Roland Garros day 4

27 05 2010

Today on day 5 it is raining and play has not started yet and yesterday it was also a bit of a rainy day. I think only 3/4 of the planned women’s matches were played. Venus and her dress won easy as well as Wozniacki, Petrova and Pennetta. If Wozniacki can get her game back a bit more she could be a serious contender on the clay because she makes very few errors. Crowd favorite Rezai and Kuznetsova had a very tough round against talented germans Kerber and Petkovic. Rezai won 6-2 2-6 6-3 and Kuznetsova won 4-6 7-5 6-4. Petkovic had 4 match points! in the second set and was close to a huge upset but totally chokes and made 4 unforced errors. Svetlana got lucky but in this form she will not be a contender for the title.The only small upset was Polona Herzog beating the 24th seed Lucie Safarova 6-1 6-2. Herzog is sure one to keep an eye on the next few years.

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Aravene Rezai wins big tournament of Madrid

17 05 2010

It was not Venus or Serena Williams, Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic or one of the Russian ladies. No it was a big surprise in Spain with muslim french girl Rezai winning. She was not even in the top 20 before the tournament started and even though she can play very well and beat almost anyone on a good day during a clay tournament, defeating Williams, Henin and Jankovic all in 1 week is pretty amazing. Serena played the longest match of her entire career!!! against Vera Duchevina in round 2 winning 6-7 7-6 7-6, only to lose the next round against Nadia Petrova. Venus proved in the final that even though her form is pretty decent that on clay she is just not that dangerous. Can Rezai make her country people proud by winning Roland Garros. I doubt it and still go with Justine Henin.





Jelena Jankovic beats Williams sisters back to back

8 05 2010

At the clay court tournament in Rome, Jelena Jankovic did something quite special. Beating both Venus and Serena Williams back-to-back in a tournament is not something a lot of players can brag about, only 7 in the history of tennis. Sanchez Vicario, Hingis, Graf, Davenport, Henin and Clijsters(she even did it twice) Jankovic had a small form crisis for about a year but seems to be back this spring. First a final in Berlin and now here in Rome. Venus was an easy target in the quarter-finals with 0 and 1, with hard-fighting Serena it was a third set tiebreak. In the finals she will play to fabulous Martinez Sanchez from Spain. That girl plays so amazing; charging the net on clay, lots of dropshots and spin. A feast for the eyes.





Justine Henin still ultimate clay court queen

3 05 2010

Yesterday in Stuttgart, Germany Justine won her fist title of her comeback this year. Clay had always been Justine’s favorite surface and it showed. She beat in in-form Sam Stosur from Australia with 6-4 2-6 6-1 . Definitely the third set was vintage Henin with lots of beautiful points. Stosur came off a in on the green clay in Charleston and seems to be an outsider for Roland Garros with her manly heavy spin. Henin who only ┬áhad time beating Jelena Jankovic in the quarter-finals will be my favorite to get her 5t title in France next month.