The Official 2014 WTA French Open Thread -- For General Discussion

The WTA French Queen for 2014?

  • The inconsistent lefty: Petra Kvitova

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The resurgent former #1: Jelena Jankovic

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • She's German: Angelique Kerber

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    57
  • Poll closed .

Chico

Banned
Errani tried to cheat with that ball mark. Why don't they use the Hawk Eye on clay and leave it to interpretation of players and umpires is beyond me. They often make it wrong or try to cheat.
 

Chico

Banned
Errani can win this sucker. Serena gone, Li Na gone, Kvitova gone, Ivanovic gone. All of them have serves with their power.

Maria is around, but she's capable of 10 DFs, which opens her up for a close match, and Errani wins all of those.
Please no!!!!!! Anyone but Errani.
 

SLD76

G.O.A.T.
Sloane needs to be more aggressive and stop counter punching. Just take what Halep gives you, but take it aggressively. She always seems behind in the point
 

FuriousYellow

Professional
Errani can win this sucker. Serena gone, Li Na gone, Kvitova gone, Ivanovic gone. All of them have serves with their power.

Maria is around, but she's capable of 10 DFs, which opens her up for a close match, and Errani wins all of those.
It won't matter. Sharapova can DF a lot and still win matches because Errani won't be able to hold her own serve enough against her. Jankovic may not be able to take advantage of her weak serve but Sharapova almost certainly will. That high bouncing FH that's giving Jankovic so much trouble is right in Sharapova's wheelhouse. That's why Sharapova smashed her in the 2012 FO final and why she would again.
 

Chico

Banned
Has Errani ever hit an ace before? I just can't imagine it.
I can't imagine her hitting a winner at all actually.

Jankovic is pathetic. She should have blown Errani off the court. But instead she gifted her first after losing that set point set and than went AWOL in the second.
 

SLD76

G.O.A.T.
Sloane needs to anticipate and recognize that Halep likes to play the ball down the line on both wings.
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
I can't imagine her hitting a winner at all actually.

Jankovic is pathetic. She should have blown Errani off the court. But instead she gifted her first after losing that set point set and than went AWOL in the second.
Commiserations Chico- here's hoping that Nole will carry the Serbian flag all the way to victory on Sunday! :)
 

Peters

Professional
I have absolutely no problem with Errani - she makes the most of the ability she has.

The problem is with her opponents not performing at a decent enough level and using their own abilities in a consistent way.
 

Supertegwyn

Hall of Fame
4 of Sloanes six games have come from breaking Halep and six of Haleps ten games have come from breaking Sloane


Women's tennis *facepalm*
 
I can't imagine her hitting a winner at all actually.

Jankovic is pathetic. She should have blown Errani off the court. But instead she gifted her first after losing that set point set and than went AWOL in the second.
Forehand winner? Never. Net drops? Many. She's a master doubles player.
 

President

Legend
Sloane needs to anticipate and recognize that Halep likes to play the ball down the line on both wings.
Honestly, Halep is just a flat out better player than Sloane at this point in time. Her court sense is much better developed IMO, and as you said her down the line shots are excellent. This is an expected result, IMO.
 

SLD76

G.O.A.T.
Honestly, Halep is just a flat out better player than Sloane at this point in time. Her court sense is much better developed IMO, and as you said her down the line shots are excellent. This is an expected result, IMO.
She was definitely in a higher gear t h an Sloane. She was all over the ball and the court whereas sloane seemed hesitant and slow to react and wasn't thinking too clearly on court. She definitely got outclassed today.

Halep is dangerous.
 

iri10

Rookie
I actually thought Sloane would only win 4 games instead of 7, but the end result wasn't really in doubt anyway. The Haleps, Wozniackis, and Radwanskas of the world have always been a serious problem for Sloane. Her game and mentality can't find a happy medium against them: she's not as good as them at defensive grindfests, and she makes too many errors if she ups the aggression too much.

If she improves her brain and improves her footwork, she might be able to manage some controlled aggression, and that's what's needed to beat those players.
 
Sloane is a good player BUT she will never become a great player until she develops consistency at the regular WTA events. Halep was aggressive she took charge while Sloane was passive waiting for errors. Sloane is talented BUT she will not become a contender for slams or a top ten player until she learns to win. The commentators said when you learn to win titles it helps a player at the slams. Sloane is good enough to reach fourth round but not good enough to win a slam.
 

DRII

G.O.A.T.
I actually thought Sloane would only win 4 games instead of 7, but the end result wasn't really in doubt anyway. The Haleps, Wozniackis, and Radwanskas of the world have always been a serious problem for Sloane. Her game and mentality can't find a happy medium against them: she's not as good as them at defensive grindfests, and she makes too many errors if she ups the aggression too much.

If she improves her brain and improves her footwork, she might be able to manage some controlled aggression, and that's what's needed to beat those players.
Amen!

her footwork is horrible at times...
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
Honestly, Halep is just a flat out better player than Sloane at this point in time. Her court sense is much better developed IMO, and as you said her down the line shots are excellent. This is an expected result, IMO.
Agreed. Halep seems to be absorbing every experience and taking her game forward. Few players do that once stuck in "i'm a pro" mode.
 
Now that they moved Safarova-Kuznetsova to Court 1, all the streams expecting the match to be on Lenglen are showing Murray-Verdasco. Annoying.
 
I usually don't like it when a bunch of the high seeded players drop like flies, especially on the women's side where it usually results in a joke of a tournament and ugly tennis (like last year at Wimbledon when the semifinalists were Radwanska, Lisicki, Bartoli and Flipkens). In this case however I'm actually intrigued because what we have here is a handful of legitimate young talent - Halep, Bouchard, Muguruza - breaking through. It feels different. It feels like a generation shift is going on, rather than inferior players acting as placeholders in the tournament simply because the top players bombed.
 

Team10

Hall of Fame
I usually don't like it when a bunch of the high seeded players drop like flies, especially on the women's side where it usually results in a joke of a tournament and ugly tennis (like last year at Wimbledon when the semifinalists were Radwanska, Lisicki, Bartoli and Flipkens). In this case however I'm actually intrigued because what we have here is a handful of legitimate young talent - Halep, Bouchard, Muguruza - breaking through. It feels different. It feels like a generation shift is going on, rather than inferior players acting as placeholders in the tournament simply because the top players bombed.
Nice post except Lisicki and Radwanska definitely don't play ugly tennis, especially at Wimbledon.

You only left out Tomljanovic who lost to CSN in R16 who is also up and coming. Would be amazing to see one of the three you mentioned win here.
 
Nice post except Lisicki and Radwanska definitely don't play ugly tennis, especially at Wimbledon.

You only left out Tomljanovic who lost to CSN in R16 who is also up and coming. Would be amazing to see one of the three you mentioned win here.
Ugly tennis was the wrong term. What I meant was, usually when all the seeds fall the level of tennis goes way down because the players still alive didn't necessarily rise to another level, the top players just kind of bombed. Now I guess that's to be expected most of the time but in this case you have a group of young players breaking through so the level of tennis isn't necessarily going down.
 

Midaso240

Hall of Fame
I usually don't like it when a bunch of the high seeded players drop like flies, especially on the women's side where it usually results in a joke of a tournament and ugly tennis (like last year at Wimbledon when the semifinalists were Radwanska, Lisicki, Bartoli and Flipkens). In this case however I'm actually intrigued because what we have here is a handful of legitimate young talent - Halep, Bouchard, Muguruza - breaking through. It feels different. It feels like a generation shift is going on, rather than inferior players acting as placeholders in the tournament simply because the top players bombed.
Still,the only young player who appears even close to being ready to win a slam is Halep.
 

Fifth Set

Professional
What's really exciting is that this late in the event a Petkovic-Bouchard final remains a possibility! How cool would that be? Two of the most deserving and popular players. Would love to see it, although I would be quite conflicted about who to cheer for!
 

Chico

Banned
What's really exciting is that this late in the event a Petkovic-Bouchard final remains a possibility! How cool would that be? Two of the most deserving and popular players. Would love to see it, although I would be quite conflicted about who to cheer for!
That would actually be great. I would love that final.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
What's really exciting is that this late in the event a Petkovic-Bouchard final remains a possibility! How cool would that be? Two of the most deserving and popular players. Would love to see it, although I would be quite conflicted about who to cheer for!
I doubt this will happen, but I would love to see it. They had a great match in Charleston on the green stuff.
 

Fed881981

Hall of Fame
I don't like Maria but I definitely respect her game. She fights till the very end, true mark of a champion.
Being a fighter is the only thing I respect in Maria.


She annoys me even on MUTE. Boring tennis, annoying facial expressions, celebrating every point as if she won the title, the steps she makes backward and then forward before each point, the look she makes at her opponents before each serve and so on.

Annoying player.
 
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