French Open 2012 Scores: Predicting Winners for Each Day 11 Match
Some big names have bowed out, but Day 11 of the French Open will still feature some star-studded action.
With four of the top twelve seeds on the men's side battling it out, as well as two of the top four seeds on the women's side, tennis fans will be treated to some brilliant quarterfinal play on Wednesday.
Here are my predictions for each of the Day 11 matches.
Play begins at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN2.
No. 2 Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. No. 23 Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Career series tied 0-0
Sharapova is obviously the bigger star, but Kanepi has been on fire lately.
The 26-year-old Estonian has won two of her three career singles titles this year, while also winning eight of her last 10 matches. During that span, she's beaten Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Of course, Sharapova hasn't exactly been slouching, either. The Russian has won nine of her last 10, and although she was tested by Klara Zakopalova in the fourth round, I'm expecting her to rebound well.
It will be a close match, but I'm taking Sharapova to advance in a three-set thriller.
No. 4 Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Career series tied 0-0
Like Sharapova and Kanepi, these two women have never faced each other. Also like Sharapova and Kanepi, I'm expecting the higher seed to prevail.
Shvedova has been brilliant lately, but her fairy tale run at Roland Garros will come to an end in the quarterfinals.
The fourth-seeded Kvitova has dropped just one set at the French Open, and she cruised past Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1 in the fourth round.
She faces a tough challenge in Shvedova, who just disposed of 2011 champ Li Na. But Kvitova will not overlook her opponent.
I'm expecting her to come out strong and reach her second Grand Slam semifinal of 2012.
No. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. No. 12 Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Nadal leads career series 7-0
Almagro has played Nadal tough in their last four matches, but this isn't the time or the place for him to get his first win against his fellow Spaniard.
Nadal is blazing through the French Open field, dominating every opponent he faces. In the fourth round, he easily dispatched No. 13 Juan Monaco 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.
He's clearly on a mission to win his record-breaking seventh French Open title, and nobody—especially not Almagro—can stop him now.
I'm predicting Nadal to win in straight sets.
No. 4 Andy Murray (GBR) vs. No 6 David Ferrer (ESP)
Murray leads career series 5-4
In what should be one of the most competitive quarterfinal matches, I'm looking for Ferrer to tie the career series and join his countryman Nadal in the semifinals.
Ferrer has yet to drop a set at the 2012 French Open, ripping through quality opponents like No. 27 Mikhail Youzhny and No. 20 Marcel Granollers.
Ferrer has also beat Murray in all three of their matches on clay, and he took down the Scot 6-4, 7-5 in their last meeting.
I'm looking for Ferrer to win an exhausting five-set match and advance to his third career Grand Slam semifinal.
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