Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka Reach Semifinals Of Roland Garros 2013

Maria Sharapova (click to enlarge)

Maria Sharapova rallied from an opening bagel against her to defeat Jelena Jankovic 0-6 6-4 6-3 in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros 2013. All you really need to know to illustrate how Masha was blitzed early is that she committed 20 unforced errors to 5 winners in the first set. I hate to say it, because I am such a fan of Jelena, but JJ might have lost the match at the beginning of the second set. For some reason unknown to me or the commentators, Jelena started getting irritated with her player’s box, pointing at them and jawing with them. Why she would let herself get distracted at a time when she should have stayed focused and been 100% positive is a mystery. She should have been ecstatic that she just dropped a bagel on world #2 Sharapova. But Jelena is known for drama, and sometimes creating drama from thin air. She was broken in the first game of the second set and eventually found herself down 1-4, still talking to her box. Had she kept the same focus she had in the first set, maybe she would have turned up the heat on Masha and drawn some more unforced errors as a result. Instead, JJ let Masha have both belief and breathing room. I give Masha credit, and I am certainly happy she still has a chance to defend her title, but Jelena had her chance to pull the upset.

Victoria Azarenka (click to enlarge)

Awaiting Masha in the semifinals will be Victoria Azarenka, who withstood an early challenge from the tenacious Maria Kirilenko to advance, 7-6 (3) 6-2. It will be Vika’s first trip to the semifinals of Roland Garros. I have mixed feelings about what I’d like to see out of the Sharapova vs Azarenka final. I almost always root for Masha. The problem for me is if Serena Williams gets by Sara Errani (and let’s be honest, it would be a monumental upset if she didn’t), then I think Vika has a better chance to at least make the final competitive against Serena. I don’t know if Sharapova truly believes she can beat Serena. On the other hand, like I said before I almost always root for Masha, so maybe I should just cross my fingers that this is the time Masha will come through and go through 3 straight players who have been #1 (JJ, Vika and Serena), most notably Serena.

Women’s Singles – Quarter Finals – Completed
1 2 3
M. Sharapova #2  « 0 6 6
J. Jankovic #18 6 4 3
Women’s Singles – Quarter Finals – Completed
1 2 3
V. Azarenka #3  « 7(7) 6
M. Kirilenko #12 6(3) 2









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