French Open Day 9: Here's What You Missed...
It was the last eight matches of the fourth round at Day 9 of Roland Garros.
Here’s what you missed.
World number 1 and the top seed; Simona Halep was in great form against Elise Mertens. She won the match 6-2, 6-1. Halep will go on to face Angelique Kerber who was extremely impressive in her match against 7th seed; Caroline Garcia winning 6-2, 6-3.
I didn’t report on the Wozniacki match last night, but she returned to court today to finish her fourth round encounter with Daria Kasatkina. Unfortunately for the 2nd seed, she lost in straight sets. Daria Kasatkina will move into the quarter-finals, and face 10th seed; Sloane Stephens who beat Anett Kontaveit yesterday.
Rafael Nadal struggled in the first few games of his match against Maximilian Marterer but it still only took him three sets to secure his quarter-final place. He will go on to face Diego Schwartzman. After nearly four hours of play, Diego Schwartzman beat 6th seed; Kevin Anderson. It took him five sets to do so, but he has made it to the quarter-finals.
The biggest shock of the tournament was the retirement from Serena Williams. She was due to play Maria Sharapova, but after her doubles match with her sister yesterday, something wasn’t right. In her press conference today where she announced her withdrawl of the tournament, she spoke about having problems with serving, and that it was something she had never experienced before and therefore didn’t know what the injury was and will be having an MRI.
It’s really sad to see her have to withdraw as she was playing incredibly well and the match with Sharapova was going to be a great show. I hope that Serena recovers soon, and that she will be back, fighting fit for Wimbledon.
Because of the above, Sharapova will move into the quarter-finals, and will face 3rd seed; Garbine Muguruza. Whilst Tsurenko did make an appearance, it wasn’t long before she had to retire from the match.
3rd seed; Marin Cilic faced Fabio Fognini on Philippe-Chatrier and won 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-3. He will face 5th seed; Del Potro in the quarter-finals who beat John Isner in straight sets.
Stay tuned for some more great tennis tomorrow!