The action on Wednesday completed the semifinal line-up of the 2013 French Open, as Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka joined Serena Williams and Sara Errani, by the way all the representatives of Nike.
Defending champion Maria Sharapova was shockingly bageled in the first set by the revived Jelena Jankovic, but left the blowout behind her and went 5-1 up in the second set. Even though Jankovic found her resistance and approached Sharapova by winning three straight games, the Russian took hold of the set and with a crucial break of serve in the seventh game of the third set ensured her appearance in the semifinals of Roland Garros, her 12th straight match win at the tournament. Jankovic had a chance to recover, with break points at 3-4 in the decider, but Sharapova held and Jankovic dropped serve once again to hand Sharapova a 0-6 6-4 6-3 victory.
In the other quarterfinal, Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Kirilenko 7-6(3) 6-2. Azarenka won five straight points to go 6-1 up in the first-set tiebreak, which she soon won, while in the second set she held her serve throughout, unlike her opponent who double-faulted to trail 3-1.
The last time Sharapova and Azarenka played each other on clay Sharapova won and she also won their last encounter at the WTA Championships in the end of the 2012 season, even though Azarenka leads their head-to-head 7-5. As for the other semifinal pair, Williams leads Errani 5-0. (photos: Tennis Buzz)