The French Open results had been fairly conventional most of the way. But with the most recent French Open results, no one now knows what to expect. Neither Roger Federer or Serena Williams will even be around for the semifinals, leaving a few newcomers in the mix. With only Rafael Nadal left among the big names, it might be the worst case outcome for tennis and NBC. There are no Federer-Nadal or Williams sister finals to hype for the weekend, and some may have never heard of many remaining players. But the French Open results guarantee new blood at the end, and could still have a power matchup or two.
At the least, things have gotten exciting after a conventional first week plus The only notable upset beforehand was Venus Williams getting knocked out last weekend. Otherwise, it looked like the French Open results would be predictable, at least until the championship.
Fans expected a new Federer-Nadal showdown on Sunday morning, and another Serena Williams title on Saturday. Both scenarios are no more, thanks to Robin Soderling and Samantha Stosur. However, these two giant killers could provide intrigue at the end, assuming they don’t fall off in the semis.
The French Open results in the last two days did not give Soderling or Stosur a title. In fact, if Soderling loses in the semifinals, he will have done worse in this year’s tournament than last year’s. To make the finals for the second year in a row, Soderling still has to beat Tomas Berdych, who reached his first Grand Slam semifinal yesterday.
With no Federer-Nadal match to hype, the new highly anticipated final would be Nadal vs Soderling. The French Open results last year had Soderling end Nadal’s long reign at Roland Garros. After beating Federer to go with it, a rematch is already being projected. But first, Nadal has to beat Nicolas Almagro – who he leads by two sets after two tiebreakers – and then either Novak Djokovic or Jurgen Melzer.
For the women, the French Open results are harder to put up with. With both Williams sisters gone, the rest of the field will make headlines at the end for once. No matter what, there will be a new champion, as no one left has ever won a Grand Slam.
The highest seed left is Jelena Jankovic, after the fourth seed won today in straight sets. Jankovic reached the semis for the third time, but her only Grand Slam final was at the U.S. Open in 2008. However, she may not be the crowd favorite, since she faces Samantha Stosur next instead of Williams. Stosur reached the semis last year, so if she loses to Jankovic, she technically will not have taken a step forward.
The only other women left are fifth-seed Elena Dementieva and Francesca Schiavone – the first Italian in a Grand Slam semi since the Open era started. Dementieva reached the U.S. Open final twice in 2002 and 2005, so this is her biggest breakthrough in some time.
Having relative newcomers in the championship rounds is a sudden shift in French Open results this year. But if Federer and Williams can lose so suddenly, then the championship will not be set in stone until the very end.
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