Thursday, 25 May 2017

Warming up for Paris

While a number of the top players are taking the week off to prepare for Roland Garros beginning Sunday, many have decided to play tournaments.

WTA events in Strasbourg and Nurnberg attracted Caroline Wozniacki and Kiki Bertens as the top seeds, while the ATP tournament in Geneva boasts Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori in its draw.
Lyon also hosts an ATP event and Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga headed the field there at the start.

In Strasbourg, sixth seed Samantha Stosur has defeated fourth seed Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the semi finals.  Sam has found form at exactly the same time as last year when she reached the Roland Garros semis.

Two other Aussies are about to battle against each other in another quarter final - seventh seed Dasha Gavrilova and qualifier Ash Barty.  Barty has been devastating in her two main draw matches, eliminating Cagla Buyukakcay and Camila Giorgi for the total loss of just four games.

The other quarter finals match Shelby Rogers against fourth seed Shuai Peng, and  Kristyna Pliskova against fifth seed Caroline Garcia.
Rogers knocked out Wozniacki in the first round in a major upset.

In Geneva the quarter finals are:

Stan Wawrinka (number one seed) v Sam Querrey (6)
Andrey Kuznetsov v Cedrik-Marcel Stebe
Steve Johnson (5) v Mischa Zverev 
Kevin Anderson v Kei Nishikori (2)

Lyon has one semi final decided - Nikoloz Basilashvili v second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will certainly have the crowd on his side.

The remaining quarter finals are:

Milos Raonic (1) v Gastao Elias
Tomas Berdych (3) v Gilles Simon (5)

Misaki Doi is the first through to the Nurnberg semi finals following a win over seventh seed Yaroslava Shvedova who retired after losing the opening set.

Carina Witthoeft is currently on court against qualifier Barbora Krejcikova and the other quarter finals feature:

Kiki Bertens (1) v Alison Riske (5)
Sorana Cirstea v  Yulia Putintseva (2)

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