Sharapova, Murray Squeak By at French Open
by Staff | June 2nd, 2014, 1:45 am
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Former champion Maria Sharapova and a wave of possible next generation champions came through in fourth round play on Sunday at the French Open.


The No. 7-seeded Sharapova came from a set down to defeat No. 19 seed and former US Open champion Sam Stosur 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

“I had five break points and I didn’t convert one of them,” Sharapova said. “Against a player who’s a very good server and who uses her serve as a weapon to set up points out there, if you don’t take advantage of those particular moments, she gains a lot of confidence from that and swings and just keeps serving well too.”

Other winners Sunday were No. 18 Genie Bouchard who upset No. 8 Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2, No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro who continued her breakout march with a win over unseeded Croat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 6-3, and breakout Spaniard Garbine Muguruza who defeated French wildcard Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-2.

“Today my goal of taking it early worked really well — I was really going for my shots,” Bouchard said. “I felt good out there. I think I executed my game plan really well, so I’m pretty happy with that.

Bouchard will next meet Suarez Navarro.

“It was difficult to return her serve,” Suarez Navarro said of Tomljanovic. “Although I was able to break her, I wasn’t feeling comfortable. The beginning of the second set is always a very important time. I made too many mistakes in that first game, but what matters is that I was able to get my act together and make the necessary changes.”

Sharapova will next face Murguruza.

“I’m very happy with what I have done so far, but I want to continue,” the Spaniard said. “I still have more matches, so I’m looking forward to my next round.”

On the men’s side No. 4 seed Roger Federer tumbled out in five sets to Ernests Gulbis 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

“I was all over the place,” Federer said. “I am disappointed not to win. I have a lot of regrets. But he did a good job of hanging around and coming back. I knew what to expect, I know how he plays. I just wish I could have played better.”

No. 7 seed Andy Murray won his darkness-delayed match over No. 28-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber 12-10 in the fifth set.

“Stopping the match probably helped me a little bit, because if I had played seven or eight more games, probably wouldn’t have been great,” Murray said regarding the original stoppage. “Today was a pretty high standard, I thought. Probably the best standard of the match I think from both of us.”

Other winners Sunday were No. 2 Novak Djokovic over No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4, 6-1; No. 6 Tomas Berdych handing No. 10 John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; No. 8 Milos Raonic eliminating unseeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-3, 6-3; No. 24 Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco upsetting No. 12 Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Djokovic and Tsonga will next face off.

“I’m very eager and I’m looking forward to that,” Raonic said. “Especially after two weeks ago, to be putting myself in that situation to get to play him again.”

Murray will next meet Verdasco.

“This is going to be a very tough match again,” Verdasco said. “I will try and give my all. I have nothing to lose. He is a favorite because of his ranking. So I will try and play my best tennis, and I hope I’ll be as consistent as I was yesterday and today.”


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113 Comments for Sharapova, Murray Squeak By at French Open

Michael Says:

Poor Kohlscrieber has been quite unlucky right from the time he started his Tennis career. He has lost quite a lot of very close matches against top players and this time too against Andy, he couldn’t complete the job who hanged in quite tough out there and all credit to him.


Margot Says:

Well, I was certainly “squeaking” or rather more accurately, “shrieking” when Andy won! :)
Hope that bloody serve % is better today, over 50% would be nice, Andy lol. Or us fans are in for more torture.
Don’t think Maria “squeaked” though and she certainly “shrieks” ……She was utterly dominant in the third. Sam’s game is too dependent on that forehand and she loses confidence very quickly if it doesn’t work.
I don’t especially like the way Maria plays, but by gosh I admire her.


Colin Says:

Margot, I agree with all you say. Wasn’t it a delicious irony that Kohlschreiber lost the last point because HE didn’t get his first serve in?
Vaerdasco should be a bit easier to deal with, though you never know with Andy.

As for Sharapova, someone recently called her a sort of female Rafa, and someone else immediately said “She’s no Nadal”. Of course in terms of tennis she isn’t, but when it comes to sheer intensity and determination, I think she’s equal to anyone, male or female. Think of all the grief she had with her shoulder, and having to rebuild her serve, plus the fact she could have retired wealthy long ago, and you have to admire her dedication – with your fingers in your ears.

Nonetheless, I’d like to see Halep win this tournament, as I’ve been to Romania and take an interest in anything Romanian, particularly their music (and not just the Pan pipes!).


Raja Says:

I thought serving for the final set Maria would choke and double fault but she came through. If she continues to play as sharp as she did in that third set, there is nothing or no one to stop her win the French Open championship!


Margot Says:

@Colin
Kohl’s first serve was out by a whisker!
I too like Halep very much. Don’t think she ‘s quite ready for Maria yet.


Dan Martin Says:

http://tennisabides.com has my Monday picks up – I think Maria and the young Spaniard may have a great match


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Fed’s loss not big enough news to make the round-up, eh? Well, I was quite hopeful for both Fed and Wawrinka here, but its good to see some new(isn) faces with real shots at more upsets, in Gulbis and Milos. I would love to see one of those make the finals.
After the brilliant match-ups we had yesterday, today’s look like snoozers. Where did they dig up this dude Rafa is playing?
That side has been gutted of star power, Ferrer and Rafa really have a walk to the semis.
Could Rafa’s be a historic run in terms of low ranked opponents?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

I forgot Ferrer gets Rafa in the quarters. Generally one of the most boring matches conceivable, I think Ferrer has a genuine shot this year.


RZ Says:

Not sure you can call someone winning the last 9 games of their match “squeaking by” no matter how tough the first two sets were.


Susan Says:

To Tennisvagabond.com “Could Rafa’s be a historic run in terms of low ranked opponents?”

I read on different sight that Nadals highest rank opponent is lower then Djokovics lowest rank opponent.


Josh Says:

Monfils on song – giving the crowd something to cheer about. They’ve been quite docile today


Hippy Chic Says:

Josh the Murray/Verdasco match is pretty good too,this is some of the best CC tennis ive ever seen him play,could be a dark horse here IMO….


skeezer Says:

“I read on different sight that Nadals highest rank opponent is lower then Djokovics lowest rank opponent.”

You wanna post that link?


Humble Rafa Says:

I played so bad today. Back problems.

#bagelsaredelicisou#


Josh Says:

Agree Hippy Chic, I’m really excited by how Andy is playing. Very aggressive, taking the ball early, trying to dictate with the BH and the FH.


Hippy Chic Says:

Josh me too,im looking forward to a match up with Rafa assuming both get that far,many say that only Novak can beat Rafa in best of 5 on clay,but its my belief Andy can too,and in this form Andy could beat them both IMO,go Andy….


Susan Says:

To skeezer, “You wanna post that link?”

It was a poster on tennis magazine sight that said it. Here is comment for you quoted:
“BGinRB12 hours ago
@Pandy @Yolita That’s just silly. The lowest ranked player Djokovic played this year in Paris is ranked higher than the highest ranked opponent of Nadal. “


SG1 Says:

Nadal’s tests are upcoming. So far, his opponents have been only slightly warmer than a bucket of ice cream. This Ferrer match will be a good barometer of where his game is.


Hippy Chic Says:

SG1 exactly im looking forward to seeing him facing a challenge now,a Murray/Nadal would be a cracker,not his fault but too easy so far….


SG1 Says:

I’m worried about Rafa’s first serve. Without it, it seems plausible that Ferrer will get into a lot of Rafa’s service games. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.


madmax Says:

Staff,

I think you got this wrong:

“Djokovic and Tsonga will next face off.”

They already played yesterday!


Hippy Chic Says:

Madmax i just wanted to say thanks for what you said the other day about me been fair ;))….


Josh Says:

I agree with the first serve problem that SG1 highlighted. Potentially Rafa could face the 3 best active returners in succession (Ferrer, Murray, Djokovic). Slow serves or low 1st serve % in general could actually lead to the opponents perpetually dictating play. Murray in particular seems to have some sort of strategy for 2nd serve returns


Hippy Chic Says:

Just loving this attitude from Murray,hes loving having a good scrap….


Hippy Chic Says:

Josh lol if he beats them then he sure as hell deserves the title….


Josh Says:

Hippy Chic no question about it. Now, Andy seems to have faltered a little bit here – he’s given the break back and needs to fight his way out of this


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal i was just looking on Wikipedia,as i was told it was number 1 on the day i was born,but apparantly it was The Beatles with Hello Goodbye….


Josh Says:

Murray through to the quarters in 3 straight


Hippy Chic Says:

Josh i can live with Andy beating Rafa as hes my second favorite anyway….


Hippy Chic Says:

YAY Andy so happy,man that kid can play great on clay who knew,where has that form been?come out Margot and Colin this was fantastic stuff,nice gesure from Andy to give Nando that point too:))….


Margot Says:

@Hippy
Lol that’s more like it! Wasn’t behind my hands too much….Amazing how much easier for Andy and his fans when his serve is working.
Terrific third set with a most excellent result!
Come on Andy!


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot if both get that far,i would give him a great shot against Rafa if he plays as well as he did just now with the serve clicking,and i can live with that too as i love them both ;))….


Margot Says:

@ Josh
Didn’t realise you were a Murray mania *thumbs up*
Quite a few of us on here now.
Yippeee!


Margot Says:

Lol “Murray maniac” too excited to type properly.
Should be a great match against lovely Monfils, both great artists/athletes.


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot hes showing the level that won him Wimbledon,i cannot wait to see them both face off again….


Hippy Chic Says:

^Meaning Andy and Rafa^….


Margot Says:

@Hippy
It’s so wonderful to see him moving so well and apparently pain free again.
Feel quite teary actually.


Josh Says:

@Margot I’m more than just a Murray supporter, but he’s definitely one of my main men!


RZ Says:

So glad that Murray came through in 3 sets! Hopefully he can get to the semis. Monfils will be tough and Murray will have the crowd against him, but I think he can win his next match.


M Says:

It’s going to be Andy M. vs Le Monf in the quarters.

Kind of envying those Paris fans.


the DA Says:

That turned out to be a much higher quality match than I expected. That’s the first time I’ve seen him look so comfortable on clay since RG2012 (vs Gasquet). So glad he didn’t let all theose wasted BPs and losing the break affect him. Very encouraged.

Of course against Monfils it’ll be like Daniel in the lion’s den. I can already hear the boos ;)


Margot Says:

@RZ
But of course the really important question about Andy’s form is………..have you booked your camping trip to coincide with Wimbledon yet? ;)


RZ Says:

@Margot – LOL. No camping trip, but I’ll be at a wedding that weekend and it’s unlikely that I will be able to watch any of the last few days’ matches. Hopefully that will be enough to assure Andy a second straight Wimbledon title!


Margot Says:

@RZ
Splendid! That’ll do it for sure. Can relax now. No peaking at the TV now……;)


mat4 Says:

@Skeezer:

Rafa:

Ginepri (259)-Thiem (57)-Mayer (65)-Lajovic (83)

Novak:

Sousa (44)-Chardy (42)-Cilic (26)-Tsonga (14)


Humble Rafa Says:

@Skeezer:

Rafa:

Ginepri (259)-Thiem (57)-Mayer (65)-Lajovic (83)

Novak:

Sousa (44)-Chardy (42)-Cilic (26)-Tsonga (14)

Useless discussion and a utter waste of time. I assume you guys don’t have jobs.

20 years from now, Skeeze and his 2 cats will march to reduce my grandslam count by 5 to account for “weaker opponents”. Also, they will want to raise the Arrogant One’s count by 25 because he played in a “difficult era against tough players like Phillipousis”.

The lengths some people will go to justify their hero worship..wow.


Hippy Chic Says:

Can i just say i apologize for Rafas cakewalk draw,and im looking forward to seeing him up against some decent opposition now,to see where hes really at,ive said it now and theres not much else i can do other than to write it in blood,sorry he had an easy draw,sorry Nole has a difficult one,sorry,sorry,sorry,hopefully Rafa will get the draw from hell at Wimbledon,and Nole will get an easy one,that should hopefully even things out….


skeezer Says:

mat4,
Thanks. You beat me to it;).

@HR
Are you trying to get a laugh again? Told ya this is not the place for the unemployed who’s looking for a bad comedy gig.
It’s a place to talk Tennis.


Hippy Chic Says:

Furthur more i doubt he will win the FO this year anyway,as hes not the player he wa,its somebody elses turn now?….


Okiegal Says:

I was going to look up the rankings of each of their opponents too…….never got around to it, thanks mat4 for your diligence in posting that bit of info……that settles that……or does it?? Lol


Polo Says:

All those tough draws for Novak as against the weak opponents for Rafa are utterly unfair. Novak is getting so much excellent practice prior to his anticipated match-up with Rafa while the latter is getting zilch. How can Rafa be honed enough for the match? What a biased draw indeed!


M Says:

Polo, Rafa’s going to be plenty tested. Ferru is in blistering form and, moreover, from what I understand, the weather conditions are going to favor him as well.

And if he gets through that intact, there’s a strong possibility the way Andy is playing that he might have to face him in the semis. If Le Monf beats Andy in their QF, he’s going to be up against a Frenchman. In Paris. Who isn’t playing too shabbily either.

Just because Rafa is playing fairly well, it doesn’t follow that he’s not getting tested.


Okiegal Says:

Who is responsible for the unfair draws……the organizers? From what I read on TX, I’m getting the idea that some think it’s a Rafa Nadal conspiracy…..LOL! I did see a photo of him and Serena with a bunch of numbers on a table. How does that work? I suppose the number on each tag are ranking numbers……but I have no clue for sure. I take it that it’s a random draw….or can the people who are drawing the tags out rifle through them and pick out a high number….I’m kidding! I would like to know how it’s done, because there is always so much talk about the “cupcake” draw that certain players get from time to time. A legit question, imo!

#help!!


Polo Says:

M, you really thought I was complaining about the draw, didn’t you? It was supposed to be a sarcastic response to all the earlier posts taliking about Novak’s tough draw as opposed to Nadal’s weak opponents. Ay-yay-yay!


M Says:

Well … it looked a little weird to me, but people do fret.
:-)


Polo Says:

Yes, they do M. I try to take most of what I read here with a grain of salt… and I have been forced to take of lot of salt by recent posts that my blood pressure must be very high now. Hahaha!


skeezer Says:

Rafa will be plenty tested?
Thats not the point. He has to play through TO the quarterfinals like everybody else. And on that road he played Who? Fact is he hasn’t faced a player in the Top 50. Not a complaint, a fact. And to say others(Novak) have had an easier draw? LMAO.


Hippy Chic Says:

Novak has the hardest draw,Rafa has the easiest draw,lets leave it at that,people have made their points,the whole subject is getting boring now?


Giles Says:

Rafa’s draw opened up, it’s as simple as that. His potential dangerous opponents couldn’t quite make it to meet Rafa. Not Rafa’s fault they were not good enough to win their matches.
Go Rafa!
#StayLucky
#StayHealthy
#VamosChamp


Bad Knee Rules Says:

———–
Rafa’s draw opened up, it’s as simple as that. His potential dangerous opponents couldn’t quite make it to meet Rafa.
———–

Name those potential dangerous oponents.


mat4 Says:

The conclusion of that analysis is the following:

“So since Nadal’s return, he has gotten to face lower-ranked opponents than Djokovic, gotten more favorable potential matchups in the majors, and seen more of his opponents bow out before he even had to play against them.”

Surprise… surprise…


mat4 Says:

And, from what I remember (Fed-Novak in the same half in 13 of 15 slams in a row?), Rafa had a lot of “little help from his friends” from the beginning of his career.


Steve27 Says:

envious is a bad thing, mat4, take it easy.
Djkovic will be rewarded again in Wimbledon, you only have to wait.


Klaas Says:

Anyway, the crux of the (draw) matter is this:
We know Djoker is playing very strong, but we will not know where Rafa is at until his match against Ferrer, first real quality opponent.


Hippy Chic Says:

I think im more of a tennis fan than just been merely a fan of Rafa,Novaks had the draw from hell so i can imagine how satisfying it will be having won the trophy by doing it the hard way,many will say that Rafa winning this one will be meh due to the soft draw no really worthy oposition,so i think for me personally i wouldve preffered Novaks draw,as him winning the trophy will seen as more worthy than if Rafa were to win it with his draw?my two cents even though i appear to be wasting my time??


Hippy Chic Says:

Mat4 especially for you,Nole will win the FO this year on Sunday so all this draw talk will be of no relavance any longer :))….


Steve27 Says:

Ferrer and Murray and far more stronger than Raonic and Berdych, but people still talking about draw. Mmm…


Giles Says:

Alison. Keep blowing with the wind. That’s what you do best!!
Vamos Rafa!


Hippy Chic Says:

Oh never mind Giles….


Salleh Ahmed Says:

and another useless player in sharapove

she thought that she is the favourite now hahahhaha

muguruza and genie will rule tennis from now on


Salleh Ahmed Says:

wtf 2 DF mugu


mat4 Says:

@S27

I just don’t get it. What has the truth to do with envy? Why don’t you read the analysis first? Can you handle the truth?

And why envy: I don’t really care if Rafa has 13, 17, 19 slams.

I could be troubled by draw fixing, doping, gamesmanship, I agree. Doesn’t this bother you too?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

come on mugu

what a player


Salleh Ahmed Says:

has maria any signature shot ?

or is her grundting the only feature in her game which she got


Salleh Ahmed Says:

and nadal is officialy 28 today.old man


Salleh Ahmed Says:

mugu losing games from being well up #federercomplex


Polo Says:

Why can’t these female tennis players put it in their heads that Sharapova has limited tennis talents? All she has is power and mental fortitude. She does not move very well and she does not have variety. Yet all these players, except for Serena, let Maria beat them through sheer will power. Stosur who is better in many physical aspects of the game wilted because she has no will power. And here is another one, Muguruza. Shame to all of the them. Much as I don’t like seeing Maria win, she deserves to beat all these female players who are, figuratively speaking, mentally retarded.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

maria is to serena what berdych is to nadal

both are mindless ball bashers with no touch whatsoever


Salleh Ahmed Says:

who is prettier mugu or maria?

i will take mugu


Polo Says:

Maria is not Berdych’s equivalent. The only similarity may be in power. However, Berdych has tremendous talent while Maria is limited. Mentally, however, Berdych is a cretin when compared with Maria. Maria wins with her mental game, Berdych in that regard of great pitch and moment, his currents turn awry and lose the name of action.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

genie is losing it


Salleh Ahmed Says:

maria is a mental midget. to even compare her with nadals mental strength is an insult. ES comms have some kind of common sense though i hate nadal


Polo Says:

Salleh Ahmed, do you watch tennis?


gonzalowski Says:

Hmm, it fires me up hearing french crowd suuporting so much Bouchard against Carla Suarez


Salleh Ahmed Says:

polo, yes but cant stand maria. she seems too arrogant for my liking.

genie in her 2nd SF and that in a row. Hats off

now gulbis time. COME ON


TennisVagabond.com Says:

WOW GENIE! Yes! I’m so excited for this new star, I think she’s going to be a headliner for a few years. What a golden age for Canadian tennis.
Could we get TWO Canucks in the semis? Come on Milos!


Polo Says:

Sharapova beats another more talented player after being down by a set. She may well win the French through sheer will power. She is really the female version of Nadal in terms of mental power.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

Gulbis is such a lovable charachter. smiles and luaghs during interviews. love it


Salleh Ahmed Says:

Gulbis FH looking good

BH too


Salleh Ahmed Says:

He. Did the ES comm say targetting Bird FH is good because it is his weaker shot??!?!?!?

but it is working for gulbis so far

2-0 break up for gulbis


Salleh Ahmed Says:

hahahahah
gulbis fighting with Bird


Salleh Ahmed Says:

gulbis FH is better than bird FH atm


Salleh Ahmed Says:

GULBIS YOU BEAUTY

firs slice FHs and then that lob

double break


contador Says:

Salleh Ahmed – thanks!

All i have is a score board! thanks for some updates. Gulbis has a lead, I see.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

6-3 first set gulbis

this is total clutch what he produced in this game


Polo Says:

I hope Gulbis can keep this up. I am watching the Gulbis-Berdych match on ESPN3 (online streaming).


Salleh Ahmed Says:

gulbis has broken again

top 10 we are coming


Polo Says:

woow! Gulbis breaks in the first game of the second set.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

another proof plays only good against fed or fed makes him look good

against any1 else he is just useless


Salleh Ahmed Says:

*berdych i meant


Salleh Ahmed Says:

gulbis is the best lobber of all time

this man is just insane


contador Says:

Hehehehe…..Gulbis the Goat Lobber….

Go Ernie!!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

i really do think that gulbis is the best one of the 88s players talentwise (cilic, del potro)


Salleh Ahmed Says:

6-3 4-1

double break up ernie. u beat my man in the last round but i am proud of you now


contador Says:

Well Talent-wise yes, Salleh Ahmed. Gulbis. But it has not been clear whether he would get serious about a work ethic to go along with his talent.

To see him get serious and not off partying after beating Federer is evidence that Ernie is going to put his money where his mouth is, so to speak.

Come ON, G-bis!!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

any1 who calls gulbis a mindless hard hitter should watch this match

he has all the variety. only serve and volleying is missing


Polo Says:

I used to cheer for Berdych until I realized I was just wasting my time. Re: Gulbis, I wish he would take his tennis more seriously and be more determined and disciplined about it.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

GULBIS FH IS MUCH BETTER THAN BIRDS FH #Fact


Salleh Ahmed Says:

berdych lives and plays only to beat Fed for nothing. i dont know why


contador Says:

Gulbis doesn’t serve and volley but have you watched him serve and drop shot? Big serve, then he sees how far back the opponent is and bingo…dropshot from the baseline winner.


contador Says:

I see by the score that Ernie has something of a pattern going vs Tomas.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

ernies is one hell of a talent

come on ernie, put that that wealthy spoiled brat tag to the bed. you are definelty more than that

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