Angry Radwanska, Halep Lose, No Men’s Matches Finish at Rain-Shortened French Open
by Staff | May 31st, 2016, 5:42 pm
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Only two matches were completed amidst rainy conditions on Tuesday at the French Open.


Both were upsets, and both losers were pissed off at the slow, boggy conditions, playing in drizzling rain, and lack of an indoor stadium at Roland Garros.

In fourth-round play Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova upset No. 2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, and No. 21 Sam Stosur beat No. 6 Simona Halep 7-6(0), 6-3.

Pironkova and Stosur were all smiles afterwards.

Radwanska and Halep — not so much.

“I’m just so surprised and angry, that we have to play in the rain,” Radwanska said. “It’s not a $10,000 tournament. It’s a Grand Slam. How can you allow players to play in the rain? I cannot play in that conditions.”

The heavy, wet balls saw Radwanska request a medical timeout in the third set for her right hand which underwent surgery years back.

“Playing with those balls in that kind of court is pretty much impossible,” she said. “So, I mean, I tried. Maybe I played worse, did worse things other days than when we start to play that match, but it definitely shouldn’t be like this. We shouldn’t play in that kind of rain. Why? We still have couple of days of tournament. What’s the point?”

Halep also ripped organizers over the injury possibilities.

“I don’t care that I lost the match today, but I was close to get injured with my back, so that’s a big problem,” she said. “In my opinion [Stosur] played really well and she deserved to win. Her ball was very heavy to return, and her serve especially. She did a great match….I have no words. It was impossible to play, in my opinion. And to play tennis matches during the rain I think it’s a bit too much. But everyone was in the same situation, and who was stronger won today.”

Pironkova with a reputation as a fast-court player says she will take the win.

“I could say I’m surprised, but I think coming to the tournament I was in a very good shape,” Pironkova said. “My results in the previous [claycourt] tournaments didn’t show it, but I was feeling good. Every time someone from the media or my friends asked me, ‘How are you feeling?’ I was like, It’s strange, but I feel very good.”

Stosur will in the quarters face Pironkova, and says anything can happen at this French Open.

“Tennis is something…it can change quickly,” Stosur said. “I was reading the other day, Shelby Rogers, she lost in qualifying in Strasbourg and now she’s in the quarters. One tournament to the next, smallest tournament on tour and the biggest one. She’s had polar opposite results. Shows how quickly things can turn around. Also, the margins are so small. You can make big changes very quickly if you’re prepared to, you know, take them.”

No men’s matches were completed on the day as Novak Djokovic-Roberto Bautista-Agut were at one set all with Djokovic leading 4-1 in the third, Dominic Them and Marcel Granollers were at one set all, and other men’s matches were in the first set.

FRENCH OPEN WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE
Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM Start
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Elina Svitolina (UKR)[18]
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)[14] To Finish 3-6 6-4 4-1
Not Before: 2:00 PM
Richard Gasquet (FRA)[9] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[21] vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)

Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM Start
Venus Williams (USA)[9] vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)[8]
David Ferrer (ESP)[11] vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[7] To Finish 2-1
Not Before: 2:00 PM
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3]
Shelby Rogers (USA) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)[4]


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15 Comments for Angry Radwanska, Halep Lose, No Men’s Matches Finish at Rain-Shortened French Open

RZ Says:

While both are upsets, Stosur’s is less so. She’s been the F.O. final once and semis a couple of other times. But Pironkova is a grass court specialist and for her to come back from 0-3 down in the second set to run away with it is very surprising.


MARY Healey Says:

Since some players played in good weather it doesn’t make sense to have others play in the rain. All should play in the same type of weather. If RG does not want to have covered courts then it should be understood that the schedule may change as NO players will play in the rain. At the very least,RG needs to cancel all games immediately the morning of any rain. If that sees fewer patrons,so be it. It’s there choice. Players could have gotten hurt, especially their, wrists by having to play with water logged balls. And, it’s not enjoyable to watch, even on TV.


Wog Boy Says:

@RZ,

I watched both matches, Halep/Stosur and Pironkova/Radwanska, not because I wanted, but that newborn feminist Murdoch is televising WTA matches rather than ATP ones. I had my favorites Halep and Pirinkova, but it is true, Nether Halep nor Radwanska could use their game (skills) in those atrocious conditions, on the other side it perfectly suited Stosur and Pironkova. Stosur also improved her BH, particulary slice BH, what with her deadly FH made the difference, Halep was pushed far too back far too often, with those shots, Stosur had a pleanty of time, due to heavy conditions, to stand and deliver those shots, she is physically much stronger person than Halep, even more visible in Pironkova/Radwanska match, Pironkova BH was on fire, really nice and deadly BH.


Margot Says:

https://vimeo.com/166230016?ref=tw-share

Am posting this here too, it’s brilliant,so clever, Nole fans will love the Degas, Andy fans the last slide. ;)


Pauly Says:

Thiem disappointing against granny
He’s talented but too early to say he’s Numero Uno in future ?
The next gen will be interesting


Pauly Says:

The future will be better
ROOF is coming soon


mat4 Says:

@Margot:

Thanks. Really good! I adore British humour.


mat4 Says:

Hénin about Djokovic:

The greatest champions have always a moment of fear or stress before walking on the court, because it is the unknown. Djokovic knows that every time he takes the court he may lose, that’s why with great humility he gives the heart to work.

Google translate. I was in French.


Van Persie Says:

Ho I love Serena today :)
Seems like she will finish her match soon. Nokvak and BA should play afterwards


Van Persie Says:

Correction: How much, not ho


Van Persie Says:

Come on, Serena ! Bagel please :)


Van Persie Says:

Nole idemoo!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Its hard to stay excited for this tournament. #3,5 and 8 out with injuries. 6 and 9 out in early upsets. Not a lot of exciting, dangerous players left or tantalizing match ups and we’re already at the late stages, and then, all these rain delays.

Hope we get some great semis to make up for this, the way things are going we may not have a real blockbuster match till the finals.


Pauly Says:

No blockbusters until final ? There might be one semi final Wawrinka vs Murray ?
Agut was playing ok without setting the court on fire
Abit unlucky yesterday after winning first set to go off due to rain delay but can’t fight the weather
The final will be Djokovic 100% vs either Wawrinka or Murray it’s out of these players
At least they have chance to make the final spare a thought for the nine time champion beaten by injury yet again 👎


RZ Says:

@Wog Boy – Pironkova is fun to watch when she’s on. It just doesn’t happen much, and usually not on clay! I could see how the muddy conditions would affect Halep’s and especially Radwanska’s styles of play.

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