Women’s semifinals day has left us almost speechless. Today was one of those “if you blinked, then you possibly missed everything” days. In fact, we feel a bit sorry for the poor people who had tickets for today’s matches and saw maybe 90 minutes of good tennis!
Today’s Matches: Francesa Schiavone defeated Elena Dementieva (who retired after dropping the first set in a tiebreak with an injured calf muscle that might keep her out of Wimbledon) to become the first Italian woman to reach a Grand Slam final. And then Samantha Stosur defeated (which is code for decimated, muscled off of the court, obliterated, etc.) Jelena Jankovic, 6-1, 6-2. Oh, and Katarina Srebotnik and Nena Zimonjic (6) defeated Yaroslava Shvedova and Julian Knowle for the Mixed Doubles title, 4-6 7-6(5) 1-0(9). (At least that was a close match!)
Retirements: Elena Dementieva (5), torn calf muscle.
Also … Laura Robson called her fellow players “sluts” and then apologized. And The New York Times published a surprisingly entertaining and even poignant article about laundry services at Roland Garros. “Bags mix with bags of other players. The socks go one way, shirts another. Mingling ensues.”