French Open – Quarter Finals (2)
The quarter finals are complete. Day 11 was another day where we saw some surprise results. The first match on was between unseeded Krejcikova and 24th seed and 17 year old, Gauff. Gauff started the better of the 2 and went 3-0 up and then was up 5-3 and 40-15. Krejcikova found her game just in time and somehow won the 9th game and the score was now 5-4. 3 holds of serve and they headed into a first set tiebreak. Gauff had a bit of luck on her side and from 3-2 down in the tiebreak, she lead 6-4 and had another 2 set points. Krejcikova though stayed true to her game and hit 2 clean forehand winners to tie it up at 6-6. She then managed to conjure up her first set point which she took. She then raced to a 5-0 lead. Serving for the match at 5-1, she was 40-0 up. This time it was Gauff’s turn to save set/match points. Gauff managed to win 5 points in a row and the match continued. Krejcikova managing to finish the match 6-3 and move to her first ever grand slam semi-final (in the singles draw). The second match on was between the defending champ, Swiatek, and and the greek, Sakkari. Sakkari came out firing on all levels and kept that level as she knocked out the defending champ and the last top 10 seed remaining. The first men’s match was between 13 time champion Nadal and 10th seed Schwartzman. It was a great battle between the 2. Nadal taking the first set and Schwartzman hitting back and taking the 2nd set. From that point on though, Nadal went into 8th gear and won the next 2 sets pretty easily. The last match on was between number 1 in the world, Djokovic, and 9th seed Berrettini. The French Curfew moved from 9 to 11 so this was the first night match to be played in front of a crowd. The first 2 sets was Djokovic at his best and Berrettini making too many errors. The third set Djokovic made just 5 unforced errors but 2 of them came at a 5-4 up in the tiebreak. The match headed into a 4th. Berrettini trailed 3-2 when the crowd was forced to leave. Both players had to leave the stadium and return to the silence of no crowd. Djokovic managed to take the 4th set 7-5 and set up a fascinating encounter with 13 time champ Nadal.
In the fantasy league, we saw Berrettini, Schwartzman, Swiatek and Gauff all lose. Our second team has been eliminated – ‘Frogs First’. This means that we have a new wooden spoon holder. This holder though won’t have it for too long because Wimbledon is just 2 and half weeks away.
The fight for first is really heating up. ‘Lorna Forbes’ still stuck in 2nd place just 2 points off ‘Oh My Hat’. The top 2 each have 3 people remaining. Game on! ‘Ronan the Man’ moves past ‘Romain Soula’ and into 3rd place. ‘Frogs legs yum yum’ and ‘Servivors’ trying their best to hang on to the battle for 4th. This next round is going to be vital. Especially the males semi-finals as all 4 males have been picked. Here is the leaderboard heading into the semi-finals.
Results on Day 11:
- Krejcikova beat Gauff(24) – 7-6(6); 6-3
- Sakkari(17) beat Swiatek(8) – 6-4; 6-4
- Nadal(3) beat Schwartzman(10) – 6-3; 4-6; 6-4; 6-0
- Djokovic(1) beat Berrettini(9) – 6-3; 6-2; 6-7(5); 7-5
Semi-finals on Day 12:
- Pavlyuchenkova(31) vs Zidansek (15:00)
- Krejcikova vs Sakkari(17) (16:15)
Jared matriculated in 2020 from Wynberg Boys High School in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. His passion for tennis afforded him the opportunity of travelling to Europe. He is a quizmaster and a fantasy organiser.