Thunderstorms threatened Day 7 at the French Open 2016 but the sun still prevailed. Though the games were suspended for a while, Roland-Garros returned with a spectacular play from Novak Djokovic.
Serena and Venus Williams both hit the clay courts while French Open Champion Ana Ivanovic sought to clear her way to another championship title.
Ana Ivanovic vs Elina Svitolina
French Open 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic didn’t waste time in launching volleys against Elina Svitolina. However, it seemed the Ukrainian World no 14 is not backing down from the champion. T
hough Ivanovic has triumphed over Svitolina in all of their 7 matches, this set belonged to Elina. Breaking Ivanovic’s serves and keeping a neat tennis play, Elina wins against Ana with a 6-4, 6-4 score.
Serena Williams vs Kristina Mladenovic
The Frenchwoman, donning on a black and white striped attire looks very much the prey the World No 1 wants for a match, The Guardian notes. As Kristina maintain her composure while meting out serves and breaks against Serena, the skies turned an awful grey, threatening to postpone the game. The game was suspended with Serena and Kristina in a tie-break 6-4 6-6.
However, as the game resumed, Serena dominated with a 6-4, 7-6 (12-10) against Kristina Mladenovic.
Venus Williams vs Alize Cornet
No. 9 Seed Venus was just into her first set against Frenchwoman Alize Cornet when the matches were suspended. The match looked like it could be anyone’s for a while until Venus pulled in at the last set and had the Frenchwoman bawling for the ball.
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Another player wearing the black and white stripes uniform has fallen prey to retirement. But this time, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga left his game prematurely after injuring his leg. Tsonga left the courts with a trainer, Roland-Garros reports.
With tears welling up, the Frenchman walked back in to shake hands with his opponent Ernests Gublis.
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Novak Djokovic vs Aljaz Bedene
Another World No. 1 took to the clay court against Britain’s Bedene. Starting it easy, Djokovic rushed the game to finish it before the fading light threatened his game. Aljaz Bedene made Djokovic work for his points in the first minutes of the game. However, the World No 1 showed Bedene he still needs some training. Djokovic eases into the Last 16 with 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
That’s it for Day 7. One notable thing, players seem to have subconsciously wear the prey uniform.