French Open

  • Rafael Nadal closes in on Roger Federer's hoard June 9, 2014

    When Roger Federer won his 17th grand slam title in 2012, it seemed his record haul would last forever as it took more than a century of trying for a super-human male athlete to come along and win that many major trophies. Yet only two years later, a younger, fitter, hungrier...
  • Rafael Nadal on cloud nine after soaring to new heights June 9, 2014

    Paris: One man's despair was another man's ecstasy as the most inopportune of double faults propelled a world-beating Rafa Nadal into a nine-times French Open champion on Sunday. Waiting to launch into a second serve on match point down, a yell from the stands, followed by another, left a distracted Novak...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win ninth French Open title June 8, 2014

    At the French Open, there's just no one better than Rafael Nadal. The "King of Clay" proved that again on Sunday, winning the title at Roland Garros for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the final. Nadal improved his...
  • Peng Shuai-Hsieh Su-wei win French Open women's doubles June 8, 2014

    Top-seeded Peng Shuai of China and Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan won their second Grand Slam title together by defeating Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the French Open women's doubles on Sunday. Peng and Shuai also won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon and...
  • French Open: Benneteau, Roger-Vasselin win men's doubles June 8, 2014

    Paris: Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin won their first Grand Slam title by defeating Spaniards Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers 6-3, 7-6 (1) in the men's doubles final of the French Open on Saturday. They became the first French team to win the men's doubles at Roland Garros since Yannick Noah...
  • Sharapova beats Halep to win French Open for second time June 7, 2014

    Paris: Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years, overcoming some shaky serving on Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final. Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and had 12 double-faults in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she...
  • Nadal faces pressure test against rival Djokovic in French Open final June 8, 2014

    Rafael Nadal knows he will have to find a way of dealing with Novak Djokovic's pressure game if he is going to beat his great rival and win a ninth French Open title, the Spaniard said on Friday. Premature predictions that now might be a good time to face Nadal...
  • Nadal thrashes Murray to meet Djokovic in French Open final June 6, 2014

    Paris: Rafael Nadal is going for No. 9 at the French Open, and the only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic. Nadal is already a record eight-time champion with a lifetime 65-1 record at Roland Garros. One more victory on the red clay will make him the first man...
  • Djokovic beats Gulbis to enter French Open final June 6, 2014

    Paris: Novak Djokovic worked his way back into the French Open final, taking care of Ernests Gulbis and his big serve 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on Friday on the first sunny day of this year's tournament. The second-seeded Serb was able to control the pace of the match on Court Philippe...
  • Maria Sharapova awaits Halep in French Open final June 7, 2014

    Paris: Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that's carried her to a third consecutive French Open final. "It's not how you finish a first set," Sharapova said, "it's how you finish the last set." Right now, no one is a...
  • Simona Halep advances to French Open final June 5, 2014

    Paris: Simona Halep of Romania advanced to her first Grand Slam final, beating Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Thursday. Halep will face Maria Sharapova in Saturday's final. Halep, seeded fourth at the French Open, has been steadily improving at major tournaments. She reached the fourth round at last year's...
  • Maria Sharapova makes it back to French Open final June 5, 2014

    Paris: Maria Sharapova made it back into the French Open final for the third straight year, beating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday. The seventh-seeded Russian lost the first set for the third straight match, but again managed to turn things around. Sharapova has now won 19 straight...
  • Rojer, Groenefeld win French Open mixed doubles title June 5, 2014

    Paris: Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany won the mixed doubles title at the French Open by defeating eighth-seeded Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Julia Goerges of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 on Thursday. Rojer was playing his first Grand Slam final while Groenefeld won the mixed doubles...
  • Sharapova on verge of third Paris final in a row June 5, 2014

    Paris: Clay has long been Maria Sharapova's least favoured surface, but the Russian, who takes on Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday, is on the brink of reaching her third successive French Open final, a feat she has never achieved in the other grand slams. Sharapova, who won the title in Paris in...
  • Murray beats Monfils to reach French Open semi-finals June 5, 2014

    Briton Andy Murray ended home hopes by beating Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0 in a race to beat the fading light in front of a roaring crowd on Wednesday to reach his first French Open semifinal since 2011. The last Frenchman standing in Paris sent the decibels soaring...
  • Nadal back in French Open semi-finals for ninth time June 5, 2014

    Paris: Rafael Nadal rallied to advance to the French Open semi-finals for the ninth time, beating David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 on Wednesday. The eight-time champion at Roland Garros dropped a set at this year's tournament for the first time, but then seemed to race through the next three...
  • Andrea Petkovic, Simona Halep reach French Open semi-finals June 4, 2014

    Paris: Andrea Petkovic and Simona Halep completed the French Open semi-final pairings with straight-set wins Wednesday, and one of them will be in a Grand Slam final for the first time. Petkovic, a 28th-seeded German, beat 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 6-2. The fourth-seeded Halep defeated 2009...
  • Gael Monfils takes centre stage in Paris ahead of Nadal June 4, 2014

    Rafael Nadal has won more Roland Garros titles than anyone yet he has been shunted off the main showcourt on Wednesday to make way for Frenchman Gael Monfils who has never made a grand slam final in almost a decade of trying. Nadal will continue his pursuit of a record-extending ninth...
  • Sharapova-Bouchard, Djokovic-Gulbis in French Open semi-finals June 4, 2014

    This is what Maria Sharapova does. She digs herself a big hole in a match, then figures a way out, no matter what it takes. She hits shots left-handed. Takes her time between points. Pumps her fists and screams "Come on!" after her opponent's mistakes. And wins. Did it in the fourth...
  • Gulbis prepares for French Open semi-final against Djokovic June 4, 2014

    Paris: If tennis weren't finally going so well for Ernests Gulbis, he could probably make a living as a comedian. Or a philosopher. Or maybe even a basketball player. It doesn't really matter at this point because tennis is his job. And his next task is Novak Djokovic in the French...
  • Novak Djokovic makes it back to French Open semi-finals June 4, 2014

    Paris: Novak Djokovic advanced to the French Open semi-finals for the sixth time in his career, and he'll be looking for only his second win at that stage. The second-seeded Serb beat eighth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-4 Tuesday on Court Philippe Chatrier, the main stadium at Roland...
  • Maria Sharapova advances to French Open semi-finals June 3, 2014

    Paris: Maria Sharapova again showed her resilience when she recovered from a poor start to down up-and-coming Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 1-6 7-5 6-1 on Tuesday and reach the French Open semi-finals. The 2012 champion and last year's runner-up, who will meet Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the last four, lost the...
  • Sania Mirza-Cara Black bow out of French Open June 3, 2014

    Sania Mirza and Cara Black crashed out of the French Open after being humbled yet again by their nemesis Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng in the women's doubles quarterfinals on Tuesday. The 2-6, 6-3 and 3-6 defeat for the fifth seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair was their third at the hands of Su-Wei...
  • Andy Murray advances to quarter-finals at French Open June 2, 2014

    Paris: Andy Murray held on through a tough third set and advanced to the quarter-finals of the French Open by beating Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (3) on Monday. Murray was up a break early in the third set, but a fired-up Verdasco saved 11 break points before finally...
  • Defending French Open doubles champions Bryan brothers lose June 2, 2014

    Paris: Defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan lost in the French Open men's doubles quarter-finals Monday, beaten 6-4, 6-2 by the 12th-seeded duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez of Spain. The Bryan twins, who were seeded No. 1, have now failed to reach the final at any of the last...
  • Nadal wins again to reach French Open quarters June 2, 2014

    Paris: Rafael Nadal won a record 32nd straight match at the French Open on Monday, beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. Nadal is an eight-time French Open champion with a 63-1 record on the red clay in Paris. But his only loss came in the fourth round in 2009,...
  • Petkovic advances to French Open quarter-finals June 2, 2014

    Paris: Andrea Petkovic overcame an inconsistent serve and unseeded Kiki Bertens to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open with a 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory on Monday. The 28th-seeded German was broken three times in the first set, once in the second and three more times in the third. But she...
  • Milos Raonic beats Marcel Granollers to reach French Open quarters June 2, 2014

    Milos Raonic became the first Canadian man in the Open era to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament by defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday. The eighth-seeded Raonic broke Granollers four times and saved the only two...
  • Sharapova grinds down Stosur to reach French Open last eight June 2, 2014

    Paris: Maria Sharapova, seventh seed and last year's losing finalist, won the last nine games of the match to sweep past Australia's Samantha Stosur 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 into the French Open's quarter-finals on Sunday. The 19th seed outfought and outfired the former world No.1 in the first set and held her...
  • Djokovic defeats Tsonga to enter French Open quarter-finals June 1, 2014

    Paris: Novak Djokovic easily beat 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in only 1½ hours Sunday at the French Open to reach the quarterfinals for the 20th major tournament in a row. The second-seeded Djokovic needs a title at Roland Garros to complete a career Grand Slam. He lost the 2012...