Monday, May 23, 2016
Roland Garros Finals Are Approaching
The Grand Slam summer in tennis began on May 22, and now the 2016 French Open is already heading towards its ending. The start was a bit surprising, as we all know Roger Federer pulled out due to a back injury, but the games so far have had plenty of storylines worth following. What are the odds that any of these four will get to the finals?
1. For the second time this year, Serena Williams will be trying to tie Steffi Graf's record for most career Grand Slams. Williams has played in only four events in 2016: at the Italian Open last week, she secured her first tournament win in nine months by winning against Madison Keys in the final. Last year, while sick she won her third French Open. Roland Garros, however, is the only Grand Slam event Williams has failed to win in back-to-back years. Can she pull it off at 34?
2. Novak Djokovic is in the lead since the beginning of 2015. Novak owns a 119-9 match record. A French Open victory would give Djokovic a career Grand Slam, and his fourth straight major victory, dating back to last year's Wimbledon. The last men's player to win four straight was Rod Laver, who won the Grand Slams in 1969. A Roland Garros victory would pave the way for Djokovic at Laver's calendar-year Slam. Last year, he beat nine-time champ Rafael Nadal in the quarters, only to fall to Stan Wawrinka in a finals upset. We will see if he will make it to the finals Roland Garros?
3. It's been nearly three years since Andy Murray won a major title; at Wimbledon in 2013, he ended Great Britain's infamous 77-year title drought on that hallowed grass. He gave a good display at the Italian Open, beating Djokovic in the final. We will have to watch how he will perform at the French Open.
4. When Madison Keys reached last year's Aussie Open semifinals, she became America's next great hope for the post-Serena era, although Serena is still going strong at 34. She's never gotten past the third round of the French, the tournament that traditionally gives Americans, who mostly grow up competing on hard courts, the most trouble. But expectations will soar this year because Keys made a surprise run to the Italian Open finals, where she lost to Williams. It was the first time two American women made a clay-court final since Serena beat sister Venus at the 2002 French Open.
Who do you think will get to the finals?