Lucie in the Sky

Tour veteran Lucie Safarova is moving on to her first ever Grand Slam final after her win yesterday over Ana Ivanovic.  The match got off to a rough start for the Czech as Ivanovic raced out to a 5-2 lead in the first before Safarova righted the ship and won five games in a row to grab the set.  Aside from some nerves serving the match out, Safarova never looked back and she moved onto the final without having dropped a set.  Safarova's ranking is now projected to climb to a career-high number seven in the world and could go up to number six if she wins the tournament.


Bonus Trivia

Lucie Safarova becomes the first Czech woman into the French Open since Hana Mandlikova won it all in 1981.


Sickly Serena

Serena Williams came out for yesterday's semifinal looking under the weather and she looked worse and worse throughout the first set.  Things looked dire for the number one seed when Timea Bacsinszky went up a set and a break at 3-1 in the second, but Serena can never be counted out.  She came roaring back, winning the last 10 games in a row to close out the match.  Despite her strong finish, Serena was unable to make it to her press conference as she met with the tournament doctor to receive treatment for her illness.


Bonus Trivia

Serena is bidding to be first woman since 2001 to win Australian Open and Roland Garros in the same year.


Double Trouble

Lucie Safarova is also still in the women's doubles draw with partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands.  They contest their semifinal match today against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.  If Safarova and Mattek-Sands advance to the final, Safarova will be looking to become the first woman in 15 years to grab the singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros.  In 2000, Mary Pierce beat Conchita Martinez for the singles title and partnered Martina Hingis to the doubles title.


What to Watch

The men's semifinals will be contested today.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will battle Stan Wawrinka, followed by Andy Murray's clash with Novak Djokovic.