I do apologise for no writes over the last 24 hours, unfortunately I did have an accident with my eye but thankfully am completely ok!
So back to the tennis! The last 48 hours have produced some stunning matches and upsets as the second week of the second slam edges closer.
Elina Svitolina out!
I fully expect Eli Svitolina to head back home to London now and prepare on the grass courts as she is set to join the field in Eastbourne in a few weeks time. The disappointment is massive for her, after what she did in Rome she never got out of the blocks.
Credit as well to Buzarnescu who had a plan and stuck to it and maybe there is where Eli can look to improve is figuring out different ways especially of slowing down the play with a slice as the Romanian had fun hitting the ball with power and depth down the middle of the court and jumped on the opportunities that she was presented!
So far so good. Nadal has won Roland Garros 10 times, Garbine Muguruza has the won but both have looked so good this week especially Garbine who had questions over her performances coming into this tournament.
Rafa has been cruising and Garbine has been taking the initiative in matches as she moved well, played with confidence and used those ground strokes to great effect!
Wozniacki quietly goes about it!
Caroline Wozniacki is quietly going about her business at Roland Garros. It’s not often you don’t expect the world number two to be considered a favourite but her form on clay always has left us wanting more.
So far it has been so good for the Dane who has cruised through her matches and with seeds dropping out around her just watch this space!
Very surprising defeat for Dimitrov. I expected Verdasco to provide a challenge and his tennis was flawless but he was heavily helped by the a passive performance from the Bulgarian which is something I will be writing a piece about shortly.
Sascha survives (again!)
I suppose the question is how long can Sascha Zverev survive for? I don’t think it will be for much longer. It looks likely that he will play against Lucas Pouille in R4 who finishes his match on Saturday and if he gets through that then either Thiem or Dimitrov!
His tennis has looked tight all week, the sign of a player playing with pressure which you don’t want. I don’t think his slam break through is coming here.