Stosur Stuns Serena, a New Grand Slam Champion Awaits at French Open

by Staff | June 3rd, 2010, 7:50 am

The 2010 Roland Garros women’s semifinals have produced an unlike quartet. After a stunning win by Sam Stosur of world No. 1 Serena Williams, the tournament will crown a brand new women’s Grand Slam winner on Saturday. ADHEREL

Francesca Schiavone is the first Italian woman to appear in a Grand Slam semifinal in the Open Era, she takes on two-time Slam runner-up Elena Dementieva.

In the earlier semifinal, Stosur will take on Jelena Jankovic, a finalist at the 2008 US Open. Stosur was a surprise semifinalist at the French Open a year ago

2010 Roland Garros will produce a first-time Grand Slam singles champion, the 37th winner in the Open Era.

This is the first time since 1979 Australian Open that all 4 semifinalists have not yet won a GS title.

Of the semifinalists, only Jankovic and Dementieva have previously reached the final of a Grand Slam; Jankovic was runner-up at 2008 US Open (l. S.Williams), while Dementieva was runner-up at 2004 Roland Garros (l. Myskina) and 2004 US Open (l. Kuznetsova).

Jankovic (2007, 2008), Dementieva (2004) and Stosur (2009) have all previously reached a Roland Garros SF.

Schiavone is making her Grand Slam SF debut at Roland Garros; she is the first Italian woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since 1954 Roland Garros (Silvia Lazzarino).

Schiavone is the only player currently ranked outside of the Top 10 to advance to the SF. Since 1976, 3 players ranked outside of the Top 10 have won the title at RG: No.18 S.Barker (1976 as No.1 seed), No.17 V.Ruzici (1978 as No.2 seed) and No.12 Henin (2005 as No.10 seed).

Schiavone is also the only player in SF not to be seeded in Top 10. The women’s singles title has only been won once by a player not seeded in the Top 10 (1933, Margaret Scriven, unseeded).

For the second Grand Slam running, all semifinalists are aged 25 or over.

All semifinalists have won a clay court title, and 2 of them in 2010: Stosur (Charleston) and Schiavone (Barcelona). In terms of career clay titles, Jankovic leads the way with 5; Dementieva and Schiavone 2; and Stosur, 1.

This is the first time since 1999 that 4 nations have been represented in the Roland Garros semifinals and the 8th successive year that a Russian woman has appeared in the last four here  Stosur and Schiavone have broken through the $5 million prize money barrier here.

Stosur has more main draw clay court wins this year than any other woman (19).

Ranking Projection:

Serena Williams is projected to retain the No.1 ranking after Roland Garros (week of June 7, 2010) bringing her career total to 106 weeks at No.1. Serena regained the No.1 spot on November 2, 2009 and during Roland Garros is spending her 104th and 105th weeks there.

While Williams has secured the No.1 ranking, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva are all fighting for positions No.2-5.

Wozniacki is projected to rank between No.3-5; the only way she could drop to No.5 would be if Jankovic and Dementieva meet in the final.

Jankovic or Dementieva could climb to No.2 by winning the title; otherwise Venus Williams will remain at No.2.

By reaching the SF, Stosur is projected to climb to No.6, unless Schiavone wins the title. With Dementieva advancing to the SF, No.6 is now the highest Stosur could climb.

Schiavone is projected to make her Top 10 debut and move ahead of Flavia Pennetta to become Italy’s No.1 player; Schiavone could climb to No.7 by reaching the final and No.6 by winning the title.

Schiavone will be making her Top 10 debut at the age of 29 years, 11 months and 15 days (on June 7th), the oldest player to make her Top 10 debut since 1998 when Nathalie Tauziat made her Top 10 debut at 30 years, 2 months, 26 days.

Schiavone will be the 101st player to break into the Top 10 rankings since the inception of the computer rankings (November 3, 1975).

Justine Henin is projected to rise to No.18, that would represent the highest ranking since her return.

With Dinara Safina falling in 1r and Svetlana Kuznetsova losing in 3r, both players will fall out of the Top 10. Safina is projected to drop to No.20 and Kuznetsova to No.19.

Kuznetsova has been ranked in the Top 10 since the week of April 3, 2006, the longest active run of any player currently ranked in the Top 10; that streak will end after Roland Garros. As a result, Jelena Jankovic will become the player that has been ranked inside for the most consecutive weeks; the Serb moved into the Top 10 the week of February 19, 2007.

Entering RG, there were 3 Russian players in the Top 10 (Safina, Kuznetsova, Dementieva). There have been as many as 6 Russians ranked in the Top 10 as the week of August 25, 2008. With Safina’s 1r loss and Kuznetsova’s 3r loss, the number of Russians in the Top 10 is projected to drop to 1 for the first time since August 25, 2003 (Myskina at No.10).

[7] Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs. [4] Jelena Jankovic (SRB) – Jankovic leads 3-1
[17] Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs. [5] Elena Dementieva (RUS) – Dementieva leads 6-4

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25 Comments for Stosur Stuns Serena, a New Grand Slam Champion Awaits at French Open

Kimo Says:

The semis are on and apparently no one on this blog is watching.

Well, I just wanna say I’m all for a Dementieva-Stosur final.

zola Says:


Me too! for a Stosur-Dimentieva final and I will be happy for either of them to win the title. They both deserve it.

JCZ Says:

Wow, Dementieva apparently will never win the big one. She doesn’t have the mental conviction to get over the hump and just win. She was up a break and ready to roll in this set but let Schiavone back in it. And then she just rolled over in the breaker.

Kimo Says:

Dementieva retires. This was her best shot at a slam since 2004. Now, it is almost a certainty that she will never win one. Sad. I kinda like her.

zola Says:

Wow! Dimentieva just retired! I don’t know what happened. Just turned the TV on! But they showed her almost crying. Perhaps due to pain. That sends Schiavone to the final after winning the first set tie-break.

Congratz to Schiavone. What a dream two weeks for her.

its all abt da game Says:

well, if dementieva was fitter, i guess she would have taken it..
bad luck is so persisent about dementieva..
it is not letting her breathe easy..
i hope she wins one slam atleast before it is late..
better to be a one slam wonder than be an eternal bridemaid..

Kimo Says:

About 75% of the seats in Phillipe Chatrier are empty.

Women’s tennis is dead as disco.

Kimo Says:

Jelena’s draw has been a cakewalk compared to Sam.

jane Says:

Too bad about Dementieva; anyone know why she retired? What was hurt?

Congrats to Schiavone.

Ty Says:

Me thinks it was a brain injury that got her.

jane Says:

Sam certainly played like the one who took out both Henin and Serena in the first set. Looks like JJ is trying to make the second one more competitive.

JCZ Says:

Sam breaks back. I think this will be over quickly.

jane Says:

I think you may be right JCZ.

JCZ Says:

Just one more game…

JCZ Says:

Wow, what a spanking!
Jankovic only won 38% of her first serves. That’s pretty bad.

BT Says:

3 upsets in a row and what a blowout with 6-1 6-2. All the best for the final Sam you deserve it. It’s like you’ve just played in 3 finals!

its all abt da game Says:

the rise of sam has been amazing..
from the top doubles player tto one of the top singles player, that s an awesome journey..
in finals, even though i would support schiavone(support for an underdog, i would be happy if samantha wins.. :)

jane Says:

Sam was just tooo good. Congrats to her and kudos as well for working her way through a very difficult draw.

sar Says:

Too bad for JJ and ED. Well I guess I have to go with Francesca now.

zola Says:

What a match by Stosur. She is so sure in her execution. It is amazing. I think she can take the title if she plays like this in the final.

ESPN showed Dimentieva’s press conference. pparently she had a tear in her calf from the second round and kept playing on it and today it became too painful. She was asked if she would have retired had she won the first set and she said yes, because it was impossible to walk.

So bad luck for her. very unfortunate.

andrea Says:

the crowds at roland garros match the crickets on tennis-x when it comes to women’s tennis.

i haven’t seen the dementieva match but agree it’s a shame she had to retire. for once, she wouldn’t have a williams to compete against and could have had a real shot.

but stosur is looking on fire. i’m putting my money on her.

margot Says:

Sam was awesome! Amazing serve she has, graceful, fluid, powerful. Way to go!

jane Says:

Yes, zola – bad luck for Dementieva. Thanks for filling me in on her press conference. I STILL hope that one day she will win a slam. But I am guessing this one belongs to Sam. I love the name Sam – for men or women.

anita Says:

serena you are just the best,just the best and no one can be like you

anita Says:

you are the best just the best and no one can be like you

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