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Season 2022. The biggest surprises in Grand Slam

we love them Grand Slam Because the best tennis players in the world meet there for a fortnight, but they won’t deny that we also enjoy watching them get knocked out. When it happens with your favorite player or player, it may not be as enjoyable, but there is always something magical about seeing how an outsider leaves out a seeded player, events that we await each calendar with open arms. In the season 2022 we had a few again, both in the men’s and women’s circuits, so we are going to review the most important ones in our opinion.

OPEN THE AUSTRALIA

ATP: Sorry, but after looking at the Australian Open 2022 men’s draw from top to bottom, over and over again, I found no greater sense of surprise than the final match. A Rafael Nadal against the ropes, losing two sets to nil and a break against, capable of dealing with that 4% chance of victory that the win predictor until becoming champion (2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5) over Daniil Medvedev. You already know how the Spaniard is, if you leave him a crack to get into, have no doubt that he will take advantage of it.

WTA: We continue with a Spanish presence in Melbourne, although this time I do not bring good news. One more season, the illusions put into Garbiñe Muguruza were as tall as usual, but their adventure in the first major of the course was only going to last a couple of meetings. until Alize Cornet arrived in the second round and surprised Caracas with his peculiar style (6-3, 6-3).

ROLAND GARROS

ATP: We didn’t come out of matches with Spanish players on the poster, but who would have expected that Pablo Carreno He would pack his bags so soon in Paris, also against a rival who was arriving back and with the simple intention of saying goodbye to Roland Garros forever. But he did Gilles Simon He recovered for one night the version that led him to be No. 6 at the time (6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 1-6, 6-4) to win the fight against the Asturian in the fifth set.

WTA: Final in Charleston, quarterfinals in Stuttgart, title in Madrid and final in Rome. Difficult to do a tour on clay better than the one on Our Jabeur in 2022, although the expectation around the Tunisian grew so much that she arrived without energy at the most important event in spring. In the first round, against all odds, the Arab tennis player said goodbye in her debut before an inspired Magda Linette (3-6, 7-6, 7-5) that he had nothing to lose. That’s why he won.

WIMBLEDON

ATP: Much has been said about Happy Auger-Also this season and always deservedly. The Canadian made a place for himself in the top 10, lifted his first titles and defeated high-level rivals, but there were also dark moments. At Wimbledon, where everyone saw him as a candidate to go far, he collided squarely in the first round against Maxime Cressy, a poisoned candy in this type of tracks (6-7, 6-4, 7-6 7-6). The American signed one of his best performances of the course against a top10 like Félix.

WTA: I do not want to say with this example that Alize Cornet (second appearance on this list) don’t have plenty of tennis to beat anyone, even on grass. But to the No. 1 in the world? To a player who had just won her last 37 games? Not for expected (she had to lose one day) this match ceased to be a surprise, proof that Every Swiatek She was not invincible (6-4, 6-2), although that setback against the Frenchwoman would only cause her a couple of gray months. He would have time ahead to get up.

US OPEN

ATP: No matter how much time passes, we will continue without understanding how he could Daniel Galannot only surpass Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open, but to do it in such an abrupt and forceful way (6-0, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5). the greek was left groggyconfirming that he still needs many hours of work to avoid this type of bump, although we will not deny that the Colombian had the game of his life, remembering how tight the ATP circuit is beginning to be today.

WTA: We close this piece of surprises with the defeat of Simona Halep in his debut in New York. The team faced her in the first corner against Daria Snigur, a young Ukrainian who was a Junior Grand Slam champion but still without a tour in the elite. What happened? She won the #125 in the world (6-2, 0-6, 6-4), leaving behind a rosco in the second set and signing the biggest bombshell of the tournament. That would be the last game for the Romanian in 2022, although we would not know this until later.

Which game was the most surprising to you? What else would you add to the list? Time to comment!

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