Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic won against Cori Gauff in the quarter-finals with 6-7 (6-8), 3-6. The 17-years-old US-American Gauff was the favourite of the match as she has not dropped a set in the tournament. Gauff had a good start in the quarter-final, but she allowed herself to be disenchanted by her opponent. Krejcikova took her sixth match point and then threw up her arms in disbelief over the win.
In 2018, the Czech had triumphed in doubles at Roland Garros. This year she is fighting in singles as well in the semi-finals of the doubles again.
Krejcikova, who has defeated Sloane Stephens from the US in the round of 16, will now face the Greek Maria Sakkari in the semi-finals.
Another surprise than just Gauff being eliminated is that defending champion Iga Swiatek is out of the French Open 2021, too. Swiatek, the 20-year-old Pole, lost against Maria Sakkari from Greece with 4-6, 4-6.
The 25-year-old Greek, who reached the semi-finals at one of the four Grand Slam tournaments for the first time, converted her second match point after 1:35 hours.
Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia and Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will face each other on Thursday in the other semi-final.
And what matches are we going to see at the men tennis in Roland Garros?
One of the two semi-finals will be the match between Alexander Zverev from Germany and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will contest the other semi-final.
Rafael Nadal defeated Diego Schwartzman from Argentina with 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. Schwartzman managed to keep the match open for three sets against the 13-time Paris champion Nadal. Nadal decided the first set after 42 minutes for himself. However, Schwartzman did not give up to fight back and managed a fast break in the second set. Even though he took revenge quickly, at 4:5, the Majorcan lost his service game to level the set.
After that win from Schwartzmann, the match was completely open again, and the world’s number 10 stayed strong until 4:4. But when it came down to it, Nadal’s long experience became visible again, and he was on hand again. The Spaniard took Schwartzman’s serve at 5:4 and took the third set shortly afterwards. With that, the resistance of the Argentinian was broken, and Nadal decided the game in his favour.
Rafael Nadal, the world’s number two, will meet world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday.
Novak Djokovic won against the Italian Matteo Berrettini with 6:3, 6:2, 6:7 (5:7), 7:5 after a long game. Not only was the match a tough battle, but it also had to be interrupted for a long time as fans had to be asked to leave the stadium due to exit restrictions in France. The fact that fans were not allowed inside the stadium for a part of the game hit Djokovic’s motivation hard, as he described in his post-match interview. He also said, “It was an incredible duel against a great server, someone who has a lot of pressure in his game. I did – I think – quite well on my serve. The opportunity to win in three sets was there, but I’m so happy now too.”