It’s rare that I am happy when one of my favorites goes down, but such is the case as 10th seed Petra Kvitova fell on day 6 of Roland Garros 2016. The reason for my joy is seeing 23-year old American Shelby Rogers, ranked 108th in the world, earn the biggest win of her WTA career. The South Carolinian, once a ballgirl at the Charleston event, took out the 2-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-0. That’s right, not only did Shelby pull the upset she hung two bagels on Kvitova. In the first round, Shelby upset 17th seed Karolina Pliskova, Petra’s Czech countrywoman. Rogers will get another test in the next round against surging Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu. But forget about that, let’s allow Shelby to enjoy this wonderful accomplishment.
Speaking of great Romanian players, the greatest one in the world right now, 6th seed Simona Halep, combined with Japan’s Naomi Osaka to give us the great match I envisioned a couple of days ago. 18-year old Osaka is going to be a great player. On this day it was Simona who would emerge triumphant, 4-6 6-2 6-3. Naomi needed to have a higher first serve percentage and commit fewer errors, but overall this was a terrific sign of things to come. Also joining Halep as a winner on day 6 was Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, who has looked stronger with each round. Mugu took down the dangerous Yanina Wickmayer, 6-3 6-0. Garbine will have her biggest test of the tournament so far coming up next against 2-time Major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. One of Sveta’s Major wins was Roland Garros 2009. Mugu will need to be at her best to advance.
ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE
SHELBY ROGERS d. 10 Petra Kvitova 6-0 6-7 (3) 6-0
4 GARBINE MUGURUZA d. Yanina Wickmayer, 6-3 6-0
6 SIMONA HALEP d. Naomi Osaka, 4-6 6-2 6-3