Roland Garros day 10, first quarter final day

3 06 2009

Dinara Safina(1) beats Vika Azrenka(9) 1-6 6-4 6-2

The world number one Safina had been cruising through her first 4 rounds, but yesterday she got seriously tested. Azarenka came out firing and played an incredible first set with only 1 unforced error and probably the best set played by a woman this whole year. The second set Azarenka started making more errors and after losing her serve while making 2 double faults the momentum was with Safina. And mentally strong this young woman really has become. She smelled her chance and started playing really well, she quickly lead 4-1 then Azarenka came back to 4all but after that it was all Safina, who also played a great third set and showed she is the real favorite here for the title.

Dominika Cibulkova(20) beats Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-2

Sharapova played one of the worst matches of her career and was clearly tired after playing such epic matches in the rounds leading up to this quarterfinal. Cibulkova played solid but did not need to do much more then bring the ball back waiting for the unforced error. At 5-0 in the second set Cibulkova had 2 match points and then Sharapova showed some fire and played finally good tennis. It was obviously too late. For her though a good grand slam back after the long injury. Cibulkova makes her first semi-final of a slam

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