With Serena Williams out of the the French Open due to her pregnancy, the women’s section has been a lot more open this time around. But now with the exit of Venus Williams and defending champion Garbine Muguruza, Paris will see the crowning of a first time Grand Slam winner this Saturday.
The eight remaining ladies have never won a major before and the local girl Kristina Mladenovic- who took out Muguruza- has emerged as the new crowd favourite.
Caroline Wozniacki took out 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 4-6 6-2 and will face Ostapenko. Mladenovic will take on Bacsinszky, who defeated Venus in the Round of 16.
Elina Svitolina, the leader in the race to WTA Finals has set up a mouth watering quarter final with the third seed , Simona Halep. Svitolina took 3 sets to end the run of Martic- in process winning the last 5 games to take the decider seven games to five.
Halep on the other hand, wrapped up a demolishing 6-1 6-1 win over the 21st seed, Suarez Navarro.Another French woman, Caroline Garcia made light work of compatriot Alize Cornet to march into the quarters where the second seed Pliskova awaits her.
The world of women’s tennis is going through a dramatic changeover with titles up for grabs. Wozniacki has made a remarkable comeback, while Svitolina and Mladenovic have shown their qualities this season. Pliskova still remains one of the favourites to lift the title. Having said that, this has been one of the more interesting and open slams from the point of view of Women’s Singles and a new champion this Saturday would only make things more exciting for the remainder season.
Expect the higher seeds- Pliskova, Wozniacki and Mladenovic to come through.
The match you would not want to miss is clearly Halep vs Svitolina.