French Open Day 11 & 12: Here's What You Missed
As the mens matches on day 11 could not be completed, I thought I would combine the two days.
Here is what happened on day 11, and day 12 at Roland Garros.
The semi-finalists for the 2018 french open were decided for the women's draw.
First out on Philippe-Chatrier was Garbine Muguruza and Maria Sharapova. It was a match that most tennis fans were looking forward to, but didn’t live up to expectations.
Garbine Muguruza dropped just two games in her quarter-final match against Maria Sharapova. Neither were playing their best, but Sharapova in particular was really struggling. I can’t say I’m disappointed that Sharapova has been knocked out. I was rooting for Muguruza to not only win the match, but the french open.
Muguruza will go on to face Simona Halep, who beat Angelique Kerber in three sets. Kerber was impressive in the first set, but couldn’t continue with the same form for the rest of the match, and Halep took advantage of this.
Both of the men's semi-finals were rained off on day 11, so they had to come back and finish their matches today.
Rafael Nadal struggled yesterday, and dropped the first set of the tournament. He came back today, and played better than ever, winning the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Joining him in the semi-final was 5th seed; Juan Martin Del Potro. He beat Marin Cilic 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.
Tomorrow will see Rafael Nadal take on Juan Martin Del Potro for a place in the french open final.
Simona Halep faced Garbine Muguruza out on Philippe-Chatrier and it wasn’t as close a match as I had expected. Whilst Muguruza did put up a good fight in the latter stages of the second set, it was too late. Simona Halep won 6-1, 6-4 and will go into the final of the french open.
Facing Simona Halep in the Roland Garros final is 10th seed; and former US Open champion: Sloane Stephens. Sloane faced fellow American and 13th seed; Madison Keys in her semi-final match and as I had predicted, was too strong for Keys. It was a strong performance from Stephens, but will it be enough to beat Simona Halep in the finals?
Let’s wait and see.
Tomorrow will see Rafael Nadal face Juan Martin Del Potro, and Marco Cecchinato face Dominic Thiem.
Stay tuned for my predictions on the men's semi-finals.