Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Roland Garros Day 11: Maria and Victoria to win

Upset of the previous day:

Sara Errani def. Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 7-6

Technically it's not really an upset as Radwanska is only ranked one spot above Errani. These 2 played a long and ardous match where Radwanska was the braver one. Sadly, she wasn't awarded with the results. An interesting point to note is that Radwanska has only been past the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam once in her career. Is she as mentally tough as she is hyped out to be? Will the Pole ever breakthrough? She goes into the grass season with a heavy burden on her shoulders. Let's see how mentally tough she is now.

Match focus:

Maria Kirilenko vs. Victoria Azarenka

Unless Jelena Jankovic miraculously wins Rolands Garros, Kirilenko is guaranteed a top 10 ranking after this week. This should be consolation for her as her journey is almost certain to end here. Azarenka owns Kirilenko and despite this being on clay, I expect the same to happen. Victoria passed the Schiavone test with flying colours, showing that she did the necessary homework to take out clay courters. Kirilenko can be tough, but she won't be as tough as Azarenka. One close set at most.

Pick: Azarenka in 2 sets

Jelena Jankovic vs. Maria Sharapova

2 years ago, I would have favoured Jankovic on clay against Sharapova. However, the Russian is the undisputed queen of clay now. I'm afraid Jankovic will not stand a chance against the tall Russian. Jankovic is Maria's pigeon and they have a very long rivalry dating back to the junior days. It is well-known that Maria detests Jelena and nothing will feel better than a comprehensive victory over the Serbian. The good thing is that Jankovic has nothing to lose and if she swings freely, she might claim a set.

Pick: Sharapova in 2 sets

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