The French Open semifinals are set and, despite an early hiccup from defending champion Maria Sharapova, the favorites prevailed on Day 11.
No. 2 Sharapova played a disastrous first set before defeating longtime rival Jelena Jankovic 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday to make her third straight French Open semifinal (R.I.P. “cow on ice”). She will face No. 3 Victoria Azarenka, who defeated Maria Kirilenko 7-6 (3), 6-2 to advance to her first semifinal at Roland Garros. With No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 5 Sara Errani having booked their spots in the final four on Tuesday, the semifinals will feature four of the top five women.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side, the match everybody was anticipating when the draw was released is now a reality after Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal rolled into the semifinals. Djokovic ousted Tommy Haas 6-3, 7-6 (5), 7-5, while Nadal dismantled Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. Djokovic and Nadal will meet Friday in one semifinal, and David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will contest the other.
Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 11 at Roland Garros.