The first week at the 2015 French Open has already sped by, and while there have been a few upsets in the tournament, the matches have only got more interesting as the tournament moves to the business end. Here is a recap of the tennis action in this past week.
Top-seeds tumble in the Women’s draw of French Open
Eugenie Bouchard, Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki were the biggest casualties in the women’s draw at the French Open. The Canadian lost in straight sets to Kristina Mladenovic in the first round, while Halep and Wozniacki were ousted in the second round. Halep’s ouster in the tournament was particularly the hardest loss given that she was the finalist in last year’s tournament edition and had been touted as one of the favourites to win the title this year.
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni was the player who upset Halep. The 33-year old Croatian had also previously defeated the Romanian in the third round of US Open, at that time handing Halep her earliest loss in a grand slam since 2013 Wimbledon. Wozniacki, meanwhile, lost to German Julia Georges.
Erratic Performance in the Men’s Draw
In the men’s section of the draw, world no. 11 Grigor Dimitrov and world no. 12 Feliciano Lopez both bid adieu to the tournament early, losing their respective first round matches. Dimitrov was defeated by unseeded American Jack Sock in straight sets. Sock has been having the tournament of his life, making it to his first French Open fourth round, where he will take on Rafael Nadal for a spot in the quarter-finals. Teymuraz Gabashvili upset Lopez in their first round match in straight sets and has also made it to the second week of the slam, reaching the fourth round.
Always in the News: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal was in the news as is customary for him at this time of the tennis season. However, some of it was for the wrong reasons even as his fans and fellow players strongly backed him to win his 10th French Open title.
Nadal’s disclosure that he had asked the ATP to not have umpire Carlos Bernardes in his matches was a “short” story that went too far ! Nadal’s decision to appeal against the Brazilian umpire came after his lengthy disagreements with the umpire during the Rio Open semi-final, earlier this year. The Spaniard had already been given warnings for time violations when he realized he had put on his shorts wrongly. The Brazilian referee failed to see the lighter side of things and the long and “short” of it was that Nadal was warned that he would be given another time violation if he was to go ahead and correct his attire. We leave it to our readers to decide what side of this short story they would like to agree with. Our view is that tennis players should not be allowed to pick and choose their umpires, just as much as they should be allowed to change their shorts !
Favourites Advance Safely Through to the Second Week
Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova all came through to the second week at Roland Garros. The American had some problems in her match against Victoria Azarenka in the third round, but put up a spirited fight-back to reach the second week in the French capital.