Now Katerina Srebotnik is no more. She played a blinder to get past Serena Williams. But she was inconsistent against Patty Schynder. It's tough at the top. Schnyder is a cult hero on parislondonreturn for her stoicism. When Maria Sharapova resorted to gamesmanship last year at Roland Garros to get past her, Schnyder won our heart with her corrosive reductionism of the game's glamour girl.
Well anyway Patty is into the quarter finals. And we're entering the final stages of the tournament.
Back on Tuesday when it was pouring with rain and the schedule looked like an ant colony, it seemed we'd never get on. But a few days of blazing sunshine and you have there are wide open spaces and time.
Of course a sustained torrential downpour could ruin it all again.
But that's unlikely. My prognosis for the men's....whoever wins the Djokovic Nadal semi final clash. I know it's only Sunday afternoon, Nadal is still playing his last 16 match and then both of them have to get through their quarter final clash, but I haven't seen any sign of anyone having the game to beat either of them. Not even hero Roger.
Maybe it's his tragic destiny not to win all four grand slam titles. But with 40 million in the bank and counting, it's difficult to have torrential downpour of pity.