PARIS (Reuters) – It is not unusual for the French Open to throw up surprises in the women’s draw but this year’s re-scheduled tournament has been more wildly unpredictable than ever.
On Sunday Argentina’s 131st-ranked Nadia Podoroska beat Czech Barbora Krejcikova, ranked 114th, to make it two qualifiers into the last eight for the first time since 1978.
Earlier, Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan, ranked 159th, had beaten Dutch fifth seed Kiki Bertens in another huge upset on the day that Polish teenager Iga Swiatek thrashed top seed Simona Halep for the loss of three games.
The draw had already been shredded with only 13 of the top 32 seeds having made it through to the third round — the lowest number in a women’s draw since 32 seeds were introduced in Grand Slams at Wimbledon in 2001.
The heavier than usual balls being used, the relentless cold and rainy conditions