So much for Serena Williams taking over women’s tennis following the abrupt departure of Justine Henin. Serena, the only player with a French title still playing tennis, went into the toilet today against Katarina Srebotnik losing 6-4, 6-4.
Serena was my pick – and the oddsmaker’s pick – to win the French Open this year, but reality is is that Serena just isn’t that good anymore. And she’s getting bigger again. Let’s face it, in Grand Slam play she’s hasn’t done much of anything since her Australian Open title in 2007. And while she does do will at the non-Slams, the majors are where it counts in women’s tennis.
With Serena out in one of her earlier Slam exits in recent memory, and Maria Sharapova barely hanging on against lesser competition, you have to like the chances of Ana Ivanovic to collect her first Slam title. Ivanovic took care of business today beating Caroline Wozniacki. Ivanovic’s countrywoman Jelena Jankovic will likely factor, but I don’t think she’s playing that well right now. Svetlana Kuznetsova should also be in the mix among the title talk.
Venus is also still there, but she could easily lose later today to Flavia Pannetta, and Patty Schnyder can pose a problem. Either way, a new French women’s Champion will be crowned this year!
On the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal destroyed yet another lefty, Jarkko Nieminen, and now Rafa finally gets much-deserved day off after four straight days of play. 19-year-old Ernests Gulbis has also advanced, thumping Nico Lapentti. Novak Djokovicis later while the Andy Murray-Nicolas Almagro match is just starting up. And best of all the weather looks great today at the French!
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