I’m sorry I haven’t been very active throughout Madrid and Rome but I’m hoping to get back into it for the French Open. Today was quarterfinals day for the women and the men in Rome and we got a couple of upsets. My feature match for today was the encounter between the best two women of the year so far in Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova.
In that match, Pliskova could never get a rhythm and Svitolina wasn’t doing much wrong as she closed down a 6-2, 7-6(11-9) in a very entertaining encounter. Pliskova was never able to get her shots going to their full potential and despite some slip-ups Svitolina was very strong mentally to close it out. The Ukrainian came out firing and couldn’t miss as she raced out to a 4-0 lead until she a blip and dropped two games. She closed out the last two games of the set and bounced her way to a set lead in an efficient display. Pliskova dropped the first two games of the second set but then she roared back to life and put herself in a winning position at 4-5 up, Svitolina managed to come back from that and force a tiebreaker, which was one of the post entertaining and tense 20 points of the match. Svitolina ended up closing out the hard fought battle but I still think that Pliskova should be happy with the run she had made and the matches she’s won the red clay, her worst surface.
Simona Halep continued her superb form as she reached her third straight semifinal of the season with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over the in-form Anett Kontaveit. Halep played a very string match as she dictated the court and was bossing Kontaveit around the court making her move a lot. Kontaveit started slowly as she wasn’t able to do much as she got broke twice and lost the first three games of the match. She managed to get a couple of games in the board but she ultimately lost the set without much of a struggle from Halep. In the second set, the Estonian put up more of a fight in the second set as she managed to get a break off Halep on the way to the 6-4 set loss. Halep was returning amazingly and she wasn’t able to put a foot wrong as winners were bouncing off her forehand throughout the match,