Kvitova, Stephens Make Ugly Exits at French Open; Williams Sisters Saturday
by Staff | May 27th, 2016, 4:30 pm
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The women’s tour made another unscheduled stop in Upset Town on Friday when a former Slam champ and two Top 20 seeds were beaten in third-round action at the French Open.


Unseeded American Shelby Rogers toppled sleep-deprived No. 10 seed Petra Kvitova by the lopsided score of 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-0.

“I felt just weird. I didn’t really sleep last night and it’s just difficult day today,” Kvitova said. “I was feeling very tired and my legs were very heavy. Nothing really worked today. It’s one of my worst losses in a grand slam.”

Rogers broke into tears upon clinching match point and hugging her parents and posse in the player’s box.

“There was a lot of noise and a lot of applause, and a lot of emotions taking over. I immediately started crying, and it was a very incredible moment,” said Rogers, who credited her older sister Sabra, a psychologist, who played tennis. “I wanted to be like her, followed her into the sport. I owe her a lot, definitely. She keeps me sane.”

Next for Rogers is No. 25 Irina Begu, who defeated Germany’s Annika Beck 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

Also with upsets were Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova beating a lack-luster No. 19 Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1, and in a battle of former finalists No. 21 Sam Stosur ousting No. 11 Lucie Safarova in a marathon 6-3, 6-7(0), 7-5.

“I feel like today was a really good step up again in level. That’s probably as good as I have played here for many years,” said Stosur, who will next face No. 6 Simona Halep, who on Friday was a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 winner over Japan’s Naomi Osaka. Stosur only won two games off Halep weeks ago in Madrid. “I’m not going to think too much about that, why I fell apart, I’m not going to lose too much sleep over that match.”

Pironkova will next meet No. 2 Aggie Radwanska, who had to work to defeat No. 30 Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-2.

No. 4 Garbine Muguruza and No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova also set up a fourth round meeting after the Spaniard rolled Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-0, and the Russian likewise had an easy time with countrywoman and No. 24 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-4.

Saturday’s highlights at Roland Garros include (1) Serena Williams vs. (26) Kristina Mladenovic, (9) Venus Williams vs. Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, (15) Madison Keys vs. Monica Puig, (29) Daria Kasatkina vs. the hot-handed Kiki Bertens, and (12) Carla Suarez-Navarro vs. (22) Dominika Cibulkova.


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16 Comments for Kvitova, Stephens Make Ugly Exits at French Open; Williams Sisters Saturday

jalep Says:

It’s true, Shelby Rogers seems to have come out of nowhere and there’s lots of the unseeded and barely seeded remaining. But there’s no lack of action and entertainment this weekend. Kuznetsova is in destroyer-mode, along with Serena and Muguruza. The Sunday Kuznetsova vs Muguruza clash promises to be a good one!

Saturday, May 28, FO picks:

Serena over home favorite, Kiki Mladenovic.
Mladenovic plays her best tennis in team events: Fed Cup/IPTL. And she sparkled in her last match for the happy fans. She’ll have Chatrier eager to cheer her – but, I don’t think it’ll be enough.

Bacsinszky over another home fave, Parmentier.

Suarez-Navarro over Cibulkova. Last weekend, I picked Cibby to win this contest, but that was when I still suspected that Carla was nursing an injury, which apparently she’s not.

Putintseva over Knapp in a close one. Like Cibulkova, Putintseva is fast and is fun to watch. Karen Knapp is tall and has a powerful serve and forehand: nice contrasting styles!

Ivanovic over Svitolina (or the other way around). Go Ana!
Venus over the cramping, Cornet (not sure how Cornet made it this far in her shape). Go VEE!

Bertens over Kasatkina — match of the day, maybe. Both have had a stellar 2016: Daria is ranked #23 in the race to Singapore and Kiki #35. But this is Daria’s first FO main draw experience and Kiki Bertens has made 2 previous R16′s here. Going with the 24 yr. old, Kiki, over teenager, Daria.

Keys over Puig. Keys should win but unseeded Puig is an intense competitor and already beat both #20 Konta and Goerges. Keys had an easier route.

These matches look quite good on paper 🍿


jalep Says:

It’s no accident that Aga Radwanska is WTA #2. Here she is on a typical day at the office. 😎 Watch on Full Screen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLdbwcwFAQw

Sunday FO, 4th Round:
Radwanska over Pironkova
Muguruza over Kuznetsova (or the other way around)
Halep over Stosur (or vice versa)
Begu over Rogers


Margot Says:

Sounds as if the mono has come back for Petra, typical symptoms.
Very sad.
Saw Mladanovich play her last match and Sam Smith, whom I really like as a commie, said Baboo (?) was right off her game, so difficult to judge M., never seen her play before. But very powerful and excellent all court game, I thought. Plays doubles so her volleying was very good, she’s not afraid of the net.
SS made the point that a lot of these young women do play doubles these days, which is excellent for their skills.


Wog Boy Says:

Hiw on earth Ivanovic/Svitolina can be more interesting than Thiem/Zverev match is beyond me and I am paying arm and leg to have Foxtel TV, they are forcing me to watch B grade tennis, come on Mr Murdoch, where is your common sense…and don’t you dare to call me sexist.


jalep Says:

If you are not watching Kiki Mladenovic vs Serena, you missed a good one!

Kiki M. has not been as impressive as I’d hoped in singles on tour, I’ll admit. In doubles she shines and in Fed cup — just wow. She appreciates the crowd and the home court spotlight. She’s making this a good match with Serena. Very proud of Kiki M.


jalep Says:

Great clutch serving from Kiki M. to hold and take this 2nd set to a TB!
But it’s raining. Shooot! She was full of momentum and holding her own. Yep…rain delay.


Margot Says:

I’ve been watching, jalep. I think she’s terrific. Lucky French nabbing her!
Very cool under the pressure of serving 2nd in the 2nd set.
Terrific rain now stops play.


jalep Says:

I’m having problems waking up in the morning lately, Margot — well, at 3 am, it seems. So I missed Carla v Cibby – and the other matches.

Did you know that Sascha and Kiki M. have been rumored to be tight? That’s what Ricky D. has implied on his twitter. Maybe it’s bs??

The romantic in me likes to think it…


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,

She was born in France (true Frenchie) to Yugosla parents, father Olympic gold medalist (handbal or volleyball) who played in France, mother too handball or volleyball player, can’t remember now.


jalep Says:

Another rumor I heard was that Petra and her Hockey player fiance broke up. Not that I doubt her continued struggle for getting her level back post-mono but a break-up like that wouldn’t help the fatigue. Just hope she can compete well at Wimbles.


Margot Says:

Cheers WB. I shall blame the British commies for that piece of misinformation.
As rain stops play, jalep, all goss welcome!


jalep Says:

lol, okay, Margot but first a glimpse of Kiki M. on court!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf_DCLU6uM4

was there (yt) looking for Carla v Cibby highlights but couldn’t find any.


jalep Says:

This one is better:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o43oOs_TQ-w

the French are uploading Kiki M. faster than I can watch!


BBB Says:

I like Kiki. I’m glad she mouthed off about Sharapova. We complain that everyone is overly managed by their image consultants, and then we complain when people speak their minds. She is one of the few people who looks good in that crazy Adidas zebra thing.

I think Navratilova said that Kvitova and her fiance broke up. Leads me to believe it’s correct, as Martina isn’t much for rumormongering.


jalep Says:

She looks great in the zebra dress, doesn’t she! BBB

Ah, that’s where I heard the rumor, Tennis Channel. I believe Martina. thanks.

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