World Number 1’s, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, found their game in their third round matches on Day 7 of Roland Garros. Federer has been struggling (by his standards) this whole year, winning only one small title in Estoril. His dismantling of Mario Ancic, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, shows that he is completely recovered from the mono that plagued him at the beginning of the year. Sharapova, however, has been having a stellar year, winning the Australian Open, and having a record of 30-2. She struggled through the first two rounds against opponents ranked outside the top 100, being taken to the third in both matches. In the second set of her third round against Karin Knapp, she turned it back on winning it, 6-0.
Filed under: Federer, Roland Garros, Sharapova, french open, karin knapp, maria sharapova, mario ancic, roger federer, sports, Tennis
Ten hours after Serena Williams was knocked out of the third round, Venus followed in suit, losing 5-7, 4-6 to Italian Flavia Penneta. The last few games of the match most likely would not have been played had Venus appealed to the chair ump to suspend the match due to darkness. With the sisters losses, the women’s draw is blown wide open. One thing is for certain: it’s gonna be a dogfight for the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.
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Apparently, Slovak Dominika Cibulkova and Frenchman Gael Monfils are an item. Martina Navratilova even said it. And Nav is never wrong. This is probably the strangest couple in tennis history. No lie.
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The only Roland Garros champion in the women’s draw, Serena Williams, was upset by 27 seed Katarina Srebotnik in the third round of the clay court major. And surprise, surprise, Serena blamed the loss entirely on her poor play. But, this time, it actually was. “She was getting a lot of balls back, and I might have let that get into my head. She was just making some shots I don’t think she’s ever made before, or she probably would be in the top two.” Serena said. This is one of the worst matches Serena has ever played, and for once she isn’t the only one who thinks so.
Filed under: Roland Garros, Serena, french open, katarina srebotnik, serena williams, sports, Tennis, upsets
World Number 1, Maria Sharapova, narrowly escaped a first round defeat today at a windy Roland Garros. Maria won the first set convincingly, 6-1, against 19 year-old Russian Evgeniya Rodina. But, as the wind picked up, Sharapova’s game got worse and worse. She went down a break in the second and never recovered, losing it 3-6. This was Rodina’s first ever Grand Slam main draw match and pushed Sharapova to the limit. In the third, both women held serve until 6-6 when Maria finally got the break and consolidated to win the match, 6-1, 3-6, 8-6. Sharapova hit a total of 17 double faults. “I just hung in there. It was far from my best tennis today.” Sharapova said after the match.
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American sweetheart, Ashley Harkleroad, has confirmed her appearance in the August issue of Playboy Magazine. The 23 year-old said, I’m proud of my body. I was representing a female athlete’s body.” She will be the first tennis player to appear in the magazine. The exact contents of the shoot were not revealed by Harkleroad.
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Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from Roland Garros today citing a knee injury. The local favorite was the eighth seed and was in the same quarter as Roger Federer. Gasquet’s coach announced the news this morning saying his player awoke with knee pain and was unable to play tennis.
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Three-time French Open champion, Gustavo Kuerten, played his last match as a pro baller today on Court Phillipe Chatrier against Paul-Henri Mathieu of France. The 31 year-old Kuerten lost the match, 3-6, 4-6, 2-6, wearing his 1997 championship ensamble. After the match, Guga was presented a trophy for his contributions to tennis over the years.
Filed under: Oldsters, Roland Garros, french open, gustavo kuerten, retirement, sports, Tennis
Nicole Vaidisova crashed out of the French Open on day 1 of the tournament, losing to Czech qualifier, Iveta Benesova, 6-7 (2), 1-6. Vaidisova has had past success at Roland Garros, reaching the semifinals in 2006 and the quarters last year. This is her sixth straight loss in a very mediocre year for Vaidisova. Her best result to date is the 4th round at the Australian Open.
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Ha. That was actually funny.
Filed under: Vids, Djokovic, Ivanovic, Nadal, Sharapova