Salut! And welcome to Roland-Garros 2023 – day 11! Who will be a part of Karolína Muchová and Aryna Sabalenka; Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz within the final 4?
As yesterday, we start with two ladies’s quarter-finals, and each look tasty within the excessive. This can be the primary time Beatriz Haddad Maia has reached this stage of a serious, however she’s taking part in like somebody whose penny has dropped. Her affected person, highly effective, adroit, lefty sport sport appears in terrific order, and if she hits the extent she produced within the second set of her last-16 match in opposition to Sara Sorribes Tormo, she has an opportunity of inflicting an upset. Nevertheless Ons Jabeur has already handed the stage she’s at present at, now a fixture on the enterprise finish of issues, and her mixture of guile, fingers and hitting appears a potent antidote to what the Brazilian brings.
Second on we’ve a possible traditional. Iga Swiatek is the defending French Open champion, the US Open champion and the perfect participant on this planet … and Coco Gauff is surging, poised to lastly fulfil her potential. If her backhand is working and her forehand is working effectively sufficient, she has the sport to trigger loads of issues however most significantly of all, the way in which she’s carrying herself tells you she believes her time is now.
And at last this afternoon we’ve Alexander Zverev, nonetheless working his approach again after damage, in opposition to Tomás Martín Etcheverry. If we’re being actual, neither appears a possible winner, however each are hitting it properly … and obscenely arduous. The previous has dropped only one set to this point this competitors and crushed each Francis Tiafoe and Griggzy Dimitrov, whereas the latter, a clay-court specialist, has but to concede in any respect, having seen off Alex De Minaur, Borna Coric and Yoshihito Nishioka.
Or, put one other approach, we’ve obtained one other terrific day in retailer. On y va!