French Open: No Williams show at semis

The last four on Roland Garros in the women's draw has two Russians, an Argentine and just one former champion Capriati.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
  • Total Shares


It has been exactly four years since the semi-finals at a tennis grand slam have not had either the Williams sisters or the girls from Belgium playing. This year's last four on Roland Garros in the women's draw has two Russians, an Argentine player Paula Suarez in her first semi-final and just one former champion Jennifer Capriati. Anastacia Myskina seeded 6th is the highest ranked player left in the semi-final draw. It is the first time since 1978, that none of the top five women seeds have reached the semi-finals of a grand slam. Myskina has seven career singles titles, but till now she's been treated as a quarter-final level player. That was until her upset over Venus Williams. Former champion However, Jennifer Capriati stands in the way of Myskina becoming Russia's first ladies winner at Roland Garros. The three-time grand slam champion is coming off a big win over Serena Williams. It’s not often that an opponent manages to bring out this kind of frustration in Serena, who is so used to being numbero uno. Capriati symbolises plenty of power but she's also capable of the delicate stuff. And the 28 year old is attempting to win her second French Open title. Suarez surprise Paula Suarez, meanwhile, seems to be the most unlikely semi-finallist. The five-time doubles grand slam champion is in her first singles semi-final. And bidding to become the first Argentine woman to win at Rolland Garros. Suarez had the easiest time in the quarters, getting past an erratic and under confident Maria Sharapova. Elena Dementieva on form looks a better player than Suarez, after wins over Lindsay Davenport and Amelie Mauresmo. The 22-year-old Russian, seeded ninth, has a good all round court game with just her serve being a weak link. Irrespective of whether Dementieva or Myskina win the title, one thing is certain. The Russian revolution in women's tennis is certainly a slap in the face of all Anna Kournikova critics.