Two days more and the second round is over. Unlike the first there were alot less surprises so this is moreso just a reaffirmation of how well the seeds have done.
Australian hothead has-been Bernard Tomic was eliminated in four sets today by Borna Coric. To this day his peak performance is still a quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon five years ago so I was delighted to hear he lost. You may also remember his recent comments about not caring that he hasn’t tried hard enough because he’s already worth so much.
It wasn’t just Nadal this time. Nine of eleven spanish players appearing in the second round won their matches, most significantly David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, and Garbine Muguruza. You gotta expect this as they always dominate the red clay.
Williams Doesn’t Wilter
Grand slam champs Venus and Serena both won quickly, but more surprising was how quickly Venus won and how well she dominated her up and coming opponent Louisa Chirico. The elder sister had been having an up and down year, either losing early on or winning her sole tournament of the season so far at the Taiwan Open. Regardless, both had convincing 6-2 6-1 victories.
American tennis just hasn’t yielded any great players since both Williams sisters and Andy Roddick came to the forefront, so this is welcome news. Jack Sock, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, and Shelby Rogers, all 23 and under, advanced to the next round each in straight sets.
The French Family
It’s never good seeing the home crowd not do so well. Only four french men and three french women remain in their draw. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the highest ranked of them, lost his first two sets in today’s match so that would have been upset city there.
Aside from the listings above there isn’t much to say. Everything went mostly as planned and few top seeds lost. Best of luck to the players in round three.