Saturday, June 03, 2017

2017 FRENCH OPEN: 3rd Round Almost Complete!

At the 2017 Roland Garros tennis tournament, the third round is almost complete on both the women's and men's sides of the draw, which would mean that there are only 16 remaining contenders  for this year's French Open title. Play has continued in the same vein as the early rounds, with few surprises or upsets.

On the women's side, people to watch who are safely through to the second week of the clay court major include: Simona Halep, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Garbine Muguruza, Venus Williams, Kiki Mladenovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Samantha Stosur. Because of rain delays, dark horse favorites Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina have been unable to even begin their 3rd round matches.

On the men's side of the draw, many of the favorites to win the tournament who are still around are: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic and Dominc Thiem. There is still a stable of Spanish-speaking dark horses remaining in the draw: Fernando Verdasco, Alexander Ramos-Vinolas, Horacio Zeballos, Pablo Carreno Busta and Roberto Bautista Agut. The third round match between Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet is frozen on serve late in the first set (the winner plays Wawrinka).  Kei Nishikori is stuck in a 4th set with Korean wunderkind Hyeon Chung.

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