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June 3rd, 2009

Federer, del Potro Advance to Semi Meeting at French Open

“It’s going to be very difficult,” del Potro said of playing Federer. “We all know how he plays, and we all know what he wants to achieve here now that Rafa is no longer here.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:25 pm in French Open, Tennis | 91 Comments »

June 3rd, 2009

Stosur, Cibulkova Set Up Thrilling(?) French Open Semis

Serena, of course, says she lost the match rather than the Russian winning.

Posted by Staff @ 11:09 pm in French Open, Tennis | 9 Comments »

June 2nd, 2009

Soderling Real Deal at French Open; Federer Up Wednesday

“I always knew that I could play really, really good tennis when I’m on top of my game,” said Soderling.

Posted by Staff @ 6:38 pm in French Open, Tennis | 89 Comments »

June 1st, 2009

Jankovic Janked; Safina, Sharapova On Tuesday at French Open

On tap for Tuesday quarterfinal play are (1) Dinara Safina vs. (9) Victoria Azarenka, and (20) Dominika Cibulkova vs. unseeded former No. 1 Maria Sharapova.

Posted by Staff @ 10:55 pm in French Open, Tennis | 12 Comments »

May 31st, 2009

Defending Champs Nadal, Ivanovic Beaten at French Open

“He didn’t surprise me because I know how he plays and how dangerous he can be,” Nadal told reporters. “I didn’t play my best. I played very short and I couldn’t attack. I made it easy for him to play at his level. But I lost. It’s not a tragedy, I had to lose one day. I must accept my defeats with the same level of calm that I accept my victories.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:23 pm in French Open, Tennis | 41 Comments »

May 30th, 2009

Nadal Wins; Federer, Roddick Saturday at French Open

“For sure it was my best match here so far,” Nadal said. “I felt much better today and a win against Lleyton is always a great win. It was an amazing result.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:32 am in French Open, Tennis | 137 Comments »

May 29th, 2009

Venus Williams Fed Bagel in French Open Exit

It had to be little consolation for the elder Williams when she saw herself on the latest cover of the American TENNIS magazine, touted as a favorite for Wimbledon.

Posted by Staff @ 8:41 pm in French Open, Tennis | 2 Comments »

May 28th, 2009

Serena Sound, Venus Vacillates at French Open

No. 2-seeded Serena Williams pummeled Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-2, 6-0, while No. 3-seeded Venus Williams barely escaped a rain-delayed three-set encounter, beating Czech Lucie Safarova 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5.

Posted by Staff @ 9:11 pm in French Open, Tennis | 12 Comments »

May 28th, 2009

Federer Passes Wet Test, Roddick Strong at French Open

Federer will next face Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, the No. 32 seed who advanced on Thursday with a straight-set win over Pabl Andujar.

Posted by Staff @ 9:07 pm in French Open, Tennis | 22 Comments »

May 27th, 2009

Murray Rises, Safin Flops at French Open

French wildcard Josselin Ouanna ousted former No. 1 Marat Safin 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 4-6, 3-6, 10-8 in the biggest upset of the day.

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 pm in French Open, Tennis | 90 Comments »

May 27th, 2009

Venus in Trouble, Sharapova Struggles Through at French Open

“These types of matches are really important for me,” Sharapova said. “I’m spending more time out there than I want to, but I’m learning so many new things as well. When you haven’t played for such a long time and you’re put in these situations, many things come back to you.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 pm in French Open, Tennis | Comments Off

May 25th, 2009

Nadal, Federer, Roddick Set-Perfect in French Openers

“I don’t know,” Nadal told reporters when grilled about the shirt. “Why was I in white and yellow two weeks ago? It’s better than dress the same color every week, no?”

Posted by Staff @ 6:05 pm in French Open, Tennis | 103 Comments »

May 25th, 2009

Safina Bakes Bagels; Venus, Sharapova Struggle at French Open

Other Top 10 seeds in action did not have such an easy time, with No. 3 Venus Williams squeaking by fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, and No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki at a set all against Vera Dushevina when the match was suspended.

Posted by Staff @ 5:36 pm in French Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 24th, 2009

Mauresmo Loses Opener, Sharapova on Monday at French Open

Ivanovic has had a difficult 12 months since winning last year’s french title, suffering a thumb injury which led to a bout of self-doubt.

Posted by Staff @ 5:25 pm in French Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 23rd, 2009

Hewitt, Murray, Gaudio, Ivanovic on Day 1 at French Open

“I’m more mature,” Ivanovic told reporters. “Comparing my game to last year, it’s improved. There are some areas that I’ve added to and I feel really confident on the court. I have a very good opportunity to do well again here, and I love playing here on clay.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:02 pm in French Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »