Ok today is looking like it isn’t my own! I may get chance to trade the second semi final but hopes aren’t high.
Bartoli has been in this position before and made it through to the final. Her determination was as strong as ever as she beat Stephens in straight sets. She faces another big server today but perhaps one with a little less power and a bit more experience.
Flipkens has never been in a Slam semi final before but we could have said the same about her never being in a quarter final before and she came through it. She did get some help from Kvitova though with lots of unforced errors and her feeling ill.
Both players can bite you or your bank in the arse when you think they are on a roll but for sheer will to win I have to go with Bartoli.
Sloane Stephens lacked the experience to win against Bartoli in a big match but was serving well and hitting some huge ground strokes to get her out of trouble quite often. Bartoli came through that and stood strong when she was in danger of being broken towards the end of the opening set. Anything can and has happened in this tournament but I will be happier with my money on the French Women. Expect some swings. It’s not over ’til Bartoli sings.
Update: Not sure if Flipkens was injured but I do know she didn’t turn up mentally. She wasn’t thinking at all and Bartoli was right on her game.
Bartoli won 6-1, 6-2.
Radwanska was pushed all the way by Li Na in the quarter final and if the Chinese woman had just held her nerve at the end of that opening set the final result would have been different. Radwanska wasn’t being hit off the court in that set but Li’s aggressive ground strokes were getting the job done. The turning point was at set point to Li and she had an easy smash with a lot of court to aim for yet chose to hit it straight at Radwanska who slapped a return that won the point. In the third set and especially towards the end of the match Radwanska was in trouble physically. She was hanging in there and I felt if Li had managed to get that break back she was in better shape.
Lisicki will try to play the match the way Li was playing in set 1 but as she doesn’t really have any other way of playing she will not deviate from it. She is in better physical shape than Radwanska.
Oh and also she beat the world number 1 and favourite Serena Williams, former French open champion Schiavone, former US Open champions Sam Stosur and just for good measure the in form ( though probably knackered) Vesnina. Not an easy route to the final.
Lisicki in 3.
Update: Radwanska had heavy strapping on both thighs but it didn’t seem to affect her too much. Lisicki played a good opening set and unlike Li Na she was able to serve it out. Lisicki broke in the first game of set 2 but she started to make more errors and Radwanska took advantage to take us into a third set.
Radwanska took a 3-0 lead in the deciding set and it looked like it was all over but Lisicki levelled at 3-3. She broke for a 5-4 lead and served for the match but this time the tension was too much and she was broken. Some nervy holds followed but eventually Lisicki got another break to serve at 8-7. This time she held strong and took a well deserved final place.
Lisicki won 6-4, 2-6, 9-7.