Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Roland Garros SF: Passing of the torch?

Maria Sharapova vs. Eugenie Bouchard

Maria is the golden girl of WTA, but Eugenie has all the qualities that made Sharapova the icon that she is today. Will Eugenie usurp Maria to be the new golden girl? Sharapova's fighting qualities was in full glory in her quarter final match. It is something that Eugenie doesn't have (or doesn't perform as well). Bouchard had the luck of playing a featherweight in mental strength in her previous match. Against someone like Maria, she must seize the initiative and not allow Sharapova to creep back. Difficult to do especially when this is only her first SF in Paris. 

Pick: Sharapova in 2 sets

Simona Halep vs. Andrea Petkovic

Simona has yet to drop a set in her no nonsense journey to the semi-finals. Her clinical disposal of her opponents just showcases her mental fortitude and a sense of belonging to the elites of the game. Petkovic will be back in top 20 after this showing, but this should be where her journey ends. Simona's steady game is not easily overpowered, so it will take an impeccable performance from the German to upset Halep. 

Pick: Halep in 2 sets

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