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Petra Kvitova

Notes from Roland Garros - day eleven

   

The best of the day eleven in Paris…

Big win
Petra Kvitova. The world No.3 looked like she might be on her way out of Paris when she trailed relative unknown Yaroslava Shvedova by a set in their quarter-final. But the Wimbledon champion, showing the sort of grit that has perhaps deserted her on clay, dug deep to defeat the Kazakh 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and reach her first Roland Garros semi-final.

Wasting no time
Maria Sharapova. The world No.2’s match against Klara Zakopalova was the Sharapova of the last two years, not the Sharapova of the last two months. She double-faulted, lost her serve, and took three scrappy sets to reach the quarter-finals. But once in the last eight, Sharapova hardly put a foot wrong against Kaia Kanepi, producing so many winners that the poor Estonian eventually just started staring at them. Winning 6-2, 6-3, Sharapova is one win from the world No.1 ranking, and a first-ever French Open final.

Tested but not tried
Rafael Nadal. It was his closest match of the tournament, but still, Rafa has not dropped a set, prevailing 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-3 over compatriot Nicolas Almagro to reach a seventh semi-final in Paris. He may be a day’s rest behind Federer and Djokovic, but with a semi against another Spaniard, David Ferrer, ahead of him, he must surely be feeling 26 years young.

Breaking the big four
David Ferrer. The Spaniard human-walled his way into the last four in Paris with a rain-interrupted 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3. 6-2 win over Andy Murray, Ferrer his typically tenacious self to hold off the Murray fightback. The Spaniard thus ended Murray’s streak of six consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals, making the Federer streak of 23 all the more remarkable.

One to watch
Kyle Edmund. Not to pile on the pressure, but the young Brit, who helped Team GB to their first-ever junior Davis Cup title last year, unseated the No.2 seed Gianluigi Quinzi to reach the quarter-finals. There was not such good news for Liam Broady, who was knocked out by American Noah Rubin.

But…
Broady and Josh Ward-Hibbert, the top seeds in the doubles, did see off Edmund and his partner Bar Tzuf Botzer to make the third round.

Fact of the day
The last time two thirty-something men reached slam semi-finals was 2003 Australian Open: Agassi & Wayne Ferreira. In 2012 it’s Roger Federer and David Ferrer.

Come back tomorrow for:
The  women’s semi-finals on Philippe Chatrier:
Sam Stosur v Sara Errani
Petra Kvitova v Maria Sharapov

The men’s doubles semi-finals on Suzanne Lenglen:
Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor v Danniele Bracciali and Potito Starace
Bob and Mike Bryan v Aisam-Ul-Haq Quereshi and Jean-Julian Roger

The boys’ quarter-finals on Court 6:
Kyle Edmund v Kimmer Coppejans
Adam Pavaslek v Luke Saville
Liam Broady & Josh Ward Hibbert v Enzo Couacuad & Alexandre Favrot