May 24th, 2011
“I feel relieved when I look at the score or the match after playing three tiebreaks in Madrid against him,” Federer said of his fellow 29 year old. “It’s definitely slower than Madrid. So I think Feliciano was maybe not getting the free points he was looking and hoping for. The important thing from my side was to be solid in my own serve, which I was all the way through from start to finish, and I thought I played a good match.”
May 22nd, 2011
“I don’t think I have a big chance for the title here because I have never reached further than the third round in a Grand Slam, so we shouldn’t be talking here about winning a Grand Slam,” she said.
May 20th, 2011
Kim Clijsters is back from injury and seeded No. 2. It will be interesting to see if the Belgian can quickly up her game to the physical and mental rigors of the red clay. Clijsters will start against Belarus’ Anastasiya Yakimova, and is looking at a possible third-rounder against No. 25 seed Maria Kirilenko, and fourth round against No. 7 Maria Sharapova, facing a Russian “Maria” onslaught.
June 5th, 2010
The tight Stosur could seemingly not let loose on her biggest weapons, the forehand and the high-kicking serve, and at 4-4 in the first set threw in a doubles fault on game point to hand the Italian the first set. In the second set Schiavone tested the Aussie’s nerve by repeatedly charging the net. The payoff — Schiavone becomes the first winner of the French Open from outside the Top 10 since 1933.
June 4th, 2010
Don’t get me wrong I love the ladies, lesbian or straight. On the WTA you can never tell, so I just love them all. Bring back Amelie Mauresmo who was proudly out of the closet, as this final will be played in the closet. Going to be crowded, lots of elbows flying. Will the winner run up in the crowd and plant one on their sweetie? You’ve got to hope so then all of homophobic America can gasp.
June 4th, 2010
“It’s always good to have beaten a player before,” said Soderling, the first to lay down the smack. “I know that I can beat him. I showed it. But every match is a new match, and every match is different.”
June 3rd, 2010
In the final Stosur will face Francesca Schiavone, the first Italian woman to reach a Grand Slam final, who advanced to the championship match when opponent Elena Dementieva retired after the first set with a calf muscle injury.
May 28th, 2010
“I got nothing to lose out there,” Hewitt says of facing Nadal next. “It’s a matter of going out there and playing my game, and hopefully I can hit the ball well…He cleaned me up last few times. He’s obviously very dominant, especially on this surface. I’m gonna have to go out there and execute what I want to do, and do it bloody well.”
May 27th, 2010
“It’s the slowest here,” Roddick said. “It’s the most challenging for me. I feel like every time I play out there it’s raining. Wet day on [court] Lenglen has been my Achilles heel. I’ve lost a lot of matches out there in conditions exactly like that. I was able to get through that one today. That was one that might have gotten away from me awhile ago. But I was just kind of staying the course.”
May 26th, 2010
Serving at 4-4, Fognini refused to begin the game, stopping play for more than five minutes while arguing with the chair umpire and Monfils, but eventually stepped to the service line after receiving a point penalty, starting the game at 0-15. Fognini eventually held a match point with Monfils serving at 4-5, but failed to close it out, and the match was finally halted for the day at 5-5.
May 24th, 2010
“The beginning is always important, coming back as defending champion and trying to get off to a good start,” Federer said. “It was a good first set for me, without any hiccups on my own serve. After that things were a bit easier. He had to push it a bit more. I could relax and towards the end I played some great dropshots. So it was a perfect match to start the French Open.”
May 23rd, 2010
The elder Williams sister drew whistles and cat-calls from the French fans when she took to the court in a dress of her own design, resembling a black nightie with red lace trim.
May 21st, 2010
Serena Williams receives a soft draw, opening against Swiss Stefanie Voegele, and potentially meets No. 29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round, and No. 13 Marion Bartoli in the fourth round. No. 7-seeded Sam Stosur is in Serena’s quarter of the draw, but the favorite to meet the younger Williams sister in the quarterfinals is No. 22-seeded Justine Henin.
June 14th, 2009
Pete Sampras sent the message that if a player were talented, self-disciplined and professional, he could exceed the seven or eight majors that seemed to be the best one could hope for in a career.
June 6th, 2009
Safina looked on the verge of tears in the last few minutes on court, smashing her racquet after the loss.