Today was the day that the quarterfinals got started but they only managed to get through the women’s quarters before the rain came. My feature match heading into the day was Dominic Thiem v Novak Djokovic, which did not end up getting played. Unfortunately, due to only two matches being played at the same time I was only able to watch one match so this will be a small review.
The match I did watch saw Timea Bacsinszky, who has been having a woeful season, made her second Roland Garros semifinal with a 6-4, 6-4 win over the home favourite Kristina Mladenovic. The match was really high quality but Bacsinszky was the better player in the end and Mladenovic couldn’t do anything about that. The first set was very intense and with women had a lot of chances but at 4-4, Mladenovic started to tense up which saw Bacsinszky close it out. The second set saw Bacsinszky take an early lead by going up 3-1 and Mladenovic was never able to recover the break. Bacsinszky was great at just playing her games which saw her get a lot of her counterpunching go in. Mladenovic was very inconsistent in her backhand and it just wasn’t her day out there, which she made very clear to the crowd as she complained in about five different languages. Even though this is such a happy moment for Bacsinszky, you have to feel sorry fir the hometown woman who was in tears as she cited the court.