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Roland Garros 2019

Affiche Roland-Garros 2019 / Poster Jose Maria Sicilia
Ryan Harrison was bombed out 76 in the third in the first round by Pavlasek.
Chris Eubanks lost in the first round also to Spain’s Pedro Fernandez.
Spanish veteran Guillermo Garcia Lopez grinded his way into the main draw vs Oscar Otte. The 35 year old is ranked 123.
Another ancient warrior from Spain, Tommy Robredo didn’t fare so well, losing to German teen Rudolph Molleker in the first round 76 63. Molleker is on court now playing Santiago Giraldo of Colombia to get to the main draw.
Other veterans still in the hunt for main draw are Dustin Brown, Simone Bolelli and Viktor Troicki.
Michael Mmoh played and lost first round to world 429 Corentin Denolly 61 64. Mmoh has been out most of the year presumably with injury.
American Bernarda Pera has won two rounds and will try to get by Juvan for the main draw.
Brit prospect Katie Swan has been quiet lately but she has won two rounds and is one match from the main draw, she must beat Karolina Kucova.
Nobody has had a tougher route to main draw than Japan’s Kurumi Nara. Nara won her first two rounds 75 vs Kawa and 64 in the third vs Bacsinszky and now plays Perrin. If Nara wins I will post her Biofile.
Canada’s Rebecca Marino had the miracle comeback in the first round to win 75 in the third but lost yesterday to Rybakina 64 in the third.
15-year-old American prodigy Coco Gauff lost 63 63 to Juvan in the second round.
16-year-old American prospect Whitney Osuigwe lost  in three sets to veteran Allie Kiick in round two.

Roland Garros poster art by Spanish artist José Maria Sicilia.



  • Scoop Malinowski · May 28, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Lendl has not had the impact on AZ that we all expected. May be time for a new voice for AZ.

  • Hartt · May 28, 2019 at 9:02 am

    “Whacky” is the right word for the Andreescu vs Bouzkova match. Marie is an excellent counter puncher, and she kept getting back Bianca’s terrific shots. After one point, that Bianca finally won with a good volley, the youngster turned to her box and asked what did she have to do to win a point.

    As the more aggressive player, Bianca was a bit better but, as the score showed, it was an incredibly close match. Both players fought so hard. You could see the anxiety on Marie’s face towards the end – she desperately wanted to win.

    In one way, Bianca’s next matches shouldn’t be so difficult. Whether she wins or not, they won’t be such a long, tough battle.

  • catherine · May 28, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Caught some of Bianca’s match – she’s the most natural instinctive volleyer I’ve seen for a long time in the women’s game and isn’t that a run-around forehand ? Reminds me of…..

    Great fighting spirit, both of them.

  • Hartt · May 28, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Yes, Bianca has a good volley so, unlike so many women players, she is not allergic to the net. Iff her opponent will give her opportunities to come forward she will do it a lot.

    I was impressed with the fighting spirit of both, especially the way Marie kept going after those tough Bianca shots.

    We both have been looking for more variety from women players, and that is why I am so excited about Bianca. She has power, and has good FHs and BHs, but she can volley, slice and drop shot as well.

  • catherine · May 28, 2019 at 11:52 am

    The run-around forehand reminds me of Steffi.

    Naomi was in trouble for a while, lost 1st set to Smiedlova 0-6 but is winning now. I don’t know why but I can’t go crazy over Naomi’s game. I know she’ll probably win lots of tournaments but I can’t see anything about her style that’s really exceptional. Bianca, yes there is. She’s always doing something different.

    Sabalenka bt Cibulkova – so at least she didn’t lose her first match. Always feel near the edge of the ledge with Aryna these days.

    Tomic lost in SS and then added his whines to the Kyrgios chorus. Why ? No one’s forcing anyone to play on clay.

  • Scoop Malinowski · May 28, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Interesting revealing interview by Moya. Can’t recall a major player’s coach ever being this revealing about his player during a grand slam like this. Sending a message or media manipulation? Or both

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