Scattered Seeds – The casualties before Roland Garros Round Three

By Ros Satar, in Paris

  • WTA: 14 seeds fail to make it to round three, including World No. 1 and Top seed Angelique Kerber
  • ATP: 10 seeds scatter including ATP #NextGen’s Alexander Zverev – the highest seeded casualty
PARIS, FRANCE – The season of the Terre Battue has come to an end for an 24 seeds with a swathe being cut through the already open women’s draw.

 

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Round One (WTA)

  • Angelique Kerber [1]
  • Johanna Konta [7]
  • Coco Vandeweghe [19]
  • Mirjana Lucic-Baroni [22]
  • Daria Gavrilova [24]
  • Lauren Davis [25]
  • Roberta Vinci [31]

That top seed Angelique Kerber was upended once more in the first round, and yet sadly it does not feel like a shock result. Clay is not her best surface, that is for sure, but this season has been a disaster on all surfaces so far.

Kerber was the highest profile casualty in a season that has seen her struggle to be consistent. Whether it is the pressure of being the World No. 1 or to live up to a year where she won two Grand slams and made a Slam final – we can only hope that the grass treats her a little more kindly.

Somewhat bravely after the freakish conditions around the grass court season in general and the tennis year in particular she is returning to Birmingham which experienced nothing short of biblical flooding in 2016!

Johanna Konta – 2017 Roland Garros (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

British hopes were scuppered when Johanna Konta lost a nervy battle with Su-Wei Hsieh. In all honestly this was no surprise either – the Brit’s game is very much more suited to hard courts and the grass, but ever the positive – she acknowledged that this was probably her best clay courts results on the main tour. There is always next year.

 

Round One (ATP)

  • Alexander Zverev [9]
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [12]
  • Jack Sock [14]
  • Gilles Muller [26]
  • Sam Querrey [27]
  • Gilles Simon [31]
  • Mischa Zverev [32]

Alexander Zverev (c) Christopher Johnson

Oh dear dear – it was no fun to be a Zverev brother this week as both Mischa and Rome champion Alexander Zverev were bounced out in the first round of the French Open. Perhaps the biggest shock was the #NextGen poster-boy fell at the first hurdle having reached a career high of reaching the Top 10 but as he said in Rome – getting there is great, staying there is something else.

For the home team, the loss of Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will have been a blow – but they do still have a smattering of home interest as we gather pace towards week two.

 

Round Two (WTA)

Petra Kvitova – 2017 Roland Garros (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

  • Dominika Cibulkova [6]
  • Madison Keys [12]
  • Petra Kvitova [15]
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [16]
  • Kiki Bertens [18]
  • Barbora Strycova [20]
  • Ana Konjuh [29]

The fairytale came to an end for Petra Kvitova on her much-anticipated return to the tour after horrific knife attack injuries in her own home left her wondering if she would ever play again. While her opening round was a feeling of relief that those six months of doubt were banished, it was back to business as usual and dealing with the loss and looking forward to where her next tournament would be.

Kiki Bertens – the surprise form player at the end of the clay court season and a run to the semi-finals last year ended early this time around. She might have hoped that after defending her Nurnberg title aan after decent runs in Madrid and Rome she was destined for greater things, but she met her end at the hand of American teen CeCe Bellis.

 

Round Two (ATP)

  • Tomas Berdych [13]
  • Nick Kyrgios [18]
  • David Ferrer [30]

Tomas Berdych once again fell way short of his own expectations of being a contender for a Slam, falling in straight sets no less to Karen Khachanov, while Nick Kyrgios ended what has been a frustrating clay court season, interrupted by the sad death of his grandfather.

Featured Image Credit: Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

The Round of 32 at Roland Garros 2017 starts on Friday.

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