The top seed carnage continued on day 6 of Roland Garros 2014. With Serena Williams and Li Na sent packing, #3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska was the highest seed remaining in the women’s draw. Until she met Ajla Tomljanovic. The 21-year old from Croatia is a big hitter, but usually Aga can use her guile and craft to handle power players as long as they’re not named Serena, Masha or Vika. On this day, I guess you could add Ajla. It was a tight 6-4 6-4 match. Sure, Tomljanovic hit a few more unforced errors than you’d like to see (29) and had 6 double faults. However, she offset that with her 19 winners (to 12 for Aga) and overall aggressive play. She wasn’t afraid to make some mistakes if it meant she would reap rewards.
With Serena and Aga gone fishin’, #7 Maria Sharapova is the highest seed left in the top half of the draw. #4 Simona Halep, # 5 Petra Kvitova and #6 Jelena Jankovic are still in the tournament, but they are in the bottom half of the draw (Li Na’s half before she was bounced in the first round). So on paper Masha is the favorite…by far…to come out of the top half as a finalist. She sure played that way against the overmatched Paula Ormaechea, blowing her out 6-0 6-0…the dreaded double bagel. It’s almost sad to talk about the match. I actually feel badly for Paula. She had 1 winner the entire match. That’s all that need be said. 1 lone winner. Yikes. Next up is a real test for Maria Sharapova, a date with another Major champion, Samantha Stosur. Granted, Masha holds a commanding 13-2 head to head record against Stosur and beat her on clay in Madrid recently. Still, I never count out Samantha. She’s so unpredictable. She might play an amazing match. She might play a lousy match. Masha should win this, but with all the upsets already in this tournament nothing will surprise me.
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AJLA TOMLJANOVIC (won 6-4 6-4 vs 3 Agnieszka Radwanska)
7 MARIA SHARAPOVA (won 6-0 6-0 vs Paula Ormaechea)
8 ANGELIQUE KERBER (won 7-5 6-3 vs 31 Daniela Hantuchova)
19 SAMANTHA STOSUR (won 6-4 6-4 vs 9 Dominika Cibulkova)
14 CARLA SUAREZ NAVARRO (won 6-2 6-2 vs Taylor Townsend)
18 EUGENIE BOUCHARD (won 7-5 6-4 vs Johanna Larsson)