Saturday, 15 May 2010

Roland Garros

We're getting close to Roland Garros but the WTA tour seems to be in a state of chaos. This weeks tournament, the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open is a prime example to why I believe this years Roland Garros may be one of the most shocking Grand Slams in recent history. Just looks at the seeds, only Venus Williams made it into the semifinals and that's her weakest surface. Jelena Jankovic and Samantha Stosur are the only two Top 10 players who seem to be performing decently but even they have succumbed to shocking defeats. Justine Henin would have been a good bet seeing she made the Australian finals but even she lost abruptly to Aravane Rezai. Overall I wouldn't be shocked if this years semifinals only features 1 top 10 player considering Wozniacki's, Demetieva's, Kuznetsova's, Radwanska's and Azarenka's (she should be 10th seed) form, Serena and Venus's weakness on clay and Sam Stosur's inexperience in singles at that level (she did however make the semis last year) it all seems that for this years Roland Garros the most likely top 10 players to feature deep into the tournament will be Jelena Jankovic and possibly Serena Williams. I really hope Justine makes it but seeing her lose to Aravane Rezai at 6-0 in the third set definitely made me think twice. Shahar Peer is looking strong so watch out for her, Nadia Petrova is always a quite force and Aravane Rezai's amazing victories over two frontrunners - Justine Henin and Jelena Jankovic, this week elevates her to a "potential shocker" status.

On the men's side I think Nadal has won it, yes he'll have competitors but I think Nadal will add to his Roland Garros trophy because of his form and dominance over clay.

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