The French Open has come to an end at Roland Garos, and what a tournament it proved to be once again. There were many highs and lows over the two weeks, proving once again just why Roland Garos and the French Open are loved by tennis fans all around the world.
So, with the Grand Slam now over, let’s take a closer look at the winners and losers.
Rafael Nadal headed to Roland Garos looking to secure a 12th men’s singles title, and to continue his dominance on the French Open. After beating Yannick Maden, David Goffin, Juan Londero and Kei Nishikori, the Spaniard set up a moth watering tie against old foe Roger Federer in the semi-finals. The clay court specialist managed to dispatch Federer with relative ease, winning in straight sets, to make it through to the final where he met Dominic Thiem.
The Men’s Final
In what was an epic final, one which had viewers hooked to their screens, Nadal managed to win 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, securing his third straight win at Roland Garos and 12th in total. Speaking following his hard-fought victory Nadal said, “I can’t explain what I’ve achieved and how I feel. It’s a dream.” The Spaniard went on to add, “To play for the first time in 2005, I never thought in 2019 I’d still be here. It’s an incredible moment and very special for me.”
Barty Returns To Make History
Over in the women’s singles, it was a fairy tale return to action for Ashleigh Barty. The Australian quit the sport 5 years ago to turn professional at cricket, before returning to tennis 17 months later. She managed to not only make it all the way to the final at Roland Garos, but to win the tournament, becoming the first Australian to do so since Margaret Court in 1973.
In the final, Barty came up against Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova, with Barty winning 6-1 6-3 on the clay. Barty beat Danielle Collins, Andrea Petkovic, Sofia Kenin, Maddison Keys and Amanda Anisimova on route, while teen sensation Vondrousova managed to make it past the likes of Petra Martic and Britain’s Johanna Konta, in what was a very impressive tournament for the 19-year-old.
Barty, on her victory, said, “It is unbelievable, I’, a little speechless, I played almost the perfect match.” She went on to add that it had been a “crazy two weeks,” while also suggesting Roland Garos is “a special place for Australian players.” Barty will now move into second on the world rankings next week following her victory, while Vondrousova will jump into the top 20 for the first time in her career.
All attention will now be on Wimbledon which begins on July 1st, with Nadal expected to be targeting victory at the UK Grand Slam. Novak Djokovic will head into the tournament as favourite, with Federer and Nadal seen as his likely challengers. Many are also expecting good things from Ashleigh Barty at Wimbledon in the women’s too, with Serena Williams the favourite.