Paris, 22/5/22[ → official website ]Stephens doable for Niemeier, who by far has the better mindset. Linette could make it tricky for Jabeur to win her first round match. Kanepi vs Muguruza could be something. Like Siniakova vs Martic. Will Mladenovic be a danger for Fernandez? Will some of the favorites, Muchova, Sasnovich, Sakkari, Bencic, Mertens, Gauff, Bouzkova surprise us by losing their matches? // Stephens is member in the same club as Sevastova, Bencic, Muguruza and a few others. All of these amazingly talented players lose their matches against their own negative emotions on a regular basis. When Niemeier came back from 50 to 52 in the decider producing some beautiful rallies and points again I thought… …but the match is quite deservedly won by the former grand slam winner. Linette gets the better of Jabeur. Maybe the biggest win of her career. Congrats! Mladenovic beautifully unfolds all her experience and skills in the second set, with the backing of an unfair and as usual hysterically patriotic French crowd. Fernandez prevails.
Paris, 23/5/22[ → official website ] Wow, Anisimova vs Osaka, right at the beginning. Swiatek, Andreescu, Kvitova, Saville, Azarenka, Raducanu, Kontaveit, Kreijcikova, Alexandrova, Kerber, Kudermetova, Rybakina, Watson, those are the players hoped and expected to win today. // Krejcikova losing against a lunatic French crowd backing underdog compatriot Diane Parry. Threats? Bribes? Blackmails? Collusive behavior? Or the real and true achievement of the youngster? One will never know. Normally Tomljanovic is showing mavellous tennis by eventually losing her matches. Here she manages to get over the finish line against no one less than Anett Kontaveit.
Paris, 24/5/22[ → official website ] Rain the usual suspect to cause four matches to being interrupted yesterday. Schunk facing Halep, just another paid tennis lesson for the promising German youngster. Hope, this ‘lucky loser’ indeed luckily enjoys her match and sending the favorite some nasty balls over the net. A Rebecca replacing another Rebecca. Sramkova the lucky loser after the withdrawal of Peterson. // Nastasja Mariana Schunk is not just a lucky but a respectable loser as well. What an impressing and promising performance by the youngster.
Roland-Garros, round of 128
Magda Linette def  Ons Jabeur | 36 764 75
Sloane Stephens def [Q] Jule Niemeier | 57 64 62
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano def [W] Harmony Tan | 64 63
Paris, 25/5/22[ → official website ] Both new whizz kids of women’s tennis have to take on dangerous opponents today, Raducanu with Sasnovich and Fernandez with Siniakova. A veritable litmus test as well for young talent Danilovic against Teichmann. She’s capable of winning, but does she have the cold blood to do it? From what I’ve seen from her in the past I don’t think so. Muchova, what can she do against hungry Sakkari? Like with poor sensitive Kreijcikova the fanatically nationalistic French crowd probably will hysterically shout down the opponent of Parry again. Gauff probably with a clear win over Van Uytvanck, Kerber over Jacquemot. And then again, Kerber… …in crucial moments… …?! Guess that Anisimova will come through more or less easily against still pretty dangerous Vekic. Tomljanovic could’ve gained enough confidence by her first round win over Kontaveit to manage to get over her personal main obstacle, the finish line against Gracheva. Kanepi maybe victorious against Haddad Maia, Azarenka against Petkovic. A pretty even-steven feeling I have with the fixtures Bencic/Andreescu, Saville/Kvitova, Linette/Trevisan and Cirstea/Stephens.
Congrats to Karolina Muchova for conquering Maria Sakkari in a two-tiebreak battle. Not the fact, but the clearness of the wins of Fernandez over Siniakova, Bencic over Andreescu and Saville over Kvitova unexpected to me. Wish I could say the same about the Parry match. Defeats like the one of Raducanu against Sasnovich are good for the player’s mental development at a time, where the media are dancing attendance and everybody is paying court. Helps to keep things in perspective. Not that I think that this particular one is in current danger of losing that. But the power of constant blandishments are not to be underestimated, especially at such a young age.
Paris, 26/5/22[ → official website ]Juvan proved to be in such good and dangerous form of late. Let’s see how she does against Badosa. Krunic despite her tiny 5’4” (1,63m) is a tough fighter one never ever should make the mistake to underestimate. Yet, does she have a chance against Kudermetova? Only on a very very bad day of the favored opponent, I should think. Cornet could conquer normally superior Ostapenko, whose performance didn’t convince me in her recent matches. If Pliskova should lose against that French youngster Jeanjean the by too many avoidable post-Covid losses mentally stricken former #1 probably would get in real deep trouble between her ears. So let’s cross our fingers for her. Alexandrova with a two-set win against Begu? Could become an epic tug-of-war as well, like Keys/Garcia, Pegula/Kalinina, Schmiedlova/Kovinic, Giorgi/Putintseva, Collins/Rogers. Don’t think that Rybakina, Halep, Swiatek and Sabalenka will meet any big problems with their second round opponents. The good news is: The prospects of my predictions being proven wrong are easily fifty-fifty. 😉
[W] Jeanjean def  Pliskova by 62 61. WTF is going on there in Paris???!!! Am I the only one getting suspicious in light of such wondrous wins of French nobodies??!! […]
Roland-Garros, round of 64
 Jil Teichmann def [Q] Olga Danilovic | 64 61
 Victoria Azarenka def Andrea Petkovic | 61 763
Aliaksandra Sasnovich def  Emma Raducanu | 36 61 61
Paris, 27/5/22[ → official website ] No doubt that Diane Parry again wondrously will win her match by beating Sloane Stephens (unless it’s more useful if she loses today…) How will Trevisan cope with the quality and wit of Saville’s game? Mertens, will she be fit and healthy enough to do Gracheva? Sasnovich could beat Kerber. Same with Teichmann and Azarenka. My favorites of today are Anisimova/Muchova, Bencic/Fernandez and Kanepi/Gauff.
At 22 in the second set Muchova is falling, twists her ankle. Her sticking it out after that to no avail, at 33 in the decider she has to retire. Fernandez holds the upper hand over Bencic in an expectedly tight three-setter. Sasnovich conquers Kerber in two. Saville chanceless aginst Trevisan, Gracheva against Mertens. No French tennis wonder today, Parry out to Stephens. Well, ok then… A nailbiter between Teichmann and Azarenka, eventually won by the Swiss.
Paris, 28/5/22[ → official website ] So by the losses of Parry yesterday and Jeanjean today my faith in in the honesty of the system is restored. Albeit more wins of these French underdogs would’ve become too easy to see through. Maybe there are some guys with a bit of a benefit through betting on them in the previous round. One will never know. But one can, or has to, read about serious suspicions as to things like that on lower levels and from time to time, much too seldomly, some betting frauds are revealed and prosecuted. Well, well well. Cornet and Badosa retire in the second set of their matches against Zheng and Kudermetova. The number one of the world easily through against Kovinic. What is it again with Sabalenka?? Beaten by Giorgi by wondrous 64 16 06. Don’t have the nerve to watch the replay in order to find out. This player, Sabalenka, has groaned and moaned herself out of my area of interest quite a time ago and I always sigh with relief when she’s out at and early stage of the tournament. Keys prevails over Rybakina and Kasatkina over Rogers.
—–28/5/22 A nice reason for postponing the filling in of the result data today. My piano solo concert last week has been professionally filmed and today I’ll meet the cameraman in order to coordinate the footage of the two cameras into one movie. So, folks, the tennis results here not before tonight.
Paris, 29/5/22[ → official website ]Anisimova, Fernandez, Gauff, Raducanu – each encounter of these new hopes of women’s tennis a tread, a tidbit to watch. Not, because they’re ‘fresh meat’ but because each of them is flabbergastingly talented. Today it will be ‘resurrected’ Amanda Anisimova taking on red hot Leylah Fernandez. Trevisan Is in good form and can easily hamper the efforts of Sasnovich to reach a berth in the quarterfinals. Yet probably she’ll do. As Mertens presumably will against Gauff. Stephens has won her RG ’22 matches not just against her opponents but against herself as well. With the hereby gained confidence it will be interesting to watch her clash with utterly dangerous Teichmann. Nice to have these four matches on a sunday with the option to have an eye on each and every rally.
Didn’t watch every ball and so I was surprised by the quick execution of Mertens and Teichmann. The ‘headswomen’, Gauff and Stephens, through. The decider between Fernandez and Anisimova I did watch. The Canadian stronger than her strong opponent. Oops, Trevisan did it again, Sasnovich out.
Paris, 30/5/22[ → official website ] Three of
‘my’ underdogs in pretty good form, Begu, Keys and Giorgi. ‘My’ favorites, Pegula, Kudermetova and Kasatkina, quite obviously are strong as well. Well, Pegula likely will do it. Zheng, will she be able to make things tricky for Swiatek as well?
The underdogs were strong, the favorites prevailed. Oh my, how tricky things were made by Zheng in the first set. Then of course… … …
Roland-Garros, round of 16
Martina Trevisan def Aliaksandra Sasnovich | 7610 75
Paris, 31/5/22[ → official website ] Leylah, be on your guard. This Italian is a nasty one. And then the all-African-American clash. Very interesting.
Fernandezwondrously apathetic. And again it looked a bit fishy to me. Trevisan deserves this win anyway. Gauff does it in style. First appearance of the 18yo in the semis of a major tournament, taking on Trevisan on thursday.
Paris, 1/6/22[ → official website ] No use of arguing with the to me quite similar likability of the players today. [Well, even in this department Iga has her nose clearly in front with all her posts showing her visiting the local nature and culture. A composer of modern classical music once said: “If you’re only into music you’re even not into that.” Dunno if with tennis it’s exactly the same. But it’s always good to be interested in the ‘bigger picture’.] Tennis-wise I hope for a fascinating match between Swiatek and Pegula, with the Pole reaching [and eventually winning] the final. Have the feeling, that from the both non-flagians in the last quarterfinal Kasatkina has the better chances to win. Can’t support that with reasons actually, it’s just a feeling. Kudermetova in good form as well. Maybe just a bit weaker on the mental side. Let’s see…
Martina Trevisan def  Leylah Fernandez | 62 673 63
 Cori Gauff def Sloane Stephens | 75 62
WTA 125 Makarska/Croatia, 31/5/22 – R32 –  Jule Niemeier def Astra Sharma by 63 43 ret.
Paris, 2/6/22[ → official website ] A Final Swiatek vs Gauff? [Or Swiatek vs Trevisan, with the Italian winning… … …“Ti farò un’offerta che non puoi rifiutare”]
 Iga Swiatek def  Daria Kasatkina | 62 61
 Cori Gauff def Martina Trevisan | 63 61
WTA 125 Makarska/Croatia, 2/6/22 – R16 –  Jule Niemeier def Wang Xiyu by 675 62 64. Siegemund and Papdakis through to the quarterfinals in ITF W25 Annenheim/Austria and Friedsam in ITF W60 Brescia/Italia.
3/6/22 – QF – WTA 125 Makarska/Croatia:  Jule Niemeier def Anastasia Gasanova by 62 75. In Annenheim both Papdakis and Siegemund have reached the semifinals. Could be that they meet each other in the final. In Brescia Friedsam beats Terziyska by 64 64.  Tatjana Maria out to Vandeweghe in Surbiton/UK.
A pity with Zverev’s injury. Albeit one or two dampers will do him good. Same as with Djokovich.
Paris, 4/6/22[ → official website ] Don’t think that Coco has any chance against Swiatek. Maybe in two, three years but not right now. Still I do hope for three sets. […]
 Iga Swiatek def  Cori Gauff | 61 63
4/6/22 – SF – Annenheim, AUT – Lena Papadakis def Julia Riera by 60 62. Laura Siegemund def Barbora Palicova by 75 63. In Brescia Friedsam falls to Papamichail in three tough sets. WTA 125 Makarska/Croatia:  Jule Niemeier def Linda Noskova by 62 61.
5/6/22 – F – Annenheim, AUT – Laura Siegemund def Lena Papadakis | 63 62
WTA 125 Makarska/Croatia:  Jule Niemeier def Elisabetta Cocciaretto | 75 61 – congrats! –
After four women’s single ITF titles now Jule Niemeier’s first one on WTA level. What’s next?!
Here’s the audio of my solo concert on 19/5/22. For those who don’t have the time to listen to it right now and still would like to do it later I’ve put the link in the sidebar as well.