The 2010 Roland Garros women’s singles event is now down to the semi final stage. Today is women’s semi final day, the only singles matches being played today are the women’s semis. Catch all the action and excitement as all 4 players strive to win their 1st ever Grand Slam singles title.
Play will begin at 2pm local time in Paris, France with both matches being played on Court Philippe Chartrier one after the other. The 1st semi final to be played is from the bottom half of the draw in which No.5 seed Elena Dementieva plays No.17 seed Francesca Schiavone. Schiavone conquered No.3 seed Caroline Wozniacki to come through that section of the draw. This is the 29 year old Italian’s best Grand Slam singles result, before this she lost 3 quarter finals – 2001 Roland Garros, 2003 US Open and 2009 Wimbledon.
Schiavone will be ranked in the top 10 for the very 1st time regardless of the outcome of today’s match. Schiavone is playing inspired tennis at Roland Garros and is displaying great focus, a constant positive manner and reinforcement to herself that she can DO IT.
The 1.66m Schiavone has nothing to lose and is certainly playing well enough to cause another major upset today. The Federation Cup victories have really given her the self belief she has lacked over the years. Her variety of play and numerous avenues that she has to win points and not to mention her superior fitness make it hard to pick against her.
Pictured above is 28 year old Elena Dementieva is positioning the ball in order to serve. The 1.8m Russian has been fighting through her matches because she has been struggling with her usually fantastic court movement. It would be great to see Dementieva break through and win at Roland Garros after her having made it so close in Grand Slam events over the years. The current World No.5 goes into this match as the favourite with a 6-4 advantage in their previous matches including winning the last 3 in a row.
Dementieva will be hoping to win through to her 3rd Grand Slam singles final and for it to be 3rd time lucky for her. Dementieva has made the semi finals of all 4 Grand Slam events and will really need to keep the points short, play aggressively with her much flatter ground strokes and dictate the points so that the creative play and versatility of Schiavone is limited. This promises to be a tough and fiercely competitive match, ENJOY!
The 2nd semi final to be played is from the top half of the draw in which the No.4 seed Jelena Jankovic plays No.7 seed Samantha Stosur. Stosur is having the best year of her career having recently moved into the Top 10. The 26 year old Stosur achieved her career high and current ranking of World No.7 the week leading into Roland Garros.
The 1.72m Australian is playing in her 2nd consecutive Roland Garros semi final. After defeating World No.1 Serena Williams and Justine Henin back to back to make the semi finals, Stosur is the clear favourite to win the title. Stosur is a better athlete than any other woman in tennis. She is more powerful, stronger and faster to move around her backhand to hit her favourite forehand ground stroke than anyone else.
It is amazing that a player with such a distinct physical advantage over her opponents has taken so long to move up amongst the games top ranked players. The fact that Stosur has lost in the 1st or 2nd round in 20 of the 28 Grand Slam singles tournaments that she has played thus far indicates a huge failure by her coaching, especially in terms of her mental training and strategical development.
The 25 year old Jelena Jankovic will need to outsmart her opponent and draw her into errors. The former World No.1 will need to keep the pressure on Stousr by trying to dictate the points as much as she can and go after her opponent’s 2nd serve. The 1.77m Serbian will be looking to make her 2nd Grand Slam singles final (US Open 2008) by turning this match into a mental game and keeping close enough on the score board to give Stosur the challenge of overcoming the pressure of being expected to win the title.
Jankovic is playing in her 6th Grand Slam semi final so has the advantage in experience in these types of matches. This year both players have recorded one straight sets win against each other this year. Jankovic leads their past encounters with 3 wins to 1 with Stosur winning the last match at Miami after Jankovic beat her in Indian Wells.
Both women are amongst the top few players in 2010 in terms of the number of singles matches they have won. Stosur has 31 wins this year and Jankovic has 29. In what will hopefully come down to a 3rd and deciding set, it will be very interesting to see who can move into the Women’s Singles Final as the huge favourite to achieve their career goal of winning a Grand Slam singles title.
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 players 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
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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