To be totally honest, Sam/Justine was the match of the day, and other than that there wasn’t too much madness going on, so I’ll do ’em up in one post.
The dudes were pretty predictable. The “upset” of the day was Nico knocking out an exhausted Fer, who was only able to claim a set. Monte Carlo, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Nice… that’s a lot of tennis. And after a week at RG, 5 sets is a lot to ask against the hard hitting Nico. Really just as simple as that.
Rafa continues to work off some rust, but some props have to be given to Thomaz, who played him tough and is an impressive youngster on clay. The Melz knocked out Oompa Loompa in four (sad face) and Djoker lost a set to Ginepri, who has had a hell of a week, but otherwise looked pretty solid. Likely looking at a Rafole semifinal, which is a tasty prospect.
As for the ladies, as noted in the live blog post, Shahar tried to go toe to toe with Serena and, go figure, it didn’t work, as she lost 2 and 2. Dani put up a solid fight against JJ in the first, but JJ is looking like the JJ of 2008, absolutely rock solid from the baseline and exhausting her opponents by having them run side to side for seemingly all match.
As for the “no name” match, Slava defeated Groth 4 and 3. Super excited about that. I saw both of her matches in Toronto, the first one she came back against Dani, down 5-1 in both sets to win 7-5, 7-5, and then gave Serena a pretty good battle on centre court. She has a pretty solid backhand and fantastic movement. Oh, and she beat JJ at the USO. The surface definitely favours JJ, but Slava has had a solid clay season, so bring it on. Imagine if she made the semis? Oh WTA.
Not exactly a bold statement, but I’m pretty sure the winner of this tournament is going to be Serena, Sam or JJ. If Sam can beat Serena, who knows. But gotta like Serena’s chances if she gets past Sam. How weird is that?