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French Open Wednesday: Halep Seeks SFs

Simona Halep is aiming for her first Grand Slam semifinal outing at Roland Garros, but will have to get through former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Published June 03, 2014 12:12

French Open Wednesday: Halep Seeks SFs
Simona Halep

PARIS, France - The French Open quarterfinals will conclude on Wednesday with Simona Halep against 2009 Roland Garros champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani against Andrea Petkovic.

Wednesday, Quarterfinals

Court Suzanne Lenglen
[4] Simona Halep (ROU #4) vs. [27] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS #28)
Head-to-head: Tied 2-2
Svetlana Kuznetsova is no stranger to Grand Slam quarterfinals, as this will be her 15th and her seventh here. However, since her French Open triumph in 2009 she has lost her last three Grand Slam quarterfinals - most recently against Serena Williams here last year.

In her last match-up with Simona Halep, Kuznetsova was victorious in Stuttgart earlier this year for her 20th Top 5 win. But Halep is in especially good form this fortnight, as she is the only player left yet to drop a set and has surrendered just 18 games through four matches. The Romanian, who was the 2008 Roland Garros junior champ, is contesting her second Grand Slam quarterfinal, having lost to Dominika Cibulkova in her first earlier this year at the Australian Open.

"She is already in the Top 10 and is a very good player," Kuznetsova said of Halep. "I think she is going to get even better than she is now.

"It doesn't matter who won the last match. It's going to be a new match in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. It's going to be amazing, difficult and exciting to play her."

Court Philippe Chatrier
[10] Sara Errani (ITA #11) vs. [28] Andrea Petkovic (GER #27)
Head-to-head: Tied 1-1
Sara Errani is coming off a straight set defeat of Jelena Jankovic in the fourth round that was her 10th Top 10 win, her third in the last month and her fourth at Roland Garros. It also put her one win short of 400 for her career. She has won three of her four Grand Slam quarterfinals, including both of the ones she has been in at the French Open. She has also won 15 of her last 17 matches here and is into the doubles semifinals alongside fellow Italian Roberta Vinci.

Quarterfinal foe Andrea Petkovic has been extended to three sets in each of her last three matches here. This will be her fourth Grand Slam quarterfinal, having lost the previous three - all in 2011. She lost her most recent encounter with Errani in straight sets in Madrid last month.

Read more details and stats about Wednesday's match-ups in our Match Notes.

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