The fact that the Prize Money is quite the same as a Premier Mandatory. I thought this tournament was a Premier Mandatory instead of a grandslam. The seeds are out too and hardly anything to watch. So I'm getting bored. However I still watch for my Stosur, Kim Na Na, and Sharapova.
Give credit to the opponents though. Kanepi, Cibulkova, and Kuznetsova are no slouches on clay and have superior clay records than their respective opponents. Only Serena's loss was . So yeah, maybe they are a BIT unlucky
If you watched the clay season I don't think any of these early exits are particularly shocking except for the Serena bombshell Azarenka and Radwanska were visibly poor on clay compared to HC, Bartoli has been a disaster the entire clay season, and Wozniacki is always a joke on clay. Errani has won 3 tournaments and hasn't lost to anyone on clay who wasn't in the top 10 so her QF isn't surprising either
it is not that much of a surprise except Serena ... the Holy CAV trio (Caro, Aga, Vika) suck on clay ... since JuJu retired, the most consistent clay players are Na, Maria, Petra, Sam and Fran who are all still here except Fran
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