Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cibulkova and Safina triumph

Dominika Cibulkova - 2009 French OpenSoderling dumps Davydenko, Gonzo ended all English interest in the tournament – except for that Robson girl: oops she lost too – Safina weathered the Azarenka perfect set storm and ignored the histrionics to pass her first real test and Cibulkova announced herself with a bullet. (Surgeons will remove the bullet from Sharapova’s head later today.)

So who is this Soderling and why is he winning matches against great clay-courters? Is he another Martin Verkerk who came from nowhere to reach the French final in 2003 before promptly returning to obscurity? Or will he parley his success into a regular place in the elite ala Jim Courier (1991). A bit difficult to care at present.

Dinara SafinaNext it’s:
Fed vs Monfils
The second best player on clay for the last four years against Action Man - licensed to thrill. Finally the French have a player who is in a position to win it all and excite the crowd at the same time. Jumping Gael Monfils. Probably the best time to play Roger too, just after a five setter and burdened with expectations that he’s never had before at the French as he’s never been the favourite here. Monfils in four.

Del Potro vs Robredo
Does it matter? Fed will beat either of them and Monfils probably will too. Oh, ok then Del Potro in four.

Cirstea vs Stosur
Stosur’s woken up ditched the doubles and decided that a big serve and big forehand will work on clay. A bit like Roddick – oh wait. Cirstea is a boom youngster on a one-way mission up the rankings and could win this if she can hang around long enough and unsettle Stosur. Otherwise the Australian will blow her away. Stosur in two.

Kuznetsova vs Serena Williams
Sveta plays the friend card and grabs a little media attention (almost impossible in the Serena vacuum) but will it be enough to save her from a beating? Although if you do need to beat Serena clay is where to do it and the Kuz is comfortable on clay (and indeed everywhere). Beware an angry Serena. Kuznetsova in three.

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