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Roland Garros 2016: Day 8

May 29, 2016 | 07:21 AM

Poised to take the first set at 5-2, French favorite Jo-Wilfreid Tsonga was forced to retire with a stabbing pain in his abductor. He admitted to coming back too soon from this injury that he sustained while playing in Rome, but wanted so badly to play in his native country he went ahead anyway. When asked all the questions about how sad/mad/unhappy/etc he was about this turn of events, Tsonga put it all into perspective:

In the midst of his disappointment, Tsonga retained perspective. By the time of his post-match press conference, he had seen the news reports about 11 people, including eight children, injured by a lightning strike in a park on the north side of the capital city. He concluded by saying: "Today we have had very bad news at the Parc Monceau in Paris, and this means that everything is relative. It's disappointing. It's sad. But it's not the most important thing, is it?"

(Note to all my friends and co-workers at the Tennis Center: lightning is no joke. When that detector goes off, no matter how sunny the day is, get off the court).

Karma made an appearance in the Venus Williams vs. Alize Cornet game today. After taking a set off of Venus, Cornet went out with a large whimper, 6-0 in the third. Buh-buh, A-lee-zay, clap, clap, clap. This is the first time in the last six years that Venus has made it to the last 16. GO Venus.

Elina Svitolina is now being coached by Justin Henin. She took out zebra striped Ana Ivanovic today in two sets, for the first time ever.

Madison Keys beat Monica Puig in straight sets as well.

Serena Williams survived her tight two set win over Kristina Mladenovic today as well. Mladenovic played a hard-hitting game that was not reflected in the score line. Serena was once again forced to work hard to pull off a victory.


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