Nadal, Murray Advance; Women’s Semis Thursday at French Open
Nadal won a French Open final rematch over No. 5 seed Robin Soderling, this time summarily dismissing the Swede 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3).
“It’s always difficult to play when it’s windy, but it’s the same for both players,” Soderling said. “In the beginning it was tough to serve really well. I think first two sets was pretty windy, and then it got a little bit easier, a little bit calmer in the third set.”
Murray had a tougher time against unseeded Juan Ignacio Chela, but still defeated the Argentine in straight sets 7-6(2), 7-5, 6-2.
“It was just very up and down,” said Murray, who will face Nadal on Friday. “The wind obviously doesn’t help, but it was just a really scrappy match. I didn’t start particularly well and then got a little bit better and started moving a bit better towards the end of the first set. Then I got up in the second, lost concentration a little which you can’t afford to do against someone like Juan who has a lot of experience on this surface.”
The two women’s quarterfinal matches on Wednesday were also straight-set affairs, with No. 6 seed Li Na of China upsetting No. 4 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-2, and No. 7 Maria Sharapova drubbing No. 15 Andrea Petkovic 6-0, 6-3.
“Even though the first set was 6-0, we played it for quite a bit of time because of some long games at the beginning,” Sharapova told reporters. “I did really well in the important points in the first set. I think that was the difference in the beginning — then there was a little bit of an up and down in the second set…It’s exciting to be back in the semis here.”
Thursday play sees the women’s semifinals with (6) Na Li vs. (7) Maria Sharapova, and (5) Francesca Schiavone vs. (11) Marion Bartoli.
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