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  • Day 10: Match Points - French Open 2017

    Reporter: Aditya Soni
    Published: Tuesday, 6 June 2017
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    The action continues at Roland Garros on the ninth day of the second Grand Slam of the year. Read our guide to the talking points, trending topics and what to watch on Tuesday.


    Learning

    For the first time since the 1979 Australian Open (a 32-draw won by Barbara Jordan), all eight quarterfinalists are seeking their first Grand Slam title.

    Caroline Wozniacki did not play at Roland Garros in 2016 and was ranked No.34 at the time. Currently No.12, she will return to the Top 10 after Roland Garros this year. By reaching the quarterfinals she will be No.7 (although that will drop to No.8 if  Kristina Mladenovic wins the title). If she advances to the semifinal, she is projected to reach No.6 - and she will break the Top 5 if she advances to the final. She is projected to climb to No.4 with the title.

    Wozniacki is the only former World No.1 to reach the quarterfinals in Paris this fortnight.

    Through to the quarterfinals, equaling her career best Grand Slam result, Kristina Mladenovic will climb to at least No.13 and could reach No.12 if Caroline Garcia does not win the title. Mladenovic would make her Top 10 debut if she wins the title, moving to between No.5-7 if she wins the title, depending on other results.

    Mladenovic has advanced to the quarterfinals at her home Grand Slam for the first time, having previously fallen at the third round in 2014 (when she lost to Andrea Petkovic), 2015 (when she lost to Alison van Uytvanck) and 2016 (when she lost to the eventual runner-up Serena Williams).

    Kristina Mladenovic and Serena Williams shake hands in Paris (Getty)


    Mladenovic was the 2009 Roland Garros girls’ singles champion – one of three former junior champions to reach the quarterfinals along with Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina.

    By advancing to the quarterfinals, Jelena Ostapenko will make her Top 30 debut after Roland Garros.

    At 19 years and 362 days, Jelena Ostapenko is the youngest player and only teenager to reach the quarterfinals this fortnight; the last teenager to reach this stage at Roland Garros was Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who was 19 when she lost to eventual runner-up Francesca Schiavone in 2011.

    Ostapenko is bidding to be the 23rd unseeded player to advance to a Grand Slam semifinal since 2001 Wimbledon.

    Prior to 2015, all Timea Bacsinszky's other main draw appearances at Roland Garros ended in the second round (2007-10, 2014 - and she lost in 2013 qualifying).


    Trending


    Reading

    Catch up with the thoughts of Lindsay Davenport and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario on the women's quarterfinal draw over at RolandGarros.com.

    At Tennis.com, Steve Tignor takes us back 30 years to the Paris final between Martina Navratilova and Stefanie Graf, assessing their unsung rivalry.


    Source : WTATennis {link}

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