3 of the 4 quarter finals that were played yesterday didn’t go quite how I expected.
Kunetsova a break up in the third set against Serena and break points for 3-0 was very unexpected. How many people predicted Tsonga to win in straight sets?
Jankovic last beat Sharapova in 2007 when she was also a top 10 player. She has found a little consistency recently and has had an excellent tournament. I would expect her weak second serve to be punished by Sharapova today and if she goes behind the old doubts may return and the error count will increase
I don’t see Jankovic being able to win this one as Sharapova is defending champion and playing on her favourite surface.
I was disappointed with Schiavone in the 4th round against Azarenka. I expected a much closer match especially when Cornet had pushed Aza so close in the previous round. However whilst Schiavone was poor Azarenka played much better and served better than she has up to that round.
Kirilenko was being played off the court in the early part of her match with Mattek Sands. She was given a lifeline when Sands began suffering from period pains and feeling sick. After treatment Sands’ game began to fail. I feel that if Sands had been healthy for the whole match she would have continued to blast her way through Kirilenko.
If Azarenka serves as she did against Schiavone I don’t see much chance for Kirilenko especially if her shoulder injury raises its head again today.
Djokovic is on a mission to win the only major that has eluded him so far. An added incentive for him is that his junior coach told him that she wanted a photo of her holding the French Open trophy so she had the full set. unfortunately the lady who Djokovic considered a second mother died recently so he wants this title even more.
Haas was able to get some rest during his 4th round match with Youzhny. The Russian gave a performance even worse than Federer’s.
Haas beat Djokovic in their last match which was in Miami in March. I expect him to push Djokovic hard in this match and will almost certainly take a set but on a clay court and over 5 sets I expect Djokovic to get the job done.
Wawrinka fought well to come back from 2 sets down against Gasquet but had injury worries along the way.
To beat Nadal today he needs to win 3 sets from a man who has won every one of their previous sets. All 19 of them.
Wawrinka’s hamstring problem won’t help his uphill task today. I think he has an outside chance of nicking a set but I’m not convinced that his body will allow him to trouble Nadal.