2015 French Open Semi-Finals Preview
Four standout semi-final matches have been confirmed for the 2015 French Open Men’s and Women’s draws.
The Men’s French Open semi-finals are undoubtedly highlighted by another match between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray; many touting the winner of this fixture will lift the title on Sunday night.
A blockbuster between exciting talents Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka will decide the other Men’s Draw Grand Final contestant.
In what is undoubtedly the pick of the semifinals at the 2015 French Open, red-hot World number 1 Novak Djokovic meets fierce rivals Andy Murray for the 27th time on the ATP circuit. Djokovic has been in incredibly devastating form for the last 12 months and appears primed for his first title at Roland Garros having comfortably seen off clay court master Rafael Nadal in straight sets on Wednesday night. Murray himself has found great touch on his way to the final four and dropped just one set to Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarters. Murray will be keen to get one back over Djokovic after losing the Australian Open final to the Serb in January but has interestingly never progressed to the French Open decider, which is sure to also weigh heavily on his chances. Murray is sure to lay a great account for himself but Djokovic in current touch with surely be too good, so we’re tipping the number 1 seed to win in four sets.
Not many would have tipped a final four showdown between local hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka, however these two players represent some of the most exciting and powerful tennis on tour and fans are sure to be in for a thriller on Friday. Tsonga has brought his typically charismatic, fast-paced style to the court through his French Open campaign so far and outlasted in-form fifth seed Kei Nishikori in five sets on Tuesday night. Wawrinka himself is undoubtedly in career-best form and stamped his claims as a serious French Open threat when seeing off veteran hero and countryman Roger Federer in straight sets to reach the semis. Realistically this match could go either way; however we are going to back Wawinka’s impressive composure under pressure to prevail in to the decider, particularly after Tsonga’s most recent five-setter.
The Women’s semi-finals will see a match between in-form seeds Ana Ivanovic and Lucie Safarova as well as clear favourite and World Number 1 Serena Williams taking on up-and-coming star Timea Bacsinszky.
In what looks likely to be the more well-contested Women’s semi at the 2015 French Open, seventh seed Ana Ivanovic faces off with 14th seed Lucie Safarova. Ivanovic booked her position in the final four with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over the Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina while Safarova was pushed by Spain’s Muguruza, despite also winning in two. Interestingly, Ivanovic is rated an outsider to progress through to the French Open final; a tournament she won in 2008, but we remain confident her abilities on clay will she her prevail once more on Thursday night.
Serena Williams has been a force on the Women’s tennis scene for the best part of two decades, amassing an incredible 19 Grand Slam victories over that period including two at Roland Garros. Effortlessly working her way through to the business end of the French Open again this year, the top seed plays 23rd seed Timea Bacsinszky, who has already posted her best result at a Grand Slam in making this match. Bacsinszky has played with plenty of heart through the first few rounds of the slam but realistically, Williams should not have too much trouble ending her run tonight.