FRENCH OPEN DAY 3 RESULTS AND DAY 4 PICKS AND PANS

Day 3 Results and Day 4 Picks and Pans
Some of the matches in the bottom half of the draw were cancelled due to the weather in Paris today.  Matches to recommence tomorrow include Azarenka and Kvitova. 
Of the 20 matches scheduled for Day 3 on the ladies’ side, only 10 matches were completed. Of the 10 completed matches, Spin had a 60% success rate.  The matches which are to be completed tomorrow are:-
Klara Zakopalova [23] vs Kaia Kanepi
Stefanie Voegele vs Heather Watson
Ashleigh Barty vs Lucie Hradecka
Nina Bratchikova vs Maria Kirilenko
Sandra Zahlavova vs Annika Beck
Elena Vesnina vs Victoria Azarenka [3]
Petra Kvitova [7] vs Aravane Rezai
Shuai Peng vs Camila Giorgi
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova vs Yanina Wickmayer
Jamie Hampton vs Lucie Safarova [25]
Spin’s picks are highlighted in red.
Spin’s Day 4 Picks and Pans are below.  Spin’s Picks are in red.
Serena Williams v Caroline Garcia –the World’s No. 1 is on a mission, but the young upstart will have the French crowd behind her all the way.  This is the last match scheduled on Chartrier
Johanna Larsson v Sorana Cirstea – she proved me wrong in the first round. Let us see what happens going forward
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Petra Cetkovska – she battled hard to get through her first match.  Maybe she has learned something
Galina Voskoboeva v Roberta Vinci– I will take the veteran
Caroline Wozniacki v Bojana Jovanovski – rematch of Rome when Woz led 4-0 in the third set
Magdalena Rybarikova v Svetlana Kuznetsova – Sveta seems to be playing the tennis that we all know that she is capable of producing when she took down Makarova
Varvara Lepchenko v Elina Svitolina – Lepchenko seems to be trying to prove something … I can play tennis
Jana Cepelova v Angelique Kerberanother player who wants to make a statement
Agnieszka Radwanska v Mallory Burdette  – Aga will prove to be too consistent for Burdette
Dinah Pfizenmaier v Urszula Radwanska – has Ula recovered from her big win over Venus? If she has she may take out her opponent, but I don’t think so
Zuzana Kucova v Virginie Razzano– is Razzano ready for the third round? Last year after taking out Serena she fell in the very next round
Mathilde Johansson v Ana Ivanovic– after a letdown in the second set, she rebounded and won her first round match. Look for her to maintain that focus in this match, that is if she does not let the partisan crowd get to her
Monica Puig v Madison Keys – battle of the youngsters. While I would ordinarily pick Keys, she showed that she has huge lapses in concentration, something that her opponent does not show. Look for Puig to make it to the next round
Shelby Rogers v Carla Suarez Navarro– CSN seems to be on a mission.  Her consistency will overwhelm the young American
Sabine Lisicki [32] v Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor – even though Sabine won her first round match convincingly I am still not sold on her clay court prowess. Look for the Spaniard to take advantage of her lack of movement on this surface.

Yulia Putintseva v Sara Errani [5] – I am calling the upset here.  Yulia is a fighter and she will get under Errani’s skin. 

French Open Day 2 Results and Day 3 Picks and Pans

Day 2 of the French Open has come and gone. The most memorable thing that happened was unfortunately not on the ladies’ side but on the men’s side.  The No. 5 seed on the men’s side, Tomas Berdych fell in 5 sets to France’s Gael Monfils.  From what I read it was a battle royal.  Sharapova and the other seeded players on her side of the draw went through in straight sets. 

Spin had an almost 72% success rate with her Day 2 Picks.  Below are the Day 3 Picks and Pans.  Remember, if you are playing Suicide Pool, it pays to read the Spin’s Picks before making your Picks

Coco Vandeweghe vs Yaroslava Shvedova [27] – Will take Slava if only because of movement
Klara Zakopalova [23] vs Kaia Kanepi – Kaia had a big win in Brussels & she loves the clay
Stefanie Voegele vs Heather Watson – I was heartened by Voegele’s play in Charleston & Watson is just returning to the Tour after a bout of mono
Ashleigh Barty vs Lucie Hradecka – the youngster v the veteran
Nina Bratchikova vs Maria Kirilenko [12] – Kiri will prove to be too consistent
Marion Bartoli [13] vs Olga Govortsova – Olga has been playing really well but Bartoli is playing before her home crowd
Kristyna Pliskova vs Mariana Duque-Marino – a battle to the finish
Alize Cornet [31] vs Maria Joao Koehler – again, home crowd advantage and Cornet did reach the final in Strasbourg
Irina-Camelia Begu vs Silvia Soler-Espinosa – is the youngster ready to take it to the next level?
Sandra Zahlavova vs Annika Beck – again another youngster on the rise, can she?
Elena Vesnina vs Victoria Azarenka [3] – the reigning AO champ and Rome finalist against the winner in Hobart?  This one should either be a battle or an easy victory for Vika
Petra Kvitova [7] vs Aravane Rezai – I pondered this match when the draw came out and even though I am going with Petra, Rezai loves the big stage.  Can she pull the upset? Maybe
Shuai Peng vs Camila Giorgi – Peng lost the final in Brussels to Kanepi.  Has she recovered from that loss enough to do battle with the young upstart?
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova vs Yanina Wickmayer – every time I see Wickmayer’s name in a draw I am reminded that she still plays tennis and that she made the semis of the USO in 2009
Jamie Hampton vs Lucie Safarova [25] – Lucie has been MIA for most of the clay season.  Look for Hampton to score the upset. 
Jelena Jankovic[18] vs Daniela Hantuchova – JJ has been playing terrific tennis. Look for an easy victory here
Kristina Mladenovic vs Lauren Davis -I am going with Kristina, if only because I am not sure that clay is Davis’ preferred surface
Kimiko Date-Krumm vs Samantha Stosur [9] – as much as I would think that Krumm has a chance, Stosur played well in her 3 set loss to Vika in Rome.  Should continue along the same lines here. 
Dominika Cibulkova[16] vs Lesia Tsurenko – Cibulkova seems to have found her form late into the clay season. should prove to be too much to Tsurenko
Marina Erakovic vs Elena Baltacha – this is a toss up. No idea who will win but going with Baltacha if only because she has had a bit more match play on clay this season. 

Memories of Day 2 

Of the ladies’ matches that I saw today, Aga looked really good against a sub-par Peer.  Li, while having her walkabout moments played a really good match against clay specialist Anabel Medina-Garrigues.  Sharapova looked solid against Hsieh. Wozniacki showed us that despite her 5 first round losses, she is still a competitor.  Sveta also reminded us that she won this title in 2009 and Madison Keys continues to improve on this surface.  Georges’ wrist does not seem to have been healed sufficiently and Kerber seems to be finding ways to win even from impossible positions.