In the second half of the quarterfinal action at this year’s French Open, Andrea Petkovic and Simona Halep have both advanced to the final four of a Grand Slam for the first time and with similar scorelines, 6-2 6-2.
After the initial delay due to rain, the 28th-seeded Petkovic was the first to move through. The German broke the 2012 finalist and tenth seed Sara Errani seven times, as the Italian won just 39% of points on her first serve and even less, 17%, on second serve. The last to take the spot in the semifinals was the fourth-seeded Halep, with a confident victory over 2009 champion and seed No.27 Svetlana Kuznetsova, who struggled with a thigh injury and blew seven of nine chances to break her opponent’s serve, while Halep used up six of eight break points.
Notice that the seven-time WTA titlist Halep had never been past the second round of the French Open, even though she won the tournament as a junior in 2008. Nevertheless, she has been tipped as one of the favorites to go far on the red Paris clay and she has lived up to the expectations. Petkovic reached the quarterfinals in 2011.