It’s women’s semi-final day at Roland Garros, and today’s matches feature two former Grand Slam finalists and two who are aiming for their first major final.
First up on Philippe Chatrier court (13:00 BST), 2004 French Open finalist Elena Dementieva (l. to Myskina) takes on Francesca Schiavone, who made history on Tuesday by becoming the first Italian woman in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals of a major.
Dementieva, who won the Beijing Olympic Gold medal in 2008, battled against injury at the start of her quarter-final match against fellow Russian Nadia Petrova, and in the end it came down to survival of the fittest. She eased through the second and third sets after dropping the first, but will need to be at or near full fitness today.
Schiavone never looked in trouble against 2009 US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals, winning 6-2 6-3 and showing no sign of nerves whatsoever as she closed in on an historic achievement for Italian tennis. Both players are experienced on the tour but, despite the fact that Dementieva is a former finalist here and Schiavone is playing in her first major semi-final, confidence and fitness may play a bigger part here. Schiavone in three.
In the second semi-final, former world number one Jelena Jankovic takes on Aussie Samantha Stosur, who is contesting her second consecutive Roland Garros semi-final.
Jankovic reached the final of the US Open in 2008 (l. to S. Williams) but since then, this is her best result in a major. She played an outstanding fourth round match against the experienced Daniela Hantuchova before defeating Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets in the quarter-final, but she will need to be at her very best today once again.
Stosur will be riding a wave of confidence after her stunning three-set victories over four-time former champion Justine Henin and world number one Serena Williams. That confidence, her experience of winning majors in doubles – including the French Open in 2006 – and the variety in her game, may just prove too much for the Serb. Stosur in three.