I mean let's be honest here, losing 5-7 5-7 to Halep in Madrid is pretty outstanding, bodes very well for Barty's future on clay if she can stay this close to the queen of clay at her favorite tournament.
This ends #1 talk for a while. Not playing twice in one day is not bad. Now get ready for a slam title defense
For Halep, maybe, but in general, maybe not. Depending on Rome results, Bertens, Kvitova, and Pliskova can all be well within striking distance at the French. And all three are better bets to go deep in Paris than Osaka.
Unless Osaka maintains this solid play on clay and picks up some big points at Wimbledon, or one of the three listed above runs the table on clay and grass, I don't think we'll be more than a tournament or two away from a #1 ranking change this season until the YEC is finished.
Called this in the WWW Rome thread. Halep didn't play her best in either matches against Marketa this year but those lefty angles, spins, and variety really upset her relatively one-dimensional play and she struggles to adjust (14 dropshot winners for Marketa today). Bringing Halep into the forecourt where she often unintentionally revealed her lack of instincts in that part of the court.
She must be tired, because if not I would have penciled her in to beat Kasatkina. Also Venus/Konta in the QF isn't a bad draw for a P5 on clay. Lmao if Bertens loses later today can Osaka make the F here in Rome? <img src="https://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/rolls.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Rolls" class="inlineimg" />
Do you reckon that’s why kerber has beaten Simona so many times as well?..