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Tennis – ATP Results Round-Up for February 3, 2014

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ATP World Tour 250
Montpellier, France  (+1 hour GMT)
3-9 February 2014   Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

Singles – First Round
[WC] P Mathieu (FRA) d N Mahut (FRA) 61 30 ret. (flu)

Doubles – First Round
[4] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) d K De Schepper (FRA) / F Martin (FRA) 64 36 15-13

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
D Istomin (UZB) vs [Q] M Ilhan (TUR)
Lucky Loser vs A Mannarino (FRA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
M Llodra (FRA) vs [Q] M Gicquel (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
K De Schepper (FRA) vs [Q] A Olivetti (FRA)
[WC] P Herbert (FRA) vs [Q] A Artunedo Martinavarr (ESP)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
D Brown (GER) / A Krajicek (USA) vs [2] R Junaid (AUS) / A Qureshi (PAK)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[3] P Hanley (AUS) / J Marray (GBR) vs T Gabashvili (RUS) / J Sousa (POR)
After Suitable Rest – N Davydenko (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) vs O Nedovyesov (KAZ) / M Przysiezny (POL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[WC] D Descloix (FRA) / G Monfils (FRA) vs H Kontinen (FIN) / J Nieminen (FIN)
[WC] G Rufin (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs G Kretschmer (GER) / A Satschko (GER)

 

 

ATP World Tour 250
Viña del Mar, Chile  (-3 hours GMT)
3-9 February 2014     Surface: Clay

RESULTS – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

Singles – First Round
[7] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d J Reister (GER) 36 64 64
L Mayer (ARG) d A Haider-Maurer (AUT) 75 75

Doubles – First Round

[2] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d P Carreno Busta (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP) 64 64
[3] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) d S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) 75 57 11-9
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / S Robert (FRA) d N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) 26 62 10-7

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY, 2014

CENTRAL start 2:00 pm
[PR] P Cuevas (URU) vs [8] F Delbonis (ARG)
F Volandri (ITA) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP)
S Giraldo (COL) vs [Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[6] [WC] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
[WC] C Garin (CHI) / N Jarry (CHI) vs C Kas (GER) / A Sa (BRA)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm

P Lorenzi (ITA) vs A Gonzalez (COL)
[Q] M Alund (ARG) vs A Ramos (ESP)
[Q] T Daniel (JPN) vs [Q] T Bellucci (BRA)

COURT 2 start 2:00 pm

A Bedene (SLO) vs S Robert (FRA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT)
J Chardy (FRA) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [4] P Cuevas (URU) / H Zeballos (ARG)

 

ATP World Tour 250
Zagreb, Croatia  (+1 hour GMT)
3-9 February 2014     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

Singles – First Round
[5] M Cilic (CRO) d [WC] M Delic (CRO) 64 64
B Becker (GER) d J Huta Galung (NED) 67(4) 63 76(6) – saved 7 M.P.

Doubles – First Round

[WC] T Androic (CRO) / M Cilic (CRO) d I Karlovic (CRO) / F Skugor (CRO) 67(3) 64 10-7

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY, 2014

CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
[WC] D Marcan (CRO) / N Mektic (CRO) vs [3] J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Knowle (AUT)
Not Before 2:30 pm
[Q] B Phau (GER) vs [WC] A Pavic (CRO)
Not Before 5:00 pm
[Q] M Berrer (GER) vs [WC] B Coric (CRO)
D Brands (GER) vs I Karlovic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 11:30 am
F Cermak (CZE) / M Elgin (RUS) vs M Demoliner (BRA) / P Raja (IND)
J Erlich (ISR) / L Rosol (CZE) vs T Bednarek (POL) / M Kowalczyk (POL)
D Lajovic (SRB) vs [Q] P Krstin (SRB)
[4] M Draganja (CRO) / M Pavic (CRO) vs J Huta Galung (NED) / F Moser (GER)
L Lacko (SVK) vs J Struff (GER)

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Tennis – ATP Results Round-Up for February 2, 2014

 

 

ATP World Tour 250 $ 426,605 ($ 485,760 Total Financial Commitment)
Montpellier, France (+1 hour GMT)
3-9 February 2014 Surface: Indoor Hard

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
Qualifying – A Artunedo Martinavarr (ESP) vs V Millot (FRA)
Qualifying – M Gicquel (FRA) vs A Krajicek (USA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
K De Schepper (FRA) / F Martin (FRA) vs [4] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[WC] P Mathieu (FRA) vs N Mahut (FRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – A Olivetti (FRA) vs L Giustino (ITA)
Qualifying – M Ilhan (TUR) vs M Teixeira (FRA)

 

ATP World Tour 250 $ 426,605 ($ 485,760 Total Financial Commitment)
Zagreb, Croatia (+1 hour GMT)
3-9 February 2014 Surface: Indoor Hard

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – M Berrer (GER) vs M Cecchinato (ITA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
Qualifying – A Kuznetsov (RUS) vs M Pavic (CRO)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[5] M Cilic (CRO) vs [WC] M Delic (CRO)
J Huta Galung (NED) vs B Becker (GER)
I Karlovic (CRO) / F Skugor (CRO) vs [WC] T Androic (CRO) / M Cilic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – P Krstin (SRB) vs M Fischer (AUT)
Qualifying – D Evans (GBR) or K Beck (SVK) vs B Phau (GER)

ATP World Tour 250 $ 426,605 ($ 485,760 Total Financial Commitment)
Viña del Mar, Chile (-3 hours GMT)
3-9 February 2014 Surface: Clay
SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

CENTRAL start 2:00 pm
N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / S Robert (FRA)
P Carreno Busta (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP) vs [2] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)
[3] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) vs S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL)

Not Before 7:00 pm
A Haider-Maurer (AUT) vs L Mayer (ARG)
[7] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs J Reister (GER)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs J Souza (BRA)
Qualifying – F Arguello (ARG) vs T Daniel (JPN)
Qualifying – G Pella (ARG) vs M Alund (ARG)
Qualifying – T Bellucci (BRA) vs F Bagnis (ARG)

 

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Gilles Simon Stops Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Three-Peat with Metz Victory

 

 

 

 

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(September 22, 2013) In an all-French final Gilles Simon prevented Jo-Wilfred Tsonga from winning his third straight Open de Moselle with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

For Simon the win comes, 13 days after the birth of his second son, Valentin.

“I was fighting a lot today,” Simon said. ”I saw that I had a chance and I managed to win. I’m very happy about that.”

“I cannot become a father every week. It’s a beautiful story for sure. Unfortunately my wife and children couldn’t be here today. It was a great moment for me because I missed the birth of our first child and this time I was able to be there. I was very happy about that.”

“I’m sad about losing the final today, but I’m happy with my week,” said Tsonga. “Gilles was just better than me today. He’s a great player and he was very solid during the whole match. That shows the few imperfections that I still have in my game.”

“I didn’t have enough energy to make the difference against Gilles. But that’s normal. I’m just coming back and I still need some time. I’m happy that I got some matches under my belt this week and it was great playing doubles together with Nicolas Mahut.”

 

It’s Simon’s second Metz title and the 11th title of his career. The 28-year-old improved his winning streak in Metz to 9-0 after losing in the opening round in his first four appearances. He did not lose a set this week and was only broken twice all tournament.

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Tennis Results and Schedules for September 21, 2013

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GUANGZHOU OPEN
Guangzhou, China P.R.
September 16-21, 2013
$500,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, September 21, 2013
Singles –  Final
(WC) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Vania King (USA) 76(1) 61

Doubles –  Final
(1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. (3) King/Voskoboeva (USA/KAZ) 63 46 1210 (Match TB)

 

ATP World Tour 250
Metz, France  (+2 hours GMT)
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d [8] F Mayer (GER) 46 62 63
[2] [WC] G Simon (FRA) d N Mahut (FRA) 63 76(2)

Doubles – Semi-finals

N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d P Hanley (AUS) / A Sa (BRA) 62 67(2) 10-4

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER, 2013

CENTRAL start 2:30 pm
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [2] [WC] G Simon (FRA)
N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA)
YINZHOU BANK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S TENNIS OPEN
Ningbo, China
September 22-27, 2013
$125,000/WTA 125K Series
Hard/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Sunday, September 22, 2013
Centre Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Julia Glushko vs. Katarzyna Piter (Singles Q Final)
2. Zhang Yuxuan vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
3. Bojana Jovanovski vs. Virginie Razzano

Court 7 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Vera Dushevina vs. Petra Cetkovska (Singles Q Final)
2. Johanna Larsson vs. Petra Martic
3. Shahar Peer vs. Sharon Fichman

Court 8 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Richel Hogenkamp vs. Oksana Kalashnikova (Singles Q Final)
2. Anna Schmiedlova vs. Karolina Pliskova
3. Han/Miyamura vs. Babos/Rosolska

Court 6 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Luksika Kumkhum vs. Wang Yafan (Singles Q Final)
2. Olga Govortsova vs. Vesna Dolonc

 

ATP World Tour 250
St. Petersburg, Russia  (+4 hours GMT)
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[6] E Gulbis (LAT) d M Przysiezny (POL) 63 63
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d J Sousa (POR) 61 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
D Inglot (GBR) / D Istomin (UZB) d A Karatsev (RUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) 64 57 11-9

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2013

CENTER COURT start 1:45 PM
[1] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs D Inglot (GBR) / D Istomin (UZB)

Not Before 4:00 PM
E Gulbis (LAT) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

 

KDB KOREA OPEN
Seoul, Korea
September 16-22, 2013
$500,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, September 21, 2013
Singles – Semifinals
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 60 62
(3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 76(11) 76(6)

Doubles – Semifinals
Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) d. (3) Aoyama/Moulton-Levy (JPN/USA) 75 61

Order Of Play – Sunday, September 22, 2013
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2. Doubles Final: Kops-Jones/Spears vs. Chan/Xu

 

TORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN
Tokyo, Japan
September 22-28, 2013
$2,369,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Sunday, September 22, 2013
Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Julia Goerges vs. Sorana Cirstea
2. Elina Svitolina vs. Kurumi Nara
3. Mona Barthel vs. Venus Williams
4. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Urszula Radwanska
5. Alizé Cornet vs. Samantha Stosur

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Belinda Bencic vs. Daria Gavrilova
2. Polona Hercog vs. Lucie Safarova
3. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Paula Ormaechea
4. Sloane Stephens vs. Stefanie Voegele

Court 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Mladenovic/Pennetta vs. Black/Mirza
2. Minella/Vesnina vs. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova
3. María-Teresa Torró-Flor vs. Klara Zakopalova
4. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

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Serena Williams Makes It Sweet 16

Serena Williams Day 2 Press Conference

By Ros Satar

 

(June 8, 2013) PARIS – How does Maria Sharapova solve a problem like Serena?

 

The answer is she doesn’t, at least not today as the head-to-head between them grew to 14-2, when Serena Williams regained the title she won back in 2002 6-4, 6-4.

 

It perhaps feels uncharitable to say that there was an air of inevitability around this final.

 

After all, the numbers do not lie and at best people wanted the match to be competitive at least, especially those who remember the London 2012 Olympic Final.

 

It is always a challenge to defend a title and Maria Sharapova certainly made her intentions clear at the start of the match, gritting her way to defending four breakpoints, before breaking Williams in the next game.

 

But of course, the world No. 1 was not standing for that – with the first set a bizarre see-saw of breaks and clutch points and “come-on’s” from them both.

 

If Sharapova was going to make her claim to defend her crown, it really had to be here to put Williams under pressure from the start.

 

You just had the feeling, though, that it was taking every ounce of effort from Sharapova to stay in contention, so it was no surprise when Williams served out for the first set, having nudged ahead again.

 

The second set started in much the same way, with a long protracted hold and the saving of many break points (again) from Sharapova.

 

Even though it came down to a single break at the start of the second set, Sharapova never stopped fighting, but Williams stepped up a gear, firing down three aces to start and finish the last game, and with it gaining her second Roland-Garros title, and her 16th Grand Slam title.

 

She now holds the most slam titles of any active player, and the sixth of all time, as well as becoming the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era – it may be impolite to refer to a lady’s age but just for the record, it’s 31 years, 256 days by the tournament end date.

 

Having nothing to defend here after her first round loss was a key for Williams today.

 

“I played so well leading up to the French Open last year ‑ and same thing happened again this year ‑ but I didn’t put any pressure on myself,” Wiliams said.

 

Sharapova had pointed out that Williams was serving harder that tomorrow’s finalist David Ferrer.

 

“I think growing up with Venus, you know, she’s serving so big, I was like, I want to serve big, too,” she said.

 

“So I think this definitely really helped me a lot.  Again, I am not the tallest girl on tour, but I definitely think I use my height in a very effective way, and I use it to the fullest of my ability.”

 

Seated alongside the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, Williams admitted her had been very nervous in serving for the match.

 

“I thought, I’m not going to be able to hit groundstrokes.  (Laughter.)

“No joke.  As you see the one groundstroke I did hit went like 100 feet out.

 

“I thought to myself, Look, Serena, you’ve just got to hit aces.  That’s your only choice.”

 

Of course having been on the receiving end of those, it was an obviously reflective Sharapova who faced the press later.

 

“I think getting to the Roland-Garros final is not too shabby, so I’d say that’s a positive.  Coming back as a defending champion, I know it’s never easy to come back with that title, so I’m happy that I was able to produce good tennis within these last two weeks and come to that stage.”

 

To reverse a trend of losses against Williams dating back to 2004 is obviously a work in progress (to put it mildly), but today showed that Sharapova could go toe-to-toe with her.

 

“Some of the results against her last year were not so good.  But the match in Miami and the match here, I think I’m doing a few more right things than maybe I have done in the past, yet obviously not consistent enough.”

 

We are only half way through the season, with Wimbledon coming up, so Sharapova could at least look ahead.

 

“It’s always the one that I always want to perform well at and the one that I always look forward to.

 

“It’s not like I really need someone to give me motivation towards that.”

 

If age is just a number now to Serena, and a new number was reached today (16 Grand Slam titles), then does she have her eye on the next prize?

 

“If it means I stop at 16 or if it means I have more, I definitely want to continue my journey to get a few more.”

 

Roll on Wimbledon and the US Open.

 

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Sharapova Edges Jankovic, Meets Azarenka in Semifinal

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

By Ros Satar

 

(June 5, 2013) PARIS – Defending champion Maria Sharapova edged out Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic in a nervy three-setter to book her slot in the women’s semifinals – 0-6 6-4, 6-3.

 

Certainly the start of the match slipped away from Sharapova rapidly as Jankovic stormed ahead break after break, closing out a 6-0 score line in just under half an hour.

 

Sharapova, however, got her eye back in the game, breaking Jankovic right at the start of the second set and again for that all important double-break cushion.

 

There looked like there might be a brief wobble, at Sharapova’s first attempt to serve the set out, getting broken.

 

The Russian made no mistake the second time, leaving Jankovic to berate herself, her box and probably anyone else in earshot.

 

Perhaps even more ironic, this pair had completed two sets before Azarenka/Kirilenko had managed to finish their first set.

 

The third set was a tighter affair, with the decisive first break going Sharapova’s way to lead 4-3, delivering the final blow by breaking to take the third set 6-3.

 

After the match, Jankovic summed the match up, saying: “Overall was a big fight.  “It was great tennis out there.  We battled, you know, [it] was few points here and there that made a difference.”

 

Jankovic had been playing in three disciplines at the French Open, in a bit to use the doubles experience to help improve her singles play, but acknowledged it had been a lot of tennis in the last two weeks.

 

In an earlier news conference, Jankovic had joked that maybe the last time the pair had faced each other on clay, it would have been at the Bollettieri academy, when they were about 12.

 

But she praised Sharapova today, saying: “Credit to her.

 

“At the end she was a better player.  I was a bit unlucky, but I fought hard until the end.”

 

“I played a lot, but overall I had an amazing tournament.”

 

Sharapova admitted her own start had been less than spectacular.

 

She said: “I think clay really suits her game.

 

“She plays extremely well on it because she loves to defend.  She can do that all day long.”

 

It was important for her to put that first set behind her, and regroup for the decider.

 

“In the third set it was still extremely tough.  You know, we held serve for a while, and it was really important to get that break.”

 

Over on Lenglen, the passage of play could not have been more different.

 

While Sharapova and Jankovic were getting into their decider, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko were duking it out in a first set that lasted 76 minutes.

 

Kirilenko left the court for a medical timeout, leaving Azarenka to practice serves.

 

Then after a 10 minute hold, a couple of breaks at the tail end of the set pushed the pair into a tie-break.

 

Azarenka was able to build up a lead to take the first set 76(3).

 

After that, it seemed to be plain sailing for the Belarusian, breaking Kirilenko early in the second, and then again in the last game to finish their match while the other Russian was still battling in the decider.

 

Having described herself in the past as not quite “married” to the clay yet, she elaborated that the relationship might have moved on.

 

“I still don’t have any ring on my finger.  (Smiling.)

“But I feel like, you know, we made a step forward.  We are moving in together.  (Laughter.)”

 

Azarenka leads the head-to-head against Sharapova 7-5, but Sharapova has beaten her the two times they have played on clay.

 

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Tsonga Ousts Federer at French Open

Tsonga Celebrates

By Ros Satar

(June 4, 2013) PARIS – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the French Open tournament, putting Roger Federer out, in straight sets 7-5 6-3 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

 

For many, the fact that Tsonga beat him may not have been the surprise. He had not dropped a set in this year’s run, and since being coached by Roger Rasheed at the start of the year, there was an expectation that results would and should come.

 

Despite being broken first by Federer, he settled into an aggressive game, breaking back and putting things back on serve. It came down to a miss-hit soaring high, that handed the first set to the Frenchman.

 

A single early break in the second set was all that was needed to set up a two-set lead.

 

The third set was perhaps the danger area for the Frenchman, with Federer breaking him in the first game, but being broken straight back.

 

Federer was able to peg back one match point, but it was not enough to stop Tsonga from claiming a semi-final place.

 

Federer said afterwards: “I think I struggled a little bit everywhere.

“To be honest, personally, I’m pretty sad about the match and the way I played. “Jo does a good job keeping the pressure on.”

 

In his post-match news conference, Tsonga spoke of his focus for the match.

 

He said: “I think tactically I played really good tennis, because from the beginning until the end I played the same tennis.”

 

Understandably as it is a home slam, there is a lot of expectation on his shoulders, but he shrugged it off, saying that it was not just for this tournament, but for everything he does.

 

He will face David Ferrer who came through a comparatively easy quarter-final against Tommy Robredo, who could not repeat the feats of his earlier rounds.

 

Ferrer defeated Robredo 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.

 

Tsonga said: “I feel I’m able to beat him because I believe I have the weapons for that.

 

“I have more endurance now.  I’m more consistent.  I hit harder than he does.”

 

Tsonga is carrying the hopes of a nation to be the first Frenchman since Yannick Noah to win the title (1983). The last Frenchman to get to the semi-finals was Gael Monfils in 2008.

 

Ferrer is through to his second French Open semi-final in a row and, like Tsonga, has not dropped a set.

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Serena Williams Battles into Semifinal

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By Ros Satar

(June 4, 2013) PARIS – No. 1 seed Serena Williams overcame a spirited comeback by 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova to complete the semi-final line up for the top half of the draw 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

 

It started very straight-forwardly for the American, as she romped through the first set in 38 minutes, when her next competitor was barely through her first set.

 

Kuznetsova took a timeout for medical treatment on an abdominal strain at the end of the first set.

 

At the start of the second set, the momentum had definitely shifted, as it was the Russian’s turn to zip into a commanding lead.

 

Winning five games on the trot, Williams found herself serving to stay in the set, finally breaking the run of games against her.

 

It looked as though we might be in for an upset, as Kuznetsova edged ahead by a break but Williams delivered a double coup-de-grace breaking Kuznetsova and serving out the set at the first attempt.

 

Williams said: “I was really excited that I was able to win such a tough match.”

 

Their head-to-head on clay was split 1-1, and Kuznetsova had beaten Williams in 2009, on her way to winning the championship.

 

Williams said: “She’s won two Grand Slams, so that doesn’t take luck.

“You know, it takes a really good player.

“She never gives up.

“Like when I had my match point, I was thinking, I’ve got to just stay so focused because she probably plays this like it’s 15‑all.”

 

Kuznetsova has struggled with form in recent months, but there were a lot of positives to take from this run.

 

The Russian suffered a disappointing first round loss in Rome, and had very little practice time ahead of the French Open. Then she suffered an abdominal strain in her straight-sets win over Bojana Jovanovski in the third round.

 

She said: “I look overall for the whole tournament I am extremely proud of myself what I’ve done.

 

“I was extremely pleased with the way I performed here, and I just need to keep going the same way.”

 

 

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Errani Edges Radwanska for Semifinal Spot

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By Ros Satar

(June 4, 2013) PARIS – 2012 finalist Sara Errani was the first of the women to book her slot in the semi-finals, with a tight straight sets 6-4, 7-6(6)win over fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

 

Errani started on the offensive early, breaking Radwanska in the third game, only to lose the advantage.

 

Errani got the better of the Pole, who had never made it past this round at the French Open, to lead with another break at 4-3, taking the first set in 44 minutes.

 

Radwanska got off to the quicker start in the second set with an immediate break and in this set the momentum see-sawed between the two of them.

 

Radwanska fought to get things back on even terms forcing a tie-break, saving one match point.

 

But it was just a brief respite when, at 6-7, a backhand swinging wide handed Errani her second successive semifinal slot.

 

Radwanska remained positive about her performance, in tricky breezy conditions.

 

Radwanska said: “She was playing very solid tennis today and didn’t miss much.

“Of course, I could do it in the second set, but, well, it just, you know, two points I was worse and, you know, and that was the match.”

 

Both women found the conditions tricky, with strong winds to the left side of the umpire’s chair.

 

Errani said: “in the first set I won one time, one game against the wind, and that was the key of the first set.

 

“[I] was lucky to close the second set, but could be also for her the second set.  [It} was a very near match.”

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Cornet Conquers Strasbourg

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(May 25, 2013) No. 3 seed Alize Cornet of France beat Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-0 on Saturday to win the Strasbourg International final. Cornet was a losing finalist at last year’s event.

Cornet is just the second French player in the tournament’s 27-year history to win the title, the other was Aravane Rezai in 2009.

“It was a very tight first set – we were both serving very well and we didn’t break each other much,“ Cornet said. “In the tie-break it came down to just one or two points, and then in the second set it went way faster because everything she had been putting on the lines in the beginning started to go out. I feel great right now, winning this title at home. It’s the accomplishment of a lot of work.”

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