Roland Garros 2013 Order of Play: Day 11

June 5, 2013

in Grand Slams: Roland Garros

Victoria Azarenka

The 2013 Roland Garros final two women’s and two men’s singles quarter final matches are scheduled to be played here in Paris today – Wednesday 5 June. Below OnCourt Advantage lists the order of play for the eleventh day of main draw singles matches to make it easier for you to know who plays whom, when and on which court.

In the Men’s Singles (Simple Messieurs) last year’s finalists both won through according to their seeding and are joined by two deserving players just outside the Top 8 seeds, the ninth and No.12 seeds who are in excellent form.

In the Women’s Singles (Simple Dames) the defending champion and 2013 Australian Open champion won through according to their seeding and are also joined by the No.12 seed as in the men’s quarter finals plus a former World No.1 from outside the Top 8 seeds.

The top half of the men’s draw will see the first two semi finalists decided with 7-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal taking on the No.9 seed Stanislas Wawrinka. The man chasing a career Grand Slam this week World No.1 Novak Djokovic collides with the No.12 seed 35-year-old Tommy Haas who just completed his Grand Slam quarter final set.

The 28-year-old Wawrinka will be hoping to reverse yesterday’s pattern where a Spanish player won through to the semis and his Swiss compatriot was defeated in straight sets as he did from two sets to love down against the favourite in the last match.

The 1.83m Wawrinka is certainly in career best from, achieving many career firsts and will need another really big first as he goes in 0-9 against Nadal. When you mention Roland Garros and Rafael Nadal the list of achievements is certainly unparalleled in tennis history. Rafa has 56 wins from 57 matches at Roland Garros so is obviously the clear favourite for the title.

Wawrinka will need to play an ultra aggressive style of play throughout the match and repeatedly tell himself he will have opportunities to succeed in each set, a la’ Robin Soderling when he inflicted the only loss at Roland Garros to the undisputed King of Clay.

The 1.88m Haas will be doing everything possible to continue his resurgent career after a hip surgery saw him at No.896 less than two years ago. The German has beaten Djokovic on three occasions, including in their most recent match and in a Grand Slam quarter final before, so he knows he can hault the Djokovic juggernaut.

Djokovic is focussed and striving to reach his top level of play as he sets his sights on joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the eighth man to win a career Grand Slam. The weather in Paris has really improved with the sun out and blue skies tailor made for Djokovic’s pace of game and flatter strokes more so than the other men.

For the women it is the bottom half of the draw that will finalise the semi finalists with a first ever Roland Garros semi final on offer to the 23-year-old Victoria Azarenka playing in her third Roland Garros quarter final against 26-year-old Maria Kirilenko playing her first Roland Garros quarter final.

Azarenka is pictured above making contact with the ball for this double-handed backhand return during this tournament. The 1.83m Azarenka has twice won, been a runner-up and made the semis twice at the other three Grand Slams.

About the clay courts of Roland Garros Azarenka said, “There’s no doubt it’s always been the most challenging Grand Slam for me, but I feel like I’m finally understanding what I need to do to improve on clay. I feel it’s a process – but I’m on the right way. That’s the most important thing for me, to take it step by step, better and better, and I hope I’ve been playing better than before, because otherwise that would mean it’s a step back.

The 1.74m Kirlenko has only lost an average of six games per match and without dropping a set through to this stage. The Russian is playing her third Grand Slam quarter final with a career first semi final the reward if she can topple the first seeded player in her path this event. Kirilenko heads in with a right shoulder injury, having lost the past three matches yet will focus on seizing the day and her two wins against Azarenka.

Kicking off at the same time is No.2 seed Maria Sharapova striving to defend a Grand Slam title for the first time playing her seventh Roland Garros quarter final and fourth in the past five years looking to extend her run against former World No.1 Jelena Jankovic to five straight wins. The 1.88m Sharapova is playing in her 20th Grand Slam quarter final holding an impressive 16-3 record in progressing through to the semis.

The 28-year-old Jankovic is playing her eighth Grand Slam quarter final with an almost perfect record of 6-1 to date. The 1.78m Jankovic knows she can defeat the 26-year-old Sharapova as she has done so before and was right on the money when she said, “Every match is a new match and it’s a challenge. I’ll go out there and try to play my best tennis and try to perform on a very high level and we’ll see how it goes.”

Schedule of Play (Programme du jour)

Day 11: Wednesday, 5 June (11e jour: mercredi 5 juin)

 

On Court Philippe Chatrier at 2pm

 

Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals (Simple Dames – 1/4 finale)

Jelena JANKOVIC (SRB) [18] v [2] Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS)

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals (Simple Messieurs – 1/4 finale)

Rafael NADAL (ESP) [3] v [9] Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI)

 

On Court Suzanne Lenglen at 2pm

 

Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals (Simple Dames – 1/4 finale)

Maria KIRILENKO (RUS) [12] v [3] Victoria AZARENKA (BLR)

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals (Simple Messieurs – 1/4 finale)

Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [1] v [12] Tommy HAAS (GER)

 

Photo credit: y.caradec

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