Sara Errani (DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Sara Errani overcame her own frustration to score a win over sixth seed Jelena Jankovic as she reached her third consecutive semi-final.
Racing ahead to an early lead, the Italian frustrated Jankovic early to start her muttering as she set about fighting her way back into the match. Errani’s emotions bubbled to the surface as she faced set point after having dominated the early part of the match, and it was enough to kick her into gear to edge the first set on a tie-break.
With Jankovic struggling with a leg injury and taking time out to have heavy strapping applied, the momentum continued with Errani who again surged out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the second set. By now it was clear to see that some of the trademark Jankovic lunges were causing her grief, and Errani was more than able to capitalise to pull out a 7-6(5) 6-2 win.
In a match which saw Jankovic accidentally hit Errani with a careless ball sent back up the court to the ball-kids, and vociferous support from Serbian fans eliciting boos from the French crowd, it was a plucky display by the player whose tennis enjoyment was turned on its head as she cracked the Top 5 after reaching the Roland Garros final in 2012 (losing to Maria Sharapova). She seems to be back on her game having enjoyed some successes this year.
"It was an unbelievably tough match today," Errani said. "All the points were very tough. I just tried to be focused. I was 4-1 up and then she started to play much better and it was not easy to stay there with her. Of course, it was very important to win that first set. I'm so happy to get through to the quarterfinals here again."
Errani faces Andrea Petkovic who continued her great run of form this year with a second appearance in the Roland Garros quarter-final after she fought from a set down to despatch Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens.