Serena Williams road to the final
Much tougher than expected for Serena Williams who rallied four times (!) from one set down to reach the final. The best-ranked player she faced being Sara Errani, seeded 17. Sick in the semifinals, she beat the surprising Swiss Timea Bacsinszky after much drama.
|R1||Andrea Hlavackova||6-2 6-3|
|R2||Anna-Lena Friedsam||5-7 6-3 6-3|
|R3||Victoria Azarenka ||3-6 6-4 6-2|
|R4||Sloane Stephens||1-6 7-5 6-3|
|QF||Sara Errani ||6-1 6-3|
|SF||Timea Bacsinszky ||4-6 6-3 6-0|
Serena will be the huge favorite to lift the trophy on Saturday. That what she said about the pressure to be the player to beat year after year:
It’s not easy. Some days I feel it and the pressure gets to you. It’s kind of hard when you go to every single match and you’re the favourite to win and it’s bigger news when you lose than when you win. But there’s one thing that I learned when I was really young, when I had an opportunity to work with Billie Jean King. She said “Pressure is a privilege”. I’m in a position of privilege to be able to feel that pressure.
Lucie Safarova’s road to the final
|R1||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||7-6 7-6|
|R2||Kurumi Nara||6-2 6-0|
|R3||Sabine Lisicki ||6-3 7-6|
|R4||Maria Sharapova ||7-6 6-4|
|QF||Garbine Muguruza ||7-6 6-3|
|SF||Ana Ivanovic ||7-5 7-5|
A Wimbledon semifinalist last year, Lucie Safarova reached her first Grand Slam final without losing a set, an impressive feat when you look at the players she faced: defending champion Maria Sharapova, Sabine Lisicki, Garbine Muguruza… She beat Ana Ivanovic 7-5 7-5 in the semifinals, after an nerve-wrecking end of match. Watch Lucie’s joy after the last point:
A popular player on the WTA tour, Safarova was congratulated by current and former players on Twitter after her victory over Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals:
— A. Pavlyuchenkova (@NastiaPav) June 4, 2015
— Barbara Schett-Eagle (@Babsschett) June 5, 2015
Phew….well done Lucie Safarova…that was so tense at the end. pic.twitter.com/xvmJ5K9rZT
— Jo Durie (@Jodurie) June 4, 2015
Asked if the “good girl” could win the title she said:
I hope so. I think sport should be about fair play. I think people should be nice to each other. Doesn’t matter if it’s in sports or in general. So that’s what I’m trying to do, even here. I have a few good friends on tour. It’s not easy when you play them, but that’s life.
Serena Williams – Lucie Safarova head to head: 8-0
Lucie Safarova has never beaten Serena Williams in eight meetings. Their most disputed match was in fact their first back in 2007, won by Serena 7-6 in the third.
|2014||Beijing R16||Hard||Serena Williams||6-1 1-6 6-2|
|2014||Montreal R16||Hard||Serena Williams||7-5 6-4|
|2013||Charleston QF||Clay||Serena Williams||6-4 6-1|
|2012||Charleston F||Clay||Serena Williams||6-0 6-1|
|2011||Toronto QF||Hard||Serena Williams||4-6 6-3 6-2|
|2009||Toronto QF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-3 6-2|
|2007||Miami R32||Hard||Serena Williams||6-3 6-4|
|2007||Hobart R16||Hard||Serena Williams||6-3 3-6 7-6|
So, epic battle or routine win? Serena or Lucie? Who do you think will win? Please share your thoughts.
I’ll be watching the final at Roland Garros tomorrow and I’ll be rooting for Safarova, hoping she won’t be taken by nerves.
Who will win Roland Garros 2015?
- Serena Williams (43%, 105 Votes)
- Maria Sharapova (30%, 73 Votes)
- Simona Halep (11%, 28 Votes)
- Ana Ivanovic (4%, 10 Votes)
- Eugenie Bouchard (3%, 8 Votes)
- Other (3%, 8 Votes)
- Caroline Wozniacki (2%, 6 Votes)
- Petra Kvitova (2%, 5 Votes)
- Carla Suarez Navarro (1%, 2 Votes)
- Ekaterina Makarova (0%, 1 Votes)
- Andrea Petkovic (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 247
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was all smile today as he practiced on court 10 in front of fans and journalists.
Tsonga will play his second semifinal at Roland Garros tomorrow, against Stanislas Wawrinka. Do you think he will be the first Frenchman to reach the final since Henri Leconte in 1988?
Enjoy some pics and videos of Maria Sharapova practicing with coach Sven Groeneveld and two sparring partners on Thursday. A really intense hitting session for the defending champion.
She won her 7th career in title in Strasbourg – her first on red clay – on Saturday, had a brief practice session on Sunday, and then dispatched Madison Brengle 6-1 6-3 on Monday. Here are a few pictures and videos of 2010 French Open runner-up Sam Stosur:
Here are some pictures and videos, enjoy!