The first quarterfinal pair of the 2013 French Open is a clash of two women who had already lifted the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen – Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Let's first mention that Serena leads their head-to-head 6-2, but it was Kuznetsova who won their only meeting at the French Open, at the same stage of the tournament four years ago, en route to winning the title.
The first to advance today was Kuznetsova, luckily she's making sure than her 2013 French Open appearance won't stay remembered only by her cloud-inspired outfit, with an 6-4 4-6 6-3 upset of eighth seed Angelique Kerber in a high-quality match. The 2009 champion Kuznetsova is unseeded at the French Open for the first time in ten years, after the injury-marred 2012 in which she missed all post-Wimbledon events due to a right knee injury and ended the year outside the Top 50 for the first time in 11 years.
Serena Williams followed the Russian on Philippe Chatrier Court and quickly got past Roberta Vinci 6-1 6-3 to record her 28th straight victory, the streak she's supposedly not even paying attention to:
It's like I don't care to be on a streak. I don't care not to be on a streak. I just want to win this match. I want to win this match. I want to win this match.
It's no surprise that Williams went through the match without dropping serve. At 3-3 40-40 in the second set she held, then broke Vinci at love and finally held at love to record the straightforward win. (photos: Tennis Buzz)