Halep, Svitolina Line Up Popcorn Match; Mladenovic on Court Tuesday at Roland Garros
by Staff | June 6th, 2017, 12:04 am

French Open favorite Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina, one of the hottest claycourt players this year, set up a quarterfinal meeting on Monday with wins at Roland Garros.
The No. 3-seeded Halep routed No. 21 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1, and the No. 5 Svitolina came from a set down to beat unseeded Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

“I had ‘Svitolina mode’ back,” Svitolina said about trailing 2-5 in the third set. “I start playing, I start waiting for the right ball. I was fighting to earn myself opportunities to hit a winner. I try to find myself in this zone where I don’t do many unforced errors and I still play aggressive. Sometimes, of course, there will be a struggle in my game. But then I find this place where I feel comfortable and very confident with my game.”

Halep said she was happy with her level.

“I think I played my best match this year,” Halep said. “She is a very good player on clay. I pushed her back, I tried to be aggressive and I was extra motivated because I really enjoy this court and it’s great to play the quarterfinal again.”

No. 2 Karolina Pliskova and No. 28 Caroline Garcia also set up a meeting when the Czech came from a set down to beat Veronica Cepede Royg 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Garcia won the all-French affair with Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4.

“Before I would have a lot of negative thoughts,” Garcia said. “Today I was super determined, and able to push out these negative thoughts. Even playing on Chatrier, I was just going for it. I was pretty happy I was going to play on this court against Alize Cornet.”

Matches on court Tuesday at Roland Garros are (13) Kristina Mladenovic vs. (30) Timea Bacsinszky, and (11) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Jelena Ostapenko.

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18 Comments for Halep, Svitolina Line Up Popcorn Match; Mladenovic on Court Tuesday at Roland Garros

RZ Says:

I think Halep takes tbis. She was winning in their Rome march before she turned her ankle

Willow Says:

Halep was my pick for the title and still is, i think she will face Pliskova in the final, or Mladanovic, i think anyone of those 3 will win the title, it will be great having a new first time champion on the womens side, and great to have an open GS for a change ….

Willow Says:

Wozniacki going deep in a GS, been a long time since she did that, good on her ….

RZ Says:

@Willow, Halep

RZ Says:

was my early pick before she injured her ankle in Rome. She seems fine now, though.

Pamela Says:

It’s good to see Caroline back and playing so well. I was a bit disappointed in her trashing Maria, whether Maria deserved it or not. I found it very interesting to see who kept their mouths shut, who trashed her and who noted her “cheating”, but noted that it was an unusual circumstance and said after she did her time, she would be welcome back. Anyway, I digress. I heard that Darren Cahill had a heart to heart with Simona after Miami and told her she needed to stop the drama and focus. She took his advise and look at her now!! It is odd to have the main players out and I was hoping Venus would get a chance at the final

RZ Says:

I saw a few points of Bacsinsky’s match against Venus and was impressed with how Timea was hitting the ball. She had a lot of variety and good timing and placement with her shots.

RZ Says:

Timea is through. Looks like Woz is about to go out…

Margot Says:

My word Jelena Ostapenko is a force of nature. She is amazing. Wow!
Sad Kiki is out, but she was completely outplayed by Timea.

RZ Says:

Apparently Bacsinsky and Ostapenko have the same birthday – and will be playing their semi on their birthdays!

RZ Says:

Crazy factoid:

Ben Rothenberg‏ @BenRothenberg

Via @fiercetennis
Ostapenko could win her first tour-level title at French Open.

Last to do it? Kuerten on 6/8/97. DAY OSTAPENKO WAS BORN.

FedExpress Says:


What a choker and another proof that WTA is in a mess

Van Persie Says:

I nearly had a heart attack by watching the score at TB

Van Persie Says:

Svitolina had 1 set and 5-1 in the 2nd. Did not expect Halep to come back. Wow

RZ Says:

Always a shame where the first 2 sets have been a tight battle to have a runaway 3rd set. Similar score as their Rome final (except the runaway score there had to do with Halep getting injured)

FedExpress Says:

What a choke and bend over in the 3rd from Svitolina.

RZ Says:

I said it before, but again I’m surprised that Pliskova has done so well here. She’s been a non-entity on clay before this.

skeezer Says:

Thoroughly enjoyed Theims’ comments after this match. He realizes he has to back up this win with another focused effort against Rafa or it means nothing. Guys coming up have to be up and play tough in back to back wins if they are going to break into the top 4.

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