We are accustomed that by the middle of the second week of the tournament “Grand Slam” for singles matches is used only Centre Court. However, two rainy days have changed the schedule. So, Wednesday, June 1, the schedule listed 12 matches. Organizers had to use not only the arena of Suzanne Lenglen, but courts no. 1 and no. 2. Most importantly, this day was not rainy and it was possible to make all scheduled appointments.
Because the probability of rain on Wednesday existed (it was, incidentally, shortly before the start of the game day and continued already late in the evening), the organizers probably wanted tennis players did not satisfy the thrillers and won quickly. In the arena of Suzanne Lenglen none match dragged on. Lenglen also seldom played a difficult meeting. Of her 12 large finals only one final proved to be protracted, everyone else lasted no more than five games. Suzanne Lenglen won 86 in career titles in singles and 73 – paired. Among other things, it was the double Olympic champion in Antwerpen in 1920 year. Won in singles and in pairs, and in mixed doubles won bronze. Suzanne entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and in Paris one of the two main courts it is named after her.
One Williams has won, another — has lost
On Wednesday, June 1, Timya Bacsinszky and Venus Williams came first to the arena Lenglen. Everyone has expected interesting and equal fight from this match, but it hasn’t turned out. Timya has shown the bright, attacking tennis, as always, her backhand was working better, and considerably has surpassed the American in quantity of the won balls — 18 against 6. And mistakes Williams has gathered much more. Quickly enough Timya has achieved a victory with the score 6:2, 6:4. “Each player dreams to play in a quarterfinal on “Slam”. Yes, someone reaches this stage more often than others, but I only for the third time have been playing in a quarterfinal. Periodically I can’t believe in it, especially after a victory over the player of caliber of Venus” — the Swiss has told.
The opposite result was shown by Serena Williams who played with the sister on the central arena of Philip Shatrye. Before game it seemed that Elina Svitolina can quite impose fight, but in practice there was a loss. It is necessary to remind that initially tennis-players had to appear on the court on Monday. The two-day pause can bring down some players from a tournament rhythm. Perhaps, something similar has happened to the Ukrainian who was able to show nothing against the best tennis-player of the world. Elina was weak at serves but at the same time there were often chances on serve returns however she has realized only one break point out of eight. Svitolina tried to play actively, in such style also the previous competitor of Serena — Christina Mladenovic who has imposed to the American fight acted. However a difference is that Williams acted absolutely on other level. Serena has won — 6:1, 6:1 and pased into a quarterfinal.
Bertens continues her series
Another unexpected participant of 1/4 final became Kiki Bertens, who has gained in two titles 17 consecutive victories starting with a qualification tournament in Nuremberg. Kiki jvacations have not disturbed, bearing in mind that she plays on two fronts, and that in the previous round, she only won 10:8 in the third set has won Darya Kasatkin. Dutchwoman met with Madison Keys — tennis player of opposite style. If Kiki preaches a fine game, with abundant use of shortened, slices and twisted balls, Keys is different by strong serving and powerful blows. Madison really surpassed rival for purely won points, but she had accumulated too many mistakes. In the first instalment, Keys played on the set serving and was three points away from winning, but Bertens played better the most important points. In the second set of her overweight was more evident — 7:6 (7:4), 6.
Djokovic goes further
In the men’s doubles also ended few matches of the fourth round. Rain the day before has interrupted Novak Djokovic and Roberto Bautista-Aguta in the middle of the third set. Novak calmly won two games and led-2-1 as follows. The third came out more difficult, Spaniard even led — 4:2, but in the end, Novak was better and won a difficult victory with a score of 3:6, 6:4, 6:1, 7:5. In another makeup game Dominique Tim won two games from Marcel Granollers – 6:2, 6:7 (2:7), 6:1, 6:4. In the quarterfinals, Tim will play with David Goffenom and the winner of this match will be for the first time in career placed in the top 10. Goffin has met with Ernest Gulbis already in Tuesday, but they managed to play just three games. Gulbis was stronger — 3:0, brought set to victory, but the following three parties went to Belgian. Ernest has been mistaking a lot— 68 mistakes against only 18 in a rival. The Belgian scored exit in the quarterfinals, 4:6, 6:2, 6:2, 6:3
Convincing success of Wawrinka
Marray is facing the match with Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals, confidently won Albert Ramos. Tennis players played recently in Geneva, and then the Swiss won with the score 6:1, 6:1. Almost as easily Stan took two parties in Paris and led to a break in the third. Ramos was able to reach the tie-breaker, but nothing more than that — 6:2, 6:1, 7:6 (9:7). In three straight sets Tomas Berdych also won. He met with David Ferrer. Yes, the Spaniard was not bright in the course of the season, but in Paris has scored a good form. Match with Thomas Berdych put this statement into question. Ferrer could turn the match in the second game, when he received triple hidden setbol, but Berdych played it and immediately made a break. It is the implementation of break-points that didn’t allow David to take set — 0 of 9. And there were too many mistakes at the back of the line. Tomasz won convincingly with a score of 6, 7:5, 6, and became a rival of Djokovic.
Gasquet was lacking in “physics”
Local audience and world most of all expected a meeting between Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman with the 13th attempt for the first time passed to a quarterfinal of native “Helmet” and wanted more. Taking into account excellent game with Kay Nisikori in the previous round, on it there were chances. At “Roland Garros” they have already played in the first circle six years ago. That time Gasquet has taken the two first parties, but Murray has organized magnificent comeback. This time he had to show character too. The debut remained for Andy. Richard hasn’t entered a match, has made several mistakes and at once has given to the rival odds in three games. Murray has quietly brought the matter to the score 5:2, but difficulties have begun here. Richard has adapted to shortened balls of the British and has begun to use better the well-known left one-hand blow. Andy has suddenly become nervous, in his game there was no that confidence any more. So, on a break point at the score 5:5 he has allowed double and has allowed Gasquet to give on a set. At this moment the Frenchman who has missed three setballs was clamped already. Andy could achieve a tie-break, however Richard nevertheless has won the fifth game in succession.
According to the similar scenario the second set — again 5:2 in favor of Murray and again recession at the most inappropriate moment has developed. Andy has decided to save forces and without fight has given a game on reception to concentrate on giving, but Gasquet has remarkably carried out a set ending. This time he wasn’t succeeded to win five games, but also the tie-break of the Frenchman was enough for him. Murray acted passively again, in his game there was no ease, and mistakes forced to be nervous and curse. Key draw has taken place at the score 3:2 on a tie-break when the Frenchman was in time to shortened ball, has played on the line, but the ball has touched a grid and became an easy target for the rival. After this draw Murray has taken four more points (in the sum — six) and has evened the score on parties.
Tennis players played the real soil tennis: long played a ball on the back line, regularly carried out shortened balls and arranged many beautiful draws. Both had to run long as on width, and as well as on length of court. But while Murray was ready to play such physical tennis all match, Gasquet at the beginning of the third set has considerably weaker. He looked good tired, didn’t take balls as well as it was necesary to do, and this has led to increase in quantity of mistakes. The first two sets lasted more than two hours, and the following two has flown by a minute.
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