The Strasbourg qualifying took place during the final Rome weekend and you can find my comments as to that ibidem. Decided just to skip the ‘R64’ section here by leaving the structure as is. Don’t have the time and energy to change the whole template with all the intern links and stuff. So, let’s enjoy the week. Four French players not in Strasbourg but in Rabat this week, Mladenovic, Burel, Paquet and Andrianjafitrimo. At least the first two names make me ponder the circumstances. In Strasbourg Tan, Monnet, Ferro, Dodin, Gervais and Parry are competing. So maybe the French just have a luxury problem with too many talented players under way. Garcia decided to withdraw due to her not entirely healed foot injury, let’s hope she can do Roland Garros. No clue what’s up with Cornet. But one can read that she ponders on retiring since this year’s Australian Open. In Rome she lost in the first round to Halep 46 46.
Strasbourg, 16/5/22[ → order of play ] — — In Strasbourg Hobgarski will have to conquer Watson today, Yana Morderger competes with Golubic, the easiest task for Kerber with Parry, probably a short carnage. Yet with Kerber one never knows. // In Paris the Roland Garros ’22 qualifying[ → order of play ] starting today, with Niemeier (vs Cadantu-Ignatik) and Siegemund (vs Zakharova) on the list. Fingers crossed. // Niemeier plays Cadantu off the park, 61 61. Siegemund easily through as well, 63 60. […]
Strasbourg/Paris, 17/5/22[ → order of play ] The good news first. Katharina Gerlach, who didn’t appear in the Karlsruhe draw, is fit and well and playing her first round qualifying match today at Roland Garros. [ → order of play ]. The bad news? Again she has to face an opponent quite likely to be heavily superior just at the beginning of a tournament. Here it’s  Coco Vandeweghe with her nastily powerful groundstroke skills. Nastasja Schunk in the running as well, with a slightly more doable  Laura Pigossi.  Tamara Korpatsch has to deal with an 18yo French wildcard, Lucie Nguyen Tan. In Strasbourg Anna-Lena Friedsam has to master a difficult task as well, with Daria (Gavrilova) Saville on the other side of the net. // Wow! A wrong call of the line umpire at 54 40:30. Point replayed. Deuce… …a few moments later the match deservedly won. The remarkable faultiness of the on paper utterly superior US-campaigner shall not detract from the classy performance of the German can-still-be-called-youngster. Katharina Gerlach def  Coco Vandeweghe by 764 64. Congrats!!! Yuki Naito next.Schunk successful as well, 75 36 63 against  Pigossi.  Korpatsch hands out a double bagel to her wild card opponent. Congrats to Anna-Lena Friedsam for conquering Saville in Strasbourg by 46 63 765.
Strasbourg/Paris, 18/5/22[ → order of play ] In Strasbourg it’s Mertens now for in-form Friedsam. The Belgian favorite coming from being injured. Kerber vs Sasnovich. Swift two sets? An epic edge-of-the-seater? We’ll see. […]
Q2 in Paris [ → order of play ]. Doable Ponchet for  Niemeier. Tricky Cepede Royg for Schunk. Zuger quite likely mere cannon fodder for  Korpatsch. It’s difficult to stay hungry and determined to win on the day next to a huge personal success. Let’s hope, that Gerlach is fully on her guard in her match against dangerous Naito, who should be taken darn seriously. Siegemund with a serious task as well, facing Wang Xiyu. // In the Parisien heat Niemeier, Siegemund and Schunk through in two, Naito needs three against Gerlach and ‘cannon fodder’ Zuger beats Korpatsch by 62 46 64. In Strasbourg Friedsam out to Mertens with an honorable 57 57. Kerber through in three against Sasnovich.
Rabat, 17/5/22 – The left five R32 matches played today together with two R16 encounters. Match of the day probably Schmiedlova vs  Tomljanovic. R32 wins:  Bondar, Liu,  Sherif, Burel, Mladenovic. // R16 wins: Sharma def Marcinko by 57 63 63,  Tomljanovic def Schmiedlova by 75 62.
Rabat, 18/5/22 – The rest of R16.  Bondar def Kucova by 63 63, Liu def  Sherif by 46 765 61,  Rus def Galfi by 64 62, Trevisan def  Muguruza by 26 64 61,  Parrizas Diaz def Mladenovic by 46 63 60, Bronzetti def Burel by 63 62.
Strasbourg/Paris, 19/5/22[ → order of play ]Today my head is entirely elsewhere, not in the realm of tennis, but in the magic kingdom of music. Looking forward to playing my compositions and improvisations again in a cozy little solo concert. And besides giving piano lessons in the afternoon I will 100% focus on that. The tennis results (and optional comments) of the day will be given not before very late tonight or, more likely, early tomorrow morning (CEST).
Nice to come home from a wonderful concert and then cooling down with entering the tennis results. Sensation obviously the win of Juvan against Mertens in Strasbourg. In Paris Niemeier ends Uchima‘s hopes by 60 61. End of the line for Siegemund, Bucsa wins by 46 63 61.
Strasbourg/Paris, 20/5/22[ → order of play ] Two Germans today, Kerber in Strasbourg and Schunk in Paris. // Kerber through by retirement of Dodin, Schunk out in three to Baptiste So Niemeier is the only German proceeding to the Roland Garros main draw. Congrats!
Kaja Juvan def  Karolina Pliskova | 62 75
 Angelique Kerber def Oceane Dodin | 762 10 ret
Rabat, 20/5/22 – SF – Liu def Bondar walkover. Trevisan def Bronzetti by 63 63.
Strasbourg, 19/5/22[ → order of play ] Quite likely the second name of the Strasbourg trophy holder will start with a K, not with a J. But what a week it was/is for impressing Kaja Juvan. // WOW!!!!! Kerber needs literally everything she’s got to win this epic 3h16min51sek three-tiebreak edge-of-the-seater. Congrats to her, but congrats as well to fabulous Kaja Juvan.
“One of the most memorable matches you will ever see” – WTA-TV commentator.
 Angelique Kerber def Kaja Juvan | 765 670 765
Rabat, 21/5/22 – F – Martina Trevisan def Claire Liu | 62 61