Saturday, 27 May 2017

Strasbourg all Aussie

As prospected, Strasbourg has turned into an Australian bonanza.

Semi finals were won by Dasha Gavrilova, proving far too strong for the crowds French favourite Caroline Garcia.6-4 6-2.
Samantha Stosur then proceeded to show consistency on serve and with her vicious forehand take out Shuai Peng in straight sets.

It was not so easy for Stosur in the opening set, her early break stolen back by Peng in the ninth game when Sam was serving for the set.
No problem ultimately for the Aussie as the tie break was one of the best played this year. 7-0 with some brilliant shots from the Stosur racquet leaving Peng without a chance.

Although broken by a defiant Peng immediately in set two, Stosur remained on mission, returning the favour and more, winning three straight games and virtually sealing the deal. 7-6 6-4 and in the form not seen since Paris 12 months ago.

And just to make sure Strasbourg 2017 will have the Aussie green and gold all over it, the Ash Barty / Casey Dellacqua combo grabbed the doubles title.

Finals in other tournaments:

Geneva: Stan Wawrinka (1) v Mischa Zverev (q) 
Zverev defeated second seed Nishikori in the semi final, following his elimination of fourth and fifth seeds Isner and Johnson earlier.

Lyon: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Tomas Berdych (3)
Berdych has made his first final of 2017 while Tsonga is gunning for his third title of the year in front of a favourable French crowd.

Nurnberg: Kiki Bertens (1) v Barbora Krejcikova (q)
Bertens should win but her opponent, ranked 254, has surprised everyone so far and who knows how much more she can produce here ?

Excitement is at fever pitch with Roland Garros starting tomorrow.

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