French Open

Predicted semi-finalists for Roland Garros

2016-05-31 14:35
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Cape Town - Despite a few rain delays and false starts, the French Open is drawing towards its conclusion as we reach the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday.

And although the quarter-finals are still underway, there are some players who stand out and should advance through to the semi-finals and hopefully claim the prestigious La Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy.

Roland Garros has seen many ups and downs, from Rafael Nadal’s shocking withdrawal to Petra Kvitova’s upset loss to Australian Samantha Stosur.

Here are the predicted semi-finalists at this year’s French Open:

MEN

Semi-final 1

Novak Djokovic v David Goffin

Top-seed Djokovic is among the favourites to win the French Open this year and has performed well during the tournament, as he secured his 50th Roland Garros win in the third round to reach the quarter-finals. Djokovic is predicted to face 25-year-old Goffin, who although he goes up against Ernest Gulbis, looks in good form and likely to defeat the Latvian. Djokovic has as yet to claim his first Roland Garros title, after losing in three of the four finals he’s participated in.

Semi-final 2

Stan Wawrinka v Andy Murray

Stan Wawrinka will be looking to defend his French Open title, as he will most likely defeat left-hander Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the quarter-finals to clinch an easy semi-finalist spot. Andy Murray, who is confirmed to take on Richard Gasquet, will comfortably defeat the first-time quarter-final French player to secure a semi-final meeting with the defending champion.

WOMEN

Semi-final 1

Serena Williams v Timea Bacsinszky

These two will hopefully meet again in the semi-finals, as Williams looks to defend and clinch her fourth French Open title. Bacsinszky, on the other hand, will hope to bounce back and avenge her 2015 semi-final defeat against Williams. It’s sure to be an exciting contest between the two.

Semi-final 2

Garbiñe Muguruza v Agnieszka Radwanska

It’s a toss-up between Radwanska and Simona Halep, who both have shown tremendous form of late, however world number two Radwanska looks more domineering. The Polish player will seal a victory over Spanish Muguruza in the second semi-final.

 

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