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Sharapova looks ahead

Jun 9, 2014

Sharapova looks ahead

With red clay still staining her shoes and socks, Maria Sharapova is already getting ready for the toughest transition in tennis. Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years on Saturday, beating Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 in the final at ...

Nadal, Djokovic to clash in final round

Jun 7, 2014

Nadal, Djokovic to clash in final round

Rafael Nadal is going for No. 9 at the French Open, and the only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic. Nadal is already a record eight-time champion with a lifetime 65-1 record at Roland Garros. One more victory on the red clay ...

Sharapova battles past Bouchard, into French Open final

Jun 6, 2014

Sharapova battles past Bouchard, into French Open final

Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that’s carried her to a third consecutive French Open final. “It’s not how you finish a first set,” Sharapova said, “it’s how you finish the last ...

Nadal rallies past Ferrer, will meet Murray in semis

Jun 5, 2014

Nadal rallies past Ferrer, will meet Murray in semis

Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals. For the first time in this year’s tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set. And this had to be on Nadal’s mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present ...

Sharapova digs deep to reach French Open semifinals

Jun 4, 2014

Sharapova digs deep to reach French Open semifinals

This is what Maria Sharapova does. She digs herself a big hole in a match, then figures a way out, no matter what it takes. She hits shots left-handed. Takes her time between points. Pumps her fists and screams “Come on!” after her opponent’s ...

Nadal blows away Lajovic to make quarters

Jun 3, 2014

Nadal blows away Lajovic to make quarters

Maybe, just maybe, Rafael Nadal was a tad vulnerable, the thinking went before this French Open. He had lost three times on his beloved red clay already this year, more defeats than he ever had on the surface before heading to Roland Garros. Then ...

Gulbis bounces Federer out of French Open in fourth round

Jun 2, 2014

Gulbis bounces Federer out of French Open in fourth round

Everything appeared to be under control for Roger Federer, just like in the old days at Grand Slam tournaments. And then, suddenly, it wasn’t. One point from a two-set lead Sunday in the French Open’s fourth round against 18th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, Federer ...

Nadal moves into fourth round after dispatching Mayer

Jun 1, 2014

Nadal moves into fourth round after dispatching Mayer

Rafael Nadal once again showed he is the man to beat at the French Open after putting down a brief rebellion from Argentine Leonardo Mayer to win 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 and reach the fourth round despite a sore back on Saturday. Mayer went for ...

Safarova ousts 2008 French Open champ Ivanovic

May 31, 2014

Safarova ousts 2008 French Open champ Ivanovic

Former French Open title holder Ana Ivanovic was knocked out of the third round at Roland Garros as 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova got past fifth seed Petra Kvitova. The 11th-seeded Ivanovic, a former top-ranked player, was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Czech Lucie Safarova on ...

Federer on to next round

May 31, 2014

Federer on to next round

In what seemed like a flash, and in what surely felt like a flash of pain for his opponent, Roger Federer went from vulnerable to commanding. It was that quick. Federer lost a second-set tiebreaker Friday to Dmitry Tursunov, and that surely did not ...

Nadal storms into 3rd round

May 30, 2014

Nadal storms into 3rd round

Rafael Nadal provided a claycourt lesson for one of the game’s young apprentices at the French Open when he crushed rising Austrian Dominic Thiem with a masterly display to reach the third round on Thursday. The eight-time champion showed flashes of his intimidating best ...

Jankovic beats Nara in straight sets

May 29, 2014

Jankovic beats Nara in straight sets

Kurumi Nara fell in the second round at the French Open on Thursday, losing to Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic, the women’s sixth seed, in the second round. Nara, ranked 44th in the world, lost 7-5, 6-0. It was the third straight time the former world ...