Serena Williams has reached 34 years, but continues to dominate women’s tennis. Has 70 career titles and one even-one came in this season in Rome (ITA), fixed before Roland Garros. I say “even” for Serena as in 2016 showed about a certain fall. Only take part in major tournaments, and it shows little in the beginning, when starts harder still. Sometimes not enough shape to be in the latter stages. Roland Garros is only the 5th tournament attended this year. Besides the title in Rome has two finals at the Australian Open and Indian Wells, plus an “optimum” in Miami. Parisian tournament, ordered casual Rybarikova (SVK) and Pereira (BRA), but then the hosts representative, Mladenovic and has created problems. He defeated hard, 6-4, 7-6 in a match atypical for the women’s tournament, single break achieved. Although I expected to have problems with Svitolina, Serena put it on the player from Ukraine in two short sets, 6-1, 6-1. That although Serena served only half the points first.
Putintseva is probably the biggest surprise so far. Kazakh is ranked No. 60 in the WTA rankings. Is a player all the bottom land, which makes most of the points with forehand. He has no career major title, and in 2016 did not bring anything spectacular. It has a semifinal in Kaohsiung (Taiwan) and quarter-finals at Charleston (USA). A paricipat Nuremberg (GER) before Roland Garros, where she was eliminated in the second round. In Paris ordered by Wozniak (CAN) Petkovic (GER) and Knapp (ITA). Not even the toughest opponents, but the manner of qualification that Yulia was up here a little amazed us. The Italian defeated 6-1, 6-1. In “optimal”, it must recognized as Putintseva m surprised. He defeated Suarez Navarro Carla (SPA), a much better player than her, score 7-5, 7-5, in a match with many breaks.