Simona Halep, #4, and #28 Andrea Petkovic advanced to their first semifinals appearance in a Grand Slam. The women play tomorrow in the semifinals of the 2014 Roland Garros French Open.
Rain delayed the matches three hours and it continued to drizzle when the matches started. Halep, the highest women’s seed left in the tournament, easily beat #27 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2. Unfortunately for Kuznetsova, she just could not break Halep and only scored two out of nine break points. Towards the end of the match, spectators could tell her legs bothered her and during one play she had to slide to hit the ball. Her face grimaced in pain and she barely showed any effort as Halep scored the last two points to secure the match.
Kuznetsova won the French Open in 2009 and has not reached a semifinal since. Halep had an amazing 2013, which allowed her to skyrocket up the rankings. She has won seven titles and at least one on hard, grass, and clay courts.
Petkovic defeated #10 Sara Errani 6-2, 6-2 and Errani appeared to have zero energy in her. She admitted as much after the match and had no idea why. Errani did lead both sets, but Petkovic would win straight games to finish.
The semifinals for the women play tomorrow at 8 a.m. Eastern. Maria Sharapova, #7, will play against #18 Eugenie Bouchard before Halep vs. Petkovic.