June 4 (Bloomberg) -- Romania’s Simona Halep defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets at tennis’s French Open to set up a semifinal with Andrea Petkovic of Germany.
Today’s victories by Halep, the 4th seed, and Petkovic, the 28th seed, increase the chances of a new women’s champion at the clay court tennis Grand Slam. Former title holder Maria Sharapova takes on 20-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, in the other semifinal.
Halep defeated Sharapova’s Russian compatriot Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2, while Petkovic eased past Italy’s Sara Errani by the same score to move to her first French Open semifinal. Halep is the highest seed left in the women’s event after defending champion Serena Williams of the U.S., ex-title holder Li Na of China and third seed Agnieszka Radwanska fell in early rounds.
Today, in the men’s quarterfinals, defending champion Rafael Nadal plays his fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, the fifth seed, while Wimbledon champion Andy Murray plays Frenchman Gael Monfils, the 23rd seed.
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