In the macro sense it is very surprising. Serena Williams is Serena Williams. She is the number one player in the world. She won the Australian Open and she is the best fighter on tour. But Stosur has incredible results on clay this year and the best record on the tour on that surface. She also took out the greatest mover on clay in the game in
I spoke to her mother,
With the players remaining,
Coming into the French Open I think everyone assumed or figured Henin would re-establish herself as a force in the game. I think the notion was she would sort of consolidate her finals appearance in Australia and be in her prime going for the one major title that has eluded her. That's now up for grabs. Henin's form here was not the best. She was very spotty. She did not play with conviction. Her state of mind for this year's Wimbledon is a real question now.
On a talent alone, I honestly believe Federer can win a Grand Slam event a year for the next five years. I don't think the losses hurt him as much as they did a year ago. Winning the French Open last year changed everything for him and as a result I do think he has lost a slight bit of motivation. I think he is enjoying himself and he's even said he is enjoying himself in a way he has never done so before. I think that is great for him as a person but dangerous for him as a competitor. I fully expect him to be a favorite going into Wimbledon and one of the top two favorites going into the U.S. Open as well. But it's going to get increasingly dicey for him as time goes on.