Still only five women have lifted back-to-back French Open titles in the Open era. Now we get to go out there and really enjoy it.
The victor will play 11-time champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final.
In the early stages of his career, Roger Federer had a problem with left-handers.
Federer played shrewd tennis under trying conditions, but Nadal kept coming up with solutions, countering with exceptional defense that turned into offence on a dime. Not necessarily because he's a better player than Nadal or Djokovic but his game really did not suit my game.
Roger Federer stands in the way of Nadal and a spot in the final. Federer was visibly frustrated at times. There's clearly not much between the two players based on short-term and medium-term numbers, so it is a little puzzling why Konta has been chalked up as a market favourite.
In gusty winds, Thiem's powerful groundstrokes helped him dominate the first set, and Djokovic was in trouble early in the second when he fended off a break point. At that point, virtually all the energy left the match, and the third set was merely a formality.
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He said the words in English, and World War II veterans gathered with him at the Normandy American Cemetery stood in applause. May said in a message to mark the event: "The Normandy landings 75 years ago were a moment of historic global cooperation".
"Actually, I'm really happy that I get to play tomorrow", added the American, who is the first player born in the 2000s to get to the last-four of a major. It was a tough semifinal match for Ashleigh Barty as she had to fight for 3 sets.
Ash Barty was only 15 when she won the junior title at Wimbledon, a prodigy with a slice-and-dice game style tailor-made for grass. But then it was Barty's turn to change things and she went on a six-game run to force a third set. Barty began hitting the ball without inhibition and toggled between too passive and too aggressive.
Who wins the French Open women's final? The semifinals are always very hard matches, whatever the opponent.
Since the Australian Open, Marketa Vondrousova has the best record on tour at 27-5. But she is terrific to watch.
On the other hand, her own serving has been an issue, tied for 49th in the 128-player draw at a 65% hold rate. Here is everything you need to know about her as she looks to make history in Paris.
Mauresmo believes that the men's and women's semi-finals should be be split between Chatrier and the 10,000-capacity Lenglen. Seems "cochon-ish" even when all four men's top seeds breeze through.
The women's matches had been postponed from Thursday after a washout on Wednesday. "There are no two people like Federer on this planet".
So it was that, at 11:00 am here (5:00 a.m. ET and 2:00 a.m. PT), two women's semis played on Court Leglen and Mathieu in front of thinly-peopled stands. They later moved to Florida to join many other players who live and train there. That it owed to avarice, not flagrant sexism, doesn't make it acceptable.