Update: French Open

The last french hopeful, number 8 ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, retired yesterday in his match against the Russian Mikhail Youzhny due to a leg injury. Tsonga is such a strong player when he is fully healthy and recovered, but chronic injuries have plagued his game the last two years.

Federer has advanced effortlessly to the quarterfinals. We will face Robin Soderling in the next round. Although the Swede knocked out Nadal early in the tournament last year, the high of beating the then number 1 seed was not enough to defeat Federer in the quarterfinals. But what if Soderling could prevail this year? He would be the only one to have defeated Nadal AND Federer at the French Open. Then Soderling would most likely meet Nadal on the courts this year, which could be a hilarious replay of their 2007 3rd round run-in at Wimbeldon. Notice how Soderling tauntingly picks at the seat of his shorts, one of Nadal’s signature tics.

Venus is out, seriously upsetting my French Open finals dream team. Her opponent Nadia Petrova advances to the quarterfinals.

Sharapova was also eliminated yesterday  by Justine Henin, which means some serious heavy hitters have been cleared out early in the tournament.

The 4 time French Open champ Henin will play Samantha Stosur (ranked 7th) of Australia this afternoon. Henin dominates on clay but Stosur’s all-time high in the rankings proves she is on a bit of a hot-streak.

FYI If you’re like me and watching other people exert themselves makes you a tad envious, gear up in your best tennis whites and head down to Hotel de Ville! The city has set up a court right before the building to add to the festive ambiance of the event!

2 Responses to “Update: French Open”
  1. I can’t imagine having to play on clay. Tennis is fun to play – my serve needs a ton of work, but I do love the sport. The court set outside the hotel – what a great idea! Thanks for the update!

  2. Soma says:

    My serve needs a lot of help too. Clay is so fun though! If you fall or slide you get great red battle stains from the clay. Very fierce indeed.

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