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  • 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 eighttime champion with a lifetime 651 record at Roland Garros. One more victory on the red clay will make him the first man...
  • Maria Sharapova awaits Halep in French Open final June 6, 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...
  • Gulbis prepares for French Open semifinal 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...
  • Federer loses to Gulbis in French Open's fourth round June 1, 2014

    Paris: Roger Federer's streak of nine consecutive quarterfinals at the French Open ended on Sunday with a 67 (5), 76 (3), 62, 46, 63 fourthround loss to 18thseeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia. It's Federer's earliest exit at Roland Garros since 2004, when he was beaten in the third round by Gustavo...
  • Rohan Bopanna crashes out of French Open June 1, 2014

    Paris: Sania Mirza and Cara Black brushed aside the challenge of Jelena Jankovic and Alisa Kleybanova to reach the women's doubles quarterfinals but Rohan Bopanna's campaign ended at the French Open following his defeat in the mixed doubles quarterfinals on Sunday. Bopanna and his partner Katarina Srebotnik, seeded second, frittered away...
  • Carla Suarez Navarro ends Ajla Tomljanovic's run to reach last eight in Paris June 1, 2014

    Carla Suarez Navarro was a step too high for up and coming Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic as the Spanish 14th seed advanced into the French Open quarterfinals with a 63, 63 win on Sunday. Suarez Navarro used her onehanded backhand to subdue the unseeded Tomljanovic, who had knocked out third seed Agnieszka...
  • Sania MirzaBlack enter French Open quarters June 1, 2014

    Paris: Leading Indian tennis player Sania Mirza proceeded to the women's doubles quarterfinals along with Zimbabwean partner Cara Black at the French Open here on Sunday. The fifth seeds took only an hour and 18 minutes to defeat the SerbRussian pairing of Jelena Jankovic and Alisa Kleybanova 63, 63 in a...
  • Rafael Nadal says back is bothering him at French Open May 31, 2014

    Paris: World No.1 Rafael Nadal on Saturday said that his back is bothering him and forcing him to hit slower serves. The eighttime French Open champion said after his thirdround victory that his back has been aching since the start of the tournament and he's been wearing tape on it. Nadal averaged...
  • Former French Open champion Ivanovic loses in round three May 31, 2014

    Paris: Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic lost in the third round Saturday, beaten 63, 63 by 23rdseeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic. Ivanovic, a former No. 1 seeded 11th, won the title at Roland Garros in 2008, and lost in the final the year before. Safarova, meanwhile, came into the...
  • Maria Sharapova crushes Paula Ormaechea to enter fourth round May 30, 2014

    Paris: Maria Sharapova advanced to the fourth round of the French Open on Friday without losing a game, beating Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 60, 60 in 51 minutes. The seventhseeded Russian, who won the title at Roland Garros in 2012, has lost only 10 games through three rounds this year. Sharapova will...
  • Ana Ivanovic beats Elina Svitolina to reach 3rd round at Roland Garros May 29, 2014

    Paris: Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia reached the third round by beating Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 75, 62 on Thursday. The 11thseeded Ivanovic dropped her own serve three times but broke Svitolina's serve six times. She clinched victory on her second match point with a forehand winner down...
  • French Open: MirzaBlack advance; BopannaQureshi bumped out May 29, 2014

    Paris: Fifth seeds Sania Mirza and Cara Black breezed past their first round opponents while the popular duo of Rohan Bopanna and AisamUlHaq Qureshi were shown the door in the men's doubles event of the French Open tennis tournament on Thursday. The IndoZimbabwean pair of Mirza and Black began their women's...
  • Rafael Nadal storm into French Open third round May 29, 2014

    Paris: Eighttime champion Rafael Nadal improved his French Open record to 611 after beating bighitting Dominic Thiem of Austria 62, 62, 63 on Thursday. The Spaniard's only defeat at Roland Garros was in the fourth round against Robin Soderling five years ago. He was never in danger of losing this time,...
  • Novak Djokovic criticises Roland Garros organisers May 27, 2014

    Paris: Novak Djokovic criticised the organisers at the Rolland Garros after his first round French Open tennis match was interrupted by rain for a hour and a half. The Serb, World No.2, complained about the play court not being covered in order that the ground did not get wet due to...
  • Second seed Li suffers Paris upset, Ferrer eases through May 27, 2014

    Li Na, the Australian Open champion, followed her male counterpart Stan Wawrinka out of the French Open in the first round when she lost 75 36 61 to local favourite Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday. The second seed from China, who won at Roland Garros in 2011, admitted she had handed victory...
  • Australian Open champion Wawrinka knocked out at Roland Garros May 27, 2014

    Paris: Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka was preparing for a period of deep introspection after a shock French Open firstround defeat against Guillermo GarciaLopez on Monday. The thirdseeded Swiss, who has Samuel Beckett's 'Fail Better' quote tattooed on his left arm, did not look for excuses as he became the tournament's...
  • Nishikori loses in first round of French Open May 26, 2014

    Paris: Kei Nishikori of Japan lost in the first round of the French Open on Monday. The ninthseeded Nishikori was beaten by Martin Klizan of Slovakia 76 (4), 61, 62 on Court 1 at Roland Garros. Nishikori came into the tournament after winning his first claycourt title in Barcelona last month...
  • Wozniacki's broken heart faces dissection at Roland Garros May 26, 2014

    If having a broken heart was a viable excuse for withdrawing from a grand slam tournament, Caroline Wozniacki might be tempted to use it. The Dane's life has been turned upside down since golfer Rory McIlroy, like Wozniacki a former world No.1 in his sport, suddenly broke off their engagement...
  • Serena aims for more pleasure and less pain in French Open May 23, 2014

    Pain and pleasure go handinhand for Serena Williams when it comes to the French Open and the American hopes she will get an overdose of happiness in one of her favourite cities as she targets a third Roland Garros title. Two years ago, Williams hit the lowest of the low when...
  • Rafael Nadal not up to usual standards heading to Paris May 23, 2014

    For once, not everything seems so obvious heading into the French Open. Yes, Rafael Nadal will still be favored by most to win the claycourt Grand Slam tournament yet again. He is, after all, 591 for his career at Roland Garros, winner of a record eight championships, including the last four. Still,...
  • Victoria Azarenka to miss French Open May 19, 2014

    Victoria Azarenka will miss the French Open because of a left foot injury. "Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in Roland Garros this year. Working hard on my recovery and getting back on the court," the former topranked player said Sunday on Twitter. Azarenka last played on tour at Indian...
  • France to host Czech Republic at Roland Garros April 28, 2014

    Paris: France have selected Roland Garros the home of the French Open as the venue for their Davis Cup semifinal series against the Czech Republic in September. The French tennis federation says it opted for the 15,000capacity center court in Paris after team captain Arnaud Clement asked for the...
  • Factbox: French Open champion Rafael Nadal June 9, 2013

    Factbox on Rafael Nadal who won his eighth French Open tennis title on Sunday: MAKING HIS NAME Born in Manacor, Mallorca, June 3, 1986. His uncle Miguel Angel Nadal enjoyed a successful career as a professional footballer, notably for Barcelona and Spain. The naturally righthanded Nadal switched to being a lefthanded...
  • Protesters, one letting off a flare, interrupt French Open final June 9, 2013

    Paris: Four protesters, one letting off a flare, briefly interrupted the French Open tennis final between Rafa Nadal and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer on Sunday. Two barechested protesters stood up in one of the front rows behind the players' benches on court Philippe Chatrier at the end of the sixth game...
  • Rafael Nadal defeats David Ferrer to win eighth French Open title June 9, 2013

    Paris: Rafael Nadal's final shot at the French Open was a typically ferocious fallaway forehand, and when it landed for a winner, his momentum and emotions sent him splaying backward onto the clay he loves. The champion quickly bounded to his feet and headed for the net at a trot. It...
  • Serena beats Sharapova to claim her 2nd French Open title June 8, 2013

    Paris: Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002 when she beat familiar foil Maria Sharapova 64, 64 on Saturday. The victory completed the No. 1ranked Williams' rebound from a shocking loss to 111thranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at Roland Garros...
  • Sharapova looking for her range against Serena in the final June 7, 2013

    Paris: Serena Williams gives pet names to her various character traits whereas Maria Sharapova, who will try to prevent the American claiming a 16th Grand Slam title in Saturday's French Open final, usually sticks rigidly to the ice maiden routine. Defending champion Sharapova has been quite erratic in the last couple...
  • Djokovic, Nadal win to set up semifinal clash at Paris June 5, 2013

    Paris: Turning in his finest performance yet at this year's French Open, seventime champion Rafael Nadal reached the semifinals with a 62, 63, 61 victory over ninthseeded Stanislas Wawrinka on Wednesday. Novak Djokovic too advanced to the semifinals of the only Grand Slam tournament he is yet to win, beating Tommy...
  • Ruthless Ferrer crushes Robredo to reach semifinals June 4, 2013

    Paris: There was no escape this time for comeback king Tommy Robredo as he lost an allSpanish French Open quarterfinal against ruthless fourth seed David Ferrer 62, 61, 61 on Tuesday. The 31yearold had recovered twoset deficits in all three of his previous rounds at Roland Garros but Ferrer was rock...
  • JoWilfried Tsonga puts Roger Federer out of French Open June 4, 2013

    Paris: By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17time Grand Slam champion lost on Tuesday in the quarterfinals to JoWilfried Tsonga of France, 75, 63, 63. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments,...