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Is this the first recent slam where more teens have reached the last 16 than players aged over 30 and more players born after 2000 than players born in the 1980s?

Teens into last 16:
Marketa Vondrousova, unseeded
Amanda Animisova, unseeded
Iga Swiatek, unseeded

Player born in 1980s, aged over 30:
Kaia Kanepi, unseeded

1980s born seeds all lost to/upset by younger players except 1:
Kerber (31) lost 1r to Potapova (18)
Serena (37) lost 3r to Kenin (20)
Hsieh (33) lost 2r to Petkovic (31)
Suarez Navarro (30) lost 3r to Vondrousova (19)
Tsurenko (30) made her seeding, but lost 3r to Halep (27)
Buzarnescu (31) lost 1r to Alexandrova (24)
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Goerges (31) lost to Kanepi (33)

Other 1980s players losing 1r/2r included Venus, Azarenka, Cibulkova, Siegemund, Strycova, Stosur, Kuznetsova


Stop press: Vondrousova makes the quarter-finals in 59 mins!!!
 

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How could they lose to older players when 90% of the tour is younger than them? Small chances. Halep, Petkovic and Alexandrova are not young generation, so pointless to bring them.
 

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How could they lose to older players when 90% of the tour is younger than them? Small chances. Halep, Petkovic and Alexandrova are not young generation, so pointless to bring them.
But the fact remains that the only 30 somethings who had a good event were Kanepi and Petkovic. Tsurenko made her seeding. The others: Serena, Kerber, Goerges, Buzarnescu, Venus, Azarenka, Cibulkova, Kuznetsova, Hsieh, Stosur, Siegemund, Strycova - all pretty much flopped.
 

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These bad results will also have effects on their seedings at future slams. Buzarnescu will fall out of the seeding range for Wimbledon unless she can do something extra in the next three weeks and join the likes of Azarenka, Venus, Cibulkova and Strycova who have fallen out of being seeded at slams. Serena falls out of the top 10 and both she and Kerber face major ranking point pressure defending finalist/winner points at Wimbledon - early losses and they will both plunge, leaving no 1980s players in the top 10.
 

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If I'm not completely wrong it's the first Slam QF without a woman born in the 80s
 
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No more 30 something women now.

The men still have 9.
Total contrast with the men - all slams held by the over 30s, indeed no player currently aged under 30 has ever won a slam and very few have even made a GS final.

Only titles currently held in WTA by woman over 30 above International: Kerber's Wimbledon and Buzarnescu's San Jose, both last summer.
 

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This is a good major for young talent. But lets see what happens. It could still be Halep vs Muguruza or Stephens
 

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Clay is the physically most demanding surface. Without perfect health and fitness it is highly unlikely to go deep. That's why the young tennis talents are showing their potentials the soonest here (on large average).
 

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This is a good major for young talent. But lets see what happens. It could still be Halep vs Muguruza or Stephens
Yes all four semi-finalists from last year are still in it and they are providing the experience - the rest are just about all newbies at last 16/qf level at RG.
 

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This is a good major for young talent. But lets see what happens. It could still be Halep vs Muguruza or Stephens
Of course that's the much more likely final, but that doesn't make this French Open any less impressive from that point of view. I said in another thread, the average age of the 16 players in round 4 is 22 compared to 29 for the men. That's a huge difference, even when taking into account that men usually last longer in this sport.

Think about it this way, currently there's not a single teen in the top 20, but when the French Open is over we might have at least one. If Vondrousova beats Martic on Tuesday she moves into the top 20.

All this stuff shows the women's tour is much healthier than the men's tour right now because we still have new talent coming in to replace the old one. Meanwhile in the ATP the old talent has been dominating and erasing new generation after new generation. People call the WTA chaotic, wait until you see what the ATP looks like once Fedal and Djokovic retire.
 
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