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French Open 2015 Day 5: A Day of Crises Averted

In French Open, Grand Slam on May 29, 2015 at 5:13 pm
I am so over Day 5 at all

I am so over Day 5 at all. I wanna go home now

Day 5 was a messy day as there were no easy matches for the top players. Even when they were the overwhelming favourites, they somehow complicated their lives on the court. On the ladies end, it was a “Strugglefest” all over the place. First up, Caro Wozniacki (5) was sent packing by Julia Goerges. Now it is rare for Goerges to be finding form at any time of the year. However, this year at majors, the German has really stepped up her game making the 4th round of the Aussie Open and now into the 3rd round of Roland Garros with a 6-4 7-6 victory over the Dane. She gave Wozniacki a lot to think about as she refused to back down from the challenge. Wozniacki who showed such promise at the start of this clay court season working with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario for about a 2 weeks, quickly slid down the hill after the partnership ended. So yet another top player heading cross the Atlantic to England to prep for grass. On the brighter side of things, Caro did better here this year than she did last year when she lost in the 1st round. 

Fuck this dirt ...

Fuck this dirt …

Not to be outdone in this strugglefest party, Petra Kvitova (4), Serena Williams (1), Svetlana Kuznetsova (18) and Andrea Petkovic (10) all threw in their hands for a chance to show their stuff. Kvitova was fighting it out with some Spaniard, I think Lino Dominguez … No I have that completely wrong, it is was Silvia Soler-Espinosa. Kvitova again having to take 3 sets to get out of the early rounds 6-7 6-4 6-2. Serena is was the same thing. She was a HOT MESS against this Anna-Lena Friedsam whose hair was thirsty as hell. I do not know what was going on with Serena but she continue in this manner, she can bid adieu to her French Open chances. That first set was HORRENDOUS but she came through 5-7 6-3 6-3. However, looking at the stats, you would see that it was far from routine. She had 52 errors compared to 39 winners, won only 47% of her 2nd serves and faced 15 break points though she saved 11 of them.

Why am I sucking so badly today??

Why am I sucking so badly today??

Anna-Lena Friedsam was really giving Serena fever

Anna-Lena Friedsam was really giving Serena fever

Gurl thanks for the workout and get some mousse for that hair. It's drier than my weave

Gurl thanks for the workout and get some mousse for that hair. It’s drier than my weave

These numbers do not bode well for an easy match in her next round, which will be against Victoria Azarenka (27) who took out Lucie Hradecka in straight sets 6-2 6-3; a far more comfortable scoreline that most people imagine. Meanwhile, Sascha Bajin already served up notice on Twitter that TeamVika will be ready for Serena come Paris. Will be an interesting time come Saturday. Anyway the real match of the day was Kuzi v Franny aka Francesca Schiavone and let me tell you folks THIS IS WHAT AN EPIC MATCH IS ALL ABOUT! They battled hard. If this were an actual swordfight, there would have been blood and flesh all over the place. It was brutal. Both players pulled out every trick in the book to get this win. There was no cheating or funny stuff. It was just two women who knew each other’s game very well and knew nothing but absolute skill and guile was going to get you across the finish line. It was a set apiece 7-6 (Kuzi) 5-7 (Franny) and it was all or nothing in the 3rd set.

Franny bringing the heat when she needs to

Franny bringing the heat when she needs to

In the 3rd set, Kuzi served for the match 4 times, having just broken Franny but time up 5-4, 6-5, 7-6 and 8-7, she failed to consolidate the break and take the match. Franny was relentless and so many shots were just ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR!! You have to see the match highlights. Anyway, Franny was finally about to take the match 10-8 in the 3rd. Kuzi was not feeling it at all. She had already lost an epic match against Schiavone in Melbourne back in 2011 if I am not mistaken and coming out on the losing side of this one again was definitely NO FUN.

I just wanna tell you Franny that I fucking HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT HOW

I just wanna tell you Franny that I fucking HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT HOW

A couple seeded players decided that they wished no longer to be in the 3rd round of this tournament, Zarina Diyas (32) was sent packing by Alison Van Uytvanck 6-0 1-6 4-6 and Karolina Pliskova (12) also blew a set lead 6-2 6-7 4-6 to Andreea Mitu of Romania. Meanwhile, the other seeded players made it through relatively unscathed, Sara Errani (17) in three sets as did Petkovic. Madison Keys (16) and Timea Bacsinszky won in straight sets. Other winners include Americans Sloane Stephens and Irina Falconi, France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova.

Sloane is back in the mix at a major getting to the 3rd round

Sloane is back in the mix at a major getting to the 3rd round

Hey Serena ... Sascha and I are coming for you

Hey Serena … Sascha and I are coming for you

On the men’s side, Divadal “struggled” against Nicolas Almagro but still came through in straight sets. That is to say, he did not bagel Almagro. Almagro tried his hardest but against Divadal that simply will not do. Divadal took it 6-4 6-3 6-1. I hope Almagro gets his ranking up to par because he can be a marvelous to watch. Anyway, he has an amazing asset!! Lochness Murray also did his thing though he complicated his life by dropping the 2nd set. However, he made light work of Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-1.

Andy don't you dare let this Portuguese Flash Fuck destroy your unbeaten clay record this year

Andy don’t you dare let this Portuguese Flash Fuck destroy your unbeaten clay record this year

Djoker came out strong against Gilles Muller but had to stop play in order to deal with his back which started to act up midway through the 2nd set. However, Djoker got his life together and took the match in straight sets 6-1 6-4 6-4. Now I am not going to say much regarding this situation other than quote the Serbian himself: Well, thankfully it’s nothing major. So it’s not concern for the next match, which is the most important thing, obviously. Wasn’t pleasant with the conditions that were changing today, and I think a little bit of heavier conditions made the court a little bit more wet and it was pretty slippery. So I think that’s when it happened, I made a couple of slides that were quite, I’d say, unusual, you know, with change of directions. And it happened in those dynamic movements, jammed the hip a little bit. Thankfully it’s nothing serious, really. It’s going to be fine.

First you stretch like this

First you stretch like this

Have a lil tummy ache..

Have a lil tummy ache..

Where does it hurt?

Where does it hurt?

I ….. wait I said I was not going to say anything on this matter. Anyway, moving on. So I have to say that the Next Generation Next is really making a name for themselves here in Paris. 20-year-old Nicholas Kyrgios (29) is already through to the 3rd round to face Murray as Kyle Edmund withdrew from the tournament. Kyrgios BFF on tour 19-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis took on fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic (27) and Kokky showed some real heart as he came back from being down 0-2 and win the match. Tomic won the first 2 sets 6-3 6-3 and for sure, one thought that Kokkinakis was going to be sent home again from a major by Tomic. However, Kokky got his life together and began playing inspired tennis. He won the next 2 sets and broke Tomic as he served for the match 5-3 in the 5th set. Kokky broke back and just hung in there, playing his game to take the match 3-6 3-6 6-3 6-4 8-6. Borna Coric, 18 had his own epic battle against Spaniard Tommy Robredo (18) in 5 sets 7-5 3-6 6-2 4-6 6-4. Coric will face American Jock Sock battled hard against Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain. Sock who is 22 years old, won the match 6-7 7-6 6-1 7-6.

Coric

Coric

Kokkinakis

Kokkinakis

Kyrgios

Kyrgios

France’s Jeremy Chardy knocked out John Isner (16) in 4 sets as did Leonardo Mayer (32) over Jerzy Janowicz. Kevin Anderson (15) also won in 4 sets but Viktor Troicki (31) was upset by Simone Bolelli in straight sets. Marin Cilic (9) beat some unknown/unheard of guy in straight sets. I am not sure who Cilic knows on the Draw Committee because he has got a sweet draw. He will play Mayer in the next round. Also through is David Goffin (17) who will play Chardy. So some very interesting players left in the draw in particularly in the top half! I feel a messy situation coming here for sure. Should be noted that Pablo Andujar finished off Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 5th set coming back from a 2-4 deficit at the end of play on Day 4 and on Day 5, Kohlschreiber did not win a single game and thus did not win the match. 

Isner really thought he had a shot LOL

Isner really thought he had a shot LOL

Yeah Kohlschreiber, I am looking at you ... you're a SCRUB

Yeah Kohlschreiber, I am looking at you … you’re a SCRUB

 

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