The quarter-finalists at the 2018 French Open are all set after Monday’s blockbuster schedule turned into a damp squib with two retirements. I honestly can’t remember a less satisfying slate of last 16 women’s matches with the six remaining matches all being decided in straight sets. Please note there is unlikely to be a post on Tuesday as i’m on tennis duty. Read on for five stories in Monday’s Set Points post from the French Open.
Kasatkina d. Wozniacki (RG, R4)
Daria Kasatkina won three consecutive games to close out her darkness-delayed match against Caroline Wozniacki and advance to her first Slam quarter-final with a 7-6(5) 6-3 victory. I’m absolutely thrilled for Dasha and she’s my favourite player left in the draw! She came out with the right tactics for Monday’s resumption of play as she was patient, mixed up the pace, used angles and went after the forehand.
This is a tough match-up for Wozniacki as Kasatkina often forces her to have to generate pace. I’ve noticed that Wozniacki gets a lot of flack on Twitter these days. I’ll admit that I have grown tired of her petulance and constant complaining on court. However, I think she deserves more credit for the changes she has made to her game. She is so much more aggressive than she used to be back when she was world number one and her forehand has come on leaps and bounds. She makes more errors these days but I think this is because she is trying to be more positive on court. The Dane is next scheduled to play Eastbourne where she reached the final in 2017.
While I was working…
I hate to bring back this section but it’s sadly necessary! In the first match of the day, Simona Halep produced what sounded like her best display of the tournament with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Elise Mertens. I was surprised at the scoreline and really thought Mertens might nick a set.
Over on Suzanne Lenglen, Angelique Kerber reached her first quarter-final at Roland Garros since 2012 with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Caroline Garica. I was surprised to see the match poll so close as I had personally fancied Kerber as the clear favourite in this match-up.
Muguruza and Sharapova advance to the QFs via retirements
The hugely anticipated Sharapova-S.Williams match sadly didn’t go ahead as Serena was forced to withdraw due to a pectoral injury. I was in a meeting at the time and couldn’t work out why the match hadn’t started when I checked the scoreboard! The final match of the day between Garbiñe Muguruza and Lesia Tsurenko was also cut short after just two games when Tsurenko hurt her leg.
What a sucky two days for women’s tennis. It’s just unfortunate!
Tickets for Wimbledon qualifying at Roehampton have been released. I’m disappointed to see that the price has been doubled to £10. I’ve always wanted to try out qualies but it clashes with Eastbourne. Perhaps one year…
RG18 QF Polls
The quarter-final line-up is very exciting. Fingers crossed for some competitive matches 🤞🤞🤞. Who you got? Thoughts about all four matches are up on the separate page.