2010 French Open Daily

Your P.M. once-over of all things Roland Garros

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Sam Stosur outmuscled Serena Williams on Wednesday.
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What's Happening Thursday

ESPN2's live coverage of the women's semifinals begins at 8 a.m. ET and runs through 1 p.m. The Tennis Channel airs the men's doubles semifinals at 5 a.m.

The four players left in the women's draw are each gunning for their first career Grand Slam title. No. 17-seeded Francesca Schiavone faces No. 5 Elena Dementieva at 8 a.m., while No. 4 Jelena Jankovic faces No. 7 Sam Stosur approximately 30 minutes after the end of the first match.

The compete order of play for Day 12 can be found here.

 

What Happened Wednesday

Seventh-seeded Sam Stosur upended Serena Williams in three sets to continue her charmed run through the women's draw at Roland Garros. The 26-year-old Aussie, who served for the match at 5-3 in the second set before Serena fought back, saved a match point in the third before sealing the 6-2, 6-7 (2), 8-6 victory. It marked Stosur's second high-profile scalp in three days after Monday's fourth-round upset of Justine Henin. "It was me. It was my match and I lost it," Serena said. "That's basically what happened."

• No. 22-seeded Jurgen Melzer stormed back from two sets down to put down No. 3 Novak Djokovic in four hours and 15 minutes. Djokovic, who'd been battling allergy and cold symptoms throughout the tournament, captured the first two sets in just 67 minutes and went up a break in the third -- before Melzer came alive en route to the 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory.

• Four-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal survived a game challenge from Nicolas Almagro in a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory. Nadal will face Melzer in Friday's men's semifinals.

• Fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic knocked off unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova in an intense, error-filled battle that saw 10 service breaks and 42 unforced errors. Jankovic faces Stosur in Thursday's second women's quarterfinal.

• Approximately one hour after Serena's singles setback, the Williams sisters rallied from a set down to defeat Liezel Huber and Anabel Medina Garrigues, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, to reach the French Open women’s doubles final.

 

Paris Clicks

More from the Wall Street Journal on Federer's streak-killer ... Justine Henin is still a work in progress after the Stosur loss ... Great New York Times piece on les remasseurs des balles at the French Open ... John Isner remains buddies with Pro Bowl wideout Steve Smith ... Vandals have gone to town on Simona Halep's Wikipedia page ... Maintaining the French Open's iconic terre battue is a full-time job for the groundskeepers.

 

Photo of the Day

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Novak Djokovic argues with chair umpire Carlos Bernedes over a call during Wednesday's match with Jurgen Melzer.
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Go Figure

31 ... Number of Grand Slam appearances made by 29-year-old Jurgen Melzer prior to this year's French Open.

0 ... Number of times Melzer, who is one victory from Sunday's men's final, made it past the third round in those appearances.

5 ... Number of women's players who have ranked No. 1 simultaneously in singles and doubles: Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and Kim Clijsters. Serena Williams will become the sixth when the 28-year-old inherits the No. 1 doubles ranking on Monday.

 

Must-See Video

As the year's second Grand Slam winds down, players from around the U.S. are trying to qualify for the fourth through the USTA's national playoff system. Among them is Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, who is taking part in the Hawaii Pacific sectional.

 

They Said It

"[Soderling] will become the world’s No. 1, and will do it faster than we can expect."
--Bjorn Borg, to Swedish newspaper Expressen, after Soderling's upset of Roger Federer on Tuesday


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