In a weekend of startling upsets, the final French player retired after just one set while 3rd seeded Andy Murray was eliminated and 2nd seeded Venus Williams suffered an unexpected setback in the women’s division.
On a day where top seeds prevailed, Robin Soderling and Marin Cilic are set to square off in the round of sixteen and Maria Sharapova is set to meet fireplug Justine Henin in round three.
Rain delays, suspensions and cancellations proved to be a great equalizer as bookmaker favorites Rafa Nadal and Justine Henin will now have to win six marches in ten days to earn their crowns at Roland Garros.
The City of Lights ran into darkness as one of France’s favorite sons, Gael Monfils, will have to return tomorrow to determine the outcome of a stunning five set thriller.
Rafa Nadal and Justine Henin, the two best clay court players in their divisions, powered to first round wins as other in-form players strutted their stuff on Tuesday.
On Monday, challenges came from unlikely sources on the men’s side but heat management may have saved Andy Murray and helped Novak Djokovic as the 3 and 4 seeds lived to see another day.
Jo Willy Tsonga escapes, but Vicktoria Azarenka is down and out in first round play at the opening day of French Open 2010.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams are the top seeds but Rafa Nadal and Justine Henin are the bookmaker favorites to win this year’s French Open.
While the landscape of women’s tennis is changing, the men’s field seems a bit more predictable. Early-line odds makers strongly favor Spanish clay court magician, Rafa Nadal while the current unranked favorite on the women’s side is Belgian Justine Henin. Too bad the odds makers and the ranking committees can’t get together. We might have more balanced events.