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.
Novak Djokovic: The world No. 1 is into his 12th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal. He's lost 12 of 15 matches on clay to Nadal, but Djokovic beat the Spaniard 6-2, 7-6 (1) on clay in the Monte Carlo Masters final in April. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)
Tommy Haas: Djokovic's skill left Haas in a constant monologue all match. The 35-year-old will leave the tournament knocking on the door of the top 10. (Michel Euler/AP)
Rafael Nadal: He hasn't lost a set to Wawrinka in nine matches. No, wait, make that 10 now. An easy, energy-conserving win for the defending champion, who has dropped 14 games over six sets in his last two matches after a sluggish start to his tournament. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Stanislas Wawrinka's racket: On behalf of all Swiss right-handers with a one-handed backhand, I'm sure. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka: Azarenka has now made the semifinals of all four Slams and she's peaking at the right time. She can assure herself the No. 2 ranking if she beats Sharapova in the semifinals. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)
Maria Kirilenko: The Russian will make her top-10 debut on Monday. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal: Well, at least you got a knockdown, Stan. Too bad tennis isn't scored that way. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)
Jelena Jankovic: It wouldn't be a Jankovic match without at least one set of splits. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic: Brrrrrr ... (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)