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French Open

Sixth seed Andreescu falls at first hurdle in Paris
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Sixth seed Andreescu falls at first hurdle in Paris

  • Canadian Andreescu, 20, served for the match at 5-4 in the deciding set but Zidansek broke back before missing a match point of her own in a gripping finale.
  • Andreescu found herself in trouble again serving at 7-8 and this time was unable to dig her way out of trouble with world number 85 Zidansek winning in three hours and 20 minutes.
Published 31 May, 2021 08:38pm
Sinner saves match point en route to French Open second round
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Sinner saves match point en route to French Open second round

  • The 19-year-old Sinner, who reached the quarter-finals on his Roland Garros debut last year, was 5-4 down in the fourth set when Herbert sent a backhand wide to give the world number 19 a lifeline.
  • "When I saw the draw I knew it would be tough, also knowing that the crowd is for him but it's good to have crowds," said Sinner on court Suzanne Lenglen.
Published 31 May, 2021 06:51pm
Krejcikova wins maiden WTA title in Strasbourg
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Krejcikova wins maiden WTA title in Strasbourg

  • Krejcikova, 25, used her deep ground strokes well to force Cirstea to scramble for returns and combined that strategy with finesse at the net.
  • "I feel very emotional, really happy. It was an amazing week for me," Krejcikova, who fought back from a set down twice in the tournament to win her matches, said at the trophy presentation ceremony.
Published 29 May, 2021 08:49pm
Serial French Open loser Medvedev looking to finally clear first hurdle
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Serial French Open loser Medvedev looking to finally clear first hurdle

  • Medvedev lost all his four first-round matches at Roland Garros since his debut in 2017 and has only one win to his name on clay this season.
  • "I have to say coming here was my first practice yesterday, I was playing amazing so far," Medvedev, who will start his campaign against Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik, told a news conference on Friday.
Published 28 May, 2021 07:00pm
WTA would welcome dialogue with Osaka, Nadal defends media
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WTA would welcome dialogue with Osaka, Nadal defends media

  • Japanese player Osaka cited the impact on players' mental wellbeing for her decision, saying the nature of questions from journalists is like "kicking a person when they are down".
  • After American great Serena Williams, Osaka commands the highest profile of any female tennis player and her decision has left the WTA in an awkward position.
Published 28 May, 2021 05:38pm
Beaten Djokovic hits right notes on clay in Rome
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Beaten Djokovic hits right notes on clay in Rome

  • "Of course I'm disappointed not to win it, but at the same time I'm very pleased with the level of tennis that I managed to find in the later stages of this tournament.
  • "I have to obviously keep the momentum going I feel with the quality of tennis," he said. "Do more training, of course, and few more matches. I think I'm on the right way.
Published 17 May, 2021 07:08pm
Qualifier Podoroska living the dream at French Open
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Qualifier Podoroska living the dream at French Open

  • The Argentine beat third seed Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-4 to become the first female qualifier to reach the semi-finals at the French Open.
  • The toughest part for me was like two or three years ago. I had too many injuries. My ranking dropped.
Published 07 Oct, 2020 01:09am
Ferro into last 16 as fellow Frenchwoman Burel misses out
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Ferro into last 16 as fellow Frenchwoman Burel misses out

  • Supported by a loud, albeit scarce audience on court Philippe Chatrier, Ferro prevailed after two hours and 48 minutes.
  • I'm very happy, it was a very tough match, physically and mentally. She makes you work for every single point. I'm really happy I pulled through.
Published 03 Oct, 2020 11:35pm
More French men crash out in first round at Roland Garros
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More French men crash out in first round at Roland Garros

  • Ugo Humbert, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Quentin Halys, Harold Mayot and Gregoire Barrere all exited, leaving only four compatriots in the main draw.
  • This year's French Open is only allowing a maximum of 1,000 spectators a day - way below the usual figure of 40,000.
Published 30 Sep, 2020 01:41am
French Open allowed only 1,000 people a day
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French Open allowed only 1,000 people a day

  • We will apply at Roland Garros the same rules as elsewhere. We will go from 5,000 to 1,000
  • Maximum of 1,000 people would be allowed at major sports events starting on Monday.
Published 25 Sep, 2020 01:18am
French Open to be held with fans - French federation president
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French Open to be held with fans - French federation president

  • It will absolutely not be behind closed doors. There is no final decision yet on the number of spectators.
  • Usually held at the end of May, the French Open was first moved to a Sept. 20-Oct. 4 slot but the main draw has been pushed back another week.
Published 18 Jun, 2020 12:19am