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2012 Daily Tennis News Wire -
Roland Garros
Paris, France
Friday Women's Tennis Summary

Roland Garros
Singles - Semifinal: (2) Maria Sharapova def. (4) Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-3
Despite the fact that these two are both Slam champions, this wasn't particularly interesting. Maria Sharapova never seemed to be in any danger. The main significance is the result: Sharapova is in her first Roland Garros final. She will be trying to complete the career Slam. And -- she is back at #1. This win moves her 90 points ahead of Victoria Azarenka. What a difference a clay season makes!
Petra Kvitova is still looking for her second Slam, but at least she seems finally to be shedding her funk. She remains #4, with Wimbledon soon to come off -- but she finally looks as if she might defend some points.

Singles - Semifinal: (21) Sara Errani def. (6) Samantha Stosur 7-5 1-6 6-3
There are some things you just don't research because they seem too unlikely to consider. Like Sara Errani reaching the Roland Garros final.
To be sure, the conditions were ideal for her. The day started with a lot of rain, and Errani wins with her speed, not her power. Whereas Samantha Stosur wins with her muscles, and the slow clay cost her, particularly on her serve. Stosur in any case contributed to her own defeat -- when she played a smart game, she won. But she frequently came unglued, and Errani never did. Stosur had a very bad game near the end of the third set, and Errani played very well to serve it out.
And that means, wonder of wonders, that Errani is in the Top Ten. She can't rise above #10 even if she wins the final, but she becomes the third Italian woman to reach that mark (following Pennetta and Schiavone). And she has the chance to become the second Italian woman to win a Slam.
Especially if the weather stays rainy.
And to think that, a year ago, she couldn't get past a quarterfinal!

Doubles - Semifinal: (7) Kirilenko/Petrova def. (5) Hlavackova/Hradecka 4-6 7-5 7-5
This match had been halted by darkness the day before. On Thursday, rain added to the fun. Hard to know who was more affected by that -- the main significance may be that Kirilenko/Petrova will be a little more tired for the final, where they will face (uh-oh) Errani/Vinci. For last year's champions Hlavackova/Hradecka, this means that each will lose several spots; Hlavackova is out of the Top Fifteen and Hradecka just barely in it. Maria Kirilenko is up to #7, which is as high as she can go; we show Petrova in a dead heat with Elena Vesnina for the #10 spot. If Petrova wins the title, she will get sole possession of #10. We show the Top Ten as follows:
1..(1) HUBER ............. 9590
1..(1) RAYMOND ........... 9590
3..(8) ERRANI .............7340*
4..(9) VINCI ............. 7340*
5..(3) PESCHKE ........... 7305
6..(4) SREBOTNIK ......... 7305
7.(12) KIRILENKO ......... 6190*
8..(5) SHVEDOVA ...........6155
9..(6) KING ...............6115
10..(7) VESNINA ........... 5450
10.(15) PETROVA ........... 5450*
Of course, the flip side is, Petrova has trouble with big matches. But Errani/Vinci have never been at this level either....

Mixed Doubles - Final: (7) Mirza/Bhupathi def. Jans-Ignacik/S Gonzalez 7-6(7-3) 6-1
Experience, it seems, still counts. Mahesh Bhupathi has plenty of Slams, and Sania Mirza has titles and finals, and Jans-Ignacik/Gonzalez have nothing. It was a pretty thorough collapse. For Bhupathi, that puts him right behind his ex-partner Leander Paes in the contest for mixed #1:
1....Paes.............3733
2....Bhupathi.........2467
3....Nestor...........1567
4....Hanley...........1500
5....Zimonjic.........1483
6....BryanB...........1150
7....Melzer...........1150
8....Tecau............1150
9....Sock.............1000
10....Lipsky............967
Sania Mirza isn't nearly so strong, but she has herself in the Top Ten:
1....Vesnina..........2383
2....BlackC...........1967
3....Srebotnik........1917
4....HuberL...........1867
5....Mattek-Sands.....1833
6....Benesova.........1700
7....Mirza............1700
8....Chan.............1400
9....Raymond..........1267
10....Dulko............1017
This gives us a rather interesting situation for the Olympics. A lot of the top players come from countries where partners are lacking -- e.g. there are no strong Russian men to play with Vesnina, or strong Canadian women to play with Nestor. The Americans will probably have a strong team. Still, Mirza/Bhupathi will surely be among the favorites, if not the favorites....



 

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