French Open: Day 13 Roundup

Tennis

ByTheMinTennis

Semi final day at the French Open was still overcast but thankfully dry. Our first finalist came from the Stosur v Muguruza match on Lenglen. These two had met once before, on clay in Madrid back in 2014. Stosur won it but it was tight- a three setter.

But today Muguruza is a different player- more confident, and used to playing in the latter stages of slams. She got off to a terrific start taking the first set 6-2.

Stosur put up a better fight in the second, and there were some great drop shots and rallies but ultimately the younger player had the greater confidence to go for her shots and Muguruza is into her second slam final on her favourite surface - she won 6-2 6-4

Over on Chatrier Serena was taking on the unfancied, unseeded Bertens. The dutch lady came out showing no signs of nerves and Serena seemed slightly unsettled in the cold conditions.

But ultimately, experience told at the crucial moments int he sets- Serena won 7-6 (9-7) 6-4. So Serena v Muguruza is your ladies final then…

They have met four times and Serena leads the H2H 3-1. Muguruza’s only win is also their only match on clay… she beat Serena at Roland-Garros in 2014 in the second round 6-2 6-2. Serena will be gunning for revenge, Muguruza for her first slam… game on!

Onto the men then. Djokovic took on Thiem, also on Lenglen.

Thiem was having a break out slam and is the latest in a long line of youngsters looking to break out and disturb the power of the top four. He certainly has the shots, and a stunning on handed backhand. But he doesn’t yet have the consistency…

Djokovic is still eyeing a first Roland Garros title and after all his rain delays in the second week, he wasn’t in the mood to hang around unnecessarily. He came out all guns firing- his forehand and retrieving were superb and he ran out a comprehensive winner 6-2 6-1 6-4. Is this going to be his year?

The one we were all waiting for was also the last semi final to finish. Murray v Wawrinka looked tasty on paper and also the most evenly matched of all the semis.