Two players entered Roland Garros 2015 full of the talent to still be playing on the final weekend, but also full of question marks that could see them have a short stay in Paris. Whether Petra Kvitova makes a deep run in women’s singles in yet to be seen, but she sure came awfully close to not making it past her opening match. Marina Erakovic of New Zealand had the 2-time Wimbledon champion on the verge of elimination with feisty, fearless play. The Kiwi actually had more overall points (109 t0 106), aided by 47 unforced errors by Kvitova. The Czech superstar managed to win the points she needed to survive and advance, 6-4 3-6 6-4. However, if she is to still be playing in week two, she will need to drastically improve her game. I believe she can. On a good day, Petra can beat anybody. We’ll see if she does lift her game to face the challenge from higher ranked opponents to come this fortnight.
Still struggling to find her game this year after a sensational 2014 is Eugenie Bouchard. Rarely is a #6 seed on upset alert in their very first match in a Major. However, there were many pundits and fans, including myself, who gave Kristina Mladenovic a good chance to send Genie home early. And Kiki, as she is nicknamed, did so in straight sets, 6-4 6-4, eliminating one of the marquee names in the women’s game before she even had a chance to get settled. This is a disappointment for Bouchard, undoubtedly. Sure, Mladenovic is a dangerous player who upset Li Na here last year. Still, this is a setback for the talented up and coming Canadian. There is a silver lining. Kiki was up 6-4 5-0 and appeared as though she would serve Genie a second set bagel. However, Bouchard fought back to 5-4 Mladenovic. It was too little too late, but it showed that no matter how badly things are going, and they were going badly for Genie, she would not give up. Trust me, she put a bit of a scare into Kiki’s team with that late charge. Hopefully, Bouchard will be back to the form she showed through the first half of 2014. She’s good for the game and I definitely would like to see her there late in tournaments.
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1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 6-2 6-3 vs Andrea Hlavackova)
4 PETRA KVITOVA (won 6-4 3-6 6-4 vs Marina Erakovic)
5 CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (won 6-3 6-0 vs Karin Knapp)
KRISTINA MLADENOVIC (won 6-4 6-4 vs 6 Eugenie Bouchard)
16 MADISON KEYS (won 7-6 (3) 6-3 vs Varvara Lepchenko)