Rain rain go to Spain! Unusual for this time of year in Paris but the rain has wrecked the Roland Garros order of play and scheduling. Most of us spent yesterday glued to those green ‘ Wimbledon’ tarpaulins covering the courts, looking skyward wondering if we were ever going to see some play. Eventually we did, Andy managed to cruise the 3rd and 4th sets in his second round match against Juan Ignacio Chela and book a safe passage into round 3.
Ana Ivanovic’ fall from grace has accelerated of late, the 2008 Champion was humbled by Russian 28 seed Alicia Kleybanova 6-3 6-0, despite Ana having break points in every one of her opponents service games. I wonder will she ever reestablish herself in the top echelon of the women’s game. The Monfils Fognini match left so delicately poised at 5-5 in near darkness on Wednesday evening, resumed and despite the partisan home support La Monf lost 9-7 in the decider. Fernando Gonzalez last years semi finalist, was surprisingly beaten by Ukrainian Doglopolov Junior.
Rafa took to the court today and resumed were he had left off against Gianni Minna, winning 2-3-2 against fellow clay court specialist Horacio Zeballos. Big serving American John Isner was comprehensively beaten by Czech Tomas Berdych. More major shocks in the ladies draw, as 8th seed Aggie Radwanska beaten by little known Shevdova, Katerina Bondarenka and Vera Zvonareva also suffered defeats to lower ranked opponents.
Stosur, Henin, Sharapova and Serena all made light work of their 2nd round opponents today, whilst Dementieva, Venus and Wozniacki all made serene progress into the last 16. Tie of the 3rd round for the ladies must surely be Justine Henin vs Maria Sharapova. The little Belgian must be favourite especially on clay, however on the back of winning in Strasbourg last week Maria is certainly not short on confidence.
Nadal faces off against Lleyton Hewitt in round 3. Fresh from his hip surgery in Febuary, Hewitt is eager to make up for lost time, but should prove no match for the might Matador Rafael Nadal on the hallowed clay of Philippe Chatrier. All the higher ranked players should make it through, will the majority of the clay court specialists still in the draw, there could be some very tasty 4th round ties come Monday!