Roland Garros, 2017

Winners Matter. Power Could Prove Pivotal in Paris.

By DownTheTee | June 9, 2017

By Jane Voigt Stan Wawrinka moved into his second French Open final today, sliding past the top seed, Andy Murray, in a brutal semifinal that went four-and-a-half hours. Wawrinka hit over 87 winners to his opponents 36, crushing the ball in the final set to render null and void all of Murray’s extensive skills: 6-7(6),…

Happy Birthday, Jelena Ostapenko

By DownTheTee | June 8, 2017

By Jane Voigt Jelena Ostapenko’s high-risk game paid off big time today, yielding a high-reward … a chance to win her first Grand Slam title and first career title on Saturday in Paris.  “Just glad to be here in Paris,” she said on court, after her 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 win over Timea Bacsinszky. “I’m enjoying…

Those Who Fight Win

By DownTheTee | June 7, 2017

By Jane Voigt Novak Djokovic was on top of the world. He’d just won The French Open for the first time; and, as an added dollop of satisfaction, he’d earned a career Grand Slam. Such were the heights he scaled last year. Today, at the same tournament, Djokovic crashed out.  “This is a whole new situation…

Wind and Rain Slowed the Semis in Paris, But Didn’t Dampen Enthusiasm

By DownTheTee | June 6, 2017

By Jane Voigt A rain storm swept through Roland-Garros, early today. Another one swept Caroline Wozniacki right off Court Suzanne-Lenglen, as teen ball-blaster Jelena Ostapenko demolished the Dane to move on to her first Grand Slam semifinal.  Her opponent will be Timea Bascinsczky, who through variety, ball retrieval and a cool head, sent one of the…

Women’s Quarterfinals Set in Paris

By DownTheTee | June 5, 2017

By Jane Voigt For the first time since the 1979 U. S. Open, none of the women in the quarterfinals of this year’s French Open are former Grand Slam Champions. That means a new star will rise in the City Of Lights come Saturday, June 10.  Here are the eight quarterfinalists: Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Wozniacki…

Nadal Focused and Grateful

By DownTheTee | June 4, 2017

By Jane Voigt If you listen carefully to Rafael Nadal you’ll know what keeps him on track to win his 10th, and unprecedented, Roland Garros. His health. His good health.  “I’m in the quarterfinals and healthy and playing well,” Nadal told the press, after his routing of Roberto Bautista Agut (No. 17), 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. “Those…

The Three Wise Women

By DownTheTee | June 3, 2017

By Jane Voigt A week ago 256 players stepped into the starting gate at the 2017 French Open. Today that number will dwindle to 32, if the weather holds.  Who’s worked their way through to the second week — round 4 or the round of 16, as it’s called — creates another gateway. The players…

Djokovic Survives. Nadal Destroys.

By DownTheTee | June 2, 2017

By Jane Voigt Andy Murray is the top seed at this year’s French Open, but most eyes are on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, seeded two and four respectively. They both landed in the bottom half of the men’s singles’ draw and are on a collision course to meet in that semifinal. Novak Djokovic struggled today in…

Watch Out Big Four, They’re Coming

By DownTheTee | June 1, 2017

By Jane Voigt Do you know Karen Khachanov? Probably not. But, you will. Playing in his inaugural French Open, he advanced to the third round today. That’s a monstrous achievement in a crowded field where talent abounds.  At six-foot-six Khachanov’s favorite stroke is his serve. It was a force to contend with today as he…

Djokovic and Agassi. A Winning Combo?

By DownTheTee | June 1, 2017

By Jane Voigt Today’s story comes from TheSportsHaven. It’s about a slumping world number-two Novak Djokovic and his all-out efforts to get back on top, like way on top … number one in the world.