Friday, June 1, 2012

Kuznetsova upsets Radwanska at French Open

What (other than Victoria Azarenka), we wondered, would it take to obliterate the force known in some circles as simply The Radwanska? As it turns out--at least on the red clay of Paris--the answer lies in the clanging of chains of the Ghost of Roland Garros Past. 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova rattled her chains loudly against 3rd seed Agnieszka Radwanska today at the French Open, and after an hour and twelve minutes, The Radwanska was vanquished, 6-1, 6-2.

Kuznetsova put on the clay court show of which she is certainly capable, but doesn't always deliver. When the Russian is playing her best, especially on clay, she's stunning, with a lethal mix of power and touch, and stunning she was today. Will it last? Kuznetsova's next opponent is Sara Errani, also a tough customer on clay. Today, Errani defeated 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic. If she gets past Errani, Kuznetsova will probably face Angelique Kerber.

Is Kuznetsova going to make another big run? What a French Open this is.

Top seed Victoria Azarenka had her own problems today. Azarenka wasn't in the best of moods in her third round match against Aleksandra Wozniak. More and more, she looks like the "old" Azarenka. She did win, and when I watched her trudge off the court with coaching consultant Amelie Mauresmo, I thought--what a contrast in personal styles. I'm a fan of both players (Mauresmo is one of my all-time favorites), and I enjoy both of their personalities. I think of Mauresmo as wise, however, and I hope that some of her wisdom rubs off on Azarenka.

The top seed's next opponent will be Dominika Cibulkova, who can be quite dangerous on both clay and hard courts. Cibulkova defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2, 6-1 today.

Petra Martic, who took out Marion Bartoli in the second round, beat Anabel Medina Garrigues today. These are both huge wins for Martic, but she has her work cut out for her in the next round: She plays 10th seed Angelique Kerber. Kerber defeated Flavia Pennetta 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 today.

The big USA story is Sloane Stephens, who reached the round is 16 today with a win over Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansoon. Stephens' next opponent is 2010 finalist Samantha Stosur, who took care of still (sometimes)-formidable Nadia Petrova in straight sets.

Also playing today was 2nd seed Maria Sharapova, whose second round match had to be postponed a day because of a very long men's match. Sharapova easily defeated Ayumi Morita.

The mixed doubles team of Serena Williams and Bob Bryan went out in the first round. Williams and Bryan were defeated 7-5, 3-6, 10-6 by Gisela Dulko and Eduardo Schwank. Dulko and partner Paola Suarez were defeated in the second round of women's doubles by Renata Voracova and Klara Zakopalova.


Jimmy Lumpkin said...

Nobody is talking about it, but now comes Petra.

Diane said...

Really. This is as "under the radar" as it gets. That should help her, I think.

Daniel said...

The Radwanska haha ;)

Diane said...

Don't laugh too much--she may be coming to get you.

Mike said...

Just a small correction. Sloane reached the fourth round, not the third.
And she has yet to lose a set!

And speaking of under the radar, Samantha Stosur. She doesn't really get much attention this year, but seems to be in good form. I think she's going to end Stephen's run.
Her potential QF against Azarenka sounds very interesting. Azarenka won all of their previous matches, but they were all played on hard courts. She's struggling here, I sense an upset.
But, obviously, they both have to win their fourth rund matches.

Dave from Tennis matches on DVD said...

Is it possible Sharapova could win?

Diane said...

That was an error I didn't catch. Thanks for spotting it, Mike. I'll fix. I, too, think that Azarenka is vulnerable.

Well, Dave, I certainly think Sharapova can win the whole thing.

Dougie Messenger said...

Under the radar: Kvitova and Stosur.