Grand Slam & French Open
The four Major tennis tournaments, also called the Slams, are the most important tennis events of the year in terms of World Tour ranking points, tradition, prize-money awarded, strength and size of player field, and public attention. The French Open (or Tournoi de Roland-Garros, named after the famous French aviator Roland Garros) is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June in Paris, France, at the Stade Roland Garros. /5
Grand Slam French Open Rafael Nadal Serena Williams Maria Sharapova Australian Open Novak Djokovic Roland Garros Roger Federer David Ferrer Simona Halep Andy Murray Althea Gibson Chris Evert Martina Navratilova Eugenie Bouchard Li Na Sara Errani Victoria Azarenka
Eurosport : Ostapenko stuns Halep to win first Grand Slam title at French Open
Rafael Nadal won the French Open final for his 15th career Grand Slam title Sunday, the 2nd-most in men’s tennis history.
Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title. "Anything is possible," she says; Halep misses another chance to…
At just 20 years old, the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko wins the French Open to become Latvia's first ever Grand Slam champion…
Harrison and Venus take first grand slam Title at French Open
After almost missing French Open, Simona Halep has shot at Grand Slam title and No. 1 ranking | Simona Halep…
Gabriela Dabrowski becomes first Canadian woman to win tennis Grand Slam title From
Bopanna wins maiden Grand Slam title at French Open
Unseeded Jelena pounds her way to a first Grand Slam final at How it happened > h…
After winning 4 titles in 2017, can Elina reach a first Grand Slam semifinal at on Wednesday?.
Unseeded Latvian teen Jelena Ostapenko reaches first Grand Slam semifinal at French Open
Unseeded teen Jelena Ostapenko reaches first Grand Slam semi at French Open
Michael Chang never won another Grand Slam but was a finalist in the 1995 French Open, 1996 Australian & US Opens
Venus Williams loses, setting the stage for a first-time Grand Slam champ at French Open.
There will be no Grand Slam champions among the women's French Open quarterfinalists. First time that's happened since…
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No woman left in the French Open singles draw has won a Grand Slam singles title. Big emotions ahead
18-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer to miss French Open.
18-time Grand Slam winner Federer to miss French open -
Roger Federer: Swiss 18-time Grand Slam winner to miss French Open. Let's hope he is saving himself for Wimbledon 😍 https…
French Open chiefs are reluctant to grant two-time champion Maria Sharapova a wild card into this year's Grand Slam even
Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Grand Slam at the 1956 French Open..
The 29-year-old Serbian - whose sole Grand Slam success came in the 2008 French Open one of her 15 WTA titles - added she wanted to retire …
Althea Gibson: First woman of color to win a Grand Slam title (French Open).
The last time Novak Djokovic lost before the quarter-final of a Grand Slam? 2009 French Open (l. to Kohlschreiber)
This is Novak Djokovic's earliest Grand Slam loss since the 2009 French Open.
Novak Djokovic crashed out of Wimbledon in his earliest exit from a Grand Slam since the 2009 French Open:
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local): ___ 9:35 p.m. Sam Stosur knows what it's like to be a Grand Slam champion.
Djokovic wins French Open to complete career Grand Slam...
Novak Djokovic has finally won the French Open, defeating Andy Murray to complete the career Grand Slam
World number one Novak Djokovic beat Britain's Andy Murray to win his first French Open title and complete the career Grand Slam.
Nadal wins 200th Grand Slam match. Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal on Thursday became just the eighth man to win 200 Grand Slam…
French Open: Ivo Karlovic records his first Grand Slam win this year
[CBS Miami]He’s a 10-time Grand Slam champion, and the French Open is the only major tournam…
Novak Djokovic gunning for French Open glory to complete career Grand Slam...
[sports keeda]In June this year, Stan won his second Grand Slam - the French Open - at Roland…
The four tournaments that make up the Tennis Grand Slam are Wimbledon, the US Open, the Austrailian Open and the French Open
Nadal is the only person to win a single grand slam 9 times:French Open
Wawrinka beat Federer in the French Open quarters earlier this year en route to his second career Grand Slam title. Federer 17- 15.
Thanks hoping someday 2 either French Open or Wimbledon! I been 2 smaller tournaments in my city!Never experience Grand Slam
If he doesn't win any grand slam next year especially the French Open... Then he could be done!
On this day in 1984, Ivan Lendl defeated John Mcenroe at the French Open to win the first of his 8 Grand Slam titles.
Wawrinka upsets Djokovic for French Open title: Wawrinka wins his second Grand Slam final, first a... Tscent
Serena Williams wins the French Open for her 20th Grand Slam title.
The next tournament with Novak will participate in the French Open (Grand Slam 2000). The tournament will last...
Andy Murray seeded third for French Open, set to play qualifier in first round: Two-time Grand Slam champion A...
Federer brings curtain up on French Open: Roger Federer begins his 62nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament at t...
French Open begins today: Here are top-ten facts about the Grand Slam
Maria Sharapova won 5th Grand Slam today at French Open. This is why she once almost changed her name to Sugarpova:
For last 10 yrs,i have always picked Nadal to win the French open.I think this year Djoker will win French Open & complete Career Grand Slam
🎾 🎾 🎾 . you're going no where without winning a Grand Slam this year. Up next: French Open . .
CROOZEFM 2015: Hosts Equatorial Guinea and Claude Le Roy's Congo Brazzaville defied the odds to become the first teams to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday. The duo were considered the outsiders in Group A when the competition began, but Congo advanced in first place after beating Burkina Faso 2-1 while Equatorial Guinea sunk Gabon 2-0 amid emotional scenes in Bata. After drawing their first two matches at the tournament, the Nzalang Nacional had to beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Gabon to go through and did so to match their achievement of reaching the last eight as co-hosts in 2012. While Gabon go home, Equatorial Guinea advance to a quarter-final against the runners-up from Group B. A wide open Group B concludes today, when Tunisia need only a draw with DR Congo in Bata to advance, while Zambia, the 2012 champions, must beat Cape Verde to keep alive their hopes of going through. TENNIS: Serena Williams avoided another Grand Slam defeat by Spain's Garbine Muguruza as ...
Serena avenges French Open loss to reach quarterfinals: The American 18-time Grand Slam champion beat the 24th...
[The Business Insider]Ana Ivanovic won her first and only Grand Slam, the 2008 French Open, at ...
Quiz.210 # Sports 1. What was the first team sport played in the modern Olympics # Water Polo 2. Which country has won most number of football World Cups # Brazil 3. How many matches did it take for Sachin Tendulkar to score his first one day hundred # 79 4. About which game has most books been written # Chess 5. Mintonette was the original name of what sport # Volleyball 6. In order to win the Grand Slam in Tennis, a player must win which tournaments # Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open, U.S. Open 7. In which sport would you find the Sag Wagon # Cycling - it picks updropouts 8. In which sport are left handed people banned from playing # Polo 9. What is the length of each stump in the cricket # 28 inches 10. India first won the Olympic Hockey gold at # Amsterdam
The former French Open and Australian Open champion and the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam si...
When Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki faced off Sunday, the current and former world No. 1 players were both trying to make their own brand of history. For Williams, it was a chance to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova; for Wozniacki, a win would have brought her first Grand Slam title. But Williams, who has been dominating this tournament, did not slow down and quickly took the first two sets 6-3, 6-3. Williams' momentum in the tournament saw her not giving up a single set in a quest to take the last big title of 2014. The U.S. Open summary describes her dominance: "she's won 80 percent of her first serve points, gotten in 76 percent of her returns and broken her opponents 29 times while losing her serve on just six occasions." The final was played on Arthur Ashe Stadium court in New York. The U.S. Open was the only Grand Slam final this season for Serena Williams, who was bounced early at the French Open and Wimbledon and lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
INCORRECT! Michael Chang (Asian man) not only reached a Grand Slam singles final he won the French Open in 1989.
Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years at Roland Garros on Saturday, defeating Romania's Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 in a gripping final, the first to go the full distance in Paris in 13 years and the second longest on record. It was the 27-year-old Russian's fifth Grand Slam title, bringing her level with Martina Hingis on the all-time list and it came 10 years after she won her first major at Wimbledon 2004.
Novak Djokovic became the winner of this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles competition on Sunday, defeating Roger Federer, who has won the title an astounding seven times. In 2013, Djokovic lost in the final at Wimbledon to Andy Murray, who was hoped to become first British men’s winner in 77 years. Djokovic lost his year’s U.S. Open and French Open to Rafael Nadal. Related: Wimbeldon Stars Novak Djokovic And Grigor Dimitrov Do Striptease “The most special Grand Slam final I’ve played,” the 27-year-old Serbian said. “At the time in my career, for this Grand Slam trophy to arrive is crucial, especially after losing several Grand Slam finals in a row. I started doubting, of course, a little bit. I needed this win a lot.” As he did when he won in 2011, Djokovic plucked grass from the court and ate it. “It tastes like the best meal I ever had in my life,” he said. Federer, a fierce competitor, was gracious in his defeat. “Winning or losing, it’s always something special and something yo ...
Last time a teenager beat a No.1 at a Grand Slam event was at 2005 French Open. Winner was Nadal, over Federer.
(June 24, 2014) WIMBLEDON – French Open champion and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova demolished British wild card Samantha Murray 6-1, 6-0 on Tuesday in a first-round match at Wimbledon. “There’s always a bit more tension coming into the first round of a Grand Slam,” Sharapova said. “It was
During a rain delay at the 2014 French Open, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic makes an incredible gesture towards the ball boy holding an umbrella for him. Currently ranked number two in the world, Djokovic has won six Grand Slam singles titles so far.
Rafael Nadal wins his 9th French Open title. That's the most by any man at any single Grand Slam event.
PARIS – Still the King. Rafael Nadal of Spain won an unprecedented ninth French Open championship Sunday, denying Serbia's Novak Djokovic his quest to secure a career Grand Slam with the only major he lacks.
Yet another high-octane clash Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal in yet another Grand Slam final. O.o Rafael Nadal is seeking his record ninth French Open title. It's a compelling match in the as Djokovic has won the first set but Nadal has broke the Serb in the second Nadal has beaten Djokovic 22 times but only twice has he done so having lost the first set. :D 😜
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.
Rafa Wins- 1st man with 5 consecutive French Open titles. Djoker Wins- 8th man to win all 4 Grand Slams ever. You Pick. Spain or Serbia?
Congrats Maria Sharapova, one of my favorite Female Athletes, on winning 2nd French Open and 5th Grand Slam!
PARIS -- Even though her serve failed her repeatedly, Maria Sharapova is a French Open champion once again. Sharapova won her second title at Roland Garros in the last three years, overcoming 12 double-faults Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final. "This is the toughest Grand Slam final I've ever played," Sharapova said on court. "Really, this tournament means so much to me. It's a tournament, when I was young and growing up, I wanted to win. More from ESPN.com She doesn't seem to fit the part, but somehow Maria Sharapova has made herself into the best women's clay-court player in the world, writes Greg Garber. Story "To think that I've won it two times is, I don't know. So emotional right now, I can't even talk." Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and was broken seven times in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was able to hold off Halep, and hold her serve in the final game, with steady groundstrokes that kept the Romanian on the run. After Sh ...
Maria Sharapova captured her second French Open title and fifth Grand Slam crown with a three-set victory over fourth- seeded Simona Halep on Saturday.
Sharapova played in her third consecutive French Open final. She completed a career Grand Slam with her win in 2012 and finished runner-up to Serena Williams in last year's final. Sharapova now has a 4-0
In tennis, no surprises there in the men's singles final at Roland Garros as the top two seeds will battle each other for this Grand Slam title. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are no strangers to each other with this being their 3rd matchup in a tournament final this year alone and their 42nd career meeting. And there's going to be plenty at stake in Sunday's final. Besides the French Open title, obviously the winner of this match will also claim the World number 1 ranking.
The French Open 2014 has reached the finals stage. The main attraction of the finals though is the greatest rivalry in modern tennis - World No1. Rafael Nadal Vs World No.2 Novak Djokovic. The duo have clashed for 41 times (the most in the Open Era), with Nadal leading 22-19 over Novak. As we know, the Spaniard is the KING OF CLAY, and has won 8 of the 9 French Opens that he participated. Out of 61 matches played till date, he has lost jus a single match against Robin Soderling in 2009. So, an amazing 60-1 W-L record. Can the Serbian tame the raging Spanish bull who is lookin for his 14th career Grand Slam and 9th French Open title??.. In my opinion, it wud be a BIG NO as evident from his performances in this tournament. But, anythng can happen on the day of final as we saw in the final of this yr's Aus open. But, all the above is on Sunday. Tomoro is the women's final between Russia's Maria Sharapova and Romania's Simona Halep. Simona is the current world no.4 and Sharapova world no.7, but the latter ha ...
My boy Rafael Nadal wins 34th match in a row at Roland Garros beating Andy Murray 63 62 61 and will try to earn his 5th straight French Open title (9th overall) and 14th Grand Slam crown come Sunday vs Novak Djokovic.
Despite Eugenie Bouchard's hopes of French Open glory being dashed, she is convinced her time for Grand Slam glory is coming.
In what will be a clash of the beauties, four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will take on the Canadian Tennis Princess Eugenie Bouchard for a place in Saturdays championship clash at the 2014 French Open on Thursday. Can the superstar put up a clinical act to romp through to her third succ…
Germany's Andrea Petkovic has advanced to the French Open semi-finals after ousting Italy's Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 6-2. It will be Petkovic's first Grand Slam semi-final.
After Wednesday’s victory over former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, Simona Halep will move on to her first Grand Slam semifinal at ROLAND-GARROS where she will face Germany’s Andrea Petkovic on Thursday.
Super exciting for me to see a German player in the semifinals! Great effort today by Andrea Petkovic, winning against 2012’s French Open runner-up Sara Errani in straight sets. She’ll face Simona Halep who beat Kuznetsova also in straight sets. Simona is having an incredible run, winning 7 tournaments in the past 12 months and making it all the way to No. 4 in the world. It's the first Grand Slam semifinal for both Petkovic and Halep...should be a great match to watch!
"From 80/1, Genie Bouchard now sits pretty at 7/1 to claim her maiden Grand Slam
Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard won her quarter final match at the French Open today and moving on to her second straight Grand Slam semifinal.
Kuznetsova, 2-time Grand Slam winner and 2009 French Open champion, playing fourth-round match on Court 1?
Life of a celebrity, you can get away with almost anything including ‘gate crashing’ a private beach wedding ceremony. Even though Serena Williams had her worst ever Grand Slam performance at the French Open on Wednesday losing in the second round, she was in high spirits after jetting promptly to Miami alongside BFF and fellow tennis star, Caroline Wozniacki. The number one ranked singles tennis player found herself crashing a wedding on the beach while clad in a leopard print leotard that highlighted her curvaceous figure – posing with the bride in a snap captioned, ‘Bikini wedding crasher!’ See More Photos below
Andy Murray wins a 5-set match at the French Open. He's still never lost to player seeded outside top 25 at a Grand Slam.
Unpredictable, mercurial genius Ernests Gulbis is set to play one of the biggest matches of his career inside Court Philippe Chatrier today as he squares off with 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer for a place in the quarterfinals of the French Open.
The French Open may be the most demanding of tennis' Grand Slam events. You can catch all of the action on KWQC-TV6 at 11 a.m. today.
U.S. tennis player Taylor Townsend scored a major victory at the French Open Wednesday, defeating France’s top-ranked player, the No. 20 player in the world, Alize Cornet, to advance to the third round in her very first Grand Slam tournament. “I was doing my little...
French Open: Serena Williams Sent Packing By Spanish-Venezuelan Newcomer latino.foxnews.com Serena Williams, the defending French Open champion and winner of 17 Grand Slam singles titles, fell 6-2, 6-2, on Wednesday to a 20-year tennis player with Spanish citizenship who was born in Caracas to a Venezuelan mother and a Spanish father.
PARIS (AP) — For all the problems facing Taylor Townsend on Wednesday at the French Open, the 18-year-old American's first Grand Slam tournament, she always had ...
PARIS: Defending champion and world number one Serena Williams was knocked out of the French Open by Spain's Garbine Muguruza Wednesday as the American star stumbled to her second worst Grand Slam defeat.
Wow, what a major upset! Serena Williams has been knocked out of the French Open, after losing to Spain's Garbine Muguruza in two sets. This is the first time in her tennis career that she has failed to reach the second week of a Grand Slam as the top seed. Well Done Garbine and hard luck Serena!
And just like that, the little Polish train that couldn't ever serve over 70mph is the highest ranked woman left at the French Open. I still think Simona Halep takes the title, but Agnieszka Radwanska won't have a better chance than now to take her first Grand Slam.
Champions Williams and Nadal face tough opposition at Roland Garros 2014 The world's top ranked tennis players compete at Roland Garros, also known as the French Open. This year, reigning champions Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal face tough opposition from the likes of the Chinese Li Na and Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka who both respectively won the Grand Slam Australian Open in January. Roland Garros is the second of the four Grand Slam tournaments on the annual tennis calendar and the premier Clay Court tennis tournament in the world.
SERENA, Venus Williams HAVE BEEN OUTCLASS FROM THE FRENCH OPEN: Serena and Venus Williams could have met in the third round at Roland Garros, but, surprisingly, neither made it out of round two on Wednesday. After Venus Williams was eliminated by Slovakia's Anna Schmiedlova in three sets on Chatrier Court to start the second round, top-seeded Serena Williams was stunned by Spain's Garbine Muguruza. Schmiedlova, in her second French Open and fifth Grand Slam event, pulled off a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Venus for her first-ever win against a top-30 opponent. The shocker then came about an hour later on Court Lenglen, as Muguruza took full advantage of an abnormally sloppy Serena in a 6-2, 6-2 triumph. Muguruza's best result in five previous Grand Slam events was a fourth-round loss to Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open earlier this year. It wasn't Serena's earliest exit at Roland Garros. She was bounced in the first round two years ago by Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano, then rebounded by completely ...
Tennis fans didn't need to wait long for huge upsets in the 2014 French Open . After a mostly chalk Day 1 to start the Grand Slam, both of the Australian Open winners have now been bounced in the opening round...
Good start, Rafa! Prove all of the naysayers wrong and win your 9th French Open and your 14th Grand Slam title. And thanks for continuing to be a gentleman on and off the court! Cannot believe you get so little respect.
Rafa's French Open record now 60-1.. Won the Grand Slam 8 out of the last 9 years.. Just unstoppable on the clay
Rafa wins his first round match at the French Open? Who saw that coming?. His career record at this grand slam tourney is 60-1.
5/26 - Althea Gibson wins the French Open in 1956 and becomes first African-American to win a Grand Slam title in tennis.
All eyes turned to Paris yesterday for the start of the second Grand Slam event of the year, The French Open held at the Roland Garros Stadium. Fresh from his Italian Open win in Rome where he defeated Rafael Nadal in the final 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, Novak… [ 356 more words. ]
Peter Polansky falls to Berdych in the 1st round of the French Open. On a positive note this was his 1st Grand Slam since '10 U.S. Open.
PARIS: Somdev Devvarman failed to cross the first round hurdle at the second Grand Slam of the season as he waged a tough fight before losing to Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the French Open.
At the French Open, Serena Williams hopes to tie the record for Grand Slam titles.
The second Grand Slam in tennis is set to begin on Sunday. The French Open from Roland Garros in Paris effectively launches the tennis campaign into summer. Li Na took home the Australian Open title back in January, and Stanislas Wawrinka emerged as the victor from the men's side. Both are in t…
Roland Garros will be the cynosure of all eyes as the World's best players gather to compete for the Grand Slam title. Catch the French Open LIVE & EXCLUSIVE...
PARIS — For once, not everything seems so obvious heading into the French Open. Yes, Rafael Nadal will still be favored by most to win the clay-court Grand Slam tournament yet again. He is, after all, 59-1 for his career at Roland Garros, winner of a record eight championships, including the last fo…
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and six-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic are going to lead men’s singles in the upcoming French Open championships, which will
The tennis tours arrived in the capital of Spain with doubts and questions. Two weeks later, they leave the capital of Italy with a sense of order that seems both traditional and renewed. Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal started the clay swing slowly, but they’ll head to its final event, in the capital of France, in their familiar positions as Grand Slam favorites. These days, nothing stays unsure for long in tennis. Here’s a review of Madrid and Rome, in the form of report cards. The grade reflects a player's performance at both tournaments. As always, I can't write about everyone. If you see anyone missing, please supply your own assessment. * Serena Williams Even as Serena announced that she was pulling out of her Madrid quarterfinal with a thigh injury, she said she was already “recovering fast.” She wasn’t kidding. The world No. 1 got down to business in Rome and wiped away any doubts that we, or at least I, might have had about her desire or fitness for a French Open repea ...
World number one Serena Williams overpowered home favourite Sara Errani to retain her Italian Open title. The American, 32, powered through 6-3 6-0 at Rome's Foro Italico and took her record on clay to 53 wins and two defeats since 2012. She has now won 60 WTA titles, moving her into seventh in the all-time list. Williams will head to the French Open, which begins next Sunday, as a strong favourite to successfully defend her title and win an 18th Grand Slam. Most WTA titles 167: Martina Navratilova 154: Chris Evert 107: Steffi Graf 92: Margaret Court 68: Evonne Goolagong Cawley 67: Billie Jean King 60: Serena Williams
Tennis:Rafael Nadal and Mats Wilanderare the only two players in history who have won at least two Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces—hard court, grass, and clay. By winning the 2013 French Open, Nadal became the only male player to win a single Grand Slam tournament eight times and the first to win at least one Grand Slam tournament for nine consecutive years, breaking the record of eight consecutive years previously shared by Björn Borg, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer
Sports interview questions and answers 1) Which one of the following is the oldest Grand Slam of the world ? Wimbledon French Open Australian Open US Open Answer a) Wimbledon 2) Anthony De Mello Trophy is associated with test cricket series played between Australia and India England and India England and Australia South Africa and India Answer b) England and India 3) Five rings linked together constitute the symbol of Olymbic Games. Each ring is of a different color. Two colors are blue and black. Which are the other three colors? Green, Red, Violet Red, Violet, Yellow Green, Pink, Yellow Green, Yellow, Red Answer d) Green, Yellow, Red 4) Mention the odd man out Didier Drogba Oliver Khan Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Answer b) Oliver Khan 5) Who is named as the Flying Sikh of India ? Mohinder Singh Ajit pal Singh Johinder Singh Milkha Singh Answer d) Milkha Singh
Six-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic had some bad news for his fans as he revealed that he may be forced to skip the entire tennis summer which would include the French Open and Wimbledon.
Tennis Dose of the Day The French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open tournaments make up tennis's “Grand Slam.” If a player wins all for Grand Slams, it is called a golden slam. (www.sports-facts.com)
BOXING American boxing legend Bernard Hopkins made history by becoming the oldest fighter to unify a weight division overnight. He added the WBA light-heavyweight crown to his IBF title by beating Beibut Shumenov with a split-decision victory in Washington. Hopkins is 49 - but still overcame an opponent 19 years his junior. FORMULA ONE Britain's Lewis Hamilton has won his third F1 race in a row. He eased to victory at the Chinese Grand Prix having started on pole position. Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg finished second, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third. Jenson Button was 11th for McLaren, while Marussia's Max Chilton came in 19th. TENNIS It looks like Novak Djokovic could miss the French Open tennis. The six-times Grand Slam champion says he won't be able to play "for some time" after he aggravated a wrist injury at the Monte Carlo Masters. Djokovic says he doesn't know how long he'll be out for. He's never won the title at Roland Garros.
Francesca Schiavone wins French Open, is first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam tennis title.
Roger Federer was able to complete his career Grand Slam by winning the French Open when Robin Soderling took out Rafael Nadal. He was 27
Pete Sampras on Rafa Nadal (via BBC Sport): "I think he's incredible," Sampras told BBC Sport. "I saw him play live for the first time on Friday night and the movement he has is incredible. He's able to adjust his shots on the run. I've never seen anything like it. To see him play - he hits a very heavy ball, serves pretty well, he does everything. He's mentally tough - he has the whole package. And Sampras is in little doubt that Nadal, who will go for a ninth French Open title in June, has many more Grand Slam titles in him. "He's not looking at 14, he's looking beyond," said Sampras. "Realistically, he could very well get 17, 18 majors when it's all said and done. He's a credit to the sport. I'm a fan."
Congrats to for her 1st title, her 2nd Grand Slam title after the 2011 French Open.
Wawrinka faces a tough task to grab his first ever win over Nadal in a Grand Slam final, the Swiss is confident of his ability under Swedish coach Magnus Norman. Also in Wawrinka's favour is that Norman was the coach of Robin Soderling when the Swede upset Nadal at the 2009 French Open, the eight-time winner's last defeat at his favourite Grand Slam.
Some more facts on Li Na (from WTA official site) Having fought off a match point in her third round match against Lucie Safarova, she's also the fourth woman in the Open Era to win the Aussie Open after saving match point (joining Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati and Serena Williams, who did it twice). But perhaps more importantly, the woman who became Asia's first Grand Slam champion at the French Open in 2011 is now a two-time Grand Slam champion. She will return to No.3 on Monday, the highest ranking ever for an Asian player, and she will only be a handful of points from No.2.
Li Na has done China proud and brilliantly won a close match at first. Li looked nervy at the start not having the usual aggression she normally has, but she won a tight first set and loosened up to win the second set 6-0. Li also delivered one of the funny speeches to round off a fabulous 2 weeks in Melbourne. Commiserations to Dominika Cibulkova who played brilliantly in knocking out 2 Top 10 players. Final:  Na Li (CHN) def  Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 7-6(3) 6-0 Li Na now has 2 Grand Slams in her career (2011 French Open Champion and 2014 Australian Open Champion). She will now celebrate her brilliant win and with Chinese New Year around the corner, it looks Li will have an extended celebration for her 2nd Grand Slam. Stay tuned for when she will play next!!!
It's Li Na's second Grand Slam title, the other was the French Open of 2011. Also, no reason for Dominika Cibulkova to hang her head, she did spectacularly throughout the entire tournament!
If Rafael Nadal wins the Australian Open, he'll tie Pete Sampras for 2nd all-time in Grand Slam titles with 14 (3 behind Roger Federer's record of 17). He'll also be just the 3rd men's tennis player all-time to win all four majors twice. And he'll likely win the French Open for the 9th time this year putting him just two behind Federer's record. Hard to call Federer the greatest of all-time if he ends up not even being the best of his own era.
Rafa may have won the majority of their Grand Slam encounters, but the last time Mrs. Fed was expecting, Roger won the French Open and Wimbledon, and was a runner-up in Melbourne and New York. And Mrs. Fed is expecting again. That would be a clincher. You heard it here first.
Mohandas Menon Sania Mirza had won Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in 2009 in 2012 French Open both with with Mahesh Bhupathi
Which one of the four is the oldest Grand Slam in Tennis? (A) Wimbledon (B) French Open (C) Australian Open (D) US Open
Australian Open Roland Garros PA PARIS GRAND SLAM : MELBOURNE, Australia - Dominika Cibulkova reached the second Grand Slam semifinal of her career at the Australian Open, matching the personal best she set at the French Open five years ago. After storming out to a 3-0 lead, Cibulkova watched as the No.11-seeded Simona Halep closed the gap, winning three of the next four games to make it 4-3. But from there the No.20-seeded Cibulkova didn't even lose another game, reeling off eight straight to close it out in exactly an hour, 63 60. Cibulkova has now scored three upsets in a row - No.16 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, No.3 seed Maria Sharapova and No.11 seed Halep - to go this far at a major for the second time. At Roland Garros in 2009 she made it this far too, falling in straight sets to the eventual runner-up, Dinara Safina. "I'm really glad with the way I played, especially with the way I handled it mentally, after a big win over Maria," Cibulkova said. "I wasn't the favorite in this match against Halep e ...
QWhich among the following Grand Slam tennis tournament is played on Clay Court ? (A) US Open (B) Wimbledon (C) Australian Open (D) French Open
TENNIS 411: Ahead of the 2014 Australia Open tournament, which kick starts tomorrow, in-form and indefatigable American Serena Williams is hoping to end her Aussie title drought which she last won in 2010. The 32 years old world number one who has 17 Grand Slam titles to her name, is closing in on title of 'the greatest of all time'. Serena has the chance of overhauling Margaret Court (24) and Steffi Graf (22) Grand Slam respectively before she says goodbye to the game that brought her fame. Since the 2012 French Open, Williams has played in 21 tournaments and won 16 of them. If she maintains her current rate of two Grand Slam titles a year, it will not be long before Williams' right to be regarded as the greatest woman player of all time will be unquestioned. If she wins two more Grand Slam trophies in 2014, which would take her total to 19, Williams would move ahead of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and would have only Margaret Court (24) and Graf (22) in front of her. Williams has enjoyed remarka ...
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- One by one, Serena Williams is matching the feats of tennis' greatest legends. Her next challenge comes at the Australian Open, which starts Monday with Williams seeking her 18th Grand Slam title - an accomplishment that would match Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. ''It would mean a lot to be on the same level as such great players,'' Williams said in a pre-tournament news conference Saturday, quickly adding a dash of humility. ''I still have a lot of work to do. I obviously want to reach that level, but I'm not there yet.'' ''Hopefully, I'll get there,'' she added. The No. 1-ranked, No. 1-seeded player is entering the new season after a spectacular year. In 2013, Williams won 78 of her 82 matches including the French Open and the U.S. Open. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for women's tennis. At 32, an age where most professional players are in decline, Williams is playing the best tennis of her career, says Navratilova, who predicts that Williams ...
Caroline Wozniacki topples the seed and reigning French Open champion in 3 sets to reach her first career quarter-final at a Grand Slam.
Serena Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17. As posted by, Blackamericaweb.com Re...
TENNIS Andy Murray can be competitive immediately at next month's Australian Open if he has fully recovered from back surgery, says John Mcenroe. The Briton had surgery in September and has not played competitively since. "If he's healthy, he is going to be one of the guys who can go the distance [in Australia]," said seven-time Grand Slam champion McEnroe. But Tim Henman said Murray must "remain patient" and not rush his comeback if he wants to be a force in 2014. The first Grand Slam of 2014 starts in Australia on 13 January. Murray's lingering back problem forced him to miss the French Open in May, but he recovered to become the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men's singles title since Fred Perry in 1936. In September, his defence of his US Open title ended in the quarter-finals, but he went on to enjoy success with his GB Davis Cup team-mates, who secured their place in the 2014 World Group. Murray, 26, then underwent surgery and missed the recent ATP World Tour Finals in London as he recovered. McE ...
A player must win the Australian, French, and U.S. Open, as well as Wimbledon to earn the Grand Slam title.
David Nalbandian: 2002 Wimbledon finalist retires Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian has retired from tennis because of a shoulder injury. The 31-year-old Argentine, who reached a career high of three in the world rankings in 2006, was runner-up to Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon in 2002. Nalbandian reached the semi-finals or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments during his career. He was also disqualified after kicking an advertising board into a line judge's shin at Queen's Club in 2012. "It's not easy what's happening to me now, my shoulder is not helping me to train as I should for the circuit," he said. David Nalbandian Age: 31 From: Cordoba, Argentina Turned pro: 2000 ATP titles: 11 Grand Slam best: Australian Open semi-final (2006); French Open semi-final (2004, 2006); Wimbledon final (2002); US Open semi-final (2003) Win/loss record: 383/192 Prize money: £6,864,447 Nalbandian, from Cordoba, has slipped to 231 in the rankings after numerous injuries, the latest of which saw him undergo sho ...
More famous today because of the French Open. Stadium that hosts the 2nd Grand Slam named after him in 1920
This is the first time Federer has lost in straight sets in a Grand Slam before the quarterfinals since the 2004 French Open
This is a little late but I've been looking at my predictions from the beginning of the year for the Grand Slam championships this year and they've been surprisingly accurate. 2013 Australian Open: Novak Djokovic defeats Andy Murray. (Correct) 2013 French Open: Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer. (Correct champion, incorrect runner up) 2013 Wimbledon: Andy Murray defeats Novak Djokovic. (Correct) 2013 US Open: Andy Murray defeats Juan Martin Del Potro. (???) I also predicted the year end top four players would be as such: 1. Novak Djokovic 2. Andy Murray 3. Roger Federer 4. Rafael Nadal So so far I've been pretty accurate with the mistake of the French Open runner up being David Ferrer instead of Federer and it seems very unlikely Federer will make it back up to three before the year ends but I'm pretty proud of the Australian Open and Wimbledon predictions. My next prediction is that the World Tour Finals will be a close match between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic which Murray will win ...
Andy Murray: A Legend? No. Roger Federer- 17 Grand Slam Titles Pete Sampras- 14 Grand Slam Titles Rafael Nadal- 12 Grand Slam titles Andre Agassi- 7 Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal. Not to mention: William Renshaw, Richard Sears, John Mcenroe, Jimmy Conors, Gustavo Kuerten- 3 French Open titles, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson and Boris Becker. Novak Djokovic has six majors including four Australian Open titles. Andy Murray may have ended the drought, but he played a painful, sad and pathetic final. I expected a five-set match and felt cheated that it was over in three. I hate matches that are over in three. Djokovic had an off day and he wasn't in the match. I expected more from the final. I wanted Djokovic to win and I'm still upset that he lost. I have no interest in singing the praises of a man who was nothing more than lucky.
Good Afternoon Everybody, In the Wimbledon Ladies Championship Match: Mario Bartoli defeated Sabine Lisicki in Straight Sets 6-1, 6-4, This is Bartoli's 1st Major Win. The Men's Doubles Final is Currently on ESPN, The Bryan Bros' are going for their 5th Straight Major Win including the 2012 Olympics, The won the U.S. Open, Austrailan Open, and French Open the last 4 tournaments, now they are trying to add Wimbledon for the Golden Slam. Bubba Ty's Fantasy Sports
After beating the favourite Serena Williams, earlier in the week, Germany's Sabine Lisicki has reached her 1st ever Wimbledon final. Germany's Sabine Lisicki took on Poland's Agnieszka Rdwanska for a place in the Women's final at the Wimbledon tennis Championships. Lisicki's opponent Radwanska came on the court with both thighs heavily strapped to protect muscles which had been working hard in her previous matches. The match went to 3, highly competitive sets with Lisicki taking the 1st 6-3 before Radwanska came back to win the 2nd 6-2. Then, in the 3rd set, Lisicki broke her opponent's serve to go up 8-7 before serving out for victory at 9-7. At Wimbledon in 2011, Lisicki received a wildcard to enter the tournament advancing to the semi finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 1st time. She beat 3rd seed and recent French Open champion Li Na from China in the 2nd round before eliminated by Russia's Maria Sharapova.
Tennis - Wimbledon Order of play: Tuesday July 2 The order of play for day eight at Wimbledon, featuring all four ladies' quarter-finals. Eight women from eight different countries will walk through the gates of the All England Club on Tuesday harbouring genuine title hopes following a Wimbledon wipeout of the headline attractions. Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova, Wimbledon champion in 2011, and China's Li Na, French Open winner in the same year, are the only two who know how it feels to win a Grand Slam. After defeat for Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka's injury-enforced withdrawal, Serena Williams was expected to stroll to a sixth Wimbledon title but her fourth-round defeat by German Sabine Lisicki on Monday left the draw wide open. Kvitova takes on 20th seed Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, a quarter-final debutant at this level, while Li faces fourth- seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska who was runner-up here last year. "I think it doesn't mean anything," Radwanska said, referring to her role as the high ...
Serena Williams began the defence of her Wimbledon title with a comfortable 6-1 6-3 victory over Luxembourg's Mandy Minella on Tuesday to stretch her unbeaten run to 32 matches. The world number one, playing her first match since winning the French Open, scorched through the first set in 19 minutes, but was given a brief fright at the start of the second when she lost her serve to go 2-0 down. The 16-times Grand Slam winner swiftly regained control, however, breaking in the very next game, before romping away with the match.
So basically Rafael Nadal is just a Clay Court player. Just 4 grand slam wins out of 26 (not French Open). Won French Open 8 times out of 9.
Finding Murray's Magic: Ability to Manage Goals Makes an Athlete Successful Science Daily June 24, 2013 — Research suggests that it is Andy Murray’s ability to manage his goals, as well as his skill, determination and motivation that makes him such a successful athlete. Murray dropped out of the French Open after a back injury this year, missing out on his goal of playing in four grand slam finals in a row. But this decision has allowed him to recuperate in time for Wimbledon this month. According to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), athletes who recognise early when a goal is unattainable and switch their focus to other objectives are the most successful at achieving their main career goals. The researchers, from the universities of Birmingham and Southampton, found that the reasons why a person is motivated to achieve tough sporting goals influence how well that person does in pursuing these goals. A person who is motivated by the enjoyment or personal importanc ...
SPORTS: French Open champion, Rafael Nadal, knocked out of Wimbledon by 135th-ranked Steve Darcis. This is his first loss ever in the 1st round of Grand Slam! Discuss all about it in this thread:
Rafael Nadal Parera, born 3 june 1986 in Manacor, spain. Is a spanish professional tennis player who has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles; eight at the french open (Roland Garros), two at Wimbledon, one at the Australian Open and one at the US Open. He is ranked number five in the world right now. He plays very well on Clay Courts and is considerate the best tennis player in the history on clay.
Sara Errani upset by Puerto Rican teen Monica Puig LONDON (AP) -- It didn't take long for Wimbledon to produce its first upset on the opening day of the tournament. Puerto Rican teenager Monica Puig had 38 winners and eliminated fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2 Monday in the first match on Court 18 of the grass-court Grand Slam. The 19-year-old Puig, playing her first grass-court tournament as a pro, outplayed the Italian veteran with her hard-hitting baseline game. Errani was runner-up at last year's French Open and had reached at least the semifinals of three of the last five Grand Slams. But on the slick grass at the All England club Monday, she had only 13 winners and was broken four times. Puig squandered five match points before hitting a forehand winner past Errani to close out the match. The Puerto Rican dropped her racket to the turf and covered her face in her hands. Errani withdrew from last week's grass-court warmup at Eastbourne with a leg injury, but showed no signs of any physical ...
As expected Rafael Nadal of Spain captured his eighth French Open title on Sunday, defeating his fellow countryman David Ferrer. The win gave Nadal his 12th Grand Slam title, which moved him into a tie for third place with Roy Emerson behind Roger Federer’s 17 and Pete Sampras’ 14.
Nadal seeded fifth at Wimbledon Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Even though he's the hottest player in men's tennis, reigning French Open champion and two-time Wimbledon titlist Rafael Nadal received only the No. 5 seed at Wimbledon 2013, which will commence Monday at the All England Club. Nadal's fifth seeding means he could meet top-seeded Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, last year's Wimbledon runner-up and second seed Andy Murray or reigning champ and third seed Roger Federer as early as the quarterfinals at the world's only grass-court Grand Slam event.
All time gr-EIGHT! Nadal shrugs off flare protester and challenge of compatriot Ferrer to seal record French Open title (Submitted by Sports Journalist) Rafael Nadal’s incredible journey began in early February at the remote ATP Tour outpost of Vina del Mar in Chile against an Argentine called Federico Delbonis, and it finished at the place that might as well be his own private domain. Stade Roland Garros, named after a pilot who 100 years ago became the first to fly non-stop across the Mediterranean, was last night celebrating the conclusion of another extraordinary voyage undertaken by someone possessed by similar determination. From limping crock back to Grand Slam champion, Nadal is fully restored, and when it comes to clay-court tennis, there is nobody who can stop him. In truth the final step taken towards one of the sport’s four major podiums was not the most spectacular, completed in dismal weather and as straightforward as the semi-final, against Novak Djokovic, had been dramatic. The bigges ...
As John Mcenroe called him today, the Great Rafael Nadal won his eighth French Open tennis tournament. He became the first man ever to win any of the 4 tennis "Grand Slam" major championships 8 times.
Rafael Nadal now owns eight French Open titles--no other player has won eight times at any Grand Slam event--and he also broke a little known but significant record by winning at least one Grand Slam event for the ninth straight year, eclipsing a mark held by Borg, Sampras and Federer:
has won more Grand Slam titles (8) at the French Open than either John Mcenroe or Mats Wilander managed anywhere in their careers.
The One Man Spanish Armada does it again at the French Open. Nadal becomes the first player ever to win a particular Grand Slam 8 times. Congratulations to "The Swinging Fore-hander" on winning his 12th Grand Slam title.
Serena Williams wins her 16th Grand Slam & her 2nd French Open aftr 11yrs since winning it the 1st tym! I thnk now she shud switch 2 Men's Tennis, bcoz she can give the Big 4 a real scare & probably stop Nadal nxt tym at French Open! Wat say? ;-)
Congrats to on winning the French Open and Grand Slam How fly is it that she made her remarks in French?
The Clay Court makes the French Open the toughest out of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002 when…
Congratulations Serene Williams for winning the French Open for the first time since 2002! This is Serena's 16th grand slam.
Serena William powered her way to the French Open title Saturday with a straight sets victory over defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia in a compelling final. This is 16th Grand Slam tittle in her career. Congratulations to her.
16TH TIME’S A CHARM Serena Williams takes the women’s French Open title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over defending champ Maria Sharapova for her 16th Grand Slam title. It is the 13th consecutive time the American has defeated the Russian in head-to-head play. (Photo: Julian Finney / Getty Images) — with Juan Luciano.
Two hours before her French Open final, Serena Williams practiced on center court, the stands deserted as she whacked one winner after another to the distant sounds of a brass band playing on the plaza.
By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - David Ferrer is used to wearing the "best of the rest" label when it comes to Spanish claycourters, but on Sunday against Rafa Nadal the 31-year-old has the chance to add his name to the pantheon of greats. The Valencia-based player has reached the French Open fina...
Serena Williams discusses her opening-round win at the French Open and her experiences in Paris.
World Serena Williams wins 6-4, 6-4 for 16th grand slam in win over Maria Sharapova in French Open final. Congratulations, Serena!
Congratulations to Serena Williams on winning her second French Open and her 16th grand slam.
Went on Skybet and they are showing that David Ferrer is 6/1 to win the French Open final v Rafael Nadal. I know it is a head to head event but he really should be at least 100/1. It is the first grand slam final on the mens side i havent been interested in for years. If Ferrer wins with Nadal not getting injured it will be the biggest shock ever.
Congratulations to Bob and Mike Bryan, who defended their French Open doubles title today! They defeated Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut for their third consecutive Grand Slam title and seventh title of 2013.
Congratulations to Serena adding her 16th Grand Slam title today in Paris in a well contended final against Maria. A few impressive numbers that I have to mention - its been 11 years since Serena won at Roland Garros, she's 74-3 since last year, her winning streak is now 31 matches and at 31 years old she's the oldest female to win the French Open and a major since 1990. Those are some cool numbers to be proud of. And given Serena's great physical strength she's likely to add more in the next few years. And if were talking numbers, also another incredible win for the 35 year old Bryan brothers in the mens doubles today, setting a new record at 14 for the most doubles majors.
PARIS (AP) -- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's hopes of ending France's 30-year wait for a men's Grand Slam champion faded with a whimper, and instead it will be two players from neighboring Spain in Sunday's French Open final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer.
Congrats to Serena Williams for winning her 2nd French Open & 16th Grand Slam major title. It's a treat to watch greatness.
Serena Williams adds to her historical resume. Today's French Open title was her second and 16th Grand Slam title. (Five Australian Opens, five Wimbledons, four U.S. Opens.) Serena ranks sixth on the women's Grand Slam championships list, two behind Chris Evert and Martina Navritolova, who are tied for fourth with 18 GS titles each. Margaret Court leads with 24, Steffi Graf second with 22. Helen Wills Moody with 19. Graf likely would have had a lot more except for being stabbed during a tournament.
Congrats to Rafa Nadal on beating Djokovic to advance to his 8th Final at da French Open. He's won it 7 times & trying to become da 1st to win 8 at any Grand Slam.
Rafael Nadal came from behind in the fifth set to beat No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic in an epic semifinal match at the French Open
Tough times fill Williams&French Open history | 9Digg - What the web is talking about right now (AP) — For a decade, the French Open has presented more problems for Serena Williams than any of the other Grand Slam tournaments.
David Ferrer crushed the dreams of home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with an emphatic straight-sets victory over in their French Open semi-final. The Spaniard prevailed 6-1, 7-6, 6-2.
congratulations to David Ferrer and Rafi Nadal who will compete for the French Open title Sunday.. at 31 years old, this is the first grand slam final for Ferrer.. Nadal is going for his eighth french open title (i think),,no one has domiated the french red clay like he has
I'm rooting for David Ferrer for his first major grand slam final to win the French Open!!! This is his moment. good luck!
Tennis: 7-time French Open champion defeated world no.1 in 5 thrilling and gruelling sets to go one win away from making history
Congrats to David Ferrer for making his 1st Grand Slam final and congrats to Rafa Nadal for winning his 8th French Open.
Rapheal Nadal confirmed the tag, king of the clay as he claimed victory again over world no 1, Novak Djovokic in the semis of French Open and reach 8th final Garros and set up a meeting with his fellow countryman, David Ferrer who reach 1st career Grand Slam...
David Ferrer! :) Still has not lost a set in this year's French Open. Just one more match!!! Beating Rafa in the final will be the best way to get his first Grand Slam title :)
French Open 2013: The Daily Spotlight On: Maria Sharapova by: Tom Cochrane It seems that, for one reason or another, Maria Sharapova is always in the news. Whether it’s for her tennis exploits, such as winning last year’s French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam, her business pursuits (the Russian launched a line of candy, called Sugarpova, earlier this year) or her romantic life (the Russian is currently seeing a rising star of the men’s game, Grigor Dimitrov), there is always news when it comes to the superstar Russian. But when you speak to Sharapova, you quickly realise that the second seed is an incredibly focused and intense young woman. When it’s Grand Slam time, the Russian’s focus is solely on tennis and doing everything she can to add more major titles to her collection. Having been victorious at Roland Garros last year, I think Sharapova is more relaxed in Paris this year. Whilst the second seed is, of course, wanting to win here this year, she also knows that the career Gran ...
Sharapova bids to end to poor run against Williams: Nearly nine years later, Sharapova now finds herself playing to deny Williams her 16th Grand Slam title in the French Open final on Saturday, where the Russian has to overcome overwhelming odds to defend her title.
Serena Williams unleashed 40 winners in 46 minutes to cruise past Sara Errani and into the final of the French Open, her milestone 20th Grand Slam final - but just her second at Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic is confident he can become only the second man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open when the pair meet in Friday's semi-final. Djokovic, 26, is trying to win the one Grand Slam title that has so far eluded him, but faces a daunting challenge against the seven-time champion.
Follow the action in images at the 2013 French Open tennis tournament in Paris. - 2013 French Open images - FOX Sports Photo Gallery
Whilst eagerly awaiting Wimbledon in 3 weeks time, my favourite Grand Slam, I'm relishing at the prospect of a Serena Williams-Maria Sharapova French Open final showdown. I'm holding out for both of them to reach the finals but the Nadal-Djokovic semi-final is foremost in my mind. I love this year's French Open, even though it's my least favourite of the 4 Grand Slams.
Women's Semi Finals Today Predictions: Pre Tournament favorite Serena Williams who has won 29 matches in a row (count em!) will overpower Italian Sara Errani in 2 sets. Errani upset hard hitting Sam Stosur in last year's semis, but Serena has the upper hand here with a 5-0 record against Errani. In a more dramatic encounter sparks will be flying and the grunt-o-metre will be working overtime when French Open holder Maria Sharapova comes face-to-face with Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka. There is no love lost between these two women. I predict Victoria Azarenka will tip Maria Sharapova in a tight 3 set match. Azarenka has been the more consistent player the past 3 weeks and she is looking to capture her second consecutive Grand Slam title.
More than the upcoming elections, am worried about the upcoming semi-final clash between Novak and Rafa tomorrow at French Open. Let all my luck for tomorrow go to Djokovic for the win, if he needs it. But he will win with his sheer power in his shots and determination to make it to the final to win his only missing Grand Slam trophy. Weary but very hopeful for the win. :)
The 2nd Grand Slam of the yr, French Open is now getting to a survival of the fittest stage as the King of the clay and defending champ. Rapheal Nadal take on world No1, Novak Djokovic in the Semis 2moro.
Novak Djokovic advanced Wednesday to the semifinals of the only Grand Slam tournament he has yet to win, beating Tommy Haas 6-3, 7-6 (5), 7-5 at the French Open.
French Open- Semi-Finals : Very interesting showdown of semi finalists of this Grand Slam of Clay Court are coming up on Friday @ Roland Garros. Maria Sharapova vs Victoria Azarenka & Nadal vs Djokovic. Worthwhile watching these world class tennis matches!
Maria Kirilenko dug out of a 4-1 first set hole to beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a tight two-setter and reach the third Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career - and first at the French Open.
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