Monday, May 26, 2014

Mixed results for the French on second day at Roland Garros

Five Frenchwomen played at Roland Garros today, and two of them won. France's top player, Alize Cornet, advanced to the second round when she defeated Ashleigh Barty, and Pauline Parmentier was victorious in three sets over Roberta Vinci. Vinci was seeded 17th.

Losing their first-round matches were Virginie Razzano (got a bagel from Dominika Cibulkova), Fiona Ferro (def. by Sabine Lisicki) and Mathilde Johansson (def. by Karolina Pliskova). (Here's the always stylish Johansson at the player party--scroll a little over halfway down). Tomorrow, Caroline Garcia will face Ana Ivanovic in a highly anticipated first round match.

2014 Strasbourg champion Monica Puig was run over by Sam Stosur, and 2014 Nurnberg champion Genie Bouchard beat Shahar Peer 6-0, 6-2. Elena Vesnina had to serve for the match more than once, but she emerged victorious over Christina McHale. And Petra Kvitova won her first round match against Zarina Diyas in straight sets. (I shouldn't even have to be mentioning that.)

No thanks to commentator Linday Davenport for reinforcing the sexist belief that a woman over 30 should be "embarrassed."

And finally, 2012 champion Maria Sharapova had a straight sets win over Ksenia Pervak. So, at least for now:


Todd.Spiker said...

1st Round doubles match to savor: Mladenovic/Pennetta vs. Cornet/Garcia. :)

Unfortunately, one team has to lose.

(Geez... Garcia's draws at this tournament!)

Diane said...

The way things have been going for M/P, you have to like C/G for it, don't you? Or maybe Pennetta will just go all crazy on them.

Poor Caroline. And she has to deal with the French crowd, too. Marion needs to come teach the Death Glare!