The 2010 Roland Garros women’s singles quarter final matches are scheduled to be completed today. This post will be updated as the semi finalists are decided.
Play will begin at 2pm local time in Paris, France with the 2 quarter final matches from the top half of the draw being played at the same time. Both matches are the 1st matches on the two stadium courts today.
On Court Philippe Chartrier No.1 seed Serena Williams plays No.7 seed Samantha Stosur and on Court Suzanne Lenglen No.4 seed Jelena Jankovic plays the unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova.
Pictured above is 25 year old Jelena Jankovic just after making contact with the ball for this forehand drive. The 1.77m Serbian is looking to make her 3rd semi final at Roland Garros in the past 4 years.
The colder conditions and rain in Paris in the last few days are increasing Jankovic’s chances. Jankovic has very consistent ground strokes and covers the court and moves as well as any woman on tour. These assets are emphasised when you are playing on the slowest court surface – clay.
Jankovic is a former World No.1 and achieved her best result in a Grand Slam singles event when she was the runner-up at the 2008 US Open. Jankovic will be the heavy favourite and the weight of that pressure could bring her unstuck.
This is by far Shvedova’s best Grand Slam result. The 22 year old Shvedova was born in Moscow, Russia but represents Kazakhstan. The 1.8m Shvedova has nothing to lose and is certainly playing well enough to cause another major upset today.
Today Jelena goes in with a 2-1 advantage over Shvedova in their previous battles. Each time these two have played the match has been decided in the 3rd and final set. Expect the same as they fight for a coveted semi final spot.
As always, once one of the favourites to win the event is knocked out, the next group of players immediately pounce. Everyone in the next group wants to be the next break through player. Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2009 runner-up Dinara Safina were knocked out early. Next No.2 seed Venus Williams was taken out. Yesterday No.3 seed Caroline Woznaicki was knocked out in very convincing fashion.
A GREAT opportunity lies ahead in both the men’s and women’s draws, so don’t be surprised if Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all lose today. The remaining men all want to seize the opportunity now that Roger Federer is out of the tournament.
Serena plays Stosur in what should be a great fight. There is no reason why Stosur should be counted out in the talk of who will emerge the champion. The Australian made the semi finals at Roland Garros last year, is performing at the peak of her career and proved that she can do it, by defeating 4 time Roland Garros champion Justine Henin 2 days ago.
Stosur is younger, much faster and far better at moving and covering the court. Stosur is as strong, if not, stronger than Serena and obviously fitter. Serena won’t be able to wear her opponent down physically, but she may be able to break her mentally. One thing is for sure you can never count Serena out.
Any player who has a line drawn through their name is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the semi finals. The player’s names that are bolded are OCA’s prediction of who will each match.
The 2010 Roland Garros women’s singles semi final draw is:
- (1) S.Williams (7) Stosur versus (4) Jankovic
- (3) Wozniacki (17) Schiavone versus (5) Dementieva (2) V.Williams
The following is the final list of quarter final scores:
- (17) Schiavone d. (3) Wozniacki 6-2 6-3
- (5) Dementieva d. (19) Petrova 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
- (4) Jankovic d. Shvedova 7-5 6-4
- (7) Stosur d. (1) S.Williams 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 8-6
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the 2010 Roland Garros Championships for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details -> Roland Garros: French Open 2010 May 18 – June 6.
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