The first semi final match was played in breezy and sunny conditions with the roof open on Centre Court. This all Czech encounter between 2011 champion and 6th seed Petra Kvitova and 23rd seed Lucie Safarova was a tedious affair. Both players showed the flashes of brilliance that got them to the semis, but there were far too many double faults, amateur errors and a lack of any long rallies to excite the fans. Kvitova broke in the first game of the first set but Safarova broke back to level at 3-3. She hung on, mainly due to Kvitova’s errors, to take the set to a breaker which Kvitova took 8-6. Kvitova made fewer mistakes in the second set and led 3-0 before Safarova got a game, but Safarova – as she has so often in the past – lost her concentration and handed the set to her good friend 6-1. If Kvitova is to win in the final, she will have to raise her game a great deal.
The second semi final was an entirely different match from beginning to end. There was nothing to separate 3rd seeded Simona Halep and 13th seeded Eugenie Bouchard throughout the first set – even after Halep had an injury time out for a twisted ankle at 2-2. Both players displayed all their amazing skills, with Halep playing her solid and clever way, while Bouchard went for a winner on almost every point, which is her style of play. The set went to a breaker which was stopped when Halep was leading 3-2, when a spectator fell ill and chair umpire Khader Nuni sprinted across the court with his phone. When play resumed, Halep held for 4-2, but Bouchard slammed down winner after winner to take the next four points before Halep claimed another point, but the Canadian held firm and took the breaker at 7-5. Bouchard broke in the 3rd game and raced to a 5-1 lead as Halep made uncharacteristic error after error. The 7th game went on forever, with advantage going from one side of the net to the other until Bouchard finally claimed victory on her 5th match point.
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