The rain has put paid to any chance of the tennis happening today. Ash was supposed to be playing Madison Keys in the QF of the French Open.
With there being no tennis I thought I would take a little look at one of the players waiting to play and her record at Roland Garros.
Step forward Ashleigh Barty.
Ashleigh’s record at Roland Garros is currently 6-5. Like most players who are lower ranked and young, you don’t get far in the Slams at first.
Her first appearance at the French Open was in 2012 when she got the first round draw against Petra Kvitova. Yeah, thanks for that.
She lost 6-1 6-2.
In 2013 Ash beat Hradecka as an underdog to reach the second round before losing to Kirilenko who was ranked #12 at the time.
In 2014 she was ranked #172 and came up against Cornet who was flying a fair bit higher at #21. She lost 6-2 6-1 and didn’t appear again until 2017.
In 2017 Ash was up to #76 but came up against Madison Keys and although was the favourite for the bookies, lost in straight sets again.
In 2018, a higher ranking of #17 meant she didn’t play until the second round but it was Serena who was thrown in her path this time. She took a set from her but lost in three.
Stringing Some Wins Together
It wasn’t until this year that she finally strung a decent run together. Straight set wins against Pegula, Collins and Petkovic before a three-set win over Kenin who has just sent Serena packing.
So, she’s in new territory now. Her first French Open QF and she faces Madison Keys again. Barty does lead the head to head 2-1 although the only match on clay was a victory for Keys and that was the first round match in 2017.
I noticed that of the 11 matches Barty has played at Roland Garros, 9 of them have gone the way of the favourite. Barty is favourite against Keys.
Let’s hope the rain clears and doesn’t come back.