Laura Siegemund has taken issue with the chair umpire for giving her a time violation during her 6-3, 6-3 loss to Petra Kvitova in the French Open quarterfinals.
The violation of the 25-second clock came while Siegemund was serving at 2-2 second set.
Siegemund froze with her arm raised and the ball still in her hand when umpire Marijana Veljovic announced the call.
Siegemund says “it’s clear that I started the movement already.”
But the umpire ruled that the clock ran out before she started her motion.
Siegmund acknowledges that she takes more time between points than most players. She adds that Veljovic “is very sharp every time I have her on the chair. She gives me a violation the first opportunity she gets.”
Sofia Kenin extended her run of success at Grand Slam tournaments this year by beating Danielle Collins 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to reach the French Open semifinals.
Kenin has now won a tour-leading 15 matches at majors this year. She started the year by winning the Australian Open and then reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open last month.
Collins hadn’t dropped a set in her three previous meetings with Kenin.
Collins won a rain-delayed three-set quarterfinal over Ons Jabeur a day earlier. She left the court for a medical time out while trailing Kenin 4-0 in the third set.
It wasn’t immediately clear what was bothering Collins but she told the trainer that it was “unbearable.”
Kenin’s semifinal opponent will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova overcame some potentially costly double-faults to beat 66th-ranked Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-3 and reach the French Open semifinals for the second time.
Kvitova normally dictates play with her big serve and forehand but she double-faulted multiple times when she was broken twice in the second set.
The seventh-seeded Czech player bounced back each time and is back in the last four at Roland Garros for the first time since 2012. She lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova that year.
Kvitova has not dropped a set in her five matches at this year’s tournament.
Instead it was Siegemund who had the most costly double-fault. It came on Kvitova’s second match point.
Siegemund also missed a series of drop-shot attempts into the net. The German took a medical timeout to have her lower back treated after dropping serve to give Kvitova a 3-2 lead in the second set.
Kvitova’s semifinal opponent will be either Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin or unseeded Danielle Collins.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is facing unseeded Laura Siegemund in the French Open quarterfinals as play gets underway at Roland Garros with a few rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds.
Kvitova broke Siegemund’s serve to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set.
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin will face unseeded Danielle Collins in an all-American matchup later. Collins leads the head-to-head series against the fourth-seeded Kenin 3-0. She has won every set they have played against each other.
Novak Djokovic will meet Pablo Carreño Busta in the men’s quarterfinals. Carreño Busta is the same opponent Djokovic was playing when he was defaulted from the U.S. Open for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball after a game.
The other men’s quarterfinal match is between No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 13 Andrey Rublev. That is also a rematch from September. Rublev won their final at the clay-court Hamburg Open on the same day main-draw competition began at the French Open.
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