The one with the first French Open 2006 blog

I’m eagerly watching French Open news, following Martina Hingis as she tries to win the only Grand Slam tournament she hasn’t won. I am always thrilled when I log onto Yahoo! Sports to see a Hingis win, and today didn’t disappoint, as Martina Hingis dispatched veteran Lisa Raymond, 6-2, 6-2.

Even more happily for me, her half of the draw was split wide open when red-hot Russian Nadia Petrova suddenly turned cold and lost in a first-round shocker to unheralded Japanese Akiko Morigami, 6-2, 6-2. While Hingis didn’t appear scheduled to meet Petrova until the semifinals, this certainly makes her journey a lot easier. At this rate, the only major stumbling blocks to a Hingis victory appear to be deadly Justin Henin-Hardenne (whose consistency on clay and mental fortitude are certainly up and up better than the testy Hingis, who, while she has shown considerable mental improvement, has yet to undergo a major Grand Slam since her comeback); unheralded Shahar Peer, who won the Istanbul Cup, beating Anna-Lena Groenfeld and Anastacia Myskina on the way; and Kim Clijsters, who, while not in the best of shape, did still beat her at the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. I wouldn’t worry about Hingis-Williams (Venus isn’t at her best), Hingis-Mauresmo (Amelie hasn’t historically performed well at the French), Hingis-Sharapova (Maria’s injured) and Hingis-Safina (Hingis beat her twice in the two times they met). She can take ’em down!

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