We have our final eight. We have had some surprises along the way but the women’s draw has delivered incredible stories and surprises on route to the business end and I don’t think it will end there. So who will be hoping to make the final four?
Marketa Vondrousova v Petra Martic (31)
The unexpected quarter final. Petra has been one of the form players over the course of the clay court season picking up the Istanbul title against her next opponent Vondrousova. Marketa despite being a set up didn’t play well that day at all and she has seen off some talented players in Potapova, CSN and Sevastova to make it here. Petra Martic goes big and this gave her big and impressive wins against Mladenovic and number two seed Karolina Pliskova. I do hope for a more competitive match from the last time they played but I see one winner here and I expect Martic to advance.
Sloane Stephens (7) v Johanna Konta (26)
Last year’s runner up is up against British number one Johanna Konta who is having a stellar year on the clay courts having never won a match in Paris until this year.
Out of the two who has been the most impressive? I’d have to say Jo however with Sloane she is a former finalist here and a former major champion and has a knack at these big events for turning up when it matters the most! If Jo is going to be Sloane it has to be big consistently because she can just find a way back in!
Simona Halep (3) v Amanda Anisimova
Highest seed left here in Paris is the defending champion so expect pressure to ramp up. The person you just don’t want to play right now is 17 year old American Amanda Anisimova.
She made her name at Indian Wells last year making the fourth round and has backed it up with a fourth round run in Melbourne, good run in Rome, title in Bogota a few weeks ago and now her first major quarter final, she’s 17!
Halep started this tournament slow and admitted she has been suffering with an illness but last couple of rounds she has been ruthless having dropped four game in four sets.
I expect a difficult challenge for Halep if I’m honest, I think Amanda will pose a bigger one than Swiatek did but Halep has the weapons to see this through which I fully expect.
Ash Barty (8) v Madison Keys (14)
I’ll be honest I’m slightly surprised both are here.
Both ladies are super talented but their form can be quite up and down. Madison Keys of course made the semi-finals here last year and is one win away from that stage once again and her strong game and big ground strokes suit this surface incredibly well at Roland Garros.
Ash Barty goes from strength to strength. The Australian recently won in Miami, Rome doubles and for the second time in her career she is in the quarter finals of a major following her quarter final run in Melbourne.
Tough one to pick but I do just think Ash has the edge but withstanding the expectant pressure from Keys will be tough.
We have our 8 but who will be our 4?
I have to go with…
Petra Martic v Sloane Stephens
Simona Halep v Ash Barty