So it rains in Paris too….

May 26, 2009


Day three at the French  Open, and the weather wasn’t exactly très magnifque. The first two days boasted glorious sunshine; today Rolland Garros received a pounding from the lurking black clouds clotting up the once clear blue sky.

Thankfully, the rain was confined to the morning and did minimal damage to the day’s play. The morning downpour forced a break of play for Jelena Jankovic  and Juan del Potro, but both went on to win their respective matches.  Jelena Jankovic even saw some sun as she powered past Petra Cetkovska 6-2 6-3. Juan del Potro made quick work of Llodra of France after the break, despite looking like an anorexic bumblebee in his black and yellow striped ensemble. Despite the dodgy sense of style, del Potro has been rather interesting to watch as of late; he put a damper on Andy Murray’s birthday at the Madrid Masters a few weeks ago by sending him out in the quarter finals. Could he dispense of a top player in this tournament too?

When Jankovic finished on the Phillipe Chartier court, Novak Djokovic took on Lapenetti of Ecuador. The Serb looked confident in his first match on the competition, taking control even before Lapenetti landed badly on his ankle. In the end, Lapenetti was forced to limp away at 6-3 3-1, so it was a quick first-round warm up for the World No. 4, but a promising one nonetheless.

Serena Williams was put through a wringer against world no. 100 Zakopalova, losing the second set with a tie break and having to scrabble to get the third 6-4. Considering that Serena’s form has been less than impressive these last few weeks, it’s not a good omen for the tournament as a whole.

I was also surprised to hear about Bernard Tomic included in today’s defeats. Highly praised and deservedly so at the Australian Open, Tomic was knocked out by Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-1 6-2. It was a shame to see the gifted teenager out so early.

So that’s a rainy day sum-up of the third day of the French Open. The next few days shall be particularly interesting as the matches start to heat up. And I get more and more candidates for my list of Best and Worst Dressed at the French Open 2009….

Written by: SophieG

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