The final took place today with Barty taking the title as her first Grand Slam win. Clay is supposed to be her worst surface and yet she takes the trophy home from Roland Garros, even though it was an easy draw.
You can only beat the players in front of you and Barty did exactly that.
2019 Roland Garros Champion.
World No.2 on Monday.
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) June 8, 2019
A great tournament from Marketa fizzled out in the final. It looked nerves more than anything. She didn’t bring her normal game that we grew so used to seeing this week. She will have plenty more chances in the future and I think she will win a slam if not more than one in the coming years.
She didn’t lose a set on the way to the final and seems to have put last years poorer performances behind her, reaching the QF or further of every tournament she’s entered since Australia and is now 28-7 for the year on all surfaces, and 15-3 on clay.
Halep is Kicking Herself
At the QF stage, most people assumed Halep would walk the title. How wrong we were. The strangest thing was that after her loss to Anisimova, she sat there in the press conference and said how she was happy with reaching the quarter-final.
This is bemusing. Defending champions shouldn’t be happy with a QF defeat the next year, and especially to a 17 year old playing her first one.
I heard that her coach said that Wimbledon was the aim this year. They think her game can go down well there and the main focus will be winning on the grass.
Halep also took the offseason off before the tennis started again. Louisa Thomas wrote in the New Yorker that she wanted to try and live a normal life during the offseason. To relax and see friends, not go to bed early and see if she could adjust to the things us non-tennis players do.
Has this had an effect on her season? Who knows, but she is still yet to win a title this year and doesn’t look like doing so soon. Time will tell.