Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Paris In The Spring - RG Day 11
Sometimes it hurts to be right. I said that neither Venus Williams or Serena Williams would make the singles final at Roland Garros. Serena came out wired and as a result played tentative tennis. When their backs are to the wall they revert to being the hard court players they are. Despite the sun the court was not in hard court mode today and while Samantha Stosur won because she played the clay better at least Serena won a set.
With Serena's exit there are no more American's in either singles draw.
Order of Play Day 12 - Ladies Semi Finals
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v. Elena Dementieva (RUS)
Samantha Stosur (AUS) v. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
A first time Slam winner will be crowned on Saturday.
Meanwhile in the ATP...
Twenty nine year old Jurgen Melzer fought his way into his first Grand Slam semi final defeating Novak Djokovic in a thrilling fifth set that saw a missed line call, a play on a shot that seemed to be going out, and other thrilling aspects of clay court play. In the final analysis neither the blown call or the questionable play had any effect on the match. On the way to his win Melzer blew a gimme match point that could have derailed his victory. Instead he sucked it in and won.
The men's semifinals will feature Rafael Nadal vs Jurgen Melzer and Robin Soderling vs Tomas Berdych.
ESPN showed live tennis today. Mark your calendars. They also made the right call in reairing the Serena Williams vs Samantha Stosur match which was first up on Chatrier this morning.
They also aired the end of the Federer/Soderling match. For the third time. That I don't get.