The French Open is getting ever closer to its conclusion today, as the women's semi-finals took place, with the men's semi-finals set to take place tomorrow. Over the course of the past couple of weeks, we have seen Ana Ivanovic producing some fantastic tennis and showing the sort of form which could see her winning the French Open for the first time since 2008.
Ana Ivanovic faced Lucie Safarova in the French Open semi-final today and it looked like it was going to be an easy afternoons work for the world number 7. At 4-1 up in the first set and one point away from making it 5-1, you would have bet your house on Ivanovic cruising to an easy first set and then kicking on to take the match. Her tennis was top draw and she looked almost unplayable.
However, Lucie Safarova dug deep and found some of that grit and talent that saw her beat Maria Sharapova earlier in the tournament. Safarova took that game to make it 4-2 and there was no looking back, as she took the first set 7-5, before battling to a strong second set win 7-5, giving her the match in straight sets and putting her into the final. Lucie is the first Czech player to make it to the final at Roland Garros since Hana Mandlikova in 1981.
Lucie Safarova played some absolutely fantastic shots during in this match and, after her slow star, she really showed why she is a woman on the rise, on the verge of breaking into the Top 10 in the world. The second semi-final is now underway, with the winner of the match between Serena Williams and Timea Bacsinzsky set for a tough test in the final, as Safarova looks sensational.