Throw out all my predictions cuz it’s time for the results. As of this writing a couple round 1 matches are still going on but none featuring any major players. So much has happened and they were lucky to get most of it done after rain postponed most of monday’s matches.
Top Women’s Seeds Fall
High profile women had a tough go. 3rd seed Angelique Kerber lost in 3 sets. 5th seed Victoria Azarenka retired in the 3rd set of her match because of injury. 7th seed and recent US Open finalist Roberta Vinci also fell in two sets. I expected all to go far because of their status as established players but the two former Australian Open champions just couldn’t pull through.
Murray and Wawrinka Survive Upsets
Both guys were pushed to their limits, needing 5 sets to win and with Murray having to play over two days because his match ran into the night. Wawrinka had to beat Rosol, who he just beat in another clay court final over the weekend.
Williams Sisters Move On
They just keep playing on and time hasn’t stopped them. Both players won in two sets today but Venus had the much tougher go as she needed to win both sets in tiebreaks.
Italy Sent Packing
It was a really tough go for the country who gave us pizza. Former French Open finalist Sara Errani was beaten in two sets after making the quarterfinals the past two years. The aforementioned Vinci, former doubles partner of Errani, also lost.2010 winner Francesca Schiavone lost in two. Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi were beaten in three sets.
“King Of Clay” Back In Form
Rafael Nadal made quick work of serving giant Sam Groth, losing only one game in each set. It should be noted Nadal had trouble against a similar big server in John Isner a while back in the 1st round of this tournament, instead needing 5 sets to beat him back then.
With the absence of 2012 and 2014 winner Maria Sharapova, the only remaining champs in the women’s draw were Schiavone, Serena, Ana Ivanovic, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, with all but the first winning. On the men’s side once again both Nadal and Wawrinka won their matches, with ’09 champion Federer withdrawing before the tournament started because of a back injury.
Infamous young brats Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic sadly both won. (I only hate them because they act like the best when they haven’t even achieved much. Stay humble bros.)
There you go. My summary of the 1st round of the French Open. Stay tuned for Round 2.