6-2 6-2 was the order of the day for Simona Halep and Andrea Petkovic. Both players won their quarter-final matches by that scoreline to reach their FIRST Grand Slam semi-final. Petkovic’s victory over Sara Errani was the more surprising of the two. Errani is a demon to break down on the clay. My overriding though was that if Jelena Jankovic couldn’t beat Errani, Petkovic didn’t stand much hope The German player was terrific and fully exploited the Errani second serve. Is it me or is Sara’s serve regressing? I thought the heavy conditions would work even more into Errani’s favour, but Petkovic did a marvellous job and was able to hit through the court effectively, finishing with an impressive 26 winners to 19 unforced errors. To see Petkovic in a Grand Slam semi-final is pretty great after all she has been through.
In the other quarter-final over on Suzanne Lenglen, Halep defeated an injured Svetlana Kuznetsova in 79 minutes. It was another calm and composed performance from Halep, who has backed up her great results at WTA events in the last year with deep runs at the first two majors of 2014. It was a real shame that Kuznetsova had a thigh injury. I was so excited for this match, but it turned it out to be a real anticlimax.
Halep leads the head-to-head by two wins to one; they played twice in 2013 as Halep won 6-3 6-3 in the final of Nurnberg on clay and then edged a tight two setter in Tokyo, 7-6(4) 6-3. Halep will be the favourite although the way Petkovic dismantled Errani was certainly noteworthy. Personally, i’m not too bothered who wins. I like both Petkovic and Halep and they are two of the nicest players on the WTA tour. I hope we get a hug at the net! Nerves could play a part in this match as it will be new ground for both. Halep is the more dynamic player on this surface and is my tip to make the final.
Prediction: Halep d. Petkovic in 2 tight sets
Agree or disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this match and the first semi-final between Sharapova v Bouchard.