So straightforward was Maria Sharapova's quarter-final win over Kaia Kanepi on Wednesday that she could even have found time on Philippe Chatrier Court to indulge in her favourite hobby: people watching.
A decibel-busting display of power tennis helped her to reach her third French Open semi-final with a routine 6-2 6-3 win that was little more than a one-sided mismatch.
The towering Russian fired a series of winners, each accompanied by her habitual shrieks, to break her opponent's serve seven times and walked off court with a smile and a wave after one hour 14 minutes of tennis.
It left Sharapova the afternoon free to swan off to the Champs Elysees and soak up the atmosphere among the locals.
"I love people watching in Tokyo but Paris is another level," she explained to reporters who had little to ask about the match.
"I love the way that people go about their lives and the way they sit at cafes like a few centimetres from the cars going by.
"Everyone sits close to each other and you're eavesdropping on their conversations."