Wednesday French Open ATP & WTA Results and Highlights from Roland Garros 2016

by: TennisMood May 26, 2016 221

Wednesday French Open ATP & WTA Results and Highlights from Roland Garros 2016
  • Gilles Simon has won in five. Gilles Simon got the victory in a manner in which he often does in the slams – in five. The 16th seed had a raucous No.1 Court crowd on its feet after coming back from two sets down and a break in each of the third and fourth sets to deny Guido Pella in 4h 27 min. The Frenchman needed seven match points to get past the cramping Argentine 4-6, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(4), 6-4.
  • The longest women’s match this season. Irena-Camelia Begu ,Romanian No.2 beat fading light and big-serving American Colleen “CoCo” Vandeweghe 7-6(4), 6-7(4) 10-8 to reach the third round. The 25-year-old Vandeweghe served for the match at 5-4 in the third only for the No.25 seed to tough it out. Watched on by Romanian tennis great Ilie Nastase, Begu was unable to convert a match point at 7-6 but made no mistake of it second time around, breaking to close it out after three hours, 41 minutes.
  • The record of the day. This record belongs to Ivo Karlovic, the Croatian 27th seed . It wasn’t the length of his 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 12-10 result over Aussie Jordan Thompson which earns him the honour. Rather, it’s his age. At 37, he became the oldest man to reach the third round at a major since a 39-year-old Jimmy Connors did so at the 1991 US Open.
  • Gasquet fuels French fanfare on Lenglen. Rolling out another variation of the tri-colour in his oh-so-French ensemble means it must be an Olympic year for the top-ranked Frenchman. On Wednesday, his focus was firmly on his second-round Roland-Garros clash and it rarely wavered in a routine 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-3 win over 22-year-old Bjorn Frantangelo. A vocal Suzanne-Lenglen Court crowd had plenty to cheer about with the No.9 seed’s 41 winners almost double the American’s. A tougher task awaits next. Gasquet said of facing Nick Kyrgios: “He’s the best newcomer coming now, so it will be an incredible match for me. We know each other very well … It will be a tough match. We are at Roland-Garros, five sets, I think I could win.”
  • The Williams sisters in action. They hadn’t teamed up since the 2014 US Open. The Williams sisters were seen on No.2 court where they made quick work of Jelena Ostapenko and Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-2. Six aces helped their cause. They converted on seven of 13 break point opportunities. Serena Williams said: “We haven’t been playing that much, and we haven’t been winning that much … We just have fun out there, and I’m always laughing at Venus.” Sporting a heavily strapped ankle, Serena reserved her only chuckle for match point on Wednesday, when Venus bludgeoned a backhand winner down the line to seal the result.
  • Safarova rekindles love for Paris clay. A horror run of injuries and illnesses derailed Lucie Safarova’s chances of building on her success at Roland Garros last year, where she took Serena Williams to three sets in the decider. The Czech was on her game in a 6-2, 6-2 result over Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Golubic’s best results this season had incidentally come in a Fed Cup tie against a Safarova-less Czech team, where she upset world No.18 Karolina Pliskova and No.33 Barbora Strycova . With an authoritative backhand of which Justine Henin and Amelie Mauresmo would be proud, Golubic took it to Safarova but the Czech pieced it together when it mattered. Safarova certainly noticed the world No.130’s potential: “She’s a good player. She’s very touchy. You don’t see many one-handed backhands on tour, the women’s tour. Her backhand side is pretty good. She’s mixing it up with a slice. Yeah, a good upcoming player.”
  • Doubles partner no match for Stosur. A gammy left wrist did not come at an ideal time for Sam Stosur leading into a 13th Roland-Garros campaign but her second-round match with doubles partner Shuai Zhang was much smoother sailing than her rain-interrupted opener, which had finally wrapped up on Tuesday. Before a packed Court No.3 crowd, the Australian – a former runner-up and two-time semi-finalist in Paris – took command dominating off her heavy forehand wing, with 20 winners flying from her strings in a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Zhang rose to prominence at this year’s Australian Open where as a qualifier she upset second seed Simona Halep in the first round before going on to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.
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