Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Roland Garros 2011 - Day 10

Only four singles matches today but they were rather entertaining matches. On the women's side a shock defeat of Svetlana Kuznetsova means the French have something to cheer about as Marion Bartoli makes the semifinals. I've never been a fan of Bartoli but if she holds her nerve she does stand a chance against Schiavone in the semis though Schiavone is still going to be the favourite I'd say. That leads me onto Schiavone who played a very topsy turvy match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian dominated Schiavone in the first set 6-1 but then came tumbling down. After seemingly losing the passion Pavlyuchenkova came back again to time the games but then crumbled again as Schiavone improved. In the final few games Pavlyuchenkova regained her spirit again but eventually lost to Schiavone, god that was tiring. This was not dissimilar to Murray's match who looked down and out when Troicki was making headway with the final set, any Top 10 player would have absolutely decimated Murray. Murray should count himself lucky to be playing a none seed in the QFs, he really has had a devastatingly simple draw into the SFs.

Finally Federer walked through to the SFs to play Novak Djokovic. Monfils looked awful throughout, must have been a mix of nerves and lack of self belief that he could actually win because he just handed the win to Federer really. 

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