Monday, June 5, 2017

Doesn't seem fair

French Open, Roland Garros 2017, Women's Singles Draw

The women's French Open quarterfinals are an interesting contrast now. On one side of the draw, Simona Halep (3rd seed) will next be playing Elina Svitolina (5th seed). If Halep wins that, her likeliest opponent in the semi-finals is 2nd-seeded Karolina Pliskova (facing 28th-seed Caroline Garcia in the quarters).

To get to this point, Halep dominated clay-court specialist Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1. So she looks ready and the hurt ankle seems to be holding up so far. But it doesn't seem fair she has to play the 5th and probably the 2nd seed to get to the final.

Because on the other side of the draw, Caroline Wozniacki (11th seed) must be thanking the heavens that she's playing unseeded (that's sometimes dangerous) Jelena Ostapenko. If the Woz gets by her, she'll play either the 13th seed, Kristina Mladevnovic, or 30th-seed Timea Bacsinszky, who just dispatched Venus Williams, as she did last year too.

Seedings sometimes work out funny, but that seems quite imbalanced. If Halep gets to the final, she'll deserve to win it, and I'll be pulling for her. But I will be torn if her opponent is Wozniacki.

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