Oof. What a day. I’m overwhelmed by everything that has happened today. The big news was off-court as Naomi Osaka announced on social media that she is withdrawing from the French Open. There were upsets on the court too with two of the more favoured contenders, Bianca Andreescu and Garbiñe Muguruza, both defeated. Read on for Monday’s diary from Paris.
Day 2️⃣ Highlights
Tamara Zidansek d. (6) Bianca Andreescu, 6-7(1) 7-6(2) 9-7
Zidansek scored the biggest upset of the tournament by seeding so far with her first ever top ten win over Bianca Andreescu. Zidansek has been rather hosed by the draws at Roland Garros on clay, her favoured surface. In Zidansek’s three main draw appearances at Roland Garros, she’s drawn a top 20 player each time. Previously, Zidansek won sets off Elise Mertens in 2019 (4-6 6-3 2-6) and Garbiñe Muguruza in 2020 (5-7 6-4 6-8). It’s a sweet moment for Zidansek who finally earnt her first win at RG after coming so close last year against Mugu.
Up until Andreescu served for the match at *5-4 in the third set, I always felt Andreescu had this one in the bag. There was little to separate the pair on the court and I thought it would be decided between the ears. It was another classic Andreescu match, three hours and 20 minutes! Zidansek eventually wore down Andreescu who did look tired towards the end. I think the lack of match fitness and up against a superb clay courter ultimately caught up with Andreescu.
Andreescu is on the entry list for Berlin and Eastbourne and I really hope she is able to play those tournaments. I don’t think i’ve ever seen Andreescu play on grass so that will be fascinating!
Marta Kostyuk d. (12) Garbiñe Muguruza, 6-1 6-4
Another contender fell by the wayside as Marta Kostyuk scored the biggest win of her career. And oof there goes my champ. That was an embarrassing prediction 🙈. Muguruza was mostly out-of-sorts. The Spaniard was stretching out her back/leg during the first set and took an off-court medical time-out after the first set. Muguruza carried on and actually had a break in the second set before rather flaming out in a sea of errors. She just kept missing those lines…
Kostyuk played a superb match and was absolutely relentless. She rarely gave Muguruza a look-in and defended magnificently in the second set. Kostyuk is one hell of a talent.
(8) Iga Swiatek d. Kaja Juvan, 6-0 7-5
Swiatek won the first seven games of her opening round match, extending a streak of 20 games in a row if you count the end of the Rome tournament. Rather beautifully in sync, Swiatek celebrated her 20th birthday today!
After the first set blow-out, the second set set was much tighter and of pretty good quality. Juvan settled down and was a whisker away from serving for the second set. Juvan barely missed a passing shot down-the-line on break point at 5-5. All in all, an impressive start to Swiatek’s title defence. Her heavy strokes were so impactful in the first set and she matched them with great intensity. Swiatek lost her focus for a time in the second set but won the match with some beautifully constructed points.
Loveddd the exchange between the pair, who are the best of friends, at the end of the match. They were having a full on debrief at the net about the match!
(4) Sofia Kenin d. Jelena Ostapenko, 6-4 4-6 6-3
Kenin’s best performance of the year? Granted, there’s not many wins to compare against as Kenin snapped a four match losing streak to win her first match on clay this year and survive a brutal opening round draw.
The key stat in the decider – Ostapenko won zero out of five service games. Kenin absolutely tore into Ostapenko’s second serve. I was impressed how Kenin handled Ostapenko’s groundstrokes and the general lack of rhythm one must feel playing Ostapenko. Kenin’s drop shots were fantastic! She hit at least three return drop shot winners which were delightfully audacious.
Best of the rest 🎾
Polona Hercog beat the number 16 seed, Kiki Bertens, 6-1 3-6 6-4. After looking off-the-pace in the first set, Bertens actually looked primed for the win leading 4-2 in the third set against an increasingly passive, Hercog. I think Berten’s lack of matches caught up with her at the end. Still not sure how that achilles is…
Sorana Cirstea defeated the number 19 seed, Johanna Konta in straight sets, 7-6(5) 6-2. Form prevailed on this one as Cirstea continued her excellent clay court season.
The number 20 seed, Marketa Vondrousova won the last ten games to beat Kaia Kanepi, 4-6 6-3 6-0.
Rebecca Peterson came from 6-7 2-5 down and saved three match points to beat Shelby Rogers, 6-7(3) 7-6(8) 6-2. Absolute heartbreaker for Shelby.
The French wild card, Harmony Tan and the American qualifier, Hailey Baptiste both won their first ever Slam main draw matches with straight set victories.
This was before the match. I guess Juvan might have been wishing Swiatek a Happy Birthday!
Funny moment 🤣
Ostapenko’s facial expressions give me life.
Favourite snap 📸
Recommended media 📺
Very sad about this and how it has all unfolded. A dark day for tennis. Get well soon, Naomi.
Day 3 watchlist 📺
(25) Ons Jabeur vs. Yulia Putintseva
(13) Jen Brady vs. Anastasija Sevastova
Sloane Stephens vs. Carla Suárez Navarro