko
    Halep d Garcia

    Halep wins

    But honestly every match could go either way. Svitolina’s back is making me wary of her chances against Halep. But then Halep and Mladenobitch (I want copyrights for that) are supposed to be carrying injuries also…

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  2. Also I’ve mentioned this elsewhere but for those complaining about this event being so open and the wta being inconsistent… the top 5 women on the Road to Singapore are ALL still in this tournament.

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    • Indeed! I think all of these are quality players with different game styles. And all of them earned their place. And the best is: I would be happy for everyone of them !!!!! So excited about next saturday and who is going to lift the trophy.

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      • I’m really enjoying RG this year and it’s been a very exciting women’s draw so far. Six of the eight R4 matches went three sets which felt rare to me without looking up stats. Personally, I like the fact there is going to be a new champ.

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    • @Murphy,
      how can you be happy when Mladenobitch takes the trophy?
      (Sorry Andrew, you can’t find a better name to describe her. And I used to call her this for weeks now ^^)

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      • Because she is playing great tennis, too 😉 There will always players you like and you don’t like, who know how to behave and who don’t but that doesn’t change their tennis. So of course I really dislike players but I’ll always be able to aknowledge their effort. And Mladenovic is playing great tennis…that’s what I meant: everyone played great tennis or fought hard and earned the place. Personally I think, she should keep her mouth shut and do not make any comments anymore. Still, her tennis is great.

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  3. The French have done it again. Only two WTA matches on Tuesday and both start at the same time. The schedulers must all have attended the French Military Academy.

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      • That’s possible, and the only match I will watch is the Woz vs Ost. I’ll be keeping an eye on the score line of the other match and hoping The Bac will be beaming with joy at the end, as I can’t stand Mlad or the partisan French crowd.

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  4. from my point of view this Slam is in the Halep racket,if she can keep her head and composure she will win it easily,no other girls remaining have the weapons to trouble a peak Halep on clay but if she fell apart i think Mladenovici is the favourite

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  5. Very windy at RG today. the girls are having a lot of trouble with dust in their eyes. Looks like spotty rain all day.

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