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Five things we learned on day 10 of Roland Garros 2016

Boris Becker joins damp spectators on day 10 of Roland Garros 2016
Boris Becker joins damp spectators on day 10 of Roland Garros 2016 RFI/Pierre René-Worms
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.Pironkova and Stosur can stand the rain but proceedings were severely disrupted as Roland Garros cried a river on day 10.

  • No rain … no gain

Tsvetana Pironkova and Samantha Stosur will surely have the downpours to thank for their respective advances to the last eight of the tournament. Stosur, the 2010 finalist, was 5-3 down in the first set against the sixth seed Simona Halep when the rain came down on Sunday night. With the day nine washout, they came back on day 10 and Stosur recovered the break and took the first set tie-break. She also won the second set to progress to her first appearance in the last eight since 2012. For Pironkova, the deluge proved regenerative. The world number 102 trailed the world number two Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6 0-3 when they went off on Sunday night. But Pironkova won 10 consecutive games to take the second set 6-3 and establish a healthy 4-0 lead in the decider. Naturally, there was a wobble and she was pegged back to 4-2. She held for 5-2 and squeaked over the line 6-3 to reach her first Roland Garros quarter-final in this her 11th appearance at the tournament.

  • Power shower

“I had some troubles with my leg during the second set on Sunday,” admitted Pironkova after the last 16 match with Radwanska. “I wasn’t 100 percent. So obviously the rain helped me there because I needed that break to see the physios. The break was longer than I expected but still, I cannot complain, it was good for me.”

  • You’ve got to be ambitious in this game Part 1

Many players often talk about becoming the best they can be. Resilience and diligence are frequently cited as the key components in any upward trajectory. We at the review can appreciate those things. And so it’s not surprising that organisers of the tournament tried to get in as much as possible especially after the cancellation of play for the whole of day nine. However, the decision didn’t please everyone. Halep, who got to the final in 2014, said she didn’t even want to go on court on day 10. “The court was not good. The balls were wet, completely wet during the match. I think it’s too difficult to play tennis in these conditions," said the 24-year-old Romanian. “I don’t know why they got us to play. Maybe they are scared. The days are going on and matches aren’t being played.”

  • You’ve got to be ambitious in this game Part 2

Indeed, hope springs eternal. Not really sure if we should be really using the word "springs" with all this rain around. It was a topsy-turvy kind of day. Proceedings were supposed to start at 11.00am. But the rain stopped that little venture. They got underway at 12.20pm and played for around 40 minutes before the players were forced back into the locker room. That stoppage lasted for just over two and a half hours and when they came back they played for 84 minutes before they went off again. That was at 5.00pm. While the fans dallied in the cafes and the restaurants around the stadium, organisers conceded that the men’s quarter-finals from the top half of the draw would have to be cancelled and played on day 11. The whole thing was called off at 17.00pm. The backlog is building up.

  • When in doubt … Galgenhumor

The moment has arrived where we’re impelled to suggest a song to best describe the tournament. The Sun has got his hat on, comes immediately to mind. Cry me a river is another. Raindrops keep falling on my head might take the cake for the moment.

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