As we say au revoir to the 2018 French open, this year witnessed a ‘first’ title for some, and a highly anticipated comeback for one, let’s take a look at the best of the action-packed season –
‘King of Clay’ wins 11th title
Ace Rafael Nadal clinched his 11th French Open title, in a nail-biting final against Dominic Thiem. In the past, 24-year-old Thiem had defeated Nadal three times on clay. The 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, triumph saw Nadal reclaim his “King of Clay” title.
Simona Haelp wins first Grand Slam title
Simona Haelp added her first Grand Slam title to her kitty as she took on Sloane Stephens in the Womens’ Final. The three-set 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, battle saw Haelp emerge victorious after losing her first three major finals. I was dreaming of this moment since actually I started to play tennis. It’s my favourite Grand Slam. I always said that if I’m going to win one, I want it to be here. It’s real now,” said an emotional Haelp.
Serena Williams makes a comeback
Legend Serena Williams made her comeback into the Grand Slam world after more than a year, her first after giving birth to her daughter Olympia. While she was in good form for her opening matches, she had to pull out before her fourth-round match with Maria Sharapova, due to a pectoral muscle injury which rendered it impossible for her to even serve. However, her coach says that she should be ready for Wimbledon
France wins the Men’s Doubles
French duo Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert took one for the team as they won their first French Open title against Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the Men’s Doubles Final. This is the third career Grand Slam for the duo and also the third all-French duo in history to have won the men’s doubles at Roland Garros.
Alexander verve reaches Quarter Finals
Alexander Zverev Broke his grand slam ‘jinx’ as he reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final. However, a hamstring injury prevented him from going further, and resulted in Dominic Thiem defeating him in a 6-4 6-2 6-1 triumph. Zverev was hoping to become the first German man to reach a Roland Garros final, since Michael Stitch in 1996.