Madrid and Rome are in the books and we are now just one week away from the start of the 2019 French Open. This post reviews Sunday’s Rome final, as well a few highlights from the Wimbledon No.1 Court roof celebration! I’ll be back next weekend gearing up for the French Open festivities. The main draw will be unveiled on Thursday night with play getting underway next Sunday 😀.
Final review 🎾
Karolina Pliskova d. Johanna Konta, 6-3 6-4
Pliskova won her second title of 2019, breaking Konta’s serve once in each set to win a low-key final. Pliskova’s serve was sensational throughout the first set as she landed 86% (!) of first serves in and dropped just seven points on serve. Konta had a few fleeting opportunities including a lone break point in the first set when she netted a forehand with Pliskova on the scramble.
While Konta hit some superb down-the-line backhands, I thought she made too many unforced errors by going too close to the lines. I’ve enjoyed Konta’s variety this week and I think it’s really working for her on the clay. While the drop shots worked beautifully in her last two matches, they didn’t quite pay off on this occasion against a surprisingly nifty Pliskova. The Czech player produced an all-round excellent display and looked especially impressive up at the net.
Handshakes and hugs 🤗
From the No.1 Court roof opening, a nice hug at the net between Venus and Kim 🙂.
Super snap 📸
I’m excited to see the new No.1 Court at Wimby this year!
Press highlights 📰
The press conferences from the Rome finalists are linked below.
Recommended listening 🎧
A shout out for the latest Tennis with an Accent podcast with a focus on the WTA towards the end.
Final thoughts 🤔
The discussion of the top five contenders for Roland Garros on the latest Tennis with an Accent podcast got me thinking about how I would rank the field. Post-Rome and pre-RG draw (so much depends on the draw!) my top five contenders would be Halep, Bertens, Pliskova, Osaka and Muguruza. While Halep and Bertens are a clear top two for me, I have my reservations about both winning the whole caboodle. My current feeling is the champ will take us all by surprise. Can’t wait to see all the tennis action unfold in Paris and i’ll be back next weekend to get stuck into the second Slam of 2019!