Saw the last set of the match ! Still think Maria is not playing on a high level. Slow at times and not concistant. All points seems to be a battle. Let's see if Maria will play better when the conditions are changing.
Ps; Funny to see that obviously Serena is not that good. Is not playing on Centre Court tomorrow.
Agnieszka Radwanska hit 18 winners to just five unforced errors to beat Ana Ivanovic and reach her first French Open quarterfinal. What's the only Grand Slam quarterfinal she's missing now?
Agnieszka Radwanska maintained her mastery over Ana Ivanovic Sunday, beating the Serb in straight sets to reach the French Open quarterfinals - her first French Open quarterfinal.
The No.4-seeded Radwanska was never really in trouble in the match, hitting 18 winners to just five unforced errors en route to a one-hour, 21-minute, 62 64 victory over the No.14-seeded Ivanovic.
"I don't know the statistics, but that's for sure one of my best matches of the year for sure, and especially on clay," Radwanska said. "I'm just very happy about it. Everything was working for me.
"I'm very, very happy to reach my first quarterfinal here. It's been great, especially on a surface I didn't really have good results on before, especially this year. So I'm just very excited about this."
Radwanska has now reached the quarterfinals of three of the four Grand Slams - the Australian Open four times, the French Open once and Wimbledon three times. All that's missing is the US Open.
"Almost, almost," she said in her presser.
Radwanska's clay court lead-up was the thinnest of any of the top players - she played two events and won one round total. But clearly that hasn't hampered her at the big one this fortnight in Paris.
"Losing early in the tournaments before didn't help, but I'm happy I'm doing better here," Radwanska said. "I'm trying my best, and I'm even playing much better in this match than my first match. Ana played really well today - if I played like in the rounds before, I think I wouldn't make it today."
Ivanovic, who has now lost her last seven meetings with Radwanska, also thought it was high quality.
"I actually think the match was closer than maybe the score indicates," Ivanovic said. "I think maybe it was my serve. If you lose your serve, you know against her you have to win points over and over again, and there's a point where it gets frustrating and you really have to just stick through with it.
"At some points I didn't stick through with it, and that made a big difference today."
Next up for Radwanska is No.5 seed Sara Errani, who beat No.20 seed Carla Suarez Navarro earlier in the day Radwanska leads Errani 6-1 in their head to head, though they haven't played this year yet.
"Sara is a very good clay court player, so for sure it's going to be very tough, especially since she's defending the final here," Radwanska said. "The last match we played - it was Istanbul - we played three and a half hours. I was just better by a few points. It's not like I'm winning easy or anything.
"What I remember most about that match is I couldn't walk the next day."
So her strategy? "I have to prepare for a lot of rallies, a lot of running, and for a close match. And this is a quarterfinal, so it doesn't matter who's on the other side, it's going to be someone good."
Uh oh,Vika's starting to play well. This could be danger for Maria in semis. After all the talk of losing to Serena,losing to Vika 6-7,7-6,7-6 is still MUCH worse than losing to Serena 6-0,6-0
When Masha really wants to beat Vika, she defeats her. Vika is not an obstacle for Masha even if Vika is a good tennis player.
BUT Vika should be carefull with Masha.
Masha hasn't told her last word...
Svetlana will fight Serena first..
It's the real black mark of her career,losing all those HC matches in straight sets to Vika,cos I mean she's not even that talented. Maria playing her best should win easily.
Yes,we are all BEGGING Svetlana to pull another big match out of the bag,just one last time. We know how good she can be on clay if she plays her best.
Oh my goodness,
Sloane Stephens was building her momentum, but Maria Sharapova was just too sharp on the day, beating the American in straight sets to move through to the French Open quarterfinals.
Sloane Stephens was building her momentum - following some quiet times after Australia, she had won seven of her last nine matches going into this one - but Maria Sharapova was just too sharp, beating the American in straight sets to move through to the French Open quarterfinals.With the wind swirling on Court Philippe Chatrier, it wasn't easy for Sharapova and Stephens to produce their best tennis - they both had negative winners-to-errors differentials. But Sharapova tamed her game just a little bit better on the day with a -3 differential (17 to 20) while Stephens' game went awry with a -10 differential (15 to 25), and at the end of the day it was the No.2-seeded Sharapova who came out on top, defeating the No.17-seeded Stephens in an hour and 28 minutes, 6-4 6-3.
It was far closer than their encounter in Rome a few weeks ago, which Sharapova won, 6-2 6-1.
"She played much better than she did in Rome," Sharapova said. "She obviously knew she had to. This is a different stage and I'm sure she was geared up. Especially when you lose a couple of weeks ago, you want a bit of revenge, and I'm sure she had that type of feeling going into that match-up today.
"And also, it's Roland Garros and the conditions are always going to be tricky, which also played a part in it. Patience was really important - we had a few freaky points, a few shanks, you know.
"That was all a challenge, and I was really happy with the way I came through against her today."
Sharapova was very complimentary towards Stephens when asked about her in her presser.
"I think Sloane has a tremendous amount of potential," Sharapova said. "And she has a lot of things in her game in which there is a lot of room for even more improvement - there are some players you play against and you're not quite sure if they will be able to develop something to a different level, but I think she will. She has a big game already - big strokes, pretty good serve. She has a lot of time to develop.
"If she's in the right hands at the right time, I'm sure she's going to have a great career."
Stephens was in her third Grand Slam second week, making the fourth round here last year (falling to Sam Stosur) and the semifinals of the Australian Open this year (falling to Victoria Azarenka).
"There's always room for improvement," Stephens said. "Maria's obviously a really great competitor if she's No.2 in the world, so it's tough. You've just got to keep improving. I wouldn't say there's a drastic difference - you just have to keep getting better. Some things I can improve on, so I'll do that.
"Overall I've done pretty well, though. Not to have played that well coming into the clay court season and to get a good amount of matches in and get some confidence, I think it's a good thing."
Stephens was then asked one word to sum up her experience at Roland Garros this year. "Dazzling," she replied. "Because every year, every Slam is always pretty special - there's always something crazy going on. I think this year it was just refreshing to get back on the court and compete and just have fun and enjoy myself. It's obviously been a stressful couple of months, so just to get out and not have to worry about anything and just play, it was fine. I enjoyed myself here at Roland Garros this year."
Next up for Sharapova is No.18 seed Jelena Jankovic, who beat Jamie Hampton later in the day, 6-0 6-2. Sharapova leads Jankovic in their head to head 7-1, but they have never played on clay.
"We know each other quite well," Sharapova said. "We played against each other quite a bit in the juniors all the time. We spent a lot of time together. We were in the same group. We were playing matches and tournaments against each other. And I think the clay really suits her game. I think she's a great retriever and gets a lot of balls back. She's playing much more consistent I believe than she's done in the last couple of years, which is nice to see, because she was at that level and maintained that level for quite a bit of time. But yeah, she's a really tough opponent. I look forward to it."
Roland Garros 2013 - The French Open
Wednesday (05 June) CEST Quarterfinals (waiting for Legends posting--Legends SHOULD appear on the same Court 1 Streams as today: http://lsh.streamhunter....ups/154129977346320.html )14:00 Jelena Janković (SRB) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS) (Court Philippe Chatrier) ДАВАЙ Маша!!!14:00 Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)(Court Suzanne Lenglen) ДАВАЙ Кири!!!
Wednesday (05 June) CEST Quarterfinals (waiting for Legends posting--Legends SHOULD appear on the same Court 1 Streams as today: http://lsh.streamhunter....ups/154129977346320.html )
14:00 Jelena Janković (SRB) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS) (Court Philippe Chatrier) ДАВАЙ Маша!!!14:00 Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)(Court Suzanne Lenglen) ДАВАЙ Кири!!!
BETTER WATCH OUT WILLIAMS...
MASHA can't run fast enough to win that FINAL...DAVAI !!!!
It's about time Maria's stomach problems came back again...it's getting very close to the 'that' time again.
Errani is into semi final after defeating Radwanska , her next opponent is S.Williams .
This was the only opportunity for Serena to loose this tournament, unfortunately Kutzi lost ! No, if I may be honest, looking at how Serena plays and how arrogant she is, there is no other alternitive for that girl other than to win in Paris !!
This was the only opportunity for Serena to loose this tournament, unfortunately Kutzi lost ! No, if I me be so honest, looking at how Serena plays and how arrogant she is, there is no other alternitive for that girl other than to win in Paris !!
And if she can't, she may destroy herself on court, & we can watch?