Hello all, too busy to keep up with the tennis events of this past week? No worries. We have you covered. Here is our Tennis Stage Weekly Wrap-Up for Sunday, June 11th.
The French Open has come and gone. Who took the title? Which players stood apart from the rest?
The women's final featured Simona Halep from Romania and young upstart Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia. Throughout the match, it was clear who was playing with more pressure. Halep was playing for her first grand slam and for the number 1 ranking and boy did it show. It didn't show that much in the first set because Halep played consistent enough to cause a nervous Ostapenko to miss. This all changed in the second set however when Halep was up 3-0 in the second after winning the first set 6-4. Halep suddenly realized that she was about the win her first grand slam and the wheels fell off. She began to play tentative tennis and Ostapenko took control. Jelena won 6 of the next 7 games and won the second set 6-4.
Halep fought back and righted the ship with a 3-1 lead in the third set. This didn't last for long as the nerves and errors started to creep back into the match for Simona. Sensing a once again tentative Halep, Ostapenko stepped up her game with solid tennis and good serving. Halep had no answer. Ostapenko won the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Ostapenko played well and deserved this match. She will sleep well tonight. Halep, on the other hand, did not play well. She played tight tennis. She succumbed to pressure and expectations. She will not sleep well tonight. Both are very good players. Hopefully, Ostapenko will become a much-needed star on the WTA tour. As for Halep, she is a talented player and definitely has a grand slam or two in her future if she can overcome pressure and expectation when she next plays in a grand slam final.
The men's final was a much-anticipated battle between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. This match was supposed to be a hard-hitting and competitive brawl between two clay court titans. Unfortunately, this was not the case today. There was lots of hard hitting in this match but it wasn't competitive.
Nadal was more aggressive, hit harder, moved better, and except for a few great points from Wawrinka, Nadal pretty much controlled the entire match. Perhaps Wawrinka was slightly injured, and because of that could not play his best tennis? Who knows. One thing that is certain is that today was Nadal's day and he took the title with an emphatic 6-2, 6-3. 6-1 win.
With Roland Garros completed the grass court season is here and there is much to look forward to. How will Federer play in the grass-court tune-ups leading up to Wimbledon? Who will step it up and play great on the grass courts? Is Ostapenko the real deal? Will Halep regain her composure and do well in the grass-court tune-ups leading up to Wimbledon? Mladenovic, who played so well at the French has a game that can transfer well to grass courts. How will she play these coming weeks? These questions and more will be answered in our wrap up next week and the weeks to come.
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