Sharapova to play Azarenka in Roland Garros semi-final

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The third quarter final at the 2013 French Open was played in warm and breezy conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier between defending champion, 2nd seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia, and 18th seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia. Going in to this match, Sharapova led the head to head stat 7-1 – but none of those matches had been on clay. In a turn up for the books, Jankovic took the first set to love in under half an hour. Sharapova started the second set and broke and held. Jankovic then got on the scoreboard in this exciting set of great tennis, but the Russian went to 5-1 before the Serb took three games in a row, for 4-5. Sharapova then made no mistake in serving out the set 6-4. There were no breaks in serve in the decider until the 7th game when the Russian went 4-3 up, broke for 5-3 and served out the set at 6-3.

The final quarter final match was decided when 3rd seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka met 12th seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia. Kirilenko has been somewhat under the radar in this tournament, quietly winning all her matches to this round in straight sets. The two women went toe to toe until Kirilenko had a medical time out for a back problem when leading 4-3. Games continued on serve all the way to a breaker, which Azarenka won 7-3, in a set that took as long as the first two sets of the Sharapova/Jankovic match. The Belarusian started the second set and games went with serve until Azarenka broke in the 4th game to lead 3-1 and she held her lead to take the set 6-2 in just over half an hour, so set up a semi final match against Sharapova.

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