Venus makes swift work of Mertens to roll back the years again

Ross Houston
June 5, 2017

Bacsinszky has made the quarters in each of the last two French Opens.

They will return this evening in Paris as the third match on court 6 to complete the match. He won in less than two hours. They will say that by the time Wimbledon begins on July 3, she will be too old to survive seven matches.

Isner was the last USA man in the draw of 11 who entered the tournament.

Then Bacsinszky bounced Williams out of Roland Garros for the second straight year.

For Venus and Harrison, they are guaranteed to share 39 thousand Euros ($61,000) for making the third round and a win in their next match would see them split 72 thousand Euros.


After saving the first two break points, the Belgian flew a forehand long and Williams was a double break ahead. They won the match easily and never once faced a break point against their serve.

Mladenovic often played to the fans, waving her arms to ask for more noise. Reaching the fourth round in Paris was the equivalent of a par round in golf.

Meanwhile, her fiance Alexis Ohanian was back in LA, eating at one of Serena's favorite taco spots.

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal surged into the French Open quarterfinals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday, while reigning women's title-holder Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last 16.

Undaunted by her first set collapse, Timea Bacsinszky was flying high herself.


Nishikori recovered to beat Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-6, 6-4; Monfils was leading 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-3 against Richard Gasquet when his countryman retired after getting treatment on his right thigh.

Her victory over Venus means a first-time major champion will be crowned next Saturday.

A win in the next match would lift Venus to the cusp of the top 30 in the world doubles rankings.

Witthoeft walked onto Court 3 about eight minutes after Pliskova, who gave the German a wry smile as she walked past her seat. The most unsafe opponent in Venus' half of the bracket would be a possible quarterfinal date with defending champ Garbine Muguruza, but it should be noted that the Spaniard has played uneven since winning last year's title.


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