After 12 days of grueling action and a plethora of upsets, the French Open draws have been pared to four men and four women.
After all the big upsets earlier in the draw, three of the four remaining women are seeded second, fourth and sixth. Second seed Maria Sharapova will face fourth seed Petra Kvitova. The other semifinal will match 21st seed Sara Errani and sixth seed Samantha Stosur.
This is the furthest Errani has ever advanced in a Grand Slam. She reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in January. This is Errani’s seventh season as a professional.
Stosur leads their all-time series 5-0. Their first meeting was in the Olympics in Beijing in 2008. They also met in the U.S. Open third round in 2010. Their lone meeting on Clay was earlier this year in Rome with Stosur winning in straight sets.
Sharapova and Kvitova have also met five times. Sharapova has won both their meetings this year. She defeated Kvitova in the semifinals at the Australian Open in January and won in straight sets on clay in Stuttgart.
The Women’s Semifinals will be televised live on ESPN2 from 8am to 1pm Eastern Time on Thursday, June 7th. The Tennis Channel will re-broadcast the semifinals from 1pm to 7pm Eastern Time and then again on the French Open Tonight from 7pm to 10pm.
The French Open tonight highlights the action in a live format, but does not show the entire match.
The men’s draw has held to form throughout the French fortnight more so than the women’s. David Ferrer is crashing the semifinal party after a quarterfinal upset of Andy Murray.
Murray’s loss ended a streak of two straight men’s grand slam quarters featuring the top-four players in the world—Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Murray. The 2010 French is the last time that at least three of those four players were not in the semifinals of a slam.
Federer leads the head-to-head meetings with Djokovic 14-11, but Djokovic has won five of the last six. Included were Djokovic rallying from two sets down in last year’s US Open Semifinals and Federer’s win in the 2011 French Open Semifinal.
Nadal owns a 15-4 career record against his countryman Ferrer. Two of the latter's wins occurred in Grand Slams and he has one victory over Nadal on Clay. Nadal has won their last four meetings in straight sets.
Ferrer’s last win was over Nadal in the Quarterfinals at the Australian Open last year. He ousted Nadal from the US Open quarters in 2007 and beat him in their first ever meeting on Clay at Stuttgart in 2004.
The Men’s Semifinals will be broadcast live on the Tennis Channel on Friday June 8th from 7am-11am Eastern Time. The first match will be on the Tennis Channel and that is likely to be Nadal-Ferrer. NBC will pick up the coverage beginning at 11am. They will likely have the Djokovic-Federer.
This will only be live in the Eastern Time Zone after the today show concludes. The Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaskan and Hawaiian time zone will show the remainder of the semifinals on tape delay. The Tennis Channel will re-air the semifinals from 5pm to Midnight Eastern Time and then again from midnight to 6am.