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Roland Garros Women’s Semifinals Preview

Semifinal #1: Safina vs. Kuznetsova

In this all-Russian affair we see World number 4, Svetlana Kuznetsova, take on 13 seed Dinara Safina. This is Safina’s first grand slam semifinal and may have gotten a little lucky to get here, as her previous two opponents pretty much choked the match away. Kuznetsova is much more experienced on the big stage, having reached three grand slam finals, including one here in 2006, and winning the 2004 U.S. Open. Svetlana is also one of the best movers on the clay and can hit shot for shot with Safina. This means Kuznetsova will be able to neutralize Safina’s power and make her hit a lot of balls, which usually spells trouble for those who hit as flat and hard as Safina. Look for Kuznetsova to use her heavy top spin forehand and superior movement to take out Safina.

Prediction: Kuznetsova in three

Semifinal #2: Jankovic vs. Ivanovic

This blockbuster semifinal has the two Serbian starlets, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, fight it out for a place in the final and the Serbian #1. Ana Ivanovic has been playing lights out, having not lost a set in five matches and dishing out a double bagel in the 4th round. Her monster forehand is on fire and even her backhand is giving her winners. Jelena Jankovic has been struggling with a forearm injury. She just isn’t getting any pop off her forehand, which is going to give Ivanovic plenty of sitters to rip off both wings. This Ivanovic’s match to win or lose, if she can keep her toss under control, she should find herself in her third grand slam final.

Prediction: Ivanovic in two tight sets


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