It was a topsy turvy day for the women at Roland Garros as well. Here are a few matches that caught my interest.
If you missed my article on Roberta Vinci’s upset of Serena Williams last year, you’ll find it in my blog listings. It is titled “The Vinci Element”. As I said in that article, Roberta hasn’t done anything of note since. That trend continues with a first round loss to Kateryna Bondarenko here at the French Open.
Who says they can’t play on clay?
Coco Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers, and Sloane Stephens step up to the podium! Applause! Applause!! You have just won yourselves a second round showing at Roland Garros. Seven American ladies played yesterday and three won. That’s less than fifty percent, but it is still encouraging. Christina McHale wasn’t so lucky, as she went down to wild card, Myrtille Georges.
Daniela Hantuchova. Remember her? At the peak of her powers, this wily player was ranked as high as #5 in the world. Yesterday, at 33 and entering Roland Garros a qualifier, she lost tamely to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. I thought briefly that the arc of a tennis player’s career is so similar to the arc of life. There’s the birth, the rise, the crest and the inevitable decline. This career has largely gone under the radar, but there are a few of us who won’t forget it.
Enjoy today’s matches!