Roland Media Day 5: Of Wonder Twins and Emotions…
Roland Media is your daily TTI French Open wrap up of the most bizarre, entertaining, fun and interesting moments in Paris.
Kuznetsova and Schiavone’s Second Epic
The second round match between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone was probably one of the most anticipated matches of Day 5 — and girl, did the two of them deliver on that promise and then some.
Unfortunately though, one aspect dominated the conversation for large parts of the match:
Can I please hand out a red card to those who feel like bringing up the “ridiculous” screaming during every match on Tour? A broken record and far more annoying that any on-court grunting as far as I’m concern.
But on to the more important part.
Schiavone prevailed after three hours and 50 minutes in what was an absolute corker of a match — and probably one of the most gripping encounters we’ll witness all year. She was understandably exuberant after her win and quite emotional in her post-match press conference.
Would have been worthy of every Grand Slam final or semi-final.
More people should’ve able to see this one!
Kokkinakis’ Ballsy Performance
In an all-Aussie battle between Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kokkinakis prevailed in five tough sets over on Court 7. Even a pretty rough fall didn’t stop the 19 year old from coming back from a two-set deficit to make it through to his first ever Grand Slam third round.
Tomic was up 5-2 in the decider but his younger compatriot rallied to take six of the final seven games and celebrated — how you say? — enthusiastically.
And then he did this:
Mattek-Sands’ Head-Banger’s Ball
Mixed No. 2 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mike Bryan successfully started off their Roland Garros campaign against two pretty big names in Max Mirnyi and Eugenie Bouchard. Even though it was a straight sets win for the Americans, it didn’t go without hiccups as Mattek-Sands hit a serve right into one of the Bryan twins’ head.
Nadal’s Umpire Issues
The nine-time French Open champion has been moving through his first two rounds fairly efficiently; both he and Novak Djokovic still seem to be on course for that highly-anticipated quarterfinal. But their matches have almost been overshadowed by the on-going discussion about Nadal’s request to keep umpire Carlos Bernardes away from his.
It was once again a hot topic, albeit a little problematic:
The Pliskova Twins’ Symmetrical Smackdown
Karolina Pliskova and sister Kristyna managed to make it through to the next round in doubles, coming back from a deficit in the tiebreak — despite running into each other chasing an overhead.
BREAKING: Rock Out with your Sock Out
Kokkinakis wasn’t the only one on the men’s side with a memorable celebration. Check American Jack Sock, who celebrated his own first-ever French Open third round in style:
What was your favorite media moment from 5 at the French Open? Sound off in the comments!
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