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andrewbroad
May 27th, 2007, 09:12 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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Contents
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1. UK TV-alert
2. Notable main-draw absentees
3. First-round draw
4. Andrew's wishes
5. Nicole Vaidišová preview
6. Daniela Hantuchová preview
7. Anna Chakvetadze preview
8. Maria Sharapova preview

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1. UK TV-alert
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The French Open will be televised on BBCi from 09:50 BST each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel - 301 or 302).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6102132.stm
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Sunday 27th May to Sunday 3rd June, 10:00-19:00, BBCi
Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th June, 11:00-19:00, BBCi
Thursday 7th June, 13:00-19:00, BBCi
Friday 8th June, 12:00-19:00, BBCi
Saturday 9th June: Women's final 14:00-16:30, BBC Two
Sunday 10th June: Men's final 13:45-19:00, BBCi
Sunday 10th June: Highlights of men's final 16:00-17:30, BBC Two
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2. Notable main-draw absentees
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#6 Martina Hingis (hip-injury)
#16 Tatiana Golovin [DF] (right-ankle injury)
#19 Vera Zvonarëva [EF] (left-wrist injury)
#37 Peng,Shuai [s] (left-ankle injury)
#105 Karolina Šprem [DF] (elbow-injury)
#137 Iroda Tulyaganova [EF] (lost in qualifying)
#510 Magdaléna Rybáriková [DF] (too low / groin-injury)
#650 Jelena Dokić [EF] (too low, and plays very infrequently these days)
unranked Monica Seles [EF] (left-foot stress-fracture)

This is shaping up to be my worst Grand Slam for four years, with all eight of the /active/ members of my Eternal Fanship currently struggling with injury, and only four of them left in the main draw! :-(

Vera is believed to be contemplating wrist-surgery which would keep her out for the rest of the year! ':-(

Monica's amazing record of being the only player in the Open Era (since 1968) to win three consecutive French Opens is now under threat from Justine Henin!

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3. First-round draw
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3.1 Top quarter
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* Elena Vesnina v JUSTINE HENIN [1] (davai Elena!)
* Aiko Nakamura [s] v Tamira Paszek (ganbatte Aiko!)
* Tamarine Tanasugarn v Casey Dell'Acqua [WC]
* MARA SANTANGELO [28] v Agnieszka Radwańska

* Roberta Vinci v SYBILLE BAMMER [20] (forza Roberta!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v Olga Savchuk [Q] (davai Yaroslava!)
* Pauline Parmentier [WC] v Mariya Koryttseva [Q]
* Sandra Klösel v LI,NA [16]

* Yuliana Fedak v DINARA SAFINA [10] (davai Yuliana!)
* Melinda Czink v Tzipora Obziler
* Timea Bacsinszky [Q] v Zheng,Jie (hopp Timea!)
* Yvonne Meusburger v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]

* SÉVERINE BRÉMOND [31] v Michaëlla Krajíček (both nice, but I don't like Michaëlla's new hairstyle so allez Séverine!)
* Olivia Sánchez [WC] v Shenay Perry
* Milagros Sequera v Virginie Razzano
* Tsvetana Pironkova v SERENA WILLIAMS [8] (aide Tsvetana!)

I'm very pleased that Henin and Serena are in the same quarter (the one without any Fanship-interest for me), because they are the two form-players of 2007 so far, and it would be one 'H.E. double hockey-sticks' of a quarter-final, especially after their controversial French Open 2003 semi-final!

But hopefully that quarter-final will instead be Vesnina v Pironkova! :-P


3.2 Second quarter: Vaidišová
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* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v Stéphanie Foretz [WC]
* Catalina Castańo v Emma Laine [LL]
* Ashley Harkleroad v Aleksandra Wozniak (go Ashley!)
* Alizé Cornet [WC] v VENUS WILLIAMS [26] (allez Alizé!)

* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď (both nice - peut la meilleure le gagner!)
* Jarmila Gajdošová v Andrea Petković [Q]
* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld (allez Mathilde!)
* Angelique Kerber v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13]

* NADIA PETROVA [11] v Kveta Peschke [Q]
* Anastasiya Yakimova v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]
* Nuria Llagostera Vives v Anna Smashnova
* Akiko Morigami [s] v TATHIANA GARBIN [19] (ganbatte Akiko!)

* SAMANTHA STOSUR [27] v Jamea Jackson
* Maria Kirilenko [DF] v Maria Elena Camerin (both nice, but my loyalty is to Kirilenko)
* Akgul Amanmuradova [Q] v Vania King
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v Emmanuelle Gagliardi (pojďme Nicole!)


3.3 Third quarter: Hantuchová
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Sofia Arvidsson [LL] (ajde Ana!)
* Sania Mirza v Alberta Brianti (go Sania!)
* Tatiana Poutchek v Youlia Fedossova [WC]
* JULIA VAKULENKO [30] v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q] (davai Julia!)

* Varvara Lepchenko v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] (davai Varvara!)
* Elena Likhovtseva v Chan,Yung-Jan (davai Elena!)
* Olga Poutchkova v Eleni Daniilidou (davai Olga!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Jelena Kostanić Tošić (poďme Daniela!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v Kaia Kanepi (kadima Shahar!)
* Edina Gallovits v Vasilisa Bardina
* Vera Dushevina v Camille Pin
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] v Anastasia Rodionova (dajmo Katarina!)

* MARTINA MÜLLER [32] v Rossana de los Ríos [Q]
* Dominika Cibulková [Q] v Sun,Tiantian (poďme Dominika!)
* Anastasia Myskina v Meghann Shaughnessy (davai Anastasia!)
* Ekaterina Bychkova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (davai Ekaterina!)


3.4 Bottom quarter: Chakvetadze, Sharapova
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* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5] v Laura Granville
* Caroline Wozniacki v Nathalie Dechy
* Flavia Pennetta [DF] v Nicole Pratt (forza Flavia!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v Yulia Beygelzimer (pojďme Lucie!)

* AI SUGIYAMA [21] v Eva Birnerová
* Romina Oprandi v Meilen Tu
* Anne Kremer v Ágnes Szávay [Q]
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Alicia Molik (davai Anna!)

* Martina Suchá v PATTY SCHNYDER [14] (poďme Martina!)
* Zuzana Ondrášková v Kateryna Bondarenko (pojďme Zuzana!)
* Karin Knapp v Victoria Azarenka
* Iveta Benešová v ALYONA BONDARENKO [22] (both nice; my loyalty is to Iveta)

* GISELA DULKO [29,DF] v Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* Julia Schruff v Alla Kudryavtseva [Q]
* Lourdes Domínguez Lino v Jill Craybas
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Emilie Loit (davai Maria!)

Mauresmo could make me dislike her even more by taking down Lucie, Anna and Maria back to back, but Mauresmo is far from her best after coming back from appendicitis, and always chokes at Roland Garros. No one enjoys being embarrassed by a 16-year-old, so it would be so sweet to see her humiliated 6-2 6-0 in front of her home-crowd by Wozniacki in the second round.

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4. Andrew's wishes
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4.1 Second round: Top half
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ Ashley Harkleroad d. Alizé Cornet [WC]
+ Elena Vesnina d. Aiko Nakamura [s]
+ Roberta Vinci d. Yaroslava Shvedova
+ Mathilde Johansson [WC] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13]

The Land of Sweet Demise:
+ Maria Kirilenko [DF] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [27]
+ Timea Bacsinszky [Q] d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]

Routine wins for:
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF]
* (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď)
* SÉVERINE BRÉMOND [31]
* Yuliana Fedak
* Tsvetana Pironkova
* Akiko Morigami [s]


4.2 Second round: Bottom half
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Olga Poutchkova
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. Flavia Pennetta [DF]
+ Sania Mirza [DF] d. ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF]
+ Anastasia Myskina d. Ekaterina Bychkova
+ Martina Suchá d. Zuzana Ondrášková
+ Varvara Lepchenko d. Elena Likhovtseva

The Land of Sweet Demise:
+ Caroline Wozniacki d. AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5]
+ Dominika Cibulková [Q] d. MARTINA MÜLLER [32]

Routine wins for:
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]
* GISELA DULKO [29,DF]
* Iveta Benešová
* SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
* JULIA VAKULENKO [30]
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17]


4.3 Third-round wishes (in draw-order)
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+ Elena Vesnina d. MARA SANTANGELO [28]
+ Roberta Vinci d. LI,NA [16]
+ Yuliana Fedak d. Timea Bacsinszky [Q]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova d. SÉVERINE BRÉMOND [31]

+ Ashley Harkleroad d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď) d. Mathilde Johansson [WC]
+ Akiko Morigami [s] d. NADIA PETROVA [11]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Maria Kirilenko [DF]

+ Sania Mirza d. JULIA VAKULENKO [30]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Varvara Lepchenko
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [15] d. KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17]
* Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q] (may the better win!)

+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. Caroline Wozniacki
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. AI SUGIYAMA [21]
+ Iveta Benešová d. Martina Suchá
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. GISELA DULKO [29,DF]


4.4 Fourth-round wishes
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+ Elena Vesnina d. Roberta Vinci
+ Yuliana Fedak d. Tsvetana Pironkova
+ (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď) d. Ashley Harkleroad
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Akiko Morigami [s]

+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Sania Mirza
+ (3r: Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q]) d. SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. Iveta Benešová


4.5 Quarter-final wishes
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+ Yuliana Fedak d. Elena Vesnina
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď)
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. (3r: Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q])
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]


4.6 Semi-final wishes
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Yuliana Fedak
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF]

My Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria because in reality the other semi-final would be Henin v Janković. Besides, a Maria v Nicole showdown is long overdue, and what better occasion than a Grand Slam final?


4.7 Final wish
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]

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5. Nicole Vaidišová preview
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Last year, Nicole came here as a promising 17-year-old, having just won Strasbourg (her sixth and latest WTA singles-title). She enjoyed a trailblazing French Open, upsetting world #1 Amélie Mauresmo and Venus Williams back to back to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final.

This year, Nicole comes in having reached a career-high ranking of #7 on 14th May (when retired #5 Kim Clijsters was removed from the rankings), following a year with five WTA Tier I/II semi-finals (but no more WTA finals), plus her second Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open.

But she has been pulling out of tournaments left, right and centre with a right-wrist injury, and hasn't played since sealing a whitewash-victory for Czechia over Slovakia in World Group II of the Fed Cup on the eve of her 18th birthday.

When she pulled out of Strasbourg, Nicole said, "My wrist is still bothering me and it is not enabling me to compete at 100%. I will continue my daily rehab with my medical team in an effort to get ready for the French Open."

It's a lousy time for Nicole to be injured, and her ranking looks set to plummet out of the top ten as the points from Strasbourg and the French Open 2006 come off. She's already down from #7 to #10 after Strasbourg (too late to affect her French Open seeding), and could drop as low as #15 after the French Open unless she can pull off a miracle. :-(


5.1 First round
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Emmanuelle Gagliardi is currently ranked #110, and has played a mixture of WTA Tour and ITF Women's Circuit tournaments this year, with a positive 17:13 win/loss ratio, but nothing too scary (her highest victim being #79 Ekaterina Bychkova).

Gagliardi has even less power than the young Tatiana Golovin who beat her at Wimbledon 2004 - the last time that I saw Gagliardi play. Normally, Nicole would eat her for breakfast, but with Nicole's wrist-injury meaning that she cannot play at 100%, there's a big question-mark over Nicole's prospects against anyone at the moment.

So if Nicole doesn't reach the second round, it will be 100% because of her wrist-injury and nothing to do with Gagliardi's modest abilities.


5.2 Second round
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Vania King (presumably no relation to Billie Jean King) is one of the dying breed of young Americans, none of whom seem to be worthy successors to Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport or the Williams sisters.

King had a stunning run to the Bangkok Tier III title last October, with six 6-1 sets in her first four matches! But she's had a disappointing 2007 so far, with an 11:12 win/loss record and a highest victim of #59 Jelena Kostanić Tošić.

Akgul Amanmuradova is a dangerous floater. She's very tall, with a big serve, and looks just like the first four letters of her surname! ;-) But her 2007 results are even more modest than King's (highest victim #90 Jarmila Gajdošová).

A healthy Nicole would have no trouble in her first two rounds.


5.3 Third round
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My dream match-up would be Nicole v Maria Kirilenko, but sadly Little Maria's slump has gone from bad to worse this year, and she comes into Roland Garros on a losing-streak of 6 matches, although she did score a 6-1 6-2 win over #28 Flavia Pennetta and a 6-2 6-3 win over #15 Shahar Pe'er early in the year.

The /likely/ opponent is Samantha Stosur. I don't know how much she serves & volleys on clay, but she beat #4 Amélie Mauresmo at Rome a couple of weeks ago, and is an altogether more dangerous opponent for Nicole than the other six players in this 16th - although Nicole does have a 3:0 head-to-head, with comprehensive victories in their last two meetings.


5.4 Fourth round
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Nicole faces a steep difficulty-gradient if she has to play Nadia Petrova - the powerful and muscular player who won WTA Paris in February and was runner-up to Tatiana Golovin at Amelia Island, but who retired at Rome with low-back pain two weeks ago.

Petrova leads their head-to-head 3:1, and their last meeting was a 6-1 6-2 blow-out at Linz last October. Nicole's lone win over Petrova came in the Bangkok 2005 final: 16-year-old Nicole won her fifth WTA singles-title while 23-year-old Petrova had yet to win one - but now Petrova has won seven titles to Nicole's six!


5.5 Quarter-finals
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The form-player in this quarter is recent world #4 Jelena Janković, who has won the titles at Auckland, Charleston and Rome this year. Many people are talking about Janković like they expect her to win a Grand Slam. I can only assume that she's developed her game radically from the low-power counterpuncher she's been every time /I've/ seen her play - most recently when she was the beneficiary of Venus Williams's unforced errors at Wimbledon 2006.

Nicole leads their head-to-head 4:2, but Janković has won two of their last three meetings - most significantly in 3r US Open 2006, where Janković went on to reach the semi-finals where she choked even more dramatically than Nicole did on the verge of reaching what would have been her first Grand Slam final.

I think Janković made a major blunder by playing Strasbourg this week instead of resting between Rome and the French Open, and she paid the price as she withdrew with gastrointestinal illness after reaching the semi-finals. So she might not be 100% by the start of her French Open campaign.

Another possibility is a rematch of last year's French Open quarter-final between Nicole and Venus Williams. Venus has an impressive 19:5 win/loss record for 2007 so far, but she seems unable to keep the unforced errors at bay when it matters most, and she lost to #59 Aravane Rezaď at Constantinople this week.

The other likely quarter-finalist is 2004 runner-up Elena Dementieva, who won Constantinople when Rezaď retired from the final. Dementieva has an impressive 16:7 win/loss record for 2007 so far, despite missing March and April with a career-threatening stress-fracture in her rib. Nicole won their latest meeting: at the Australian Open 2007.


5.6 Semi-finals
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While I fantasise that the pretty Yuliana Fedak will come through, Nicole would likely be facing the winner of a quarter-final between the two form-players of the year so far: Serena Williams and Justine Henin.

I pick Henin to come through that one because clay is her best surface and Serena's worst, and Serena seems to have fallen off from the awesome form that won her the Australian Open and Miami, as she has been struggling with a groin-injury in recent weeks: she retired against Chan,Yung-Jan at Charleston, and lost to Patty Schnyder at Rome.

Nicole has a 0:2 head-to-head against each of Henin and Serena, so defending her semi-final is the best that can be hoped for at this stage. I can only pray that her wrist will have healed in time for the start of her French Open campaign.

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6. Daniela Hantuchová preview
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French Open: Six to watch [Teletext 497] (Friday 25th May)
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DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ Reached the fourth round last year and has been one of the season's most consistent performers.
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Well, her red-clay season hasn't exactly been consistent! After losing to both Lucie Šafárová and Nicole Vaidišová as Czechia whitewashed Slovakia in the Fed Cup World Group II, Daniela suffered a disastrous 6-1 6-3 loss to another Czech, Zuzana Ondrášková, in the first round at Berlin.

But then Daniela reached her first-ever claycourt semi-final on the WTA Tour at Rome, where she beat Constantinople-finalist Aravane Rezaď 4-6 6-1 6-2, Anna Chakvetadze 6-2 6-3, and claycourt-specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-6 7-5. But that match took almost 2˝ hours on Friday night, and Daniela had to play her semi-final on Saturday afternoon, losing 6-4 6-2 to her victim in the Indian Wells final: Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Daniela pulled out of Strasbourg with a left-leg strain, so I hope that's just a precaution after her gruelling Roman exploits, rather than something serious that could jeopardise her French Open campaign.


6.1 First round
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Jelena Kostanić Tošić is an awkward player with a vicious command of spin, who has often beaten members of my Eternal Fanship, but Daniela has never played her.

She beat Samantha Stosur at the Australian Open, which was a big surprise to me as Stosur always does well in Australia. Her recent results haven't been so impressive, as she has lost three of her last four matches, and has a negative win/loss ratio of 12:14 for 2007 so far.

If Daniela is healthy, and doesn't have one of her off-days as at Berlin, she should come through this one fairly comfortably.


6.2 Second round
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Olga Poutchkova may be capable of flashes of brilliance, but she's had a terrible claycourt-season, losing her last two matches 6-2 6-2 to Julia Schruff at Prague, and 6-1 6-2 to Michaëlla Krajíček at Rome.

So I guess we'll be stuck with the manly Eleni Daniilidou, a dangerous floater who famously beat Justine Henin at Wimbledon 2005. Daniela is 2:2 head-to-head against Daniilidou, winning their last meeting 6-7 6-3 6-3 at Doha this year. But Daniilidou has lost her last four matches, including a 6-0 6-2 thrashing by Martina Müller at Berlin, so even cute little Olga might have a chance against her.


6.3 Third round
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Daniela beat claycourt-specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-6 7-5 in a 2˝-hour match at Rome, and in fact has a 3:0 head-to-head against her, courtesy of two hard-court wins.

But Medina Garrigues just beat Amélie Mauresmo in the Strasbourg final, which reduces Daniela's chance of beating her here to about 50%.

Is it too much to ask for the attractive Varvara Lepchenko to come through instead? ;-)


6.4 Fourth round
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Two members of my demi-fanship - Ana Ivanović and Sania Mirza - could meet in the second round, which is a shame because I slightly prefer Sania, but Ana deserves a good French Open after her recent form which brought her, at Berlin, a second Tier I title.

Sania's year so far has been much more modest than Ana's, with Tier IV semi-finals at Hobart and Pattaya City. She suffered a serious knee-injury at Doha that required an operation, and only came back at Fes two weeks ago, losing in the first round there and again at Constantinople.

So it's only realistic to consider a Daniela v Ana fourth round. They've never met before, but I think it would be a tall order for Daniela to beat Ana, who seems well on her way to becoming one of the very top players in women's tennis, and is already up to #7 in the rankings.

Julia Vakulenko might just spring another surprise, though: she beat Kim Clijsters at Warsaw (prompting Clijsters to announce her retirement), and at Berlin she beat Mauresmo and Dinara Safina back to back to reach the semi-finals! There she retired with a right-forearm injury, and also pulled out of Rome.

Daniela won her only meeting with Vakulenko 6-0 7-6 at the US Open 2003, but was frustrated by Vakulenko's moonballing which would be even more effective on clay, and Daniela's eyes filled with tears after she failed to close out the match at the first opportunity - it was her next Grand Slam since that infamous emotional meltdown against Shinobu Asagoe at Wimbledon.


I do think Daniela has a chance to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final since the Australian Open 2003 and complete the full set of Grand Slam quarter-finals, but I've got to stop here or I'll never get this finished on time!

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7. Anna Chakvetadze preview
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Anna isn't firing on all cylinders at the moment, as she's been struggling in the claycourt-season with a right shoulder-strain.

At Warsaw, she should have crucified Jill Craybas easier than 7-6 7-5. Beating Tathiana Garbin 6-2 6-2 was a much more convincing scoreline, but then she retired at 6-7 (1/7) 1-3 against Jelena Janković, following a dramatic loss of form in the tiebreak.

At Berlin, playing with a patch on her shoulder, she struggled past Samantha Stosur 3-6 7-6 7-6, then lost 6-4 6-4 to Lucie Šafářová, who is also one of the most promising young players on the WTA Tour.

At Rome she beat Yan,Zi 6-1 6-3, but then lost 6-2 6-3 to Daniela Hantuchová. Daniela is one of the most flairsomely-talented players on the WTA Tour, just as Anna is, but I was surprised by that scoreline as I believe Anna's game is better suited to clay than Daniela's.

I just hope that Anna's week off will have helped her shoulder to heal, and that she'll soon be back to the level she was at last autumn and earlier this year. Her recent results would have been okay this time last year, but they are disappointing by top-ten standards.


7.1 First round
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Alicia Molik was becoming a formidable top-ten player when her career was cruelly interrupted by an inner-ear infection in 2005. Her results have been much more modest since she came back in May 2006. She did beat four top-32 players early in 2007, but has lost seven of her last eight matches (the one she won was 7-6 2-6 7-6 against #292 Leanne Baker at Strasbourg).

Molik on this form should be easy pickings for a healthy Anna. They've never played each other before.


7.2 Second round
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Anne Kremer is one of the veterans of the WTA Tour at age 31, with a win over Monica Seles at Eastbourne 1999. Her 2007 results aren't too shabby at 19:12, but they've mainly been against low-ranked players in qualifying for WTA tournaments.

Ágnes Szávay, on the other hand, is barely out of juniors, and lacks big-match experience. She too has been playing mainly qualifying on the WTA Tour this year, but with a more impressive win/loss record of 18:7. She also won the ITF $75k at Zagreb a couple of weeks ago - a timely confidence-boost ahead of the French Open!

Again, either of these players would be easy pickings for a healthy Anna.


7.3 Third round
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Ai Sugiyama is another 31-year-old veteran, but a much higher-ranked one at #26. She's a very plucky competitor, and playing against her can be like pulling teeth. But she's lost four of her last five matches - most recently a 6-0 6-2 loss to Shahar Pe'er at Rome, so that has to be encouraging for Anna. They've never played each other before.


7.4 Fourth round
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This is where the going gets tough. Anna is seeded to meet Amélie Mauresmo, which is kind of annoying because if Anna had moved up to #9 one week earlier, she'd have been seeded eighth and avoided this draw.

Anna trails Mauresmo 0:3 head-to-head, but every match has been tougher than the one before.

But Mauresmo is off-form after coming back from appendicitis, losing to Julia Vakulenko in 3r Berlin, Samantha Stosur in 2r Rome, and Anabel Medina Garrigues in the final of Strasbourg. And she always underperforms at Roland Garros.

Perhaps the greater danger, then, comes from Lucie Šafářová, who upset Mauresmo 6-4 6-3 at the Australian Open, then enjoyed a trailblazing run to the final of WTA Paris, upsetting Nicole Vaidišová, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Justine Henin back to back.

Lucie's results have been more modest since WTA Paris, and her 6-4 6-0 semi-final loss to Victoria Azarenka at Estoril was particularly disappointing. But she did beat Anna 6-4 6-4 at Berlin - their only meeting so far.


7.5 Quarter-finals
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Anna could be in for a repeat of her Australian Open quarter-final against Maria Sharapova, which she lost 7-6 7-5. Maria leads their head-to-head 3:0. They first played each other - and I first saw Anna play - at the French Open 2005, which Maria won 6-1 6-4, but Anna's game has improved almost beyond recognition since then.

Due to serious injuries to her right shoulder and left hamstring, Maria hadn't played since Miami until Constantinople, where she lost in the semi-finals to Aravane Rezaď.

So Maria's place in that quarter-final is far from guaranteed, the greatest danger coming from Patty Schnyder, who beat Maria at Rome 2005. Schnyder was having a poor 2007 until Rome, where she beat Serena Williams to reach the semi-finals. But she pulled out of Constantinople with a right-thigh strain.

Anna is 1:1 head-to-head against Schnyder after her 6-4 6-1 thrashing of the Swiss in the fourth round of the Australian Open. But clay is Schnyder's best surface, while Anna's claycourt-season is below par so far.

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8. Maria Sharapova preview
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Maria comes into this tournament with a similar lack of preparation as last year, having been sidelined since Miami with a right-shoulder injury and a left-hamstring injury. But this time she did play Constantinople, beating Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4 7-6 and Agnieszka Radwańska 6-2 3-6 6-0, but losing 2-6 4-6 to Aravane Rezaď in the semis.

So I have low expectations for Maria coming in here - all I hope is for three or four matches so that she goes into the grasscourt-season with adequate match-play.


Maria: "Roland Garros's decision to treat all women-players as equal is a recognition of the status of women's tennis and our players, and a real tribute to all those who have campaigned with such passion and commitment for equality since the founding of the WTA Tour. Roland Garros, which last year took the important step of awarding equal pay to the winners, deserves congratulations for this decision to extend equality to all. This is the message we want to be sending as a sport to the world, and Roland Garros has demonstrated leadership by making this decision."


Sharapova a doubt for French Open [CEEFAX 480->485] (Wednesday 9th May)
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World number two Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week's Italian Open through injury, casting doubt on her place at this month's French Open.

The 20-year-old Russian has a shoulder injury and has not played since losing to Serena Williams in Miami in March.

"My body is slowly getting better but in no way will I be ready to play in Rome," she told her website.

"I just want my fans to know that I am doing everything possible to be ready to play at the French Open."
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SHARAPOVA A DOUBT FOR ROLAND GARROS [Teletext 495->496]
Sharapova out of Rome [Teletext 496]
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Maria Sharapova is doubtful for the French Open later this month after pulling out of next week's Italian Open with a right shoulder injury.

The 20-year-old Russian, who also missed the event last year with a foot problem, has been sidelined since competing in Miami in March.

She told her official website: "My body is slowly getting better, but in no way will I be ready to play (in Rome)."
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Russians hope to continue love affair with French Open
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By Gennady Fyodorov

MOSCOW, May 23 (Reuters) - Paris and the French Open have always had a special place in the hearts of Russian tennis fans.

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World number two Maria Sharapova leads the Russian contingent.

Although the US Open champion has not had a good build-up to the clay-season, pulling out of several high-profile tournaments with a shoulder-injury, she is in confident mood after reaching the fourth round last year.

"I have the same goal in every tournament, that is to win it," said Sharapova, 20, who will have an added incentive to do well as she could overtake Justine Henin as world number one if the Belgian flops in Paris.

Nadia Petrova, who won three titles on clay leading up to last year's French Open, Dinara Safina, who upset Sharapova on her way to reaching the quarter-finals in 2006, and newcomer and world number 10 Anna Chakvetadze, also have a chance.
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Henin set to meet Serena in Paris [CEEFAX 492] (Friday 25th May)
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Maria Sharapova, who has been sidelined with shoulder and hamstring injuries, faces a potentially tricky first-round match against France's Emilie Loit.
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Henin to face Vesnina [Teletext 496]
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Second seed Maria Sharapova, who has only just recovered from injury, will meet Emilie Loit.
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Penpix of leading women's French Open contenders
PARIS, May 25 (Reuters)
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2-Maria Sharapova (Russia)
Age: 20
Lives: Bradenton, Florida
Plays: Right-handed, double-handed backhand
Grand Slam titles: Two (US Open 2006, Wimbledon 2004)
French Open record: 2006-fourth round, 2005-quarter-final, 2004-quarter-final, 2003-first round.

Still chasing her first title of the year. Started 2007 strongly by reaching the final of the Australian Open, which she lost to Serena Williams. Went on to reach the semi-finals in Tokyo but has struggled since, losing the number one ranking to Henin.

Missed her two scheduled claycourt-stops in Charleston and Rome due to shoulder- and hamstring-injuries. Warming up this week in Istanbul to get some matches on clay before the French.

Last year proved a career-best season for the Russian, her victory at the US Open in September being her fifth title of the campaign.

Increasingly strong on both wings, and with an ever-improving mental conviction on court. Clay, however, is not her best surface and there is a question-mark over her form.
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Patrick Vignal
May 25 (Reuters)
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Russia's Sharapova, who enjoyed the view from the top while Henin was struggling, feels more at ease on faster surfaces and has never gone beyond the quarter-finals in Paris, and her recent form has not suggested she might do any better this year. [boo!]
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http://www.teamwta.com/content/view/985/2/
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A Roland Garros Women's Preview
Written by Claire Mayer
Friday, 25 May 2007

M. Sharapova: She hasn't excelled at the French Open but hasn't exactly failed at it either. Her game isn't that suited to clay but she's slowly adapting to it. An injury having kept her off the courts since Miami, her lack of preparation could be an issue, and her actual participation is yet to set in stone. She'll try to overpower weaker opponents, but as the tournament progresses they will be less forgiving towards her serve. A good draw could see her through to the QF, a bad draw could be a synonym for a R3 exit.
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8.1 First round
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Maria has a 2:1 head-to-head over Loit, with a 6-0 6-1 thrashing in 2r US Open 2006. But far more relevant now is her loss to Loit in 2r US Open 2003 (3-6 4-6), given Maria's struggles this year, that Maria is playing on her worst surface, and that she'll have the most hostile crowd in tennis against her when she plays the Frenchwoman.

Loit has had some impressive results this year, highlighted by winning the Tier III title at Acapulco. She did have a 3-match losing-streak going into Strasbourg, but there she had two wins including a scary 6-1 6-0 thrashing of Lilia Osterloh, before falling to Amélie Mauresmo in two tight sets.

I don't see this match going anything like their US Open 2006 encounter - any kind of win will do just to get through this one.


8.2 Second round
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Jill Craybas did well early in the year, with a semi-final at Auckland, and winning the $75k ITF Midland. But she's been losing much more than she's been winning since then - she's lost four of her last five matches, so she shouldn't be such a scary prospect for an off-form Maria (they've never played each other before).

Lourdes Domínguez Lino is a claycourt-specialist, but far too weak to be a threat to a healthy Maria on any surface. She did have a 6-3 6-2 win over #22 Marion Bartoli at Charleston, but she lost /twice/ at Rome: once in qualifying, and again as a lucky loser in the first round. Her win/loss record for the year is a negative 11:13.


8.3 Third round
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I only want to think that Gisela Dulko will live up to her seeding and come through here, but she comes into the French Open on a 3-match losing-streak, even though clay is her best surface.

But Gisela did win her first-ever WTA singles-title at Budapest just a month ago, and was also runner-up at Pattaya City back in February.

Gisela is Maria's pigeon: in their two meetings, Maria has won 6-0 6-1 and 6-1 6-1. But they've never met on clay.


8.4 Fourth round
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Patty Schnyder looks a serious threat to Maria: she beat Maria at Rome 2005, and although Maria leads their head-to-head 4:1, they've all been very tough matches.

Schnyder was having a disappointing year, but it all turned around at Berlin where she beat Martina Hingis 6-4 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals; at Rome she beat Serena Williams 6-3 2-6 7-6 to reach the semi-finals. Clay is her best surface and Maria's worst. But Schnyder pulled out of Constantinople with a right-thigh strain.


8.5 Quarter-finals
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The seedings say Amélie Mauresmo, but Mauresmo is off-form after coming back from appendicitis, losing to Julia Vakulenko in 3r Berlin, Samantha Stosur in 2r Rome, and Anabel Medina Garrigues in the final of Strasbourg. And she always underperforms at Roland Garros.

So Maria could be in for a repeat of her Australian Open quarter-final against Anna Chakvetadze, which she won 7-6 7-5. Maria leads their head-to-head 3:0. They first played each other at the French Open 2005, which Maria won 6-1 6-4, but Anna's game has improved almost beyond recognition since then, and she's now a member of my Eternal Fanship.

Anna isn't firing on all cylinders at the moment, as she's been struggling in the claycourt-season with a right shoulder-strain. I just hope that her week off will have helped her shoulder to heal, and that she'll soon be back to the level she was at last autumn and earlier this year.

The other likely quarter-finalist is Lucie Šafářová, who upset Mauresmo 6-4 6-3 at the Australian Open, then enjoyed a trailblazing run to the final of WTA Paris, upsetting Nicole Vaidišová, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Justine Henin back to back.

Lucie's results have been more modest since WTA Paris, and her 6-4 6-0 semi-final loss to Victoria Azarenka at Estoril was particularly disappointing. But she did beat Anna 6-4 6-4 at Berlin.


Order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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May 27th, 2007, 10:29 AM
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May 27th, 2007, 10:55 AM
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andrewbroad
May 27th, 2007, 11:11 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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Contents
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I don't believe it! The BBC actually televised two beautiful East-European girls to the total exclusion of men's tennis today! :worship:

1. Photos
2. First-round results
3. First round: Pironkova v Williams TV-report
4. First round: Vesnina v Henin TV-report
5. Qualifying-results
6. First-round draw
7. Andrew's wishes
8. Order of play for Monday

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1. Photos
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Tsvetana Pironkova:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=pironkova

Elena Vesnina:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=vesnina

Yuliana Fedak:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=fedak

Search Getty Images for "fedak", "pironkova", "vesnina"

Various players including Iroda Tulyaganova (Qualifying round 1) and Tsvetana Pironkova (First round - day 1):
http://www.tennis.info/Paris7.html

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2. First-round results (Sunday 27th May)
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Beautiful losers:
- Tsvetana Pironkova lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [8], 7-5 1-6 1-6
- Elena Vesnina lt. JUSTINE HENIN [1], 4-6 3-6
- Yuliana Fedak lt. DINARA SAFINA [10], 5-7 4-6
- Aiko Nakamura [s] lt. Tamira Paszek, 4-6 0-6

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3. First round: Pironkova v Williams TV-report
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I saw the whole match on BBCi [Freeview 301].

Cute Tsvetana came onto Court Suzanne Lenglen looking quite nervous, but forced herself to smile. It was cold, and they had one of the longest warm-ups I've ever seen, which was just as well as I was struggling to get my tournament-preview posted before it started!

Tsvetana warmed up in tracksuit-bottoms, but took them off for the match.

Tsvetana has gone up in my opinion after what I saw today. When I watched her at Birmingham 2006, I found her very cute, but in tennis-terms she came across as a low-power grinder.

Well she has done plenty of grinding against Williams so far (for which Williams has rewarded her with plenty of unforced errors), but she also showed flashes of brilliance, with some flairsome power and spreading rallies.

Tsvetana has a weak serve, but she's been regularly breaking Williams to compensate. Williams has been hampered by the cold, windy, wet conditions, and is just trying to hit her way through it at the risk of unforced errors, while Tsvetana is taking a much more measured approach. She moves very well, so it's very difficult for Williams to overpower her on clay - especially in these conditions.

During the warm-up, the commentators seemed to be expecting Williams to win by a deplorable scoreline, but Tsvetana has a good chance for the upset if she doesn't get too nervous like she did between *5-2 and 5-5*.


First set
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PIRONKOV @*__@*@___@* 7
WILLIAMS __*@___@*@__ 5

Williams serving 0-0: 30/0. Tsvetana showed some aggressive hitting, forcing Williams into error. 30/15. Tsvetana backhand pass-winner down the line! 30/30. Williams netted a dropshot. 30/40 (BP). Tsvetana played a lovely rally finishing with a backhand drive-volley winner after opening up the court. First blood to Tsvetana!

Tsvetana serving 1-0: Service-winner. 15/0. Williams netted a backhand. 30/0. Williams netted a forehand. 40/0. Tsvetana netted. 40/15. Williams forehand wide.

Sam Smith said Tsvetana was a compact player, good off the ground, but with a weak serve.

John Lloyd said Williams wasn't grafting the points out, and was bothered by the wind, off-balance.

Williams serving 1-0: Tsvetana wasted a deep return with a tame netted backhand. 15/0. Tsvetana backhand return just long. 30/0. Tsvetana backhand very long - so was the rally. 40/0. Williams backhand just long. 40/15. Just when it looked like Williams was settling into the rallies, Tsvetana hit a flashy forehand winner down the line. 40/30. Williams netted a backhand. 40/40. Tsvetana netted a backhand, and Williams said a loud "c'mon". Ad Williams. She held with a forehand winner down the line, after a long rally.

Tsvetana is playing much better than when I watched her at Birmingham 2006 - hitting much harder, but also grinding out long rallies which are really getting to Williams.

Sam Smith: "This match is a real grind for Williams - no shortcuts against the Bulgarian."

Tsvetana serving 1-2: A deep forehand crosscourt return into the corner forced Tsvetana to earth a forehand. 0/15. Tsvetana serve + backhand pass-winner down the line. 15/15. Tsvetana netted a horrible sliced forehand. 15/30. Williams netted a forehand. 30/30. Williams netted a backhand. 40/30. Williams off-forehand drive-volley winner into the corner. 40/40. Tsvetana netted a forehand. Ad Williams (BP). Tsvetana opened up the court with a deep crosscourt forehand into the corner... but netted an easy backhand.

The commentators criticised Tsvetana's serve, saying it was the reason she's ranked as low as she is (#91).

Williams serving 2-2: Williams came to the net, and Tsvetana netted a backhand pass. 15/0. Williams went for a forehand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 15/15. Williams crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/15. A deep crosscourt forehand from Tsvetana forced Williams to earth a forehand. 30/30. Williams backhand wide - forced by a deep, fast return. 30/40 (BP). Tsvetana reinstated her break with a forehand pass-winner down the line, just beyond Williams's outstretched racket!

Sam Smith: "Got a great pair of feet, hasn't she?"
John Lloyd: "Moves very well for someone of 5'11."

Tsvetana serving 3-2: Williams netted a backhand return off a "slow dolly serve". 15/0. Williams forehand return just wide off a deep serve. 30/0. Tsvetana showed some hard hitting, and a deep forehand forced Williams into error. 40/0. Williams netted a backhand on the fourth stroke.

Williams serving 2-4: Tsvetana played a great spreading rally, forcing Williams to net a backhand. 0/15. Williams netted a wild forehand with a huge grunt. 0/30. A terrific rally, Williams hit a forehand wide - brilliant return from Tsvetana, and "soaking up the power" from Williams." 0/40. With wonderful hitting of flairsome power, Tsvetana won a great spreading rally to get the double break.

John Lloyd: "Serena Williams has no game-plan on clay - doesn't know what to do out here."

Tsvetana serving 5-2: Tsvetana backhand just long on the third stroke. 0/15. Some powerful hitting from Williams induced Tsvetana to overhit, and she shrugged her shoulders. 0/30. Williams forehand return-winner down the line - weak second serve. 0/40 (3 BPs). Williams netted a forehand return. 15/40. Another Williams error. 30/40. Williams backhand return just long. 40/40. Tsvetana hit a number of looping forehands down the line, and Williams hit a backhand long. Ad Tsvetana (SP #1). Tsvetana netted a forehand, and Williams screamed "c'mon". Deuce #2. Tsvetana backhand called long but overruled - replay. Williams hit a deep backhand followed by an off-forehand winner. Ad Williams (BP #4). Williams sprayed a wild backhand return wide - "just amazing" [John Lloyd]. Deuce #3. A deep shot from Williams forced Tsvetana to hit a backhand half-volley long. Ad Williams (BP #5). Double fault (wild second serve long).

Williams serving 3-5: Double fault. 0/15. Tsvetana netted a backhand. It's raining, but not hard enough to suspend play on clay. 15/15. Tsvetana forehand long. 30/15. A long rally ended with Tsvetana mishitting a forehand into the net. She groaned. 40/15. Ace.

John Lloyd: "No cheap points - it's all about the /mindset/ on clay."

Tsvetana serving 5-4: Williams netted a backhand on the fourth stroke. 15/0. Williams netted a forehand. 30/0. Double fault (second serve just long). 30/15. A very long rally ended with Williams hitting a backhand just wide. Sam Smith: "Huffing and puffing, but hasn't blown Pironkova's house down yet." 40/15 (SP #2). Tsvetana netted a forehand after a longish rally. Sam Smith: "It's like torture out here, isn't it?" 40/30 (SP #3). Williams asked for the match to be suspended, and was booed by the crowd. Williams hit a huge crosscourt backhand onto the sideline, forcing Tsvetana into error. 40/40. Service-winner (her fastest serve of the match so far). Ad Tsvetana (SP #4). Tsvetana netted a forehand and threw her racket. Sam Smith: "Forehand breaks down at the clutch-moments." Deuce #2. Tsvetana just long (umpire checked the mark). Ad Williams (BP). Williams forehand just wide. Sam Smith: "Heavy, slow, wet." Deuce #3. Tsvetana backhand long (forced by a hard, deep crosscourt backhand). Ad Williams (BP #2). Tsvetana forehand just long - broken back.

From *5-2 to 5-5*, four set-points spurned - Tsvetana is tight, and Williams is "the ultimate competitor."

Williams serving 5-5: Ace. 15/0. Williams backhand just long. 15/15. Williams netted a horrible attempt at a forehand dropshot. 15/30. Service-winner down the middle. 30/30. Tsvetana played a great spreading rally, finishing with an error-forcing crosscourt backhand volley, and pumped her fist. 30/40 (BP). Williams netted a backhand on the third stroke - Tsvetana's fourth break of the set, and she'll serve for it a third time!

John Lloyd suggested that Williams had underestimated Tsvetana, as well as struggling with the cold, windy, wet conditions.

It was really raining now, and Williams again asked for it to be suspended. She put her tracksuit-top on, but the umpire took about five minutes to decide to suspend the match while the players sat down again. John Lloyd: "This is ridiculous! On clay, unless it's raining /really/ hard, you should play on!"

This rain-delay isn't good for Tsvetana, because she had the momentum, and now she's going to have to go away and think about having to come out and serve for the set again.

Play resumed about six hours after it was suspended - despite Richard Williams complaining beforehand that his daughter might slip on a wet line and injure herself.

Richard Williams: "I don't think that girl - I can't remember her name - can play any better, and I don't think Serena can play any worse."

Tsvetana reminded me a lot of Daniela Hantuchová as she came back out - another tall, slender, pony-tailed brunette.

Sam Smith: "Very good groundstrokes, lovely movement, but doesn't serve well. Got very tight, didn't she, especially on the forehand-side."

Sam Smith compared the situation with Serena's loss to Jill Craybas at Wimbledon 2005, when she also had to play late in the evening.

Tsvetana resumed play in her tracksuit-top.

Tsvetana serving 6-5: Williams forehand just long - looked nervous and sluggish. 15/0. Williams netted a wild backhand return. 30/0. Williams netted a tight forehand return. 40/0 (SP #5). Williams forehand long - forced by a low-over-the-net backhand down the line from Tsvetana, who won the first set 7-5.

I clapped my hands and shouted "yes!"


Second set
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PIRONKOV @______ 1
WILLIAMS _@*@*@* 6

Williams serving 0-0: Williams opened up the court with a short, sharp angle to Tsvetana's backhand-sideline, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner into the wide gap. 15/0. Williams forehand just long. 15/15. Ace out wide. 30/15. Tsvetana netted a forehand. 40/15. Williams sprayed a backhand just wide. 40/30. Williams netted a tame backhand on the third stroke. 40/40. Williams netted a forehand. Ad Tsvetana (BP). Williams backhand long - great deep return from Tsvetana to break!

Tsvetana serving 1-0: Tsvetana hit a penetrating crosscourt backhand, forcing Williams into error. 15/0. Tsvetana hit a loopy forehand just long. 15/15. Williams stopped playing in the middle of the point because she thought the ball was out; Tsvetana hit a crosscourt forehand winner, but unfortunately Williams was right so she won the point. 15/30. Tsvetana netted a forehand. 15/40 (2 BPs). After a pathetic short second serve, Tsvetana sprayed a horrible forehand very long to give Williams the break back.

Williams serving 1-1: Williams's pace induced Tsvetana to net a backhand. 15/0. Tsvetana hit a sweet backhand winner down the line off a shoulder-high ball. 15/15. Tsvetana opened up the court beautifully with a crosscourt backhand, and hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. 15/30. Service-winner. 30/30. Tsvetana netted a wild forehand return. 40/30. Williams netted a backhand. 40/40. Williams hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner after a well-constructed rally. Ad Williams. Serve + crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline.

Sam Smith identified that game at the time as a potential turning-point.

Tsvetana serving 1-2: A netcord from Tsvetana gave Williams an easy backhand winner down the line. 0/15. Tsvetana hit an easy forehand smash-winner after a stinging one-two punch. 15/15. Tsvetana hit a horrible forehand halfway up the net. 15/30. Williams sprayed a forehand very long. 30/30. Williams off-forehand volley-winner. 30/40 (BP). Tsvetana netted a forehand, but to be honest she hit a backhand wide earlier in the point.

Williams serving 3-1: Williams forehand winner down the line, on the sideline. 15/0. Williams crosscourt backhand winner behind Tsvetana. 30/0. Williams hit a deep crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner into the corner. 40/0. Tsvetana backhand long.

Tsvetana serving 1-4: Williams forehand long. 15/0. Williams forehand winner down the line after forcing a short mini-lob from Tsvetana. 15/15. A great serve out wide, onto the sideline, forced Williams to net a forehand return. 30/15. A long, high-quality rally ended with a crosscourt backhand winner from Williams, and Tsvetana applauded. 30/30. Double fault. 30/40 (BP). Williams off-backhand winner after a short second serve gave her the initiative.

Williams serving 5-1: Just when she looked in control of her shots, Williams netted a forehand. 0/15. Tsvetana netted a backhand. 15/15. Tsvetana netted a forehand. 30/15. A good spreading rally from Williams forced Tsvetana into error. 40/15 (2 SPs). Ace out wide.

It's a very different Serena Williams now - powerful and in control of her shots.
John Lloyd: "She now has Pironkova on the run in almost every rally - a reversal of the first set, where her lack of length let Pironkova run /her/ around."


Third set
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PIRONKOV ___@___ 1
WILLIAMS @*@ @*@ 6

Pironkova serving 0-0: An amazing rally finished with Williams hitting a backhand volley pass-winner. Tsvetana threw her racket. 0/15. Tsvetana backhand wide, and dropped her racket again. 0/30. Tsvetana backhand winner down the line. She pumped her fist and shouted "aide!" 15/30. Williams hit a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline, after a long rally in which Tsvetana's forehand twice clipped the baseline. 15/40 (2 BPs). Williams forehand wide. 30/40. Double fault #4 (wild second serve long).

John Lloyd said Tsvetana's serve was such a liability that she should take six months off the Tour to remodel it, if it wouldn't be too late at age 19. It's a huge gamble,

Williams serving 1-0: Williams went for a backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 0/15. Tsvetana went for a forehand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 15/15. A pinpoint forehand down the line from Williams forced Tsvetana to net a one-handed backhand. 30/15. Virtual ace down the middle. 40/15. Tsvetana played a nice spreading rally, finishing with a crosscourt backhand winner right onto the junction of sideline and baseline! She pumped her fist and shouted "aide!" 40/30. Williams hit a forehand volley-winner on the fifth stroke.

Tsvetana serving 0-2: An acute-angled crosscourt backhand from Williams forced Tsvetana to net a backhand. 0/15. Tsvetana hit a fabulous off-forehand winner and shouted "aide!" 15/15. Williams blasted a crosscourt backhand winner and Tsvetana threw her racket after it. 15/30. Williams backhand winner down the line. 15/40 (2 BPs). Williams netted a backhand after some more hard hitting from Tsvetana. 30/40. Williams netted a backhand. 40/40. Tsvetana netted a backhand after a meaty rally from both players. Ad Williams (BP #3). Williams netted a forehand, and Tsvetana shouted "aide!" Deuce #2. Williams played a good spreading rally with a crosscourt forehand winner behind Tsvetana. Ad Williams (BP #4). Tsvetana's forehand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side.

Tsvetana may be going down, but I really admire the way she's at least doing so with all guns blazing. Some of her groundstrokes are unbelievably sharp and hard!

Williams serving 3-0: Double fault. 0/15. Williams netted a forehand after a long rally. 0/30. Tsvetana forehand return just wide. 15/30. Williams serve + crosscourt forehand winner. 30/30. Williams netted a backhand. 30/40 (BP). Williams netted a backhand after another long rally. Tsvetana breaks back!

Tsvetana serving 1-3: Williams opened up the court for a crosscourt forehand winner, but it was just wide - great lateral retrieval from Tsvetana! 15/0. Tsvetana backhand long. 15/15. A well-placed crosscourt backhand from Tsvetana forced Williams to net a backhand. 30/15. Double fault. Tsvetana rolled her head. 30/30. A short-angled crosscourt forehand forced Tsvetana to earth a forehand. 30/40 (BP). Williams crosscourt forehand winner off a netcord-dropshot from Tsvetana.

Williams serving 4-1: Williams backhand just long. 0/15. Tsvetana backhand just wide. 15/15. Tsvetana hit a backhand wide after a long rally with a lot of lateral running from both. 30/15. Williams forehand down the line off a crosscourt dropshot from Tsvetana. 40/15. A deep return into the corner forced Williams to earth a forehand. 40/30. Tsvetana netted a backhand after Williams gave her the runaround yet again.

Tsvetana serving 1-5: A great crosscourt forehand return forced Tsvetana to earth a forehand. 0/15. Williams netted a forehand off a deep, hard ball from Tsvetana. 15/15. A deep sliced backhand from Williams caught the outside edge of the baseline, forcing Tsvetana to net a backhand. 15/30. A short second serve got the treatment: a crosscourt backhand winner like a bullet from a gun. 15/40 (2 MPs). First serve into the net. Brave deep second serve: crosscourt forehand return just long - very late call!! 30/40 (MP #2). First serve into the net. Tsvetana, driven wide, went for a backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide. Williams won 5-7 6-1 6-1 at 19:42 CEST.


Williams quotes
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"Did she beat Venus a couple years ago in Australia? I personally would have propelled myself after that. So she's still at 91, so I don't know. It's hard to say.

"I'm a fighter. I've never gone down in the first round of a Grand Slam, and I didn't want that to change. I can breathe now. My goal is to stay not losing in the first round of a Grand Slam.

"I was also feeling that if I went down, there was a 99.9% chance she would lose in the next round. That helped me keep fighting. I couldn't lose on the Sunday, no way.

"The conditions were difficult. The rain really slows the court down. And she was obviously able to get more balls back because my balls weren't skidding as well as they could have. In the rain, it was really slick on the lines. Going back, it wasn't as rainy.

"I was already coming back when there was the [rain-]break, and there's no way I wouldn't have gone to at least three sets.

"I pretty much should have won that [first] set. I'm a perfectionist, and I'm always trying to make things perfect.

"I was feeling better in that third set, sliding better, playing the way I want to be playing on clay."

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4. First round: Vesnina v Henin TV-report
-----------------------------------------

BBCi joined this match after the end of Williams v Pironkova. Beautiful Elena Vesnina had lost the first set 6-4, but had led 3-1* in the second.

Elena serving 3-2: Deuce. Henin crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Henin (BP). Elena forehand just wide. Umpire checked the mark and confirmed the call - thus Henin broke back.

Cold though it was, Elena's dress exposed a lot of flesh on her shoulders and her back! :-)

Sam Smith: "One of those young, blonde, tall, strong Russians."

Henin serving 3-3 (new balls): Elena backhand just long. 15/0. Henin's depth forced Elena to earth a forehand. 30/0. Elena hit a screaming crosscourt forehand pass-winner after Henin forced her to retreat from the net with a sliced backhand down the line. 30/15. Elena forehand long. 40/15. Double fault. 40/30. Elena went for a backhand return-winner down the line, but it was just wide.

Elena serving 3-4: Elena hit a lot of sliced backhands, and hit a forehand lob long. 0/15. Elena sliced a backhand long - "just starting to unravel" [Sam Smith]. 0/30. Henin hit a sliced backhand winner behind Elena. 0/40 (3 BPs). Henin whipped a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline, which actually looked wide to me.

Sam Smith: "These young players make a big push in a match, but when it starts to go wrong, they fall apart, while the top players step it up to the next level."

Henin serving 5-3: Service-winner. 15/0. Henin netted a backhand. 15/15. A good backhand from Elena forced Henin to net a forehand. 15/30. Forehand return wide. 30/30. Henin unleashed a backhand winner down the line. 40/30 (MP). Henin hit a crosscourt backhand winner behind Elena. Henin won 6-4 6-3.


Henin quotes
------------

"I think she played a very good match, but at the end I decided to be a tougher player. Winning's all that matters today. It was a bit tiring to play in these weather-conditions.

"I almost panicked when Safin finished and the covers were still off. Then when we played, it was very difficult. It was very damp and humid, almost like stormy conditions."

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5. Qualifying-results
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5.1 First round (Wednesday 23rd May)
---------------

Nice winner, nice loser:
+ Alina Jidkova d. VIRGINIA RUANO PASCUAL [1], 6-3 2-6 6-2
+ TIMEA BACSINSZKY [8] d. Marta Domachowska, 6-3 6-2

What rocked:
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [12] d. Ivana Lisjak, 2-6 7-5 6-0
+ VIKTORIYA KUTUZOVA [23] d. Ekaterina Ivanova, 7-6 (7/3) 6-2
+ KLÁRA ZAKOPALOVÁ [16] d. Nathalie Vierin, 6-4 6-3
+ Maret Ani d. Ivana Abramović, 6-1 6-3
+ Tatiana Perebiynis d. Sanja Ančić
+ HSIEH,SU-WEI [13,S] d. Stéphanie Vongsouthi [WC], 6-3 6-4
+ Laura Pous Tio d. Julie Ditty, 6-1 7-5

What sucked:
- IRODA TULYAGANOVA [19,EF] lt. Angelika Bachmann, 2-6 3-6
- Marina Eraković lt. Margit Rüütel, 4-6 1-6
- Ayumi Morita [s] lt. Anne Keothavong, 5-7 4-6
- SANDRA ZÁHLAVOVÁ [20] lt. Yuan,Meng, 1-6 0-6
- Paola Suárez lt. ALLA KUDRYAVTSEVA [4], 5-7 3-6
- Amanda Keen lt. OLGA SAVCHUK [18], 7-6 (7/4) 6-7 (4/7) 1-6


5.2 Second round (Thursday 24th May)
----------------

Nice winner, nice loser:
+ TIMEA BACSINSZKY [8] d. Stéphanie Dubois, 6-1 6-1
+ Laura Pous Tio d. VIKTORIYA KUTUZOVA [23], 3-6 2-6 (not so nice)

What rocked:
+ Alina Jidkova d. María José Martínez Sánchez, 7-5 6-1
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [12] d. Andreja Klepac, 6-1 3-6 6-4
+ Maret Ani d. GALINA VOSKOBOEVA [6], 4-6 6-2 6-1
+ HSIEH,SU-WEI [13,S] d. Madison Brengle [WC], 3-6 6-2 6-3

What sucked:
- KLÁRA ZAKOPALOVÁ [16] lt. Mariya Koryttseva, 1-6 6-2 4-6
- Tatiana Perebiynis lt. Angelika Bachmann, 6-4 3-6 8-10


5.3 Third round (Friday 25th/Saturday 26th May)
---------------

Nice winner, nice loser:
+ HSIEH,SU-WEI [13,S] d. Maret Ani, 2-6 6-3 6-4

What rocked:
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [12] d. Yuan,Meng, 7-5 6-2
+ TIMEA BACSINSZKY [8] d. Anda Perianu, 6-0 6-4

What sucked:
- Alina Jidkova lt. Mariya Koryttseva, 2-6 7-5 4-6
- Laura Pous Tio lt. ÁGNES SZÁVAY [3], 2-6 1-6

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6. First-round draw (Sunday's losers removed)
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6.1 Top quarter
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] won
* Tamira Paszek won
* Tamarine Tanasugarn v Casey Dell'Acqua [WC]
* MARA SANTANGELO [28] v Agnieszka Radwańska

* Roberta Vinci v SYBILLE BAMMER [20] (forza Roberta!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v Olga Savchuk [Q] (davai Yaroslava!)
* Pauline Parmentier [WC] v Mariya Koryttseva [Q]
* Sandra Klösel v LI,NA [16]

* DINARA SAFINA [10] won
* Melinda Czink v Tzipora Obziler
* Timea Bacsinszky [Q] v Zheng,Jie (hopp Timea!)
* Yvonne Meusburger v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]

* SÉVERINE BRÉMOND [31] v Michaëlla Krajíček (both nice, but I don't like Michaëlla's new hairstyle so allez Séverine!)
* Olivia Sánchez [WC] v Shenay Perry
* Milagros Sequera v Virginie Razzano
* SERENA WILLIAMS [8] won


6.2 Second quarter: Vaidišová
-----------------------------

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v Stéphanie Foretz [WC]
* Catalina Castaño v Emma Laine [LL]
* Ashley Harkleroad v Aleksandra Wozniak (go Ashley!)
* Alizé Cornet [WC] v VENUS WILLIAMS [26] (allez Alizé!)

* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaï (both nice - peut la meilleure le gagner!)
* Jarmila Gajdošová v Andrea Petković [Q]
* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld (allez Mathilde!)
* Angelique Kerber v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13]

* NADIA PETROVA [11] v Kveta Peschke [Q]
* Anastasiya Yakimova v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]
* Nuria Llagostera Vives v Anna Smashnova
* Akiko Morigami [s] v TATHIANA GARBIN [19] (ganbatte Akiko!)

* SAMANTHA STOSUR [27] v Jamea Jackson
* Maria Kirilenko [DF] v Maria Elena Camerin (both nice, but my loyalty is to Kirilenko)
* Akgul Amanmuradova [Q] v Vania King
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v Emmanuelle Gagliardi (pojďme Nicole!)


6.3 Third quarter: Hantuchová
-----------------------------

* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Sofia Arvidsson [LL] (ajde Ana!)
* Sania Mirza v Alberta Brianti (go Sania!)
* Tatiana Poutchek v Youlia Fedossova [WC]
* JULIA VAKULENKO [30] v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q] (davai Julia!)

* Varvara Lepchenko v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] (davai Varvara!)
* Elena Likhovtseva v Chan,Yung-Jan (davai Elena!)
* Olga Poutchkova v Eleni Daniilidou (davai Olga!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Jelena Kostanić Tošić (poďme Daniela!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v Kaia Kanepi (kadima Shahar!)
* Edina Gallovits v Vasilisa Bardina
* Vera Dushevina v Camille Pin
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] v Anastasia Rodionova (dajmo Katarina!)

* MARTINA MÜLLER [32] v Rossana de los Ríos [Q]
* Dominika Cibulková [Q] v Sun,Tiantian (poďme Dominika!)
* Anastasia Myskina v Meghann Shaughnessy (davai Anastasia!)
* Ekaterina Bychkova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (davai Ekaterina!)


6.4 Bottom quarter: Chakvetadze, Sharapova
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* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5] v Laura Granville
* Caroline Wozniacki v Nathalie Dechy
* Flavia Pennetta [DF] v Nicole Pratt (forza Flavia!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v Yulia Beygelzimer (pojďme Lucie!)

* AI SUGIYAMA [21] v Eva Birnerová
* Romina Oprandi v Meilen Tu
* Anne Kremer v Ágnes Szávay [Q]
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Alicia Molik (davai Anna!)

* Martina Suchá v PATTY SCHNYDER [14] (poďme Martina!)
* Zuzana Ondrášková v Kateryna Bondarenko (pojďme Zuzana!)
* Karin Knapp v Victoria Azarenka
* Iveta Benešová v ALYONA BONDARENKO [22] (both nice; my loyalty is to Iveta)

* GISELA DULKO [29,DF] v Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] (¡vamos Gisela!)
* Julia Schruff v Alla Kudryavtseva [Q]
* Lourdes Domínguez Lino v Jill Craybas
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Emilie Loit (davai Maria!)

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7. Andrew's wishes (updated after Sunday)
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7.1 Second round: Top half
--------------------------

Nice winner, nice loser:
+ Ashley Harkleroad d. Alizé Cornet [WC]
+ Roberta Vinci d. Yaroslava Shvedova
+ Mathilde Johansson [WC] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13]

The Land of Sweet Demise:
+ Maria Kirilenko [DF] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [27]
+ Timea Bacsinszky [Q] d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]

Routine wins for:
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF]
* (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaï)
* SÉVERINE BRÉMOND [31]
* Akiko Morigami [s]


7.2 Second round: Bottom half
-----------------------------

Nice winner, nice loser:
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Olga Poutchkova
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. Flavia Pennetta [DF]
+ Sania Mirza [DF] d. ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF]
+ Anastasia Myskina d. Ekaterina Bychkova
+ Martina Suchá d. Zuzana Ondrášková
+ Varvara Lepchenko d. Elena Likhovtseva

The Land of Sweet Demise:
+ Caroline Wozniacki d. AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5]
+ Dominika Cibulková [Q] d. MARTINA MÜLLER [32]

Routine wins for:
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]
* GISELA DULKO [29,DF]
* Iveta Benešová
* SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
* JULIA VAKULENKO [30]
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17]


7.3 Third-round wishes (in draw-order)
----------------------

+ MARA SANTANGELO [28] d. JUSTINE HENIN [1]
+ Roberta Vinci d. LI,NA [16]
+ Timea Bacsinszky [Q] d. DINARA SAFINA [10]
+ SÉVERINE BRÉMOND [31] d. SERENA WILLIAMS [8]

+ Ashley Harkleroad d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaï) d. Mathilde Johansson [WC]
+ Akiko Morigami [s] d. NADIA PETROVA [11]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Maria Kirilenko [DF]

+ Sania Mirza d. JULIA VAKULENKO [30]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Varvara Lepchenko
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [15] d. KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17]
* Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q] (may the better win!)

+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. Caroline Wozniacki
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. AI SUGIYAMA [21]
+ Iveta Benešová d. Martina Suchá
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. GISELA DULKO [29,DF]


7.4 Fourth-round wishes
-----------------------

+ Roberta Vinci d. MARA SANTANGELO [28]
+ SÉVERINE BRÉMOND [31] d. Timea Bacsinszky [Q]
+ (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaï) d. Ashley Harkleroad
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Akiko Morigami [s]

+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Sania Mirza
+ (3r: Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q]) d. SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. Iveta Benešová


7.5 Quarter-final wishes
------------------------

+ SÉVERINE BRÉMOND [31] d. Roberta Vinci
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaï)
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. (3r: Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q])
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]


7.6 Semi-final wishes
---------------------

+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. SÉVERINE BRÉMOND [31]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF]

My Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria because in reality the other semi-final would be Henin v Janković. Besides, a Maria v Nicole showdown is long overdue, and what better occasion than a Grand Slam final?


7.7 Final wish
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]

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8. Order of play for Monday
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Court 1 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 1r: NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO [4] v Stefano Galvani
2. WS 1r: Milagros Sequera v Virginie Razzano
3. MS 1r: Radek Štěpánek v FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ [5]
4. WS 1r: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v Emmanuelle Gagliardi

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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andrewbroad
May 28th, 2007, 10:09 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round results
3. First round TV-report: Cornet v Williams
4. First-round draw
5. Andrew's wishes
6. Order of play for Tuesday


Today for Nicole was a pain
She had to wait for the rain
But tomorrow she'll volley
And then we'll be jolly
And Gagli. will be on a plane

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1. Photos
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Ashley Harkleroad:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=harkleroad

Séverine Brémond:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=bremond

Alizé Cornet:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=cornet
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaqi91.html

Michaëlla Krajíček:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaqd60.html
(and do the Brémond searches)

Maria Kirilenko and various players:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

Search Getty Images for "cornet", "bremond"

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2. First-round results (Monday 28th May)
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Nice winners, nice losers:
+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. SÉVERINE BRÉMOND [31], 6-3 6-3
* Maria Kirilenko leads Maria Elena Camerin, 6-3 *5-0

Nice winner:
+ Ashley Harkleroad d. Aleksandra Wozniak, 6-2 7-6 (7/1)

Nice losers:
- Alizé Cornet lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [26], 4-6 3-6
- Akiko Morigami lt. TATHIANA GARBIN [19], 6-7 (2/7) 4-6

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3. First round TV-report: Cornet v Williams
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I saw the whole match on BBCi [Freeview 301]. It's the third women's match in a row to be televised by the BBC this tournament - they had yet to show a men's match, LOL!

It was my first time to see 17-year-old Alizé Cornet play. She competed well, drawing Williams into many long rallies, but lacked weapons apart from a couple of times when she did decide to unleash some stinging groundstrokes.

The match was a prime example of how clay neuters the power-players - especially in these cold, damp conditions, which make the ball fly slowly through the air. Williams always looked like she should be able to overpower Alizé, and sometimes her sheer pace and depth were indeed too much for the little French girl to handle, but a lot of times Alizé looked as comfortable as if she were playing against a clone of herself - which certainly wouldn't have been the case, had they been playing on grass.

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/match_reports/2007-05-28/200705281180361830968.html
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Venus overcomes Cornet
By Matthew Cronin
Monday, May 28, 2007

In a difficult yet entertaining contest, 2002 finalist Venus Williams overcame an inspired Alizé Cornet of France 6-4 6-3 to move into the second round on Monday.

In a match that started late due to rain, and ended just before another wet system rolled into Paris, Williams was the steadier and more advantageous player on the day, as Cornet was rarely able to come up winning shots on the big points.

While Cornet consistently challenged Williams with a colourful foray of strokes from the baseline, she often went for too much from inferior positions during break- and game-points. Then 17-year-old showed off a pretty topspin forehand and hard two-handed backhand to back up her quick feet, but her lack of experience at Grand Slams proved to be her undoing.

For her part, the 26-year-old Williams had trouble with her footing, which often induced her into errors, but was fairly sound at the net and consistent in crosscourt rallies. The five-time Grand Slam champion often vacillated between playing patiently and going for her shots, but found a better rhythm in the second set and struck her groundstrokes more cleanly.
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http://www.teamwta.com/content/view/991/2/
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Williams Pushed To Limits By French Teenager
Written by Claire Mayer
Monday, 28 May 2007

French teenager Alizé Cornet may have lost 6-4 6-3 to Venus Williams in the first round of the French Open, but she didn't leave the tournament without making an impression. We may just have caught a glimpse of the future of French tennis.

She's a feisty little thing, Alizé Cornet. Just ask Venus Williams. Ranked 118th in the world, fresh out of the world of the Juniors, the French teenager should have been a walkover for the former world number one. Instead, Williams got a closely contended first round with an opponent everybody is starting to notice.

There are two things one should know when playing Alizé Cornet. The first is she's extremely fast. The second is she will go after her opponent "like a pitbull runs after the postman", courtesy of Eurosport France. Venus Williams would hardly disagree. The French teenager ran down almost every shot Williams came up with, and managed to take away the power Williams normally relied on to beat her opponents. It was closely contested match, and Venus Williams had to work hard to beat the up and rising teenager.

It was impressive to see Cornet taking the play to Williams. Even down 3-1 in the first set, Cornet brought the game to Williams, and managed to level at 4-4. Cornet had, as the commentators put it, "broken the serve of one of the greatest servers in the women's game". Frustrated that Cornet wouldn't just 'go away', Williams was forced to take her game to another level, and only when she was playing her absolute best did the American manage to win the first set 6-4 in a little over 40 minutes.

The second set looked to be a repeat of the 1st, with Williams roaring ahead to lead 2-0, but again Cornet's defensive skills and feisty attitude permitted the French teenager to come back to 2-2. It looked as though Cornet would even break Williams to lead 3-2, but an unforgiving net, and improved performance from Williams, meant that again it was the American who rushed ahead to a 5-2 lead. Serving to stay in the set, Cornet managed to reduce the score to 5-3. For a moment it looked like Cornet might produce the impossible, but Williams proved to be ruthless and rushed to close the set, and match, at 6-4 6-3.

There are elements of Cornet's game which need improving. Her serve was one of the weaker aspects of the game, and her shot selection wasn't almost up to par. However, her backhand proved to be very solid, and her defensive skills were equally impressive. If she continues her good form, Alizé Cornet will definitely be a player to look out for in the future.
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Alizé looked nervous coming onto court, but forced herself to smile.

Sam Smith described Alizé as "very feisty, great attitude".

They had a very long warm-up, only to be rained off before the match could start - one for Mark Petchey's "most entertaining warm-ups" archive, for sure! ;-)


First set
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CORNET _*__@ @*__ 4
WILLIA * *@ @__*@ 6

Williams serving 0-0: Service-winner. 15/0. Williams off-backhand wide. 15/15. Williams hit a wild forehand long after forcing a very short ball from Alizé. 15/30. Alizé ran around her backhand to hit a forehand return, and paid the price as Williams hit a crosscourt forehand winner into the gap she left. 30/30. Alizé painted the sideline with a pinpoint forehand winner down the line. 30/40 (BP). Serve + off-forehand winner. 40/40. Williams worked her way into the net to hit an easy forehand volley-winner on the fifth stroke. Ad Williams. Backhand return long.

Alizé serving 0-1: Williams netted a forehand return. 15/0. Alizé forehand winner into Williams's forehand-corner. 30/0. Williams netted a backhand return. 40/0. A short second serve went unpunished as Williams sprayed a wild backhand very long on the fourth stroke.

A much easier hold for Alizé than for Williams!

Williams serving 1-1: Alizé mishit a forehand wide. 15/0. Service-winner. 30/0. Alizé netted a backhand after a brief rally. 40/0. Ace out wide.

That's the trouble with women's tennis on clay - it's serve-dominated! ;-)

Sam Smith: "I don't think Cornet will have seen many serves like that on the junior-circuit!"

Alizé serving 1-2: Double fault. 0/15. Williams crosscourt backhand winner. 0/30. Williams hit a wild forehand return long. 15/30. Williams forehand winner down the line - just too much sheer power for Alizé. 15/40 (2 BPs). Alizé forehand long - Williams beginning to move her around the court.

Williams serving 3-1: Service-winner. 15/0. Ace out wide. 30/0. Alizé hit a delectable forehand drop-volley winner crosscourt. 30/15. Williams's backhand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. Barry Davies: "It's a French net of course!" 30/30. A deep ball from Williams rushed Alizé into hitting a backhand wide. 40/30. Williams backhand just long. 40/40. Williams forehand wide. Ad Alizé (BP). Double fault (second serve long). Alizé breaks back!

Barry Davies [re. Williams]: "She's hitting it sweetly, but she wants to hit it quickly."
Sam Smith [re. Alizé]: "So far, she's playing this absolutely right."

It's quite windy.

Alizé serving 2-3: Service-winner - "beautifully placed" [Barry Davies]. 15/0. Alizé forehand wide. Sam Smith: "Well, she missed, but she had to go for it." 15/15. Double fault #2 (second serve into the net). 15/30. Alizé hit a dreadful forehand ž up the net. 30/30. Williams forehand return long. 30/40 (BP). A long baseline-rally ended with Williams opening up the court for a forehand winner down the line (I think Alizé hit the baseline twice early on in that rally).

Williams hits much harder than Cornet, but with enough errors - particularly on the forehand - to keep the score close.
Sam Smith [re. Alizé]: "Lacks a big shot, which may hinder her long-term development. Doesn't have too much to hurt Venus out here."

Williams serving 4-2: Williams had the initiative at the net, but netted a high forehand volley off a crosscourt forehand pass from Alizé. 15/0. Williams netted a backhand. 15/15. Williams forehand long. 15/30. A low dipping pass forced Williams into error. 15/40. I know I messed the score for that game because I was interrupted, but where?

Alizé serving 3-4: Williams forehand return long. 15/0. Williams netcord-winner. 15/15. Williams backhand wide. 30/15. Williams netted a forehand after a longish rally. Barry Davies: "Superb length /under pressure/ from Cornet. Finding the width /and/ the length." 40/15. Another wayward forehand return allowed Alizé to level.

Williams serving 4-4: Double fault (second serve long). 0/15. Williams hit a blazing crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline, but it was called wide. 0/30. Serve + forehand winner down the line. 15/30. Alizé tried to spread Williams with a crosscourt forehand + off-forehand, but the latter was just wide. 30/30. Williams sprayed a wild backhand long, and I think Alizé said "allez". 30/40 (BP). After some good retrieving, Alizé's forehand clipped the netcord and fell back on her own side. 40/40. A poor dropshot was Alizé's undoing as it bounced nice and high for Williams to hit a crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Williams. Alizé hit a backhand very long, and emitted a loud, high-pitched scream!

Alizé serving 4-5 (new balls): Williams netted a forehand. 15/0. Alizé netted a backhand after a long rally. Sam Smith: "She's making herself difficult to beat. She's playing the ball, not the superstar down the other end of the court." 15/15. Williams netted a forehand after a long rally. Barry Davies: "Williams with the big stride, and her opponent with very quick feet." Sam Smith: "Reading the game so well." 15/30. Alizé sprayed a wild backhand long, which would have given her two game-points. 30/30. Williams forehand long. 40/30. Alizé forehand wide after a long rally. 40/40. Williams netted a forehand off an awkward low-bouncing forehand from Alizé. Ad Alizé. Williams took the initiative, came to the net and hit a down-the-line backhand volley-winner onto the baseline. Deuce #2. Alizé backhand long. Ad Williams (SP #1). Alizé bravely came to the net, but Williams hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner onto the sideline.


Second set
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CORNET __@*___*_ 3
WILLIA *@__*@* * 6

Williams serving 0-0: Williams crosscourt forehand winner - Alizé did leave an unprotected gap. 15/0. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/15. Williams came to the net but had to retreat, but came back in and hit a forehand volley-winner. 30/15. Williams backhand long. 30/30. Williams crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30. Double fault (second serve clipped the netcord and fell long). 40/40. Alizé opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand, and hit a crosscourt backhand virtual winner - lovely grunting too in that point, and she almost lost her footing at one point! Ad Alizé (BP). Williams came to the net with a deep approach, forcing Alizé to hit a wild forehand lob wide. Deuce #2. Alizé came to the net, but not in a controlled way, and netted a backhand volley that she couldn't get her racket on properly. Ad Williams. Alizé sprayed a wild forehand return long. 9-minute game.

Alizé serving 0-1: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Alizé started hitting the ball harder, then hit a surprise-dropshot forehand winner from the baseline! 15/15. Alizé sprayed a backhand wide on the third stroke - "barely finished her seing and the return was back at her" [Sam Smith]. 15/30. Williams forehand long. 30/30. Alizé netted a forehand (forced by Williams coming to the net behind a short, low-bouncing sliced backhand). 30/40 (BP). A short second serve got the treatment it deserved: a backhand return-winner down the line.

Alizé has now lost four games in a row (from 4-4 in the first).

Barry Davies: "Suddenly there's a runaway train on Philippe Chatrier Court: Venus Williams playing too well for a gutsy French opponent."

Williams serving 2-0: Alizé forehand long. 15/0. Williams forehand long on the third stroke. 15/15. Williams netted a dreadful backhand and emitted a little squeal. 15/30. A fast, deep, low-bouncing backhand down the line forced Alizé to miss a forehand. 30/30. Williams's forehand clipped the netcord and fell back on her own side. 30/40 (BP). Saved with a huge service-winner down the middle. 40/40. Alizé hit by far her biggest shot of the match so far: a crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Alizé (BP #2). She sprayed a forehand wide, with a cute little squeal. Deuce #2. Despite the depth of Williams forcing Alizé to scramble around way behind the baseline, Alizé almost hit a backhand winner onto the sideline - but the umpire checked the mark and called it wide. Ad Williams. She hit long, and Alizé said "allez!". Deuce #3. Williams netted a backhand. Ad Alizé (BP #3). Williams hit a backhand long after a long rally to give Alizé the break back! She pumped her fist.

Alizé serving 1-2: Williams netted a backhand. 15/0. Double fault (twice into the net). Alizé rolled her eyes. 15/15. Service-winner. 30/15. Williams backhand just long. 40/15. Williams crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30. Service-winner. Alizé shouted "allez!" and pumped her fist.

This match has suddenly resumed the competitive complexion of the first set.

Sam Smith: "You cannot fault her attitude. From the first point, she's been fighting and competing. She's standing up to Venus Williams."

Williams serving 2-2: Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. 15/0. Williams netted a backhand. 15/15. A big first serve forced Alizé to hit a forehand wide. 30/15. Alizé hit a searing crosscourt backhand winner! Sam Smith: "She flattens out this backhand, able to put much more speed on it." 30/30. And a huge crosscourt forehand winner from Alizé! Where was this power earlier in the match? 30/40 (BP). Back to her usual counterpunching self, Alizé netted a backhand. 40/40. Williams came to the net, but a low-over-the-net backhand down the line from Alizé forced Williams to net a forehand volley. Ad Alizé (BP). Service-winner. Deuce #2. Alizé went for a huge backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide. Ad Williams. Alizé sprayed a forehand wide after playing a long, gallant rally.

Alizé serving 2-3: Williams played a good spreading rally, finishing with an error-forcing off-forehand volley. 0/15. Alizé went for an off-backhand winner onto the sideline, but it was just wide. 0/30. Williams went for a forehand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 15/30. Williams went for a crosscourt forehand winner, and made it just inside the sideline. 15/40 (2 BPs). Williams hit a thunderous forehand smash-winner off a skyscraper-lob from Alizé.

Williams serving 4-2: Alizé hit a nice crosscourt backhand pass-winner just inside the sideline, off a crosscourt backhand approach from Williams. 0/15. Williams forced Alizé to hoist a defensive lob, and hit a forehand smash-winner. 15/15. Huge, deep first-serve service-winner. 30/15. Williams fired a backhand winner down the line, just inside the sideline. 40/15. Service-winner.

This match looks nearly over, but there are some nasty-looking grey clouds in the sky above Roland Garros.

Barry Davies: "Cornet has played her A++ game just about all the way through."

Alizé serving 2-5: Williams netted a backhand. 15/0. Double fault #5 (pathetic second serve into the net). 15/15. Williams netted a forehand. 30/15. Williams forehand wide - "to call that shot wild is an inadequate description" [Barry Davies]. 40/15. A crosscourt forehand onto the sideline from Williams forced Alizé to hit a forehand wide. 40/30. Alizé played a lovely spreading rally: forehand down the line + crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline forced Williams to hit a forehand long.

Williams serving 5-3: Williams hit a huge crosscourt forehand virtual winner. 15/0. Williams forced Alizé back on her heels to hit a lob that landed on her own side of the net. 30/0. Alizé forehand long. She shook her head. 40/0 (3 MPs). Alizé hit a backhand just long on the fourth stroke.

And it finished just in time (though not from Alizé's perspective, I suppose), because then the rain came down heavily and they put the covers on!

Sam Smith said Alizé would be a good bet for the Girls' Singles.


Quotes from on-court interviews
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Venus Williams: "She has a great future ahead of her."

Alizé Cornet: "Une trčs, trčs belle expérience. J'ai trčs bien joué."


Quotes from press-conferences
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Venus Williams: "I had some chances to really take the match, but she always came back. Sometimes the first round can be like that. I definitely was really clear - especially toward the end - on how I wanted to execute.

"She definitely returned a lot of balls, but this is clay, and I have to expect that. And maybe she was surprised that I was returning so many balls, too. And I'm ready to play a lot of shots. And I think my movement is really good, and my slide is fine. Even if the point doesn't go the way I want to, I'm having a lot of fun because I'm getting to do what I love to do."


Alizé Cornet: "I went onto court without pressure, with no complex. I started the match very well. I have no regrets - she is a great champion."

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4. First-round draw (Sunday and Monday's losers removed)
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4.1 Top quarter
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] won
* Tamira Paszek won
* Tamarine Tanasugarn v Casey Dell'Acqua [WC]
* MARA SANTANGELO [28] v Agnieszka Radwańska

* Roberta Vinci v SYBILLE BAMMER [20] (forza Roberta!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v Olga Savchuk [Q] (davai Yaroslava!)
* Pauline Parmentier [WC] v Mariya Koryttseva [Q]
* LI,NA [16] won

* DINARA SAFINA [10] won
* Melinda Czink v Tzipora Obziler
* Timea Bacsinszky [Q] v Zheng,Jie (hopp Timea!)
* Yvonne Meusburger v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]

* Michaëlla Krajíček won
* Olivia Sánchez [WC] v Shenay Perry
* Milagros Sequera v Virginie Razzano
* SERENA WILLIAMS [8] won


4.2 Second quarter: Vaidišová
-----------------------------

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v Stéphanie Foretz [WC]
* Catalina Castańo v Emma Laine [LL]
* Ashley Harkleroad won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [26] won

* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď (both nice - peut la meilleure le gagner!)
* Jarmila Gajdošová v Andrea Petković [Q]
* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld (allez Mathilde!)
* Angelique Kerber v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13]

* NADIA PETROVA [11] v Kveta Peschke [Q]
* Anastasiya Yakimova v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]
* Nuria Llagostera Vives v Anna Smashnova
* TATHIANA GARBIN [19] won

* SAMANTHA STOSUR [27] won
* Maria Kirilenko [DF] v Maria Elena Camerin (both nice, but my loyalty is to Kirilenko)
* Akgul Amanmuradova [Q] v Vania King
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v Emmanuelle Gagliardi (pojďme Nicole!)


4.3 Third quarter: Hantuchová
-----------------------------

* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Sofia Arvidsson [LL] (ajde Ana!)
* Sania Mirza v Alberta Brianti (go Sania!)
* Tatiana Poutchek v Youlia Fedossova [WC]
* JULIA VAKULENKO [30] v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q] (davai Julia!)

* Varvara Lepchenko v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] (davai Varvara!)
* Elena Likhovtseva v Chan,Yung-Jan (davai Elena!)
* Olga Poutchkova v Eleni Daniilidou (davai Olga!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Jelena Kostanić Tošić (poďme Daniela!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v Kaia Kanepi (kadima Shahar!)
* Edina Gallovits v Vasilisa Bardina
* Vera Dushevina v Camille Pin
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] v Anastasia Rodionova (dajmo Katarina!)

* MARTINA MÜLLER [32] v Rossana de los Ríos [Q]
* Dominika Cibulková [Q] v Sun,Tiantian (poďme Dominika!)
* Anastasia Myskina v Meghann Shaughnessy (davai Anastasia!)
* Ekaterina Bychkova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (davai Ekaterina!)


4.4 Bottom quarter: Chakvetadze, Sharapova
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* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5] v Laura Granville
* Caroline Wozniacki v Nathalie Dechy
* Flavia Pennetta [DF] v Nicole Pratt (forza Flavia!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v Yulia Beygelzimer (pojďme Lucie!)

* AI SUGIYAMA [21] v Eva Birnerová
* Romina Oprandi v Meilen Tu
* Anne Kremer v Ágnes Szávay [Q]
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Alicia Molik (davai Anna!)

* Martina Suchá v PATTY SCHNYDER [14] (poďme Martina!)
* Zuzana Ondrášková v Kateryna Bondarenko (pojďme Zuzana!)
* Karin Knapp v Victoria Azarenka
* Iveta Benešová v ALYONA BONDARENKO [22] (both nice; my loyalty is to Iveta)

* GISELA DULKO [29,DF] v Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* Julia Schruff v Alla Kudryavtseva [Q]
* Lourdes Domínguez Lino v Jill Craybas
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Emilie Loit (davai Maria!)

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5. Andrew's wishes (updated after Monday)
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5.1 Second round: Top half
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ Roberta Vinci d. Yaroslava Shvedova
+ Mathilde Johansson [WC] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13]

The Land of Sweet Demise:
+ Ashley Harkleroad d. VENUS WILLIAMS [26]
+ Maria Kirilenko [DF] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [27]
+ Timea Bacsinszky [Q] d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]

Routine wins for:
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF]
* (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď)
* Michaëlla Krajíček


5.2 Second round: Bottom half
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Olga Poutchkova
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. Flavia Pennetta [DF]
+ Sania Mirza [DF] d. ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF]
+ Anastasia Myskina d. Ekaterina Bychkova
+ Martina Suchá d. Zuzana Ondrášková
+ Varvara Lepchenko d. Elena Likhovtseva

The Land of Sweet Demise:
+ Caroline Wozniacki d. AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5]
+ Dominika Cibulková [Q] d. MARTINA MÜLLER [32]

Routine wins for:
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]
* GISELA DULKO [29,DF]
* Iveta Benešová
* SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
* JULIA VAKULENKO [30]
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17]


5.3 Third-round wishes (in draw-order)
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+ MARA SANTANGELO [28] d. JUSTINE HENIN [1]
+ Roberta Vinci d. LI,NA [16]
+ Timea Bacsinszky [Q] d. DINARA SAFINA [10]
+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. SERENA WILLIAMS [8]

+ Ashley Harkleroad d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď) d. Mathilde Johansson [WC]
+ NADIA PETROVA [11] d. TATHIANA GARBIN [19]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Maria Kirilenko [DF]

+ Sania Mirza d. JULIA VAKULENKO [30]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Varvara Lepchenko
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [15] d. KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17]
* Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q] (may the better win!)

+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. Caroline Wozniacki
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. AI SUGIYAMA [21]
+ Iveta Benešová d. Martina Suchá
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. GISELA DULKO [29,DF]


5.4 Fourth-round wishes
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+ Roberta Vinci d. MARA SANTANGELO [28]
+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. Timea Bacsinszky [Q]
+ (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď) d. Ashley Harkleroad
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. NADIA PETROVA [11]

+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Sania Mirza
+ (3r: Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q]) d. SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. Iveta Benešová


5.5 Quarter-final wishes
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+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. Roberta Vinci
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. (1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď)
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. (3r: Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q])
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]


5.6 Semi-final wishes
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Michaëlla Krajíček
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF]

My Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria because in reality the other semi-final would be Henin v Janković. Besides, a Maria v Nicole showdown is long overdue, and what better occasion than a Grand Slam final?


5.7 Final wish
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]

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6. Order of play for Tuesday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v Emmanuelle Gagliardi
2. MS 1r: ROGER FEDERER [1] v Michael Russell, 6-4 4-1 to finish
3. WS 1r: MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Aravane Rezaď
4. MS 1r: MARCOS BAGHDATIS [16] v Sébastien Grosjean
5. MS 1r: Juan Martín del Potro v RAFAEL NADAL [2]

Wow, Nicole on the Roland Garros equivalent of Centre Court! :-) But I've got a bad feeling that BBCi are going to show Janković v Foretz (Court Lenglen) instead - I hope I'm wrong, but Janković is the one the media are hyping as a dark horse for the title, while they seem to have forgotten Nicole's trailblazing run to the semis last year! :-||

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/


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(6) Nicole Vaidišová (CZE) vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI) - First Meeting

Vaidišová, one of last year's losing semi-finalists at Roland Garros, has had a claycourt-season cut short by a wrist-injury, but despite her recent inactivity, she is still one of the names to look out for at this year's tournament. The Czech teenager made her second Grand Slam semi-final appearance at the Australian Open in January - losing to eventual champion Serena Williams - and carried her good form through to Indian Wells and Miami, where she reached back-to-back quarter-finals.

12-year Tour-veteran Gagliardi will be making her 11th appearance at Roland Garros, and will be hoping to recapture the form she displayed during her run to the fourth round two years ago.
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andrewbroad
May 30th, 2007, 01:01 AM
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round results
3. First-round TV-report: Vaidišová v Gagliardi
4. First-round scoreboard-report: Kirilenko v Camerin
5. First-round TV-report: Bartoli v Rezaď
6. First-round draw (bottom half)
7. Second-round draw (top half)
8. Andrew's wishes
9. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. Photos & video
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1.1 Photos
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Nicole Vaidišová:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=vaidisova
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaqg92.html

Marion Bartoli et Aravane Rezaď:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=rezai
("rezai" yields more attractive results)
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtab631.html (both)
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaqf72.html (Rezaď only)

Mathilde Johansson:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=johansson

Various players including rare photo of Mathilde Johansson:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

Nouf's photos - various players including Daniela Hantuchová, Anna Chakvetadze, Maria Kirilenko, Ana Ivanović, Tsvetana Pironkova, Dominika Cibulková, Anastasia Myskina, Caroline Wozniacki:
http://www.teamwta.com/content/view/996/91/

Various players - new additions include Alizé Cornet (First round - day 1 and 2) and Timea Bacsinszky (First round - day 3):
http://www.tennis.info/Paris7.html

Search Getty Images for:
"vaidisova"
("rezai" or "bartoli")
"johansson"
("maria kirilenko" or "camerin")


1.2 Video
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Nicole Vaidišová press-conference:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-05-29/200705291180444371484.html

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2. First-round results (Tuesday 29th May)
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Nice winners, nice losers:
+ MARION BARTOLI [18,S] d. Aravane Rezaď, 6-2 6-4
+ Maria Kirilenko [DF] d. Maria Elena Camerin, 6-3 6-0

What rocked:
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Emmanuelle Gagliardi, 6-4 6-3
+ Mathilde Johansson [WC] d. Anna-Lena Grönefeld, 7-5 6-4
+ Timea Bacsinszky [Q] d. Zheng,Jie, 7-6 (7/3) 6-0

What sucked:
- Roberta Vinci lt. SYBILLE BAMMER [20], 4-6 4-6
- Yaroslava Shvedova lt. Olga Savchuk [Q], 5-7 5-7

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3. First-round TV-report: Vaidišová v Gagliardi
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I have posted my report of this match, which I saw on TV, at:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/reports.html

It includes a point-by-point description of the match, transcripts of some of the commentary, my analysis of the statistics, a transcript of Nicole's press-conference, various articles, and a preview of her second-round match against Akgul Amanmuradova.

In a nutshell, Nicole served very well against Gagliardi, but looked rusty, particularly in Gagliardi's service-games. But I didn't see any signs of the right-wrist injury with which she pulled out of Berlin, Rome and Strasbourg.

Nicole ran around her backhand to hit forehands rather too often for my liking - it does leave a huge gap to her right! She might get away with it on the slow red clay, but it could be a reason why grass is her worst surface.

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4. First-round scoreboard-report: Kirilenko v Camerin
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This match was suspended for rain yesterday with Maria Kirilenko leading 6-3 *5-0, so although neither of /these/ Marias is a member of my Eternal Fanship, I thought it would be fun to follow live scores on the resumption.


Second set
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KIRILEN @*@*@* 6
CAMERIN ______ 0

Play resumed at 13:02 CEST.

Kirilenko serving 5-0: 15/0. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs) -> 40/40. Ad Kirilenko (MP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Camerin (BP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Kirilenko (MP #2). Deuce #4. Ad Kirilenko (MP #3). Kirilenko won 6-3 6-0 at 13:12.

There was an article about "tennis-babes" in today's Daily Telegraph (UK newspaper). It identified Anna Kournikova as the first tennis-babe, Maria Sharapova as the second, and Maria Kirilenko as the third - but concluded by saying that Kirilenko /wasn't/ an airhead, because she listens to classical music! :tape:

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5. First-round TV-report: Bartoli v Rezaď
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This was one of the "nice winner, nice loser" matches of the first-round draw, and I can't believe they televised it on BBCi! :-) They just seemed to be staying on Court Philippe Chatrier today.

Marion is a faithful Selesian, right down to her cross-handed two-handed forehand, only right-handed. She still looks overweight, although not as much as a year ago.

Aravane may not have a two-handed forehand, but her backhand is just like Monica Seles's (only right-handed), and she beat Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova to reach the Constantinople-final last week. She also looks a bit like Monica - and very cute at the moment. ;-)

I'm feeling a slight loyalty to Aravane as this match begins. I think she has a lot of star-quality with the way she hits the ball, her good (and improved) looks, and her lovely smile.

The match started at 14:05 CEST.


First set
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BARTO _*@ @*@* 6
REZAĎ *__@____ 2

Aravane serving 0-0: A bad bounce forced Aravane to earth a forehand. 0/15. Serve + off-forehand winner. 15/15. Marion hit an error-forcing backhand return down Aravane's backhand-line. 15/30. Marion just long. 30/30. Ace down the middle. 40/30. Marion hit a stunning crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. 40/40. Double fault. Ad Marion (BP). She netted a return. Deuce #2. Marion wild backhand return very long. Ad Aravane. A deep shot from Aravane forced Marion to net a backhand.

Marion serving 0-1: Aravane forehand return just long. 15/0. A deep forehand from Marion forced Aravane to hit a forehand wide. 30/0. Marion netted a backhand. 30/15. Marion netted a forehand. 30/30. Aravane netted a backhand. 40/30. Aravane hit a crosscourt backhand winner deep into the corner, making Marion look rather slow. 40/40. Marion hit a pinpoint crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Aravane to hit a forehand just long. Ad Marion. A fantastic backhand down the line from Aravane set up an easy crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #2. Marion came in behind a crosscourt backhand, but a low dipping pass to her feet forced her to earth a backhand volley. Ad Aravane (BP). Aravane opened up the court with a crosscourt backhand, but netted a down-the-line backhand. Deuce #3. Aravane forehand return just wide - good serve. Ad Marion. She hit an off-backhand to set up an easy crosscourt forehand winner off a short ball.

Aravane serving 1-1: Double fault. 0/15. Aravane netted a backhand. 0/30. Marion stood very far in to receive, hit an aggressive return, but her forehand on the fourth stroke hit the netcord and fell back on her own side. 15/30. Marion came to the net, forcing Aravane to rush a forehand into the net. 15/40 (2 BPs). A deep off-forehand into the corner forced a short ball, which Marion dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner to score the first break.

Sam Smith: "It /is/ Seles-like (that's who her heroine is): hard, flat, uncompromising. She takes it earlier than Rezaď. Neither player moves well."

Marion serving 2-1: Marion forehand just long. 0/15. Aravane netted a backhand. 15/15. A deep forehand onto the baseline from Aravane shot through on Marion for a virtual winner. 15/30. Marion backhand just long. 15/40 (2 BPs). Aravane netted a forehand return. 30/40. Aravane ran down a dropshot and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. Sam Smith: "Good creativity from Bartoli with the two hands, but Rezaď quite a powerful mover when she gets going."

Sam Smith [re. Aravane]: "She goes on these patches where she just doesn't miss - so dangerous."

Aravane serving 2-2: Marion backhand wide. 15/0. Aravane netted a backhand - "great length from Bartoli" [Sam Smith]. 15/15. Aravane hit a backhand just a little too hard: just long. 15/30. Double fault (second serve hit the netcord and fell wide). 15/40 (2 BPs). Good serve + crosscourt forehand winner off the short return. 30/40. Aravane backhand on the baseline forced Marion to hit a forehand wide. 40/40. Marion's depth forced Aravane to net a sliced backhand. Ad Marion (BP #3). Marion netted a forehand return. Deuce #2. Marion hit a backhand winner down the line off a defensive lob onto the baseline from Aravane. Ad Marion (BP #4). Double fault #4. David Mercer: "And that's perhaps the difference between the two women."

Sam Smith said Aravane tries to hit every shot full-blooded, regardless of how defensive her position in the rally is.

Sam Smith: "I'm fascinated by Bartoli's little energy-bounce before she serves: she does a little hop and a jump. This is a new variation. A new thing she's added in the last year or so."

Marion serving 3-2: Service-winner. 15/0. Aravane forehand very long. 30/0. Aravane hit a forehand long as both girls struggled to control their length. 40/0. Marion ran down a dropshot and hit a crosscourt forehand winner right into the corner, on the sideline.

Aravane serving 2-4: Aravane hit a fantastic short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/0. A short-angled crosscourt forehand return forced Aravane into error. 15/15. Aravane forehand just wide. 15/30. Marion netted a backhand return. 30/30. Marion stands so far in to receive the second serve! Aravane netted a backhand after running down a forced dropshot. 30/40 (BP). Marion netted a forehand - "exploited the lack of reach of the double-hander" [David Mercer]. 40/40. Aravane ran down a netcord-dropshot and hit a forehand winner down the line, having been forced way outside the tramlines earlier in the rally! Ad Aravane. Marion forehand winner down the line, just inside the baseline. Sam Smith praised her disguise. Deuce #2. Marion forced Aravane to net a shot. Ad Marion (BP #2). Aravane's backhand clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. Deuce #3. Marion went for a backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide (called by the umpire). Ad Aravane. Marion forced a short ball, took it on the rise and hit an off-forehand winner into the corner - "great timing" [Sam Smith]. Deuce #4. Marion off-backhand winner. Ad Marion (BP #3). Marion stood in far for the second serve, and hit a crosscourt forehand return down Aravane's forehand-line.

Marion serving 5-2: Double fault. 0/15. Aravane netted a tame forehand return. 15/15. Aravane opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand, and hit crosscourt forehand winner behind Marion. 15/30. Aravane hit a powerful backhand down the line, forcing Marion to earth a forehand. 15/40 (2 BPs). Aravane netted a forehand. 30/40. Aravane hit a wild backhand long. 40/40. Service-winner down the line, close to the centre-line. Ad Marion (SP #1). Aravane blasted a forehand wide. Marion won the first set 6-2 at 14:47.

The big difference in that set was that Marion only made 3 unforced errors.

Sam Smith: "You can never relax with Rezaď until you've won the last point, because if she goes on a /spree/, you're in trouble!"

Sam Smith recalled how she first saw Marion at ITF Deauville when Marion was about 12, but Marion was hitting the ball so hard that Sam hoped Marion wasn't anywhere near her in the draw!


Second set
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BARTO __@* *@ @* 6
REZAĎ *@__*__@__ 4

Aravane serving 0-0: Marion forehand return long. 15/0. Marion opened up the court with a crosscourt backhand, and Aravane hit a full-blooded backhand long. 15/15. Aravane's pace & depth forced Marion to earth a backhand. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15. Service-winner.

There's no backswing to Aravane's serve: she just holds the racket behind her head until she's ready to hit her toss.

Marion serving 0-1: Aravane forehand just long. 15/0. Aravane hit a "world-class" backhand winner down the line. "Open stance, fantastic racket-work - so much talent" [Sam Smith]. 15/15. Aravane's width forced Marion to hit a backhand just wide. 15/30. Marion netted a forehand. 15/40 (2 BPs). Marion off-backhand winner off a short ball. Sam Smith: "Much like Seles, she gets her feet inside the baseline, and just goes for it. Really likes to play for winners from that part of the court." 30/40. Marion netted a backhand to give Aravane the first break of the second set.

Aravane serving 2-0: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Marion pounced on a short ball to open up the court with a crosscourt backhand, and hit a crosscourt forehand into the gap. 0/30. Marion played a great spreading rally, but just put a down-the-line forehand wide after opening up the court beautifully. 15/30. Marion netted a forehand. 30/30. Marion came in, forced a short ball from Aravane, and hit a nice off-forehand volley-winner. 40/30. Marion moved Aravane from side to side, inducing her to hit a forehand wide to give Marion the break back.

Marion serving 1-2: Aravane's topspin forehand shot off the baseline, forcing Marion to hit a backhand wide. 0/15. Aravane opened up the court for a backhand winner down the line - ferocious hitting in that rally! 0/30. Marion hit a crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. 15/30. A huge backhand return forced a defensive lob from Marion, but Aravane hit a forehand long. 30/30. Aravane netted a forehand. 40/30. Aravane forehand just long.

This match is very entertaining from both players. It's a shame one of them has to lose in the first round.

Aravane serving 2-2: Aravane netted a forehand (forced by the depth of Marion's return). 0/15. Aravane fired a crosscourt forehand winner off a deep but slow, high-bouncing ball from Marion. 15/15. Aravane went for a vicious backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 15/30. Marion backhand return-winner down the line - "so early" [David Mercer]. 15/40 (2 BPs). Aravane saved it with a beautiful backhand drop-volley winner - "sheer inspiration" [David Mercer]. 30/40. Service-winner. 40/40. Marion dropped the ball rather short, and Aravane blasted a forehand winner down the line. Sam Smith: "The shotmaking from both players is pure and unadulterated - spectacular." Ad Aravane. She netted a forehand. Deuce #2. Aravane crosscourt forehand winner behind Marion. Ad Aravane. Marion hit a backhand dropshot just wide - no touch in that at all.

Sam Smith: "They're both loving the pace that they're giving each other."

Marion serving 2-3: Marion forehand wide. 15/0. Aravane netted a backhand. 30/0. Serve forced a short ball; Marion forehand winner down the line. 40/0. Aravane forehand wide.

Aravane serving 3-3: Aravane hit a huge backhand winner down the line into Marion's unprotected forehand-side - "absolutely unreadable" [Sam Smith]. 15/0. Double fault #6 (second serve into the net). 15/15. Aravane netted a forehand. 15/30. Marion hit a pinpoint backhand return-winner down the line, just inside the sideline. 15/40 (2 BPs). A pinpoint backhand down the line forced Aravane to net a forehand.

Marion serving 4-3: A full-blooded backhand down the line from Marion forced Aravane to hit a forehand long, and Marion shouted "allez!" 15/0. Service-winner. 30/0. Aravane hit a huge backhand winner down the line, just inside the baseline. 30/15. Aravane took the initiative, came forward, and hit an off-forehand drive-volley winner. 30/30. Marion netted a backhand. 30/40 (BP). Aravane hit a spectacular off-backhand winner on the fourth stroke to break back!

Aravane serving 4-4: Double fault #7. 0/15. Aravane hit a "world-class" backhand winner down the line, onto the sideline. Sam Smith: "There are times when Rezaď is unplayable." 15/15. A fierce backhand down the line - a sudden injection of pace - forced Marion to net a forehand. Sam Smith: "It was such a shock." 30/15. Aravane sprayed a wild backhand wide & very long. 30/30. Double fault #8. 30/40 (BP). Aravane resorted to a couple of moonballs, and Marion cleaned up with a crosscourt backhand winner to reinstate her break.

Marion serving 5-4: Aravane opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand, and hit an off-forehand winner down the line, onto the sideline. 0/15. A huge crosscourt forehand forced Marion to net a backhand. 0/30. Service-winner. 15/30. Aravane netted a sliced backhand off a very short, deep ball from Marion. 30/30. Ace down the middle. 40/30 (MP #1). A hard, deep ball from Aravane forced Marion to mishit a forehand lob wide after both girls ran each other around. 40/40. Aravane hit a huge backhand winner down the line, just inside the baseline. Ad Aravane (BP). Aravane hit a crosscourt forehand onto the sideline, Aravane hit a sliced forehand winner into the open court, but Marion stopped after the previous stroke, the umpire checked the mark and it was wide. Deuce #2. Double fault (second serve wide). Ad Aravane (BP #2). Aravane backhand long - a real waste. Deuce #3. Marion sprayed a forehand long as the wind came into play. Ad Aravane (BP #3). Aravane forehand wide. Deuce #4. A long, meaty rally ended with Marion hitting a backhand onto the baseline, and Aravane stopped playing! Ad Marion (MP #2). Service-winner (Aravane forehand return very long). Marion won 6-2 6-4 at 15:40, and emitted a roar of victory.

Sam Smith: "Rezaď has some talent - that ball-striking ability is something else - but there's some big holes in the rest of her game, and I don't know where she goes from here. Whereas Bartoli is a much more well-rounded player."

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6. First-round draw (bottom half)
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6.3 Third quarter: Hantuchová
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Sofia Arvidsson [LL] (ajde Ana!)
* Sania Mirza v Alberta Brianti (go Sania!)
* Tatiana Poutchek v Youlia Fedossova [WC]
* JULIA VAKULENKO [30] v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q] (davai Julia!)

* Varvara Lepchenko v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] (davai Varvara!)
* Elena Likhovtseva v Chan,Yung-Jan (davai Elena!)
* Olga Poutchkova v Eleni Daniilidou (davai Olga!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Jelena Kostanić Tošić (poďme Daniela!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v Kaia Kanepi (kadima Shahar!)
* Edina Gallovits v Vasilisa Bardina
* Vera Dushevina v Camille Pin
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] v Anastasia Rodionova (dajmo Katarina!)

* MARTINA MÜLLER [32] v Rossana de los Ríos [Q]
* Dominika Cibulková [Q] v Sun,Tiantian (poďme Dominika!)
* Anastasia Myskina v Meghann Shaughnessy (davai Anastasia!)
* Ekaterina Bychkova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (davai Ekaterina!)


6.4 Bottom quarter: Chakvetadze, Sharapova
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* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5] v Laura Granville
* Caroline Wozniacki v Nathalie Dechy
* Flavia Pennetta [DF] v Nicole Pratt (forza Flavia!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v Yulia Beygelzimer (pojďme Lucie!)

* AI SUGIYAMA [21] v Eva Birnerová
* Romina Oprandi v Meilen Tu
* Anne Kremer v Ágnes Szávay [Q]
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Alicia Molik (davai Anna!)

* Martina Suchá v PATTY SCHNYDER [14] (poďme Martina!)
* Zuzana Ondrášková v Kateryna Bondarenko (pojďme Zuzana!)
* Karin Knapp v Victoria Azarenka
* Iveta Benešová v ALYONA BONDARENKO [22] (both nice; my loyalty is to Iveta)

* GISELA DULKO [29,DF] v Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* Julia Schruff v Alla Kudryavtseva [Q]
* Lourdes Domínguez Lino v Jill Craybas
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Emilie Loit (davai Maria!)

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7. Second-round draw (top half)
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v Tamira Paszek
* Tamarine Tanasugarn v MARA SANTANGELO [28]
* SYBILLE BAMMER [20] v Olga Savchuk [Q]
* Pauline Parmentier [WC] v LI,NA [16]

* DINARA SAFINA [10] v Tzipora Obziler
* Timea Bacsinszky [Q] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23] (hopp Timea!)
* Michaëlla Krajíček v Shenay Perry (kom op Michaëlla!)
* Milagros Sequera v SERENA WILLIAMS [8]

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v Catalina Castańo
* Ashley Harkleroad v VENUS WILLIAMS [26] (go Ashley!)
* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v Andrea Petković [Q] (allez Marion!)
* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13] (allez Mathilde!)

* Kveta Peschke [Q] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]
* Nuria Llagostera Vives v TATHIANA GARBIN [19]
* Maria Kirilenko [DF] v SAMANTHA STOSUR [27] (davai Maria!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v Akgul Amanmuradova [Q] (pojďme Nicole!)

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8. Andrew's wishes (updated after Tuesday)
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8.1 Second round: Bottom half
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Olga Poutchkova
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. Flavia Pennetta [DF]
+ Sania Mirza [DF] d. ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF]
+ Anastasia Myskina d. Ekaterina Bychkova
+ Martina Suchá d. Zuzana Ondrášková
+ Varvara Lepchenko d. Elena Likhovtseva

The Land of Sweet Demise:
+ Caroline Wozniacki d. AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5]
+ Dominika Cibulková [Q] d. MARTINA MÜLLER [32]

Routine wins for:
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]
* GISELA DULKO [29,DF]
* Iveta Benešová
* SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
* JULIA VAKULENKO [30]
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17]


8.2 Third-round wishes (in draw-order)
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+ MARA SANTANGELO [28] d. JUSTINE HENIN [1]
+ LI,NA [16] d. SYBILLE BAMMER [20]
+ Timea Bacsinszky [Q] d. DINARA SAFINA [10]
+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. SERENA WILLIAMS [8]

+ Ashley Harkleroad d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ MARION BARTOLI [18,S] d. Mathilde Johansson [WC]
+ Kveta Peschke [Q] d. TATHIANA GARBIN [19]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Maria Kirilenko [DF]

+ Sania Mirza d. JULIA VAKULENKO [30]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Varvara Lepchenko
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [15] d. KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17]
* Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q] (may the better win!)

+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. Caroline Wozniacki
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. AI SUGIYAMA [21]
+ Iveta Benešová d. Martina Suchá
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. GISELA DULKO [29,DF]


8.3 Fourth-round wishes
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+ LI,NA [16] d. MARA SANTANGELO [28]
+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. Timea Bacsinszky [Q]
+ MARION BARTOLI [18,S] d. Ashley Harkleroad
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Kveta Peschke [Q]

+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Sania Mirza
+ (3r: Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q]) d. SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. Iveta Benešová


8.4 Quarter-final wishes
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+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. LI,NA [16]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [18,S]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. (3r: Anastasia Myskina v Dominika Cibulková [Q])
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]


8.5 Semi-final wishes
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Michaëlla Krajíček
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF]

My Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria because in reality the other semi-final would be Henin v Janković. Besides, a Maria v Nicole showdown is long overdue, and what better occasion than a Grand Slam final?


8.6 Final wish
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]

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9. Order of play for Wednesday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Emilie Loit
2. MS 2r: RICHARD GASQUET [11] v Kristof Vliegen
3. MS 2r: JUAN IGNACIO CHELA [18] v Gaël Monfils
4. WS 2r: Milagros Sequera v SERENA WILLIAMS [8]

Court 3 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v Kaia Kanepi
2. MS 1r: NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [6] v Santiago Giraldo, 6-4 7-6 to finish
3. MS 2r: Simone Bolelli v GUILLERMO CAŃAS [19]
4. WS 2r: JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v Catalina Castańo
5. WS 2r: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v Akgul Amanmuradova [Q]

Court 16 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: Anastasia Myskina v Meghann Shaughnessy
2. WS 1r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Jelena Kostanić Tošić
3. WS 2r: DINARA SAFINA [10] v Tzipora Obziler
4. MS 2r: Potito Starace v Carlos Berlocq

Court 17 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Alicia Molik
2. WS 1r: PATTY SCHNYDER [14] v Martina Suchá
3. MS 2r: Nicolas Lapentti v Mikhail Youzhny
4. WS 2r: Kveta Peschke v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/


Maria could be in for an even tougher match than I suggested in my preview if the weather will be as cold and damp on Wednesday as it was on Sunday and Monday, making the ball fly slower through the air, making it tough for the power-players to overcome the grinders.

The Daily Telegraph (UK newspaper): First-round highlights:
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Emilie Loit must be telling herself: if the world's No 59 can beat Maria Sharapova, why not the world's No 41? Aravane Rezaď's straight-sets win against the French Open No 2 seed in İstanbul on Friday will be a source of huge encouragement to her French compatriot, particularly since Rezaď was struggling with a leg injury.

When they met in New York in August, Loit won just one game. It's just a question of whether the US Open champion can pick up her form quickly enough after shoulder and hamstring injuries.
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May 31st, 2007, 12:56 AM
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Contents
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1. Video
2. First-round results
3. Second-round results
4. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Molik
5. First-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Kostanić Tošić
6. Second-round draw (bottom half)
7. Third-round draw (top half)
8. Andrew's wishes
9. Order of play for Thursday

I have run into major time-problems today, so my currently incomplete Sharapova v Loit and Vaidišová v Amanmuradova reports will be posted at a later date.

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1. Video
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(No time for Photos today.)

Maria Sharapova's press-conference:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-05-30/200705301180531255859.html

I love the bit where she says, "Is it me or is it so hot in here? I'm sweating profusely."

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2. First-round results (Wednesday 30th May)
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What rocked:
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. Emilie Loit, 6-3 7-6 (7/4)
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Jelena Kostanić Tošić, 6-3 6-1
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. Alicia Molik, 6-2 6-3
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. Yulia Beygelzimer, 6-4 6-3
+ Sania Mirza [DF] d. Alberta Brianti, 6-1 6-1
+ ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] d. Sofia Arvidsson [LL], 6-2 6-0
+ Olga Poutchkova d. Eleni Daniilidou, 7-5 0-6 6-3
+ Dominika Cibulková [Q] d. Sun,Tiantian, 6-4 6-4
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [15] d. Kaia Kanepi, 6-1 6-3
+ Elena Likhovtseva d. Chan,Yung-Jan, 4-6 7-5 6-3
+ KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] d. Anastasia Rodionova, 6-1 6-3

I saw Maria's match on BBCi, and I thought she played very well - her groundstrokes looked very sharp, even if she wasn't serving anywhere near as impressively as Nicole Vaidišová the day before! Loit played well too, and Maria was in danger of dropping the second set when Loit served for it at 6-5! But Maria handles the decisive moments much better than Loit does.

But I'm not setting high hopes for Maria, given her lack of preparation leading up to the French Open. Only a fully-trained claycourt-player, with the Force as her ally, will conquer Roland Garros and its Empress.


Nice winner, nice loser:
+ GISELA DULKO [29,DF] d. Hsieh,Su-Wei [Q,S], 6-4 6-3
+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [22] d. Iveta Benešová, 6-0 6-1

What sucked:
- Flavia Pennetta [DF] lt. Nicole Pratt, 6-7 (3/7) 2-6
- JULIA VAKULENKO [30] lt. Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q], 4-6 1-6
- Varvara Lepchenko lt. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24], 1-6 6-2 2-6
- Ekaterina Bychkova lt. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3], 0-6 3-6
- Martina Suchá lt. PATTY SCHNYDER [14], 6-2 1-6 2-6
- Zuzana Ondrášková lt. Kateryna Bondarenko, 0-6 1-6
- Anastasia Myskina lt. Meghann Shaughnessy, 1-6 0-6

A real shame about Anastasia Myskina, who won the French Open 2004, but was playing her first tournament since Auckland in January, when she had surgery for a left-toe injury. In fact, this loss extends Anastasia's losing-streak to 7 matches stretching back to August 2006. I sense the end is nigh for the 25-year-old.

Anastasia: "I knew I was not going to win, but I just wanted to see how my foot would feel. You can see I'm moving like a big cow now. In my mind, I'm still scared to run."

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3. Second-round results
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What rocked:
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Akgul Amanmuradova [Q], 6-2 6-4
+ MARION BARTOLI [18,S] d. Andrea Petković [Q], 0-6 6-2 6-3
+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. Shenay Perry, 6-4 5-7 6-1

What sucked:
- Maria Kirilenko [DF] lt. SAMANTHA STOSUR [27], 1-6 6-3 5-7
- Ashley Harkleroad lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [26], 1-6 6-7 (8/10)
- Timea Bacsinszky [Q] lt. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23], 3-6 6-7 (5/7)
- Mathilde Johansson [WC] lt. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13], 5-7 5-7
- Tamira Paszek lt. JUSTINE HENIN [1], 5-7 1-6


Kirilenko lt. Stosur
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Another cruel exposition of Little Maria's failure to close out matches as she led 4-2* in the third set; play was suspended for rain with Little Maria still a break up but facing break-point at *4-3 (30/40), and the rest is history.



Harkleroad lt. Venus Williams
-----------------------------

Williams led 6-1 5-1, then lost five games in a row, and Ashley had five set-points in the tiebreak!

At 6-1 4-1 (30/0), Williams had set a new record for the fastest recorded serve ever by a woman in a main-draw match with a 128.8mph (206km/h) service-winner. "I lost a little bit because I saw the 206. I was so excited because I broke my record. I just lost a bit of focus there."

The fastest recorded serve ever hit by a woman was 130mph (209km/h) by Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in attempting to qualify for Cincinnati 2006.


Paszek lt. Henin
----------------

It was my first time to see 16-year-old Tamira Paszek play, and I'm not quite sure what to make of her. I don't really feel any passion for her (she's not my type), but she did hit some amazing groundstrokes!

When Henin went 5-0 up, the only question was whether Paszek would avoid the double bagel. But she fought back with five games in a row of her own to make it 5-5!

Suddenly it was Paszek moving Henin all over the court, rather than vice versa. I was even reminded a little bit of 16-year-old Jelena Dokić's thrashing of Martina Hingis at Wimbledon 1999, where everything she touched turned to gold! But only a little bit.

Then Henin won another five games in a row to go up 7-5 3-0, when the match was suspended for rain. On the resumption, it was supposed to be Paszek's turn to win five games in a row again. But if today were tomorrow, she wouldn't even remember that she called on an unpaid bill.

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4. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Molik
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I was watching Maria Sharapova's match on BBCi, and only remembered at 11:30 CEST that Anna was playing! :-o

Not much to say, really, as it was a pretty straightforward win for Anna. Perhaps the most important point was the break-point that she saved at *3-2 in the first set, and the most worrying aspect was that she failed to serve out the match at 6-2 *5-2.


First set
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CHAKV _*@* *@* 6
MOLIK *___*___ 2

Molik serving 1-3: Ad Molik. Deuce. Ad Molik. Deuce #2. Ad Molik. Held.
Anna serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Molik (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Anna. Held.
Molik serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40. Broken.
Anna serving 5-2: 30/15. Anna won the first set 6-2 at 11:45.


Second set
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CHAKV @* * *@ @ 6
MOLIK __* *__@_ 3

Molik serving 0-0: 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
Anna serving 1-0: 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Molik serving 0-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 2-1: 40/0. Held.
Molik serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 3-2: 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Molik serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/15. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
Anna serving 5-2: 0/15. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.
Molik serving 3-5: 0/40 (3 MPs). Anna won 6-2 6-3 at 12:14.


Statistics
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In points, Anna won 62-43 (first set 35-25, second set 27-18).

The ratios of winners and unforced errors look rather poor at face-value: Anna 3:16 (all her winners came in the second set), Molik 3:18 (all her winners came in the first set).

But what the official statistics don't say /directly/ is that Anna won 41 of the remaining points by forcing Molik into error, while Molik only won 24 points by forcing Anna into error. On clay it's harder to hit winners and easier to make unforced errors, so I don't think their UE-counts are too bad.

Anna played predominantly from the baseline, winning 4 of 5 points at the net, while Molik - who plays a serve & volley game on grass - won 7 of 8 points at the net.

Anna got 70% of first serves in, winning 79% of the points when she did so, but only 43% on second serve. In the second set, she traded her high percentage of first serves in (79% to 58%) for a slightly higher percentage of points won when she did get it in (77% to 82%), and also improved her second-serve percentage (33% to 50%).

Corresponding statistics for Molik were 66%, 55% and 35%.

Anna served 4 aces, Molik 3, and they made one double fault each.

Anna broke 5 times from 10 break-points (2 of 6 in the first set, 3 of 4 in the second), while Molik broke once from 3 BPs, but the worrying thing is that it came when Anna was serving for the match at 6-2 5-2.

I've observed before that Anna holds serve reliably, but can get nervous when she's serving for a set or a match. She might get away with it against the likes of Molik, but not against the top players: if you give them an inch, they'll take a mile.

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5. First-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Kostanić Tošić
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Daniela dropped serve in the first game of the match, but then turned in a very impressive display to cruise to an easy victory, winning the last six games of the match.


First set
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HANTUCHO _@* * *@* 6
KOSTANIĆ @__* *___ 3

The match started at 12:32 CEST.

Daniela serving 0-0: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Kostanić serving 1-0: 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/40. Ad Daniela (BP). Broken.
Daniela serving 1-1: 15/0. Held.
Kostanić serving 1-2: 30/0. 30/30... I have to concentrate on Maria Sharapova's match right now, because it's reached a vital stage of the second set, which Maria is actually in danger of losing (Emilie Loit served for the second set at 6-5, but Maria won it on a tiebreak).

Kostanić serving 2-3: 0/15. 40/15. Held.
Daniela serving 3-3: 30/15. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Kostanić. Deuce #2. Ad Daniela. Held.
Kostanić serving 3-4: 30/0. 30/15. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Daniela (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Daniela (BP #2). Broken.

Maria just won, so this match now has my undivided attention.

Daniela serving 5-3: 30/0 to 30/30. 40/30 (SP). Daniela won the first set 6-3 at 13:08 (36m).

My TV is now showing Safin v Tipsarević on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and I can see that it is raining quite heavily now (at least on that court).

Barry Davies: "It's quite possible to play in this kind of weather on clay, provided it doesn't get any harder."


Second set
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HANTUCHO _*@*@*@ 6
KOSTANIĆ *______ 1

Kostanić serving 0-0: The scoreboard said that play was suspended when it wasn't, so I didn't see by what score Kostanić held.
Daniela serving 0-1: Held to love.
Kostanić serving 1-1: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Daniela serving 2-1: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Kostanić serving 1-3: 0/40 (3 BPs). 15/40. Broken.
Daniela serving 4-1: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
Kostanić serving 1-5: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Daniela (MP #1). Daniela won 6-3 6-1 at 13:33 (second set 25m, match 1h01m).

An excellent win for Daniela, especially after pulling out of Strasbourg with a left-leg injury, and being broken in the first game of this match. She's made it a perfect 4/4 for members of my Eternal Fanship in the first round, even though they were all injured in the lead-up to Roland Garros! :-)


Statistics
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Daniela had a positive W:UE ratio of 11:10, which is nice to see after all the negative ratios for my Eternal Fanship so far this French Open! Kostanić had a very negative W:UE ratio of 5:13.

Daniela got 76% of her first serves in, winning 80% of the points when she did so, and 36% on a second serve which used to be one of the best in women's tennis back in 2001, but which now, sadly, is "there to be hit". Daniela won a perfect 100% of points on her first serve in the second set!

Daniela served 3 aces and 2 double faults, Kostanić just one DF.

Daniela broke 5 times from 10 break-points, while Kostanić broke just once from 4 BPs (all in the first set).

Daniela won 8 of 12 points at the net, Kostanić 3 of 4.

In points, Daniela won 60-41 (first set 34-29, second set 26-12).

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6. Second-round draw (bottom half)
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Sania Mirza [DF] (both nice; my loyalty is to Sania)
* Tatiana Poutchek v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q]
* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] v Elena Likhovtseva
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Olga Poutchkova (both nice; my loyalty is to Daniela)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v Edina Gallovits (kadima Shahar!)
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] v Vera Dushevina (dajmo Katarina!)
* Dominika Cibulková [Q] v MARTINA MÜLLER [32] (poďme Dominika!)
* Meghann Shaughnessy v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3]

* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5] v Nathalie Dechy
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v Nicole Pratt (pojďme Lucie!)
* AI SUGIYAMA [21] v Meilen Tu
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Ágnes Szávay [Q] (davai Anna!)

* PATTY SCHNYDER [14] v Kateryna Bondarenko
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [22] v Karin Knapp (davai Alyona!)
* GISELA DULKO [29,DF] v Alla Kudryavtseva [Q] (¡vamos Gisela!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Jill Craybas (davai Maria!)

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7. Third-round draw (top half)
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v MARA SANTANGELO [28]
* SYBILLE BAMMER [20] v LI,NA [16]
* DINARA SAFINA [10] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]
* Michaëlla Krajíček v (2r: Milagros Sequera v SERENA WILLIAMS [8])

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v VENUS WILLIAMS [26]
* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13] (allez Marion!)
* Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC] v TATHIANA GARBIN [19]
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v SAMANTHA STOSUR [27] (pojďme Nicole!)

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8. Andrew's wishes (updated after Wednesday)
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8.1 Third-round wishes (in draw-order)
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+ MARA SANTANGELO [28] d. JUSTINE HENIN [1]
+ LI,NA [16] d. SYBILLE BAMMER [20]
+ FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23] d. DINARA SAFINA [10]
+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. SERENA WILLIAMS [8]

+ JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [26]
+ MARION BARTOLI [18,S] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13]
+ TATHIANA GARBIN [19] d. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [27]

+ Sania Mirza [DF] d. Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Elena Likhovtseva
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [15] d. KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17]
+ Dominika Cibulková [Q] d. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3]

+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5]
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. AI SUGIYAMA [21]
+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [22] d. PATTY SCHNYDER [14]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. GISELA DULKO [29,DF]


8.2 Fourth-round wishes
-----------------------

+ LI,NA [16] d. MARA SANTANGELO [28]
+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]
+ MARION BARTOLI [18,S] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. TATHIANA GARBIN [19]

+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Sania Mirza [DF]
+ Dominika Cibulková [Q] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [22]


8.3 Quarter-final wishes
------------------------

+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. LI,NA [16]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [18,S]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Dominika Cibulková [Q]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]


8.4 Semi-final wishes
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Michaëlla Krajíček
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF]

My Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria because in reality the other semi-final would be Henin v Janković. Besides, a Maria v Nicole showdown is long overdue, and what better occasion than a Grand Slam final?


8.5 Final-wish
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]

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9. Order of play for Thursday
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Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 2r: NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [6] v Laurent Recouderc [Q]
2. WS 2r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Jill Craybas
3. MS 2r: Flavio Cipolla [Q] v RAFAEL NADAL [2]
4. WS 2r: Meghann Shaughnessy v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3]

Court 1 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 2r: MARCOS BAGHDATIS [16] v Kristian Pless
2. WS 2r: ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Sania Mirza [DF]
3. MS 2r: CARLOS MOYÁ [23] v Florent Serra
4. WS 2r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v Ágnes Szávay [Q]

Court 2 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 2r: Vera Dushevina v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17]
2. MS 2r: Stanislas Wawrinka v IVAN LJUBIČIĆ [7]
3. MS 2r: DMITRY TURSUNOV [21] v Fernando Verdasco
4. WS 2r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Olga Poutchkova

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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Contents
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1. Video
2. Second-round results
3. Second-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Szávay
4. Third-round draw
5. Andrew's wishes
6. Women's Doubles: First round
7. Order of play for Friday

Once again, my hectic schedule means that my report for Maria Sharapova is incomplete, and will have to be posted at a later date.

But I have posted my Vaidišová v Amanmuradova report from yesterday at:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/reports.html
(includes the point-by-point sequence of scores, my analysis of the statistics, and a preview of Nicole's third-round match against Samantha Stosur).

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1. Video
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(No time for Photos today either.)

Maria's second-round press-conference:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-05-31/200705311180625485484.html

It's not your average interview! Maria talks about toilet-paper, reveals that Michael Joyce's mother has died of cancer, and says he's going to Birmingham - hopefully Maria will too, although she always waits until she's out of the French Open before she commits, so I'd better be careful what I wish for! ;-)

Sadly, all of the above has been cut out of the video, but it does include her famous "I feel like a cow on ice" quote! :-)

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2. Second-round results (Thursday 31st May)
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What rocked:
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. Jill Craybas, 6-2 6-1
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. Ágnes Szávay [Q], 6-4 6-7 (1/7) 6-4
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. Nicole Pratt, 6-0 6-1
+ Dominika Cibulková [Q] d. MARTINA MÜLLER [32], 6-3 6-2
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [15] d. Edina Gallovits, 6-4 6-1
+ KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] d. Vera Dushevina, 6-4 6-2

Nice winner, nice loser:
+ ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] d. Sania Mirza [DF], 6-1 6-4

Sania: "I had [knee-]surgery almost three months ago, and this is my third tournament back. I probably could have done a few things better, but I guess that's where the lack of match-practice comes into play. It has been a long process. We worked very hard in the gym the last couple of months. But I'm hitting the ball okay. Clay is not my favourite surface, so I'm looking forward to the grass-season."


What sucked:
- GISELA DULKO [29,DF] lt. Alla Kudryavtseva [Q], 5-7 6-1 6-8
- ALYONA BONDARENKO [22] lt. Karin Knapp, 4-6 6-2 3-6
- Elena Likhovtseva lt. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24], 5-7 4-6

Gisela misses out on a mouthwatering third-round match with Maria Sharapova.


One second-round match remains to be played:
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Olga Poutchkova (both nice; my loyalty is to Daniela)

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3. Second-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Szávay
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. Ágnes Szávay [Q], 6-4 6-7 (1/7) 6-4

Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light
[Dylan Thomas]

The 18-year-old Hungarian, who won the French Open 2005 Girls' Singles & Doubles but is only ranked #102, gave Anna and me a huge fright! With both players struggling to break serve in the first two sets, Anna led 6-4 *5-4 when play was suspended for more than two hours by a torrential downpour.

When play resumed, Anna failed to serve out the match, lost the second set on a tiebreak, and looked in danger of suffering a traumatic defeat in the fading light as she dropped serve in the first game of the third set.

But in fact the third set went totally against serve except when Anna held in the third game! Hardly impressive for a world #9, but they're the matches that you have to get through, and I can only hope that Anna will be stronger for having been in hot water and come through.


The match was scheduled fourth on Court 1, and started at 16:45 CEST.


First set
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CHAKVE _* *@* * * 6
SZÁVAY * *___* *_ 4

Szávay serving 0-0: 40/0 to 40/40. Ad Szávay. Held.

Well, at least Anna has sent a message that even at 40/0 up, it's not going to be an easy hold for Szávay.

Anna serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/30. 40/30. Held.
Szávay serving 1-1: 40/0 to 40/40. Ad Szávay. Deuce #2. Ad Szávay. Deuce #3. Ad Szávay. Deuce #4. Ad Szávay. Held.

I think all these squandered game-points should be preying on Szávay's mind more than Anna's inability to break should be preying on hers.

Anna serving 1-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Szávay serving 2-2: 0/30 to 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Szávay. Deuce #2. Ad Anna (BP #2). Broken.

First blood to Anna, and not before time!

Anna serving 3-2: 0/15. 40/15. Held.
Szávay serving 2-4: Held to love.
Anna serving 4-3: 15/0. 15/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

Phew! We don't want Anna getting broken back when breaks are rather hard to come by in this set!

Szávay serving 3-5: 0/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.

The moment of truth. Anna's had a few nerves serving for sets and matches, and was in a little bit of trouble in her last service-game.

Anna serving 5-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15 (2 SPs). 40/30. Anna won the first set 6-4 at 17:24 (39m).


Second set
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CHAKVE _* * * *@__*_ 6(1)
SZÁVAY * * * *__@*_T 7(7)

Szávay serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 0-1: Held to love.
Szávay serving 1-1: 0/15. 40/15. Held.

Anna serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. The scoreboard said 2-2, then corrected itself to 40/30. 40/40. Ad Szávay (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Anna. Deuce #3. Ad Anna. Held.

Phew! That's twice this match that the scoreboard has said that Anna has won a game when she hasn't, and she almost went on to lose that game!

It's a pretty tight match so far: just the one break in it (fifth game of the first set), so whoever breaks first in the second set should gain huge momentum.

Szávay serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Szávay. Deuce #2. Ad Szávay. Deuce #3. Ad Szávay. Held.

What a waste. The only previous game in which Anna had break-point was the fifth game of the first set, when she did break.

She's still got a lot of work to do in this match. No clear advantage in this set yet.

Anna serving 2-3: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Szávay serving 3-3: 0/30 to 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Szávay. Deuce #3. Ad Anna (BP #2). Deuce #4. Ad Szávay. Held.

Another golden opportunity to break goes begging! :rolleyes: 0/30 and two break points - a lot of baggage will be building up in Anna's mind in this set, and /I/ certainly feel uneasy that my world #9 is facing so much resistance from the #102 in the second round of a Grand Slam.

Anna /should/ have the consistency to come through this match, but there /are/ some doubts in my mind, especially as she hasn't been firing on all cylinders this claycourt-season.

Anna serving 3-4: 40/0. 40/30. Held.

Phew! I thought opportunities were going begging on Anna's own serve that time!

Szávay serving 4-4: 0/15. With Anna potentially 7 points away from victory, play was suspended for rain at 18:10 on Court Suzanne Lenglen Court (what BBCi were showing), but it seems that we only had a very short delay on Court 1, as the scoreboard updated again at 18:13: 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Now play really /is/ suspended (at 18:15). I imagine what happened is that they stopped for a lengthy discussion at 18:10, decided to play on at 18:13, and officially suspended play at 40/40 (18:15).

At 18:18, the scoreboard updated again to say that Anna had broken for 5-4 (at last!), and that we are in a rain-delay (the first time that the scoreboard has actually said this). I can see on my TV-screen that the rain is very heavy on Court Lenglen now, so I guess Anna will have a long time to contemplate having to come back out and serve for the match!

Sam Smith: "We thought it was only going to be a light shower, but it's turned into a tropical storm like we've never seen before!"

She added that there was no prospect of play until at least 19:00 CEST.

Play resumed at 20:19 CEST (2h04m rain-delay).

Sam Smith: "Amazing that they brought the players back at this late hour, even though the light is /terrible/."

Anna serving 5-4: 0/15. 30/15. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

Back to square one for Anna! :-( Breaks have been very hard to come by in this match, so Anna only has a 50% chance of winning this set, I think.

Szávay serving 5-5: Held to love.

And Anna has to serve again with minimum respite, this time to save the set.

Anna serving 5-6: Held to love.

6-6 Tiebreak (all scores Chakvetadze/Szávay): 0/0*. *0/1. *0/2. 0/3*. 0/4*. *0/5. *0/6 (6 SPs). 1/6*. Szávay won the second set 7-6 (7/1) at 20:33 (3h09m gross, 1h05m net).

I wish they'd suspend this match for the day right now, because it's becoming more and more difficult for the players to see in the fading light (according to Sam Smith, commentating on Kuznetsova v Shaughnessy), and I can imagine Anna being very upset by her change of fortune since the resumption.


Third set
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CHAKVE _@*@ @ @ @ 6
SZÁVAY @___@ @ @_ 4

Anna serving 0-0: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.

Anna will have to dig deep to get out of this one alive - from a break down in the third set. She's only broken Szávay twice in this match, and the failing light must make it that much more difficult for the receiver to see the serve.

Szávay serving 1-0: 0/40 (3 BPs). 15/40. Broken.

Yay! Now we're back on serve, with Anna having the advantage of serving first! :-)

Anna serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Szávay serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.

Two breaks in a row to Anna - what a turnaround, and what a relief!

Anna serving 3-1: 30/0 to 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Szávay (BP). Broken.

Pegged back from 30/0 and 40/30, and broken! Anna is going to be so traumatised if she goes on to lose this one. :-( But at least she has the advantage of serving first.

Szávay serving 2-3: 0/30 -> 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

Phew! At 30/30 it looked like Anna was letting yet another opportunity go begging!

Anna serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.

Anna's torments continue, and this match has degenerated into break-and-counterbreak.

This next game is hugely important. After it, either Anna will be serving for the match at *5-3, or it will be *4-4 and anybody's match.

Szávay serving 3-4: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.

And serve for the match she will! Can she succeed where she failed at 6-4 *5-4? There've been five breaks in a row now.

Anna serving 5-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

Six breaks in a row now. It's not pretty, but if Anna can just make it seven, she'll be home and hosed, and be able to put this nightmare behind her - it certainly /would/ be a traumatic nightmare if she lost now after all the chances she's had.

Szávay serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna (MP #1). Anna won 6-4 6-7 (1/7) 6-4 at 21:14 (third set 41m; match 4h29m gross, 2h25m net).


Statistics
----------

Anna got 66% of first serves in, winning 60% of the points when she did so, and 53% on second serve - disappointing statistics, particularly in the third set (won 40% on first serve, 30% on second serve).

The corresponding percentages for Szávay were 56%, 63% and 44% - she too had woeful winning-percentages in the third set (first serve 33%, second serve 31%).

Szávay served 4 aces, but a monstrous 10 double faults (7 coming in the second set), while Anna served one ace and no DFs.

W:UE ratios were abysmal for both girls: Anna 8:52 (including 24 UEs in the second set), Szávay 10:53 (28 UEs in the second set).

Anna won 9 of 18 points at the net (she didn't come into the net at all in the first set), while Szávay was more selective and successful, winning 10 of 15 points at the net.

Anna broke 7 times from 18 break-points (once each in the first two sets, 5 times in the third), Szávay 5 times from 6 BPs (once in the second set, 4 times in the third). It could have been so much easier if Anna had taken more than one of the 8 BPs she had in the second set.

In points, Anna won 117-114 (first set 38-34, second set 47-51, third set 32-29).

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4. Third-round draw
-------------------

* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v MARA SANTANGELO [28]
* SYBILLE BAMMER [20] v LI,NA [16]
* DINARA SAFINA [10] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]
* Michaëlla Krajíček v SERENA WILLIAMS [8] (kom op Michaëlla!)

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v VENUS WILLIAMS [26]
* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13] (allez Marion!)
* Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC] v TATHIANA GARBIN [19]
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v SAMANTHA STOSUR [27] (pojďme Nicole!)

* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q] (ajde Ana!)
* (2r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Olga Poutchkova) v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24]
* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] (both nice; my loyalty is to Shahar)
* Dominika Cibulková [Q] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (poďme Dominika!)

* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5] (pojďme Lucie!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v AI SUGIYAMA [21] (davai Anna!)
* PATTY SCHNYDER [14] v Karin Knapp
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Alla Kudryavtseva [Q] (davai Maria!)

Serena Williams [re. being Michaëlla Krajíček's idol]: "That's awesome! That's so sweet. I know the feeling because I loved Monica Seles, so whenever I got a chance to play her, I was just still really excited. Winning against her was like the ultimate goal. Every time was just so cool. It's just kind of strange to be in the opposite position."

Amélie Mauresmo [re. Lucie Šafářová]: "Meeting her is a good thing. She's dangerous - I know that - but I want revenge."

Sam Smith tipped Stosur to upset Nicole! :-||

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5. Andrew's wishes (updated after Thursday)
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5.1 Fourth-round wishes
-----------------------

+ LI,NA [16] d. MARA SANTANGELO [28]
+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [23]
+ MARION BARTOLI [18,S] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. TATHIANA GARBIN [19]

+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF]
+ Dominika Cibulková [Q] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. PATTY SCHNYDER [14]


5.2 Quarter-final wishes
------------------------

+ Michaëlla Krajíček d. LI,NA [16]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [18,S]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Dominika Cibulková [Q]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]


5.3 Semi-final wishes
---------------------

+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. Michaëlla Krajíček
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF]

My Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria because in reality the other semi-final would be Henin v Janković. Besides, a Maria v Nicole showdown is long overdue, and what better occasion than a Grand Slam final?


5.4 Final-wish
--------------

+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]

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6. Women's Doubles: First round
-------------------------------

- Ana Ivanović [DF]/Maria Kirilenko [DF] lt. Jelena Janković/Li,Na, 1-6 2-6

To be played on Friday:
* Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Victoria Azarenka v Klaudia Jans/Alicja Rosolska

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7. Order of play for Friday
---------------------------

Court 2 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 3r: JUAN CARLOS FERRERO [17] v MIKHAIL YOUZHNY [13]
2. WS 3r: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v SAMANTHA STOSUR [27]
3. MS 3r: TOMMY ROBREDO [9] v Janko Tipsarević
<snip doubles>

Court 3 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WD 1r: Mathilde Johansson/Selima Sfar v Aravane Rezaï/Julia Vakulenko
2. WS 2r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v Olga Poutchkova
<snip doubles>

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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andrewbroad
Jun 2nd, 2007, 12:45 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Second-round result
2. Third-round results
3. Second-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Poutchkova
4. Third-round draw (bottom half)
5. Fourth-round draw (top half)
6. Andrew's wishes
7. Women's Doubles: First round
8. Order of play for Saturday

I have uploaded my first- and second-round reports for Maria Sharapova (including a point-by-point description of her first round which I saw on TV, statistical analyses, transcripts of press-conferences, articles, and a preview of her third-round match against Alla Kudryavtseva) to:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html

And I've uploaded my third-round scoreboard-report for Vaidišová v Stosur to:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/reports.html

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1. Second-round result (Friday 1st June)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Olga Poutchkova, 7-6 (8/6) 6-3

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2. Third-round results
----------------------

What rocked:
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [27], 6-4 6-4
+ MARION BARTOLI [18,S] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [13], 6-2 6-4

What sucked:
- Michaëlla Krajíček lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [8], 3-6 4-6


Bartoli inspired by Sampras to beat Dementieva
By Pritha Sarkar
>>>
PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) - Marion Bartoli took a leaf out of Pete Sampras's book to record her best showing at a Grand Slam tournament on Friday.

Local hope Bartoli reached the fourth round of the French Open for the first time after upstaging former finalist Elena Dementieva 6-2 6-4.

"At the beginning of this year, my level was not what I expected it to be. So I followed Pete Sampras's example because he was never one of the favourites on clay," said the 22-year-old, who counts hard courts as her favourite surface.

"But one year, he managed to win against guys like [Sergi] Bruguera and get into the semi-final. So I thought, if he could do it, and if he could defeat traditional claycourters, why not me? I should similarly try and prepare for clay and see what the results are.

"So I practised a lot on clay. I practised sliding, dropshots, I ran for two hours in the morning, and I played up to four to five hours per day on clay-courts to improve my performance. And today, it paid off. Today I think it wasn't bad. Not bad at all."

Sampras captured a record 14 Grand Slam titles during his distinguished career, but never conquered his claycourt-demons during 13 visits to Roland Garros.

His run to the semi-finals in 1996 proved to be his best effort in Paris, and his failure in France prevented him from completing his collection of major crowns.

Bartoli's decision to follow the American's lead gave her the confidence to pick apart Dementieva's fragile serve.

The 13th seed, runner-up to fellow Russian Anastasia Myskina in 2004, never looked comfortable during the 68-minute contest, and slid out after scooping a forehand into the net.

Bartoli will next face fourth seed Jelena Janković for a place in the quarter-finals.
<<<

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3. Second-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Poutchkova
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The match was scheduled second on Court 3, and started at 13:18 CEST.


First set
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HANTUCHOVÁ *__@ @* *__@T 7(8)
POUTCHKOVA _*@ @__* *@__ 6(6)

Daniela serving 0-0: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Olga serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Daniela serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Daniela. Deuce #2. Ad Olga (BP). Broken.

Well, I'm surprised that Olga got the first break, after her terrible claycourt-season and Daniela's fine-form of the first round! I still feel very confident of Daniela winning this match.

Olga serving 2-1: 0/40 (3 BPs). Broken.

But I'm not surprised that Daniela broke back immediately.

Daniela serving 2-2: 30/0 to 30/40 (BP). Broken.

Broken by Olga from 30/0 up - I certainly wasn't expecting that!

Olga serving 3-2: 0/40 (3 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Daniela (BP #4). Broken.

Back to Daniela's bad old habit of squandering break-points - thankfully not forever!

Daniela serving 3-3: Held to love.
Olga serving 3-4: Held to love.
Daniela serving 4-4: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Daniela. Held.

Well recovered from 15/40 - Olga could have been serving for the set now!

Olga serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Daniela serving 5-5: 0/15. 40/15 to 40/40. Ad Daniela. Deuce #2. Ad Daniela. Deuce #3. Ad Olga (BP). Deuce #4. Ad Daniela. Deuce #5. Ad Olga (BP #2). Broken.

And now Olga /will/ serve for the first set! This is a very different first set from what I expected.

Olga serving 6-5: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.

6-6 Tiebreak (all scores Daniela/Olga): *0/0. 0/1*. 1/1*. *1/2. *1/3. 2/3*. 2/4*. *2/5. *3/5. 4/5*. 5/5*. *5/6 (Olga SP #1). *6/6. 7/6* (Daniela SP #1). Daniela won the first set 7-6 (8/6) at 14:23 (1h05m).

A much, much closer set than I expected. It'll be interesting to see how Olga reacts in the second set, because she can sometimes have an immature attitude and tank matches when they're not going well. According to Iroda Tulyaganova, the key to playing Olga is to show her that you have twice her self-belief.


Second set
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HANTUCHOVÁ _*@* * *@ 6
POUTCHKOVA *___* *__ 3

Olga serving 0-0: 40/0. 40/30. Held.
Daniela serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Olga serving 1-1: 0/40 (3 BPs). 15/40. Broken.

At last it looks plain sailing for Daniela at a set and a break up.

Daniela serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Olga serving 1-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Daniela (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Olga. Held.

Ferrero v Youzhny has just finished on Court 2, so soon Vaidišová v Stosur will be competing for my attention!

Daniela serving 3-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Olga serving 2-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15 to 40/40. Ad Olga. Deuce #2. Ad Olga. Deuce #3. Ad Olga. Held.

Good for Olga. It really would have been the final nail in her coffin if she had dropped serve after 5 game-points. (Vaidišová v Stosur has just started.)

Daniela serving 4-3: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
Olga serving 3-5: 0/15. 40/15 to 40/40. Ad Daniela (MP #1). Daniela won 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 at 15:04 (second set 41m, match 1h46m).


Statistics
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Daniela got 64% of first serves in, winning 62% of the points when she did so, and 57% on second serve. Her first-serve percentages could be better, but they did improve from (61%, 53%) in the first set to (73%, 81%) in the second! :-)

The corresponding percentages for Olga were 68%, 61% and 32%.

Daniela served 3 aces and 2 double faults, Olga 2 aces and 8 DFs.

Daniela had a negative W:UE ratio of 12:29, but Olga's was an abysmal 5:46 - which is quite surprising, given that she achieved a close score. Their W:UE ratios were similar in the first set, but in the second set, Daniela's was 6:7 to Olga's 0:19.

Daniela won 8 of 10 points at the net, while Olga won all 5 of /her/ points at the net.

Daniela broke 5 times from 10 break-points (3 times in the first set, twice in the second), Olga 3 times from 6 BPs (all in the first set).

In points, Daniela won 85-72 (first set 49-45, second set 36-27).

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4. Third-round draw (bottom half)
-------------------

* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q] (ajde Ana!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] (poďme Daniela!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17] (both nice; my loyalty is to Shahar)
* Dominika Cibulková [Q] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (poďme Dominika!)

* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5] (pojďme Lucie!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v AI SUGIYAMA [21] (davai Anna!)
* PATTY SCHNYDER [14] v Karin Knapp
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Alla Kudryavtseva [Q] (davai Maria!)

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5. Fourth-round draw (top half)
--------------------

* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v SYBILLE BAMMER [20]
* DINARA SAFINA [10] v SERENA WILLIAMS [8]
* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (allez Marion!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v TATHIANA GARBIN [19] (pojďme Nicole!)

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6. Andrew's wishes (updated after Friday)
------------------
6.1 Fourth-round wishes
-----------------------

+ JUSTINE HENIN [1] d. SYBILLE BAMMER [20]
+ SERENA WILLIAMS [8] d. DINARA SAFINA [10]
+ MARION BARTOLI [18,S] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. TATHIANA GARBIN [19]

+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF]
+ Dominika Cibulková [Q] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. PATTY SCHNYDER [14]


6.2 Quarter-final wishes
------------------------

+ JUSTINE HENIN [1] d. SERENA WILLIAMS [8]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [18,S]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] d. Dominika Cibulková [Q]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]


6.3 Semi-final wishes
---------------------

+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. JUSTINE HENIN [1]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF]

My Passion says Daniela, but my Reason says Maria because in reality the other semi-final would be Henin v Janković. Besides, a Maria v Nicole showdown is long overdue, and what better occasion than a Grand Slam final?


6.4 Final-wish
--------------

+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]

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7. Women's Doubles: First round
-------------------------------

- Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Victoria Azarenka lt.
Klaudia Jans/Alicja Rosolska, 4-6 3-6

Doubles isn't the strongest part of Anna's career, to put it mildly. When I watched her play doubles at Eastbourne 2006, she was always looking behind her to watch her partner hit the ball.

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8. Order of play for Saturday
-----------------------------

Court Philippe Chatrier (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 3r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Alla Kudryavtseva
2. WS 3r: LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5]
3. MS 3r: Paul-Henri Mathieu v Igor Andreev
4. MS 3r: Albert Montańés v RAFAEL NADAL [2]

What a great schedule for BBCi! Maria aside, I'm really looking forward to watching Lucie thrash Mauresmo again, because I've never actually seen Lucie play apart from a few odd points in highlights here and there, and I've a hunch that she just *might* turn out to be the next member of my Eternal Fanship...

Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 3r: ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q]
2. WS 3r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v AI SUGIYAMA [21]
3. MS 3r: MARCOS BAGHDATIS [16] v Ján Hájek
4. MS 3r: NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [6] v Olivier Patience [WC]

Court 2 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MD 2r: Michael Kohlmann/Rainer Schüttler v (MARTIN DAMM/LEANDER PAES)[3]
2. WS 3r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24]
3. MD 1r: Daniele Bracciali/Ivan Ljubičić v Gaël Monfils/Josselin Ouanna
4. MS 3r: Fernando Verdasco v DAVID FERRER [12]

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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andrewbroad
Jun 3rd, 2007, 01:07 AM
=============
ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
--------

1. Videos
2. Third-round results
3. Third-round TV-report: Šafářová v Mauresmo
4. Third-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Sugiyama
5. Third-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Medina Garrigues
6. Fourth-round draw
7. Andrew's wishes
8. Women's Doubles
9. Order of play for Sunday

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1. Videos
---------

(No time for Photos today.)

Maria Sharapova's third-round press-conference:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-06-02/200706021180786027515.html

Lucie Šafářová's third-round press-conference:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-06-02/200706021180795259156.html

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2. Third-round results (Saturday 2nd June)
----------------------

What rocked:
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] d. AMÉLIE MAURESMO [5], 6-3 7-6 (7/3)
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. Alla Kudryavtseva [Q], 6-1 6-4
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. AI SUGIYAMA [21], 6-4 6-4
+ ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] d. Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q], 6-2 6-0

Lucie's win over Mauresmo - which I saw on BBCi - was absolutely the match of the day, even ahead of my Eternal Fanship! ;-)

I don't have time to knock Maria Sharapova's third-round report into a quiescent state tonight, so I'll probably post it on Monday, when the women aren't playing and I can catch up.

Let's just say that Maria's going to have to play a damn sight better than she did in her second set today if she's going to beat Patty Schnyder on clay. She went 1-4* down with an alarming series of unforced errors, then Kudryavtseva totally collapsed to let her through.


Nice winner, nice loser:
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [15] d. KATARINA SREBOTNIK [17], 6-1 4-6 6-3

What sucked:
- DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] lt. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24], 6-4 6-7 (2/7) 5-7
- Dominika Cibulková [Q] lt. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3], 2-6 3-6

But Domi put up quite a spirited challenge from what I've read.

Kuznetsova ousts qualifer to reach last 16
>>>
PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) - World number three Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia advanced to the last 16 of the French Open with a 6-2 6-3 win over teenage qualifier Dominika Cibulková on Saturday.

Kuznetsova, who lost to Justine Henin in last year's final, appeared a little cumbersome at times, but still proved too strong for her 18-year-old opponent from Slovakia.

The third seed made a sluggish start, but managed to break her opponent in the sixth game, and repeated the feat two games later to take the opening set in 40 minutes.

After forging an early break in the second set, the 21-year-old Kuznetsova dropped her own serve in the third game, but broke back immediately.

Kuznetsova then held on to seal victory with a backhand volley on her first match-point after 87 minutes.
<<<

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3. Third-round TV-report: Šafářová v Mauresmo
---------------------------------------------

I saw the whole match on BBCi, and I have to say, it was the highlight of the tournament so far for me!

It was my first time ever to see Lucie play - other than a few points in highlights over the last few months.

Lucie looks supremely talented: left-handed groundstrokes of flairsome power, taken early; wonderful left-handed angles; she can hit unbelievable winners from anywhere on the court. "Šafářová the shotmaker," Sam Smith called her. And some of her running was just amazing.

And she's been improving rapidly in the last year, even if she hasn't pushed on quite as much as I had hoped after her trailblazing run to the final of WTA Paris in February. Until now!

Oh - and she's not unattractive! Nice slender body, not too muscular; nice long legs, sexy bare midriff when her shirt hikes up, fascinating eyes, and a beautifully sculpted mouth. And she has a lovely voice.

I am contemplating inducting Lucie into my Eternal Fanship, but I'm not going to dive straight into that commitment just because I'm excited today. For now, I just want to follow her for the rest of this tournament on a probationary basis. She will sit on my Council, but I do not grant her the rank of Eternal Fanship. I do, however, promote her to #11 on my list of favourites - the next place below my Eternal Fanship.

Passion and Reason are both required to induct a player into my Eternal Fanship. In Lucie's case, the Reason is very strong - it's the Passion that I have to be convinced of (it has to be much more than just Schadenfreude because Mauresmo lost ;-) ). My feelings should become clearer when she plays Anna Chakvetadze - the last player I inducted into my Eternal Fanship, and a girl for whom my Passion is very strong.


Pre-match interviews:
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Lucie: "I'm looking forward to it, and I hope we will have a good match. We will see how it will be today."

Mauresmo: "I'm feeling good, I haven't played for a couple of months, so I'm just looking forward to stepping onto the court - it's a wonderful opportunity for me."
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Lucie came onto court with her right thigh strapped. Sam Smith: "The sliding does take a toll on the groin."

Sam Smith [re. Lucie]: "I don't think she has a particularly great serve, but she could get more out of being left-handed than she does."

Sam Smith [re. Lucie's upset of Mauresmo at the Australian Open]: "It makes her believe she can win, but it puts pressure of expectation on her."

Unfortunately this match had to share my attention with live scores for Anna Chakvetadze, and later with live scores for Daniela Hantuchová as well (Anna and Daniela are both members of my Eternal Fanship).


First set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ ___*@*@*@ 6
MAURESMO *@*______ 3

Mauresmo serving 0-0: Lucie backhand long on the fourth stroke. 15/0. A deep backhand from Mauresmo forced Lucie to earth a backhand. 30/0. Lucie backhand return long. 40/0. Mauresmo backhand just long. 40/15. Ace.

Sam Smith: "It might even help her that she lost to Šafářová in Australia. At Roland Garros, it's always about keeping the expectation /low/."

Lucie serving 0-1: Lucie sprayed a forehand lob long off a deep return from Mauresmo. 0/15. Lucie went for a big forehand down the line, but it was just wide. 0/30. Ace. 15/30. Lucie backhand just long. 15/40 (2 BPs). Ace. 30/40. Lucie hit a big off-forehand winner into the corner. 40/40. Lucie, driven outside the tramlines, went for a forehand into the corner, but it was just wide. Ad Mauresmo (BP #3). Lucie hit an error-forcing forehand smash after a big forehand to set it up. Deuce #2. Lucie sprayed a wild forehand wide. Ad Mauresmo (BP #4). Mauresmo hit a crosscourt forehand winner behind Lucie.

Mauresmo serving 2-0: Lucie netted a backhand. 15/0. Double fault. 15/15. Mauresmo opened up the court but hit a forehand just wide. 15/30. Serve + off-forehand winner. 30/30. A long, fascinating rally ended with Mauresmo hitting a crosscourt backhand winner. Sam Smith: "Swamping Šafářová with spin. Very vulnerable to that kind of angle." 40/30. Double fault. 40/40. Lucie netted a backhand return (unforced). Ad Mauresmo. Lucie netted a forehand on the fourth stroke.

Sam Smith [re. Lucie]: "She's a great shotmaker when she gets going, but she's a little tense at the moment."

If I can raise my eyes from the Chakvetadze v Sugiyama scoreboard for one second, I'll have to Czech out Lucie's legs. They seem longer than I realised!

Lucie serving 0-3: Lucie thought a fabulous forehand had forced Mauresmo to hit a lob long, but it just dropped in, and Lucie hit a lob wide. 0/15. Service-winner. 15/15. Lucie hit an error-forcing crosscourt forehand. 30/15. Ace. Sam Smith: "That looked wide." 40/15. Lucie hit a fine backhand winner down the line.

Mauresmo serving 3-1: Mauresmo forehand smash long. 0/15. Lucie backhand just long. 15/15. Double fault. 15/30. Mauresmo netted a backhand (forced by a good deep crosscourt backhand just inside the sideline from Lucie). 15/40 (2 BPs). Lucie hit a hard, deep, error-forcing forehand.

Lucie seems to have settled down now, and that's bad news for Mauresmo! And her grunting is getting more audible - a two-tone grunt like Monica Seles, albeit much quieter!

Sam Smith: "She has such a fast arm, and can produce unbelievable shots from any part of the court. Deceptively powerful - has this wonderful timing."

Lucie serving 2-3: Mauresmo netted a forehand. 15/0. Ace down the middle. 30/0. Lucie hit a pass to Mauresmo's feet, followed by running down a dropshot to hit a fantastic crosscourt backhand winner. 40/0. Double fault (second serve just wide). Barry Davies: "She shouldn't have hit that serve - trouble with the throw-up." 40/15. Ace down the middle.

Lucie has lost just 3 points in the last 3 games! :-)

Mauresmo serving 3-3: Mauresmo netted a forehand. 0/15. Mauresmo netted a forehand. 0/30. Lucie hit a fantastic forehand winner into Mauresmo's backhand-corner. 0/40 (3 BPs). Mauresmo forehand smash-winner. 15/40. Service-winner. 30/40. A good serve forced a short return, but Mauresmo netted a tame forehand.

Sam Smith: "Feet get slow, arm gets tight."
Barry Davies: "Another battle for Mauresmo against herself."

The crowd has gone very quiet. Mauresmo has called for a doctor because she's got stomach-cramps. I wonder if she's going to do a Justine Henin? (who retired against her in the Australian Open 2006 final).

Mauresmo is taking a lengthy off-court timeout.
Barry Davies: "How much is this the body, how much is it the mind?"
Sam Smith: "More tense: more prone to injury."

Lucie serving 4-3: Mauresmo forehand long. I think she's done. 15/0. Lucie hit a huge, deep forehand, forcing Mauresmo into error - flairsome power! 30/0. Another big forehand from Lucie, another tame error (long) from Mauresmo. 40/0. Mauresmo netted a backhand, and sort of stumbled like she was feeling unwell.

Mauresmo serving 3-5: Lucie hit an ambitious forehand into the corner just wide. Sam Smith: "Winners at will!" 15/0. Mauresmo forehand winner into the corner off a short ball from Lucie. 30/0. Mauresmo netted a forehand. Sam Smith praised Lucie's ability to "change the angle". 30/15. Mauresmo netted a forehand volley with the court wide open. Sam Smith: "Šafářová does love a target." 30/30. Lucie backhand long. 40/30. Double fault. 40/40. Mauresmo netted a forehand after a long rally with sharp hitting from Lucie and blunt hitting from Mauresmo, like they both always do. Ad Lucie (SP #1). Lucie came in behind a deep backhand, and Mauresmo netted a makeable pass. Lucie won the first set 6-3 at 13:18.

Sam Smith: "Mauresmo is trying to take shortcuts out here - forcing too much, too early."

I predict either 6-3 6-0 or 6-3 retired.


Second set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ ___@*@* * * T 7(7)
MAURESMO @*@____* * *_ 6(3)

Lucie serving 0-0: Mauresmo hit a deep backhand winner - her first good shot for about six games, I think. 0/15. Service-winner. 15/15. Mauresmo lob-winner - Lucie shouldn't have left it. 15/30. An amazing rally ended with Mauresmo hitting a backhand volley wide off a half-volley pass from Lucie on the defensive. 30/30. Lucie went for a stunning forehand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 30/40 (BP). Mauresmo forehand return long. 40/40. Lucie netted a forehand. Ad Mauresmo. Lucie long.

Mauresmo serving 0-1: Mauresmo netted. 0/15. Lucie sprayed a wild forehand very long. 15/15. Lucie backhand return long. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15. Lucie backhand long.

Barry Davies: "Most of the coaching in this sport needs to be of the psychiatric variety!"

Lucie serving 0-2: Service-winner. 15/0. Mauresmo crosscourt backhand winner after taking the initiative with a forehand down the line that caught the outside edge of the baseline. 15/15. Service-winner. 30/15. Mauresmo dominated the rally and hit a forehand smash-winner. 30/30. Lucie crosscourt forehand winner into the corner off a lob from Mauresmo. 40/30. Mauresmo backhand return-winner down the line. 40/40. Lucie netted a backhand. Ad Mauresmo (BP). Lucie sprayed a wild backhand wide, provoking a fell shout from Mauresmo - or was it a linesperson?

Sam Smith [re. Lucie]: "Lost her head completely in that last game."

Mauremo serving 3-0: A dipping pass from Lucie induced Mauresmo to net a forehand volley. 0/15. Sam Smith: "Not looking too comfortable getting down low there." Lucie hit a big forehand winner down the line. 0/30. Mauresmo backhand long (unforced). 0/40 (3 BPs). Lucie return very long. 15/40. Mauresmo netted a forehand after a point with a cute little squawk from Lucie.

Lucie serving 3-1: Lucie backhand wide (forced by Mauresmo at the net). 0/15. Double fault #2. A rather despairing look in Lucie's eyes. 0/30. A deep backhand from Lucie induced Mauresmo to net one. 15/30. Mauresmo backhand just long. 30/30. Mauresmo hit what looked like a dead-netcord winner, but Lucie ran it down fantastically and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30. Lucie hit a dead-netcord winner, and very short it was too!

Sam Smith: "Lucie has bright, perky eyes, looking for opportunities. Not a huge array of shots, but good forehand and backhand, and movement. I'll be amazed if she isn't top 20 by the end of 2007."

Mauresmo serving 3-2: Mauresmo forehand volley-winner. 15/0. Mauresmo backhand moonball long. 15/15. Mauresmo backhand long, and shouted in frustration. 15/30. Double fault #5. 15/40 (2 BPs). Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. Sam Smith: "Twist or bust for Mauresmo." 30/40. A long, intriguing rally ended with Mauresmo hitting a forehand volley-winner. 40/40. Mauresmo forehand very long. Ad Lucie (BP). Lucie forehand pass just long. Deuce #2. Double fault #6. Ad Lucie (BP #2). Mauresmo backhand just long.

Lucie serving 3-3: Mauresmo netted a forehand. 15/0. Lucie hit a forehand smash-winner off a lob from Mauresmo - nice footwork, let it bounce. 30/0. Lucie hit a forehand onto the sideline, but it was called wide. 30/15. Double fault. Lucie emitted a cute little squeak. 30/30. And another double fault! (second serve into the net). 30/40 (BP). Lucie hit an easy forehand smash-winner off a short lob from Mauresmo. 40/40. Lucie netted a tame forehand after running around her backhand on a very short ball. Ad Mauresmo (BP #2). Mauresmo netted a tame backhand. Deuce #2. Mauresmo backhand return just long. Ad Lucie. She hit a deep forehand approach, but Mauresmo ripped a stunning backhand pass-winner down the line "from the depths of despair" [Sam Smith]. Deuce #3. Lucie hit a deep forehand winner down the line, just inside the baseline - "big whippy forehand, really slots it so well" [Sam Smith]. Ad Lucie. She played a very brave point, with two very deep groundstrokes and a forehand smash-winner to finish.

Barry Davies: "The more consistent of the two players, and the better at choosing the right shot at the right time."

Mauresmo serving 4-3: Mauresmo forehand wide. 0/15. Lucie bunted a down-the-line backhand return-winner into the corner. 0/30. Lucie forehand long. 15/30. Double fault #7 (second serve long). 15/40 (2 BPs). Mauresmo hit an amazing backhand drop-volley winner off what I thought was a good low backhand pass down the line from Lucie. 30/40. Lucie backhand return long. 40/40. Lucie made a big unforced error very long. Ad Mauresmo. A good wide serve forced Lucie hit a forehand return wide, and gave a little squeak of despair.

That game just levels off the momentum a bit, as well as the score. Lucie's handed Mauresmo a chance to get back in the match.

The crowd are getting very rude now. A few minutes ago they were whistling Lucie, and now they're shouting "Amélie! Amélie! Amélie!"

Lucie serving 4-4: Mauresmo netted a backhand. 15/0. Lucie backhand dropshot. 30/0. Lucie hit a lovely forehand winner down the line, just inside the sideline. 40/0. Ace #6: out wide, right in the corner, certainly on the sideline if not the service-line!

Mauresmo serving 4-5: Mauresmo shanked a forehand lob long. 0/15. Lucie saw the gap for a backhand winner down the line about three strokes after I did, but put it just wide. 15/15. Mauresmo forehand smash virtual winner after a muscular forehand gave her the initiative (forced a lob from Lucie). 30/15. Lucie sprayed a wild forehand return very long. 40/15. Lucie netted an easy forehand.

Not nearly enough pressure from Lucie there. :-( Maybe she's the one getting a bit choky.

Lucie serving 5-5: Mauresmo netted a forehand with the court wide open after Lucie ran around her backhand to hit an off-forehand. 15/0. Lucie backhand just long. 15/15. Lucie hit a huge error-forcing crosscourt forehand that caught the outside edge of the sideline. 30/15. Mauresmo hit an easy forehand smash-winner after forcing a very short lob from Lucie. 30/30. Lucie hit a sharp crosscourt backhand winner into the corner. 40/30. Mauresmo forehand just long. The umpire checked the mark and confirmed it was out.

Barry Davies: "Šafářová is proving that she's a very gutsy player."

Mauresmo serving 5-6: Mauresmo framed a forehand into the net. 0/15. Mauresmo backhand on the baseline forced Lucie to mishit a forehand into the sky. 15/15. Mauresmo's forehand down the line forced Lucie into error, but I think it was wide! :-|| Lucie brought the wrath of the crowd on herself by complaining that call. 30/15. Lucie mishit a forehand long. 40/15. Lucie hit a fabulous pinpoint forehand pass-winner down the line. 40/30. Mauresmo forehand volley-winner.

Tiebreak (all scores Šafářová/Mauresmo):
{*0/0} Lucie hit a lovely sharp crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline - no lack of bravery there!
{1/0*} Mauresmo double fault (second serve into the net).
{2/0*} Mauresmo wide serve + off-forehand winner.
{*2/1} Lucie double fault (second serve into the bottom of the net).
{*2/2} Mauresmo forehand long.
{3/2*} Late call of fault from the umpire on the first serve. An amazing rally, with unbelievable retrieving from Lucie, ended with her hitting a crosscourt backhand winner!!
{4/2*} Service-winner.
{*4/3} Very wide-angled serve + forehand winner down the line.
{*5/3} Mauresmo return just long.
{6/3*: MP #1} Mauresmo netted a tame forehand on the third stroke. Lucie won 6-3 7-6 (7/3) at 14:27.

My heart is beating, and there are bubbles of joy in my chest right now! Admittedly some of this is Schadenfreude because Mauresmo lost, but most of it is I'm delighted that Lucie did beat Mauresmo as I so arrogantly predicted! :D


Lucie's on-court interview: "It was great; it was amazing. In the beginning I felt so nervous, I was a bit scared, but I start to play my game, and it was great. I was fighting for each point, and I never give up, and I won in two sets. It was great."


Lucie's press-conference
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Q. What's it like being an opponent against Amélie on the Centre Court at Roland Garros? How tough does that make your job?

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: It was very tough. I was very nervous at the beginning, because I know that the crowd is for her. And, yeah, but I tried to just concentrate on each point and support myself. And, yeah, it was going well.

Q. Did you feel alone?

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: Not really alone. I mean, the crowd was very fair. It was very nice. But, still, it's a pressure.

Q. What do you consider the key to your victory? Why do you think you won?

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: I tried to come for each point, to play aggressive. I think that's why I won.

Q. Were you aware that Amélie was perhaps not as fit as she might have been, and were you trying to move her as often around the court as you could to test how fit she was?

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: Yeah. I saw that she was taping her leg, so I know that maybe she has some injuries. But at the beginning of the second set she was improving her game, and she was playing much better than in the first set before she taped her leg.

So I was like, "Okay, that's maybe not so serious." And I have to play more aggressive and still try to win each point, and it was more difficult, so.

Q. What was going through your mind at the last tiebreak?

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: I was. [Me too!]

Q. The pressure was there?

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: Yeah, of course, it was there. But at the tiebreak, I just tried to don't think about anything and just concentrate on each point. Because if I would think about the crowd and everything, that I could lose or win or this kind of stuff, I wouldn't play well. So I know that I have to clear my mind and just think of each - think about each point.

Q. But you never played defensively. You were very aggressive on each point.

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: Yeah. I want - yeah, that was my plan.

Q. Yeah, but sometimes it doesn't work. I mean, you're afraid to miss and you play defensive.

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: But if you are afraid, you cannot win against great players. You have to be aggressive.

Q. Does this rank as your finest moment thus far? Certainly this is as far as you've been in a Grand Slam, isn't it?

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: I was in quarter-finals in Australian Open.

Q. You beat Amélie there, did you?

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: Yeah. Yeah.

Q. So you've ruined her year so far; right?

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: But it's - yeah, for me it's amazing. I'm very happy.

Q. Until this year, you hadn't had success at Grand Slam tournaments. I don't think you had won a match at the French Open before this year.

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: I won two matches in the qualifying. Then I got in, also Lucky Loser. I lost two years in the first round. But, yeah, I broke it this year in Australian Open.

Q. Do you have an explanation for why you've had so much more success? I mean, you did very well in Australia. You've done very well here. And before that in Grand Slam tournaments you didn't.

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: Yeah, it's - I was like growing up from small tournaments, then I played first Grand Slam. So then you get more and more experience. That's why you are improving your game from tournament to tournament.

Q. Is part of it, then, just a mental thing at the Grand Slam?

LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ: Mental and also confidence with the matches that you know that you can beat the good players, that you can play with them. And, yeah, you are more stronger in your mind. And, of course, I had a great preparation for this year in the off-season. Because last year I was out, injured, so it was tough, yeah.


Mauresmo's press-conference
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Q. Was there a point in the match where you said, "Ooh, I'm supposed to be playing Lucie, not Maria"?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Sorry, I didn't really -

Q. I mean, the name was like Sharapova, the pink, it was looking like Sharapova with the left hand.

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: The main difference, I guess, was the left hand. You said it. I didn't feel like I was playing Maria today. But why not? I mean, if that's what you saw, why not?

Q. But that was a joke. The main question is, was it more like trying to gut the match out? Were you physically 100 percent in that match, or was it like mind over body or something?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Okay. I guess you're asking me about physical condition. I felt something in my adductors, but I struggle for a few weeks now. And it's something that is not really going right, yeah, for few months now on my body.

So I guess it doesn't help. But I was overall able to still lead 3/Love in that first set and again in the second set. But not really take advantage of that and not being able, yeah, to keep that pressure, yeah, to keep that pressure on her the way I should have.

So the fact is that there's no miracle today. I mean, I've been struggling for weeks now, and, as I said, coming here at the French Open, I didn't really know what to expect. And I didn't really know - didn't really have the goal to - you know, I was really taking it match after match. So it showed today that, yeah, when you're not prepared the way you should be, then it makes it very difficult.

Q. You said the injury was decisive, didn't you, today?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: What?

Q. Are you saying the injury was decisive today?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No, I don't think - it didn't help, that's what I said. I don't think - there was no miracle overall. I mean, I struggled a little bit the last match against Nathalie [Dechy] and had some ups and downs, and had some ups and downs for weeks now, and again today. So it's the result of, I guess, a few weeks of struggle.

Q. You mentioned before that you didn't feel that much pressure here at this event because you've already won two Grand Slam titles. But is it as disappointing as it has been in the past for you to lose here?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, it's disappointing. As disappointing? No, because, again, coming here, this year especially, I didn't expect really great things to happen. It's a little bit sad to say, but that's just the way it is and the way it was. So it's different.

Q. I know we're here at Roland Garros, but with you talking about your conditioning, are you going to have time to be properly fit coming back to defend your Wimbledon title?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I hope so. I think clay is physically very difficult, you know, especially coming back from surgery. It makes it even more difficult than any other surface, I guess. And also especially on my weak points that are the adductors. I'll do my best, do what I have to do, I guess, to get ready for in a few weeks.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in French, please.

Q. The beginning of this match was quite good. You started off quite well. So how can you explain that, all of a sudden, it turned out totally different? Is it a lack of preparation, a lack of concentration? What happened?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, I don't know. I mean, she played very well. She played her match. And that's just the result of what has been going on for me for quite a few weeks now. I'm not regular at the moment, whether on the previous matches, whether last week in Strasbourg, whether the week before Strasbourg.

So today, I walk out of the court and I try and analyse this, and I realised that there was no miracle. These situations, I mean, this type of irregularity is something I've been going through over the last weeks. And I find it difficult to recover what is my strength; I need to be regular from the first match to the last one, and to play your best possible tennis all the time.

This is what I lacked today; this is what I lacked for a while since coming back after surgery.

Q. Is there any frustration, because, of course, you give explanations, but is there a frustration, because we feel that you were very close to winning?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yes. Last week I was very close, as well, in Strasbourg. And today also, it was very close to being a totally different match, and that didn't happen. And 3/Love today, and physically, I felt this sprain, so that was quite present in my mind, mentally speaking. That didn't help, and especially for this type of surface and this type of match.

Q. This irregularity that you lack at the moment, had you realised it would be that long - is that something normal? Does it take longer than usual?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: You know, I'm not a patient person, so it's quite frustrating to me to realise that this irregularity in my game takes longer to come back than I expected. I thought I was probably a bit naďve, but I expected this to be back earlier.

Q. And what about the pain? When did you feel it?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, I started feeling it when I played against Nathalie and, today very early in the match, i.e. during the second game, and that didn't help me at all. I couldn't feel free, especially when I had to run and adjust my placement; I very often was late on the ball. Even though I realised that she hits the ball very early, I very often was late. And, well, you know, it's a whole series of things.

Q. And where is that pain located?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Adductors, as always. I've been struggling. I know that's one of my weaknesses. That's one of my weak points.

And it's true that clay doesn't help, because you have big slides and this is not easy. And then there is lack of preparation. I mean, I prepared as best as I could, but at one stage, the body needs time, and this is not probably the best preparation I had.

Q. This strapping you had on your hip, is it for your adductors?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, I started feeling the pain when I played Nathalie. I could feel it again at the very beginning of the match, so I took some anti-inflammatory drugs, and the doctors told me to strap it.

Q. Was it a problem for you with your forehand?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yes.

Q. Did you have a feeling that the match could be totally different at 3-3 when she made the mistakes on her serve and she had a double fault on her serve?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, at one stage I was leading 3-Love, so it was quite positive. Then she comes back. After I lost four games, I managed to save my service and to go up to the tiebreak.

So despite everything, I said earlier, I had opportunities and the match could have been different, but that wasn't the case. And that's it.

Q. When you walked in, you said there was no miracle. So it gives us the impression that you're not that disappointed?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I'm not surprised. You know, at the end of the day, if you work, you win matches; you build up your confidence and you play better and better. Now I have worked over a certain number of weeks with ups and downs which were related to my physical condition, and that's all I can say. And unfortunately, it's not a surprise.

Q. What would you say, "Okay, let's be pragmatic, there was no miracle"? Or would you say, "That's another year I couldn't have a good performance in Roland Garros"?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No, just when I walked out of the court, I spoke to Loic [Courteau] and I said, "Well, there you go. There was no miracle today."

And I think clay doesn't help. It didn't help me coming back to my best level.

Q. Which of the signs that make you feel that you'll be more regular in the future?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, the positive moments when I was stronger, when I played well, when I had intentions, when I was doing something on my side.

In terms of irregularity, I need to play. Of course grass is a more natural surface to me, and I find my tennis earlier on grass. And I hope this will help me.

Q. With regards to your adductor problem, do you have fears for Wimbledon?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, I remember last year when I had problem for the last match. So it's a good memory you want to have. I hope I'll be able to manage all this in the - during the coming week, and I hope I'll be almost - at almost 100 percent of my potential for Wimbledon.

Q. When do you think of resuming your practising to go to Wimbledon?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, as early as possible. I'll have two days' break, and then I'll work to come back to 100 percent of my potential and move on. That's the only thing I can do.

Q. What would you say to people who say, "Well, the two No. 1s of French tennis are no longer playing in the second week"? What would you say?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, I could explain my case. As for Richard [Gasquet], you probably spoke to him.

Q. Is it worrying?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, in my case, there is nothing worrying, and there's certainly more worrying things than that in life. All we need is to be pragmatic, to face things, to know why, to know the reasons, and make sure that this will not happen again. And, yeah, do our best so it doesn't happen again.

Q. On these intense phases in the match, which were the most intense phases in the match? Would you say it's the end of the first set?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No, I started off playing very well. It was a very good beginning, and that was very intense. Because even at the end of the match for the five, six, seven last games, I had very poor service, double faults, never managed to pass my first serve. And I would always give her two or three points on my services. So that's probably not the best period of the match for me.

Q. You've been injured. You had problems with your adductors. Had it not been Roland Garros, would you have come at all?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, this is a question I never asked myself. When I couldn't feel the pain in my abdomen anymore, I knew I couldn't wait and just play on grass for two or three months before Wimbledon. And I know that what I need is playing matches. I don't want to practise for three months. We do that for a month and a half in between two seasons, and enough at my age [27].

Q. Can you tell us about your agenda for the coming weeks?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you very much.


Articles
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MAURESMO CRASHES OUT TO ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [CEEFAX 490->491]
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Mauresmo crashes out to Šafářová [CEEFAX 491]

Amélie Mauresmo's hopes of winning her home Grand Slam are over for another year after she was beaten by Lucie Šafářová in the third round in Paris.

Mauresmo, who has recently returned to action after appendicitis, was treated for a thigh injury after squandering a 3-0 lead in the first set.

The fifth seed also went 3-0 up in the second but Šafářová fought back again.

The 20-year-old Czech, who also beat Mauresmo at the Australian Open, went on to triumph 6-3 7-6 (7/3).
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Mauresmo philosophical in defeat [CEEFAX 490->491]
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Amélie Mauresmo stopped short of blaming injury for her French Open defeat but said it was a factor.

"I felt something in my adductors, but I've been struggling for a few weeks now," said Mauresmo, who recently had an operation to remove her appendix.

"It doesn't help. But I was still able to lead 3-0 in the first set and again in the second, but not take advantage.

"But coming here, I didn't really expect great things. It's a little bit sad to say, but that's the way it is."
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MAURESMO DEFEATED BY ŠAFÁŘOVÁ AGAIN [Teletext 495->496]
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Mauresmo Czechs out again [Teletext 496]

Lucie Šafářová beat Amélie Mauresmo for the second Grand Slam in a row to send the home favourite crashing out in the third round at Roland Garros.

Fifth seed Mauresmo raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set but needed treatment for a thigh injury and lost the next six games to the Czech 25th seed.

The second set followed a similar pattern with Šafářová prevailing on a tie-break to win 6-3 7-6.


Amélie rues Tour break [Teletext 496]

Amélie Mauresmo blamed a lack of preparation for her third-round exit at the hands of Lucie Šafářová.

The fifth seed and crowd favourite missed two months of the WTA Tour after an appendix operation and needed treatment on a thigh injury as she went down 6-3 7-6 at Roland Garros.

Mauresmo said: "You want to give your best in each match, to go to the end. But it was not enough."
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Mauresmo again disappoints at French Open
June 2, 2007
By Steve Douglas, Special to PA SportsTicker
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PARIS (Ticker) - With the hopes of a nation riding on her every shot, Amélie Mauresmo once again came up short.

Mauresmo became the highest-profile casualty of this year's French Open when she was dumped out of her home tournament by Lucie Šafářová in straight sets on Saturday.

Seeded fifth, Mauresmo imploded in both sets and lost 6-3 7-6 (7/3) to the surging 25th seed from the Czech Republic in a third-round match-up.

Šafářová came into the clash having defeated Mauresmo in their only previous encounter: 6-4 6-3 in the Round of 16 at the Australian Open earlier this year.

But she started poorly here, Mauresmo breaking early to go 3-0 ahead. However, her game then disintegrated and Šafářová won six games in a row - three on the Frenchwoman's serve - to take the set.

The second set followed a near-identical course. Mauresmo again went 3-0 up, this time after breaking Šafářová twice. But Mauresmo was broken in the fourth, and a lucky net-cord on game point handed the Czech the fifth on her own serve.

The Frenchwoman saved three break-points in the sixth game, but then lost the fourth to find herself all square at 3-3. The set then stayed on serve and was settled in a tiebreak.

Šafářová took an early mini-break to go 4/3 ahead, and then a textbook wide serve and approach left her two points from a win. Mauresmo then sent a backhand long and a basic forehand into the net to end the match.
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Šafářová crushes Mauresmo's French Open dreams
By Patrick Vignal
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PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) - Amelie Mauresmo's dreams of shining at the French Open at last were crushed when the Frenchwoman lost 6-3 7-6 to Czech Lucie Šafářová in a third-round match on Saturday.

Fifth seed Mauresmo, who had fallen as the defending champion to the same opponent in the fourth round of this year's Australian Open, played most of the match with a bandage around her upper right thigh.

The former world number one, who had never gone beyond the quarter-finals at Roland Garros on 12 previous appearances, fought bravely but could not avoid the frustration of another early exit.

"There were good rallies; it was a good fight," said Mauresmo, who returned to action last month after a two-month break due to appendicitis.

"It's disappointing. I was 3-0 up in both sets, but I was not able to follow up. My preparations were not ideal. There was no miracle."

The athletic 27-year-old made a promising start, opening up a 3-0 lead, but then dropped her pace and let her opponent win four games in a row.

Mauresmo then left the court to take a medical break, the former world number one returning with her thigh strapped. She lost the next two games, dropping the set by hitting a backhand into the net.

Cheered on by a partisan crowd, the Wimbledon champion bounced back to win the first three games of the second set.

Her 20-year-old opponent, playing close to perfection, once again levelled the set at 3-3.

Both players then held serve until a tiebreak, which featured some exciting rallies. Šafářová held nerve to win it 7/3, Mauresmo hitting a forehand into the net on the first match-point to bow out after an hour and 54 minutes.

"Beating her in Australia was nice already, but this is fantastic," Šafářová said. "I was 3-0 down, but I never gave up and I won in straight sets. That's great."

World number 29 Šafářová, who claimed Justine Henin's scalp in the semi-finals of the Paris Open in February, goes on to meet Russia's Anna Chakvetadze for a place in the quarter-finals.
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Mauresmo suffers recurring nightmare in Paris
By Pritha Sarkar
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PARIS (Reuters) - Amelie Mauresmo's fragile hopes of winning her home Grand Slam ended in heartache once more on Saturday, her French Open dreams shredded by a familiar Czech foe.

On a day when Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova strolled into the fourth round by losing a combined total of 16 games, Lucie Šafářová turned into public enemy number one when she shoved Mauresmo towards the exit with a 6-3 7-6 victory.

The 20-year-old Czech sealed Mauresmo's demise for the second Grand Slam running after one hour and 54 minutes of riveting action.

As Šafářová greeted her moment of triumph by punching the air in delight and blowing kisses to all corners of the court, a crestfallen Mauresmo dwelled on her 13th flop in Paris.

"It was very close, and it could have gone either way. It's very disappointing as I was 3-0 up in each set and just couldn't do it," said the Wimbledon champion, whose French Open highlights remain two quarter-final showings in 2003 and 2004.

They were joined by ninth seed Anna Chakvetadze, who ended the Asian challenge in the singles draw by outlasting Japan's Ai Sugiyama 6-4 6-4 under a blazing sky.

But it was Chakvetadze's last-16 opponent, Šafářová, who basked under the sunshine.

"It was great, it was amazing. I felt nervous in the start because Amelie was at home... but I never gave up," said the 29th-ranked Czech.

Mauresmo had stepped on to the most famous claycourt stage declaring: "I want revenge... I just want to make amends."

Still haunted by memories of her fourth-round downfall at the Australian Open, when Šafářová had ended her reign as champion, Mauresmo kept her word for 20 spellbinding minutes.

She barely gave her left-handed opponent a chance to soak up the atmosphere, and had stormed into a 3-0 lead.

But things never come easy for Mauresmo in Paris, and once more her challenge crumbled.

Trailing 4-3 in the first set, she took an injury time-out to have her right thigh strapped, but the break did little to change her fortunes.

The second set proved to be a video replay of the first, Mauresmo surging to a 3-0 lead, and Šafářová winning the next four games to nose 4-3 ahead.

As match-point flashed up on the scoreboard with Šafářová leading 6/3 in the tiebreak, an anxious Mauresmo ended her own ordeal with a forehand into the net.
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4. Third-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Sugiyama
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+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. AI SUGIYAMA [21], 6-4 6-4

Again, it was a case of Anna holding serve reliably until she had to serve for the match at 6-4 *5-3, when she was broken. Fortunately there was no repeat of the second-round scare, where she was taken to a third set after failing to serve it out!

The match started at 12:30 CEST, and had to compete for my attention with the televised Šafářová v Mauresmo match which started a few minutes later, and later with live scores for Daniela Hantuchová.


First set
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CHAKVETA * * *@__*@ 6
SUGIYAMA _* *__@*__ 4

Anna serving 0-0: 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.
Sugiyama serving 0-1: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 1-1: 30/0. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Sugiyama serving 1-2: 0/15. 30/15. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Sugiyama. Held.
Anna serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Sugiyama (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Anna. Held.
Sugiyama serving 2-3: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Anna serving 4-2: 0/40 (3 BPs). Broken.
Sugiyama serving 3-4: 15/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Sugiyama. Deuce #2. Ad Sugiyama. Held.
Anna serving 4-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

Well recovered from 15/40!

Sugiyama serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1). Anna won the first set 6-4 at 13:11 (41m).


Second set
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CHAKVETA * * * *@ @ 6
SUGIYAMA _* * *__@_ 4

Anna serving 0-0: 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Sugiyama serving 0-1: 0/15. 30/15. Held.
Anna serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Sugiyama serving 1-2: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 2-2: 30/0. 30/15. 30/15. 40/30. Held.
Sugiyama serving 2-3: 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Sugiyama. Held.
Anna serving 3-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. Held.
Sugiyama serving 3-4: 0/40 (3 BPs). Broken.
Anna serving 5-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
Sugiyama serving 4-5: 15/15. 15/40 (2 MPs). Anna won 6-4 6-4 at 13:53 (second set 42m, match 1h23m).

This sets up a mouthwatering fourth-round match with Lucie Šafářová, whom I'm contemplating inducting into my Eternal Fanship after her fantastic win over Amélie Mauresmo, which I saw on BBCi.

Passion and Reason are needed to induct a player into my Eternal Fanship. For Lucie I have Reason, but I need to be convinced about the Passion. So it's great that she's playing Anna, for whom I have a lot of Passion. This match should help to clarify my feelings for Lucie, especially if she wins - which I suspect she will, with Anna not firing on all cylinders this claycourt-season, and Lucie having played so brilliantly to beat Mauresmo.

My loyalty is to Anna - she's the one who's in my Eternal Fanship, after all - but I don't think I'd mind her losing to Lucie after what Lucie did to Mauresmo! ;-)


Patty Schnyder's press-conference
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I found some interesting news about Anna:

Q. I saw your husband clearly being Chakvetadze's coach the other day.

PATTY SCHNYDER: Yeah.

Q. You know, the draw is shaping up. There is a possibility. Does this make things tricky for you?

PATTY SCHNYDER: Not really. I mean, I know he's my husband and my coach. And so if it would be a match against Anna, all of us know what he's doing and who he's rooting for. So there is no point for me to worry in any stage.

Q. How did that all come about?

PATTY SCHNYDER: It was a long time ago. We did it just, yeah, behind the scenes or whatever you call it, in the background. And she was always wanting him to do it, but he never wanted to do it officially.

And we'll see what's going to work out. And she's always, yeah, together with her dad. So we have to see how things work out. But I don't want to be too much involved in it. And I like Anna, and maybe we do some workouts together and hit sometimes, very few. But, yeah, better ask him.

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5. Third-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Medina Garrigues
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- DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [12,EF] lt. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24], 6-4 6-7 (2/7) 5-7

Well, I always said this was a 50/50 match, with Daniela being the better tennis-player in general, but Medina Garrigues being a feisty claycourter, and so it proved.

Daniela won the first set, then staged an amazing comeback from *1-5 in the second, only to play a disastrous tiebreak. She saved 8 set-points in the second set, and a match-point at *4-5 (30/40) in a serve-dominated third set, only to be broken in the final game of the match after over three hours.

The match started at 13:18 CEST, but I was so busy watching Lucie Šafářová beat Amélie Mauresmo on BBCi, whilst following live scores for Anna Chakvetadze, that I didn't even notice Daniela's match on the scoreboard until three games into the match! ;-)


First set
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HANTUC * * * * *@ 6
MEDINA _* * * *__ 4

Medina Garrigues serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 40/30. Held.
Daniela serving 2-2: 40/0. Held.
Medina Garrigues serving 2-3: 40/15. Held.
Daniela serving 3-3: 15/0. 40/15. Held.
Medina Garrigues serving 3-4: 40/0. Held.
Daniela serving 4-4: 0/15. 30/30. Held.
Medina Garrigues serving 4-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. 30/40. Ad Daniela (SP). 40/40. Ad Daniela (SP #2). She won the first set at 13:54 (36m).


Second set
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HANTUC __*___*@*@ @_ 6(2)
MEDINA @* *@*____@ T 7(7)

Daniela serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Broken.
Medina serving 1-0: 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Daniela serving 0-2: 0/15. 15/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Daniela. Held.
Medina serving 2-1: 30/0 to 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Medina. Held.
Daniela serving 1-3: 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
Medina serving 4-1: 15/0. Held.
Daniela serving 1-5: 15/0. Held.
Medina serving 5-2: 0/30. Broken.

At last I can give this match my undivided attention, because I've just been watching Lucie Šafářová beat Amélie Mauresmo on BBCi, and it was fantastic! :-)))

Daniela serving 3-5: 0/40 (3 SPs). 15/40. The scoreboard briefly said that Medina Garrigues won the set, but she didn't! 40/40. Ad Medina Garrigues (SP #4). Deuce #2. Ad Daniela. Held.

(OT: David Mercer just said that Marcos Baghdatis had made "an erotic start"!)

Medina serving 5-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Medina (SP #5). Deuce #2. Ad Daniela (BP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Medina (SP #6). Deuce #4. Ad Daniela (BP #4). Broken.

Wow - what an amazing comeback from *1-5! Daniela has saved 6 set-points! Possibly more, if Medina had some during the closing stages of Šafářová d. Mauresmo.

Daniela serving 5-5: 30/0 to 30/40 (BP). Broken.

What a shame, after such a great comeback and then 30/0.

Medina serving 6-5: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Daniela (BP #3). Broken.

6-6 Tiebreak (all scores Hantuchová/Medina Garrigues): *0/0. 0/1*. 0/2*. *0/3. *0/4. 0/5*. 0/6* (SP #7). *1/6 (SP #8). *2/6 (SP #9). Medina Garrigues won the second set 7-6 (7/2) at 15:09 (second set 1h15m).

The third set didn't start until 15:15.


Third set
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HANTUC _* * * * *__ 5
MEDINA * * * * * *@ 7

Medina serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Medina. Held.

Daniela's back to her old habit of squandering break-points. It would be a bummer if she were the only member of my Eternal Fanship to lose before the fourth round (apart from Iroda Tulyaganova, who lost in qualifying), having played so well in her first round.

Daniela has an excellent record in third sets this year, as she is physically fitter than the vast majority of players, and that gives her the confidence that she can outlast them.

Daniela serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Medina serving 1-1: 30/0 to 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Daniela serving 1-2: Held to love.
Medina serving 2-2: 0/30 -> 40/30. Held.

Another opportunity (0/30) goes begging. It this to be the first main-draw loss for my Eternal Fanship this French Open?

Daniela serving 2-3: 0/15. 30/15. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Medina (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Daniela. Deuce #3. Ad Daniela. Held.

Phew - two break-points saved!

Medina serving 3-3: 40/0. 40/15. Held.

All too easy.

Daniela serving 3-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15 to 40/40. Ad Medina (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Medina (BP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Daniela. Held.

Phew! 40/15 up, then Medina had two break-points to serve for the match!

Medina serving 4-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Daniela serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (MP #1). 40/40. Ad Daniela. Deuce #2. Ad Daniela. Held.

Phew - Daniela saved a MATCH-POINT! I can't just think of a match in Daniela's career where she's saved match-point and won, so it would be cool if she could do so here. She saved 8 set-points in the second set.

Medina serving 5-5: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Daniela serving 5-6: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (MP #2). Medina won 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 7-5 at 16:21 (third set 1h12m, match 3h03m).

Oh well - at the start of the tournament, I would certainly have signed to have 3 out of 4 in the fourth round, as they had all been injured in the lead-up to the French Open.


Articles
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Spaniard claims epic win [Teletext 496]

Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for only the second time with a tight three-set win over Daniela Hantuchová.

The Slovakian 12th seed took the first set but Medina Garrigues, at a career-high ranking of 23, hit back to triumph 4-6 7-6 7-5 after three hours.

Shahar Pe'er, seeded 15, fought back from 3-0 down in the decider to beat Katarina Srebotnik 6-1 4-6 6-3.
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Hantuchova falls after three-hour battle
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PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) - Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues edged a three-hour battle against Slovakian 12th seed Daniela Hantuchová, winning 4-6 7-6 7-5 to reach the fourth of the French Open on Saturday.

On the warmest day of the championships so far, the 24-year-old from Valencia wore down the former world number five with some gritty tennis.

Hantuchová saved one match-point at 4-5 in the deciding set with a brave drive-volley, but there was no escape two games later when Garrigues got a second chance.

Medina Garrigues, who has matched her best run at a Grand Slam, will face Israel's Shahar Pe'er in the last 16 after she beat Katarina Srebotnik, also in three sets. [Not true: Medina Garrigues will meet Ana Ivanović, while Pe'er will defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova.]
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6. Fourth-round draw
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v SYBILLE BAMMER [20]
* DINARA SAFINA [10] v SERENA WILLIAMS [8]
* MARION BARTOLI [18,S] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (allez Marion!)
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v TATHIANA GARBIN [19] (pojďme Nicole!)

* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24] (ajde Ana!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (kadima Shahar!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF] (both nice; my loyalty is to Anna)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v PATTY SCHNYDER [14] (davai Maria!)

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7. Andrew's wishes (updated after Saturday)
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7.1 Quarter-final wishes
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+ JUSTINE HENIN [1] d. SERENA WILLIAMS [8]
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [18,S]
+ ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [15]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]


7.2 Semi-final wishes
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. JUSTINE HENIN [1]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF]


7.3 Final-wish
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF]

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8. Women's Doubles
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(GISELA DULKO [DF]/MARIA ELENA CAMERIN)[16]:
1r + Corina Morariu/Patty Schnyder, 6-4 3-6 7-5
2r + Martina Muller/Gabriela Navrátilová, 6-1 6-1
3r v (KVETA PESCHKE/RENNAE STUBBS)[4]

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9. Order of play for Sunday
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Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 4r: TOMMY ROBREDO [9] v FILIPPO VOLANDRI [29]
2. WS 4r: JUSTINE HENIN [1] v SYBILLE BAMMER [20]
3. MS 4r: GUILLERMO CAŃAS [19] v Juan Mónaco
4. MS 4r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v PATTY SCHNYDER [14]

Court 1 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 4r: TATHIANA GARBIN [19] v NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF]
2. WS 4r: SHAHAR PE'ER [15] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3]
3. WS 4r: ANA IVANOVIC [7] v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24]
4. WS 4r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] v LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF]

I hate the way they play all the women's fourth-round matches on Sunday, leaving only half the men's fourth round to be played on Monday! :-||

At least that will give me a much-needed rest and catch-up day before the quarter-finals (which are guaranteed to feature either Anna or Lucie). It's been a very hectic first week for me, and my players have done better than I expected, given that they were all injured in the lead-up to the French Open!


Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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Jun 5th, 2007, 02:10 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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Contents
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1. Photos & videos
2. Fourth-round results
3. Fourth-round TV-report: Bartoli v Janković
4. Fourth-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Šafářová
5. Fourth-round TV-report: Sharapova v Schnyder
6. Quarter-final draw
7. Andrew's wishes
8. Women's Doubles
9. Girls' Singles
10. Daniela Hantuchová appendix
11. Order of play for Tuesday

My fourth-round Vaidišová v Garbin report, and full TV-report for Sharapova v Schnyder, will be posted at a later date.

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1. Photos & videos
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1.1 Photos
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/
- Maria Sharapova (1r, 2r, 3r, 4r, Week 1)
- Anna Chakvetadze (2r, 3r, 4r, Week 1)
- Nicole Vaidišová (3r, 4r, Week 1)
- Daniela Hantuchová (3r, Week 1)
- Lucie Šafářová (3r)
- Ana Ivanović (3r, 4r)
- Marion Bartoli (3r, Week 1)
- Shahar Pe'er (3r)

I like Anna's "unique braid", and that 2r photo where she's looking up to serve gives a nice new angle on Anna! :-)

I recommend the following as search-terms for Getty Images, or to append to a URL starting with http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=
sharapova
vaidisova
chakvetadze
hantuchova
safarova
kirilenko
mirza
dulko
bartoli
peer
cibulkova
krajicek
poutchkova (Getty only)
paszek
harkleroad
bacsinszky
molik (Getty only)
wozniacki
sequera (cool sunglasses!)
cartwright (beautiful actress who attended the French Open)

Maria's facial expressions in the seconds after her victory over Patty Schnyder are most intriguing to me.

Many more photos of all the above, and others:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1


1.2 Video
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Nicole Vaidišová's 4r press-conference:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-06-03/200706031180885341390.html

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2. Fourth-round results (Sunday 3rd June)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [25,DF], 6-4 0-6 6-2

What rocked:
+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. TATHIANA GARBIN [19], 6-3 6-1
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. PATTY SCHNYDER [14], 3-6 6-4 9-7
+ ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] d. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24], 6-3 3-6 6-3

What sucked:
- MARION BARTOLI [18,S] lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 1-6 1-6
- SHAHAR PE'ER [15] lt. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3], 4-6 3-6

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3. Fourth-round TV-report: Bartoli v Janković
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I saw the whole match on BBCi.

Pre-match interviews:
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Marion: "J'espčre un bon match." ("I hope for a good match.")

Janković: "I'm really excited for this match today. I just hope I'll play a good game."
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The match started at 15:31 CEST (possibly a little earlier, as I actually watched it with a time-lag, as I was dubbing it from DVD-RAM to video-cassette, which is the only medium that I trust to be reliable for long-term archiving).


First set
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BARTOLI __*____ 1
JANKOVI @* *@*@ 6

Marion serving 0-0: Janković backhand just long. 0/15. Janković crosscourt forehand winner. 0/30. Janković off-backhand winner. 0/40. Marion saved the first with a pinpoint crosscourt backhand winner into the corner. 15/40. Janković hit a short-angled, very acute crosscourt forehand, forcing Marion to hit a forehand wide.

Janković is hitting the ball much harder than she did against Venus Williams, or than /I've/ ever seen her hit! The commentators are talking about it like she always hits that hard, so perhaps she does these days and the Williams-match was an exception because Williams goes for broke and doesn't give you much rhthm.

Janković serving 1-0: Janković netted a forehand. 0/15. Marion forehand just wide. 15/15. Janković hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Ace out wide. 40/15. Marion hit a nice backhand winner down the line. 40/30. Janković netted a forehand. 40/40. Marion netted a backhand. Ad Janković. Marion hit a defensive forehand lob wide.

A very fast start for Janković - so little time between points! She's forcing Marion to hit a lot of one-handed forehands.

Marion serving 0-2: Janković forehand winner down the line. 0/15. Marion's forehand smash forced Janković to balloon a forehand very long. 15/15. Janković forehand pass-winner off a weak volley from Marion. 15/30. Janković forehand down the line + forehand smash-winner. 15/40 (2 BPs). Janković dominated the rally but netted an easy backhand. 30/40. Janković off-forehand would-be return-winner just wide. 40/40. From way behind the baseline, pushed back on her heels, Marion hit an amazingly precise crosscourt backhand into the corner, forcing Janković into error. Ad Marion. Janković opened up the court with an amazing angle to set up an easy crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #2. Marion nailed a forehand winner down the line off a mishit lob from Janković. John Lloyd: "What a winner from that position!" Ad Marion. Janković forehand would-be winner down the line called wide - very late, by the umpire.

Well played Marion - she answered Janković's brilliance with some of her own. According to Sam Smith, Richard Williams said that Venus was /intimidated/ by Janković in the previous round!

Janković serving 1-2: Marion forehand return just long. 15/0. Double fault (Marion standing in, second serve just long - very flat like Maria Sharapova). 15/15. Janković netted a forehand after a long rally with good resistance from Marion. 15/30. Marion backhand long. 30/30. Janković caught Marion napping with a crosscourt backhand winner. 40/30. I must have missed a point in that game, but I don't know where.

Sam Smith: "Janković so intense - becoming a great match-player."

Marion serving 1-3: Marion netted a backhand. 0/15. Service-winner. 15/15. Marion netted a forehand. 15/30. Janković rocketed a backhand winner down the line. 15/40 (2 BPs). Janković backhand wide. 30/40. Janković netted a forehand after a long rally with a lot of balls down the middle from Marion. 40/40. Janković forehand pass-winner off an inadequate approach from Marion. Ad Janković (BP #3). Janković hit a dropshot, ran down a dropshot, and hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner to get the double break. She's doing much better than Marion in rallies with 4+ strokes.

Janković serving 1-4: Janković opened up the court and hit a forehand drop-volley winner down the line. 15/0. Marion backhand return just long. 30/0. Marion backhand long. 40/0. Janković sprayed a forehand wide. 40/15. Marion came in but netted a backhand volley off an awkward low ball at her feet.

Sam Smith said Janković understands which way to move when she's at the net, Marion doesn't.

John Lloyd: "She's desperate to do well in front of her home-crowd. She's rattled."

Marion serving 1-5: Double fault (second serves into the net). 0/15. Janković return-winner. 0/30. Another ill-advised approach to the net by Marion was met with a forehand pass-winner down the line from Janković. 0/40. Janković hit a slick, almost cheeky forehand dropshot-winner to win the first set 6-1 at 16:01.

Marion is taking an injury time-out - the commentators think it's a hip- or groin-injury. There's a distressed look on her face. After a lengthy evaluation-period, the trainer took Marion off the court.

Sam Smith: "She's not a product of the French system. She and her father have done it their own way."

Ten minutes after the end of the first set, Marion came back onto court limping.


Second set
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BARTOLI _____*_ 1
JANKOVI *@*@* * 6

Janković serving 0-0: Marion netted a forehand. 15/0. Janković exploited Marion's loss of mobility with a "cruel but smart" dropshot. 30/0. Marion forehand return long. 40/0. Janković mishit a backhand wide. 40/15. Marion forehand wide.

Marion serving 0-1: Marion backhand long. 0/15. Marion backhand just long, but so badly hit. 0/30. Double fault (second serve long). 0/40 (3 BPs). Marion netted a forehand off a deep ball from Janković.

The commentators expect Marion to retire at the end of every game.

Janković serving 2-0: Marion strolled into the net and Janković picked off a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 15/0. Marion's forehand clipped the netcord and fell back on her own side. 30/0. Marion forehand wide. 40/0. Marion forehand just long.

Marion sat at the changeover with her head in a towel.

Marion serving 0-3: Marion forehand very long. 0/15. Janković backhand winner down the line, just inside the baseline. 0/30. Janković backhand dropshot-winner. 0/40 (3 BPs). Janković picked off a crosscourt backhand winner after mildly opening up the court.

Janković serving 4-0: A big forehand return from Marion forced Janković to earth a forehand. 0/15. Janković off-backhand drive-volley winner. 15/15. Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. 30/15. A good return from Marion induced Janković to earth a backhand return. 30/30. Marion netted a backhand. 40/30. Janković forehand down the line would-be winner just wide. 40/40. Janković forehand wide. Ad Marion (BP). Marion backhand just long. Deuce #2. Marion netted a backhand. Ad Janković. Marion backhand return long.

I think Janković lost her focus a bit in that game - she's been ruthless in all previous games.

Marion serving 0-5: Janković forehand winner down the line off a hard backhand from Marion - an obvious example of her loss of mobility. 0/15. Marion sprayed a forehand very long. 0/30. Marion backhand dropshot-winner. 15/30. Marion hit a "ferocious", error-forcing forehand. 30/30. Marion hit a searing crosscourt backhand winner. 40/30. Janković forehand winner. 40/40. Marion netted a forehand. Ad Janković (MP #1). Marion saved it with ferocious hitting, nailing a crosscourt backhand winner into the corner. Deuce #2. Marion crosscourt backhand winner. Sam Smith: "Such a shame she couldn't play like this in the whole match." Ad Marion. Service-winner.

Janković serving 5-1: Janković netted a forehand. 0/15. Marion netted a backhand return. 15/15. Marion went for a big crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline, but it was just wide. 15/30. Serve out wide + backhand winner down the line. 40/15 (MP #2). Janković forehand winner down the line. Janković won 6-1 6-1 at 16:35.


Articles
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Howard Fendrich, AP Tennis Writer
June 3, 2007
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STOP THE MUSIC: When her French Open opponent took an injury timeout on Sunday, Jankovic did what plenty of 22-year-olds would if they wanted to kill some time: She pulled an MP3 player out of her bag.

The chair umpire made the No. 4-seeded Serb put it away before she got a chance to listen to any music.

"I didn't know that I'm not allowed to do that," Janković said after finishing off her 6-1 6-1 victory over No. 18 Marion Bartoli, the last French singles player in the tournament. "But we're not allowed to have electronics while we are playing."

Bored while Bartoli was off court being treated for a leg-problem, Janković got out of her changeover-chair and hit some practice-serves.

"I wanted to play with the ball-boy," she said. [Iva Majoli did just that at the French Open 1995!]

Bartoli thought she'd get a lot of help from the home-crowd, but instead found herself overwhelmed by the circumstances.

"I felt the pressure when I walked on the court," she said. "Because when you walk on centre-court and have people applauding you, and you have French flags, and you have people that say, 'You're the last French player, fight it. It's the match of your life. What are you doing? You're not playing well.' I mean, that was a bit difficult for me to listen to."
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Old articles
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{First round - Tuesday 29th May}
Petrova Ousted in Opener; Vaidišová, Bartoli Advance
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1389
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Bartoli had the unfortunate draw of last week's Istanbul breakout-star Aravane Rezaď for her opener, but continued to show much-improved clay-court form with an impressive 6-2 6-4 victory over her young countrywoman.

"In the second set it was a little bit closer, but I'm quite happy I ended the match in two sets," said Bartoli, who has had good results on clay in the last few weeks, including reaching the Estoril final and the Strasbourg semi-finals. "In the past I'd rest a lot during this part of the season, but this year I've practised a lot on clay, and I'm very satisfied with my clay-season so far."
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{Third-round preview - Thursday 31st May}
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1399
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(13) Elena Dementieva (RUS) vs. (18) Marion Bartoli (FRA) - Dementieva leads, 2-0

World No.21 Bartoli will be making her first appearance in the third round at Roland Garros on Friday, and she will hope she can mark the occasion with her first-ever victory over No.14 Dementieva. Although the 22-year-old Frenchwoman has not defeated her Russian opponent, their last meeting was almost two years ago, and Bartoli has made significant strides since her straight-sets defeat to Dementieva in Los Angeles. The hard hitting No.18 seed broke into the Top 20 for the first time last year, and has carried this form through to the 2007 European clay-court season, reaching a final, semi-final and quarter-final, in Prague, Strasbourg and Estoril respectively. 2004 Roland Garros runner-up, Dementieva has demonstrated some good form of her own in the build-up to the tournament, taking home her seventh career-title in Istanbul just last week, and the 25-year-old will enter the contest as slight favourite.
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{Third round - Friday 1st June}
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1402
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Next up for Jankovic will be No.18 seed Marion Bartoli, who downed No.13-seeded Elena Dementieva, 6-2 6-4; next up for Vaidišová is No.19 seed Tathiana Garbin, who downed wild card Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, 6-3 6-0. Both Bartoli and Garbin have moved into a Grand Slam second week for the first time in their career.

"It's wonderful; it's a beautiful present for my mother because it's Mother's Day on Sunday," said a jubilant Bartoli, who was forced to regroup after allowing her Russian opponent to catch up from 4-2 to 4-all in that second set. "I know she is very competitive. She would never surrender. So I had to fight on each ball."
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4. Fourth-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Šafářová
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A mouthwatering match between the latest player I have inducted into my Eternal Fanship, and quite possibly the next player I will induct, unfortunately I could only concentrate 33% on following live scores for this match, because I was watching Sharapova v Schnyder on BBCi, which started 3 minutes before the end of the first set here.

So I couldn't really feel the Passion I was looking to feel for Lucie - it just felt so right when Anna won.

And since Lucie failed the Anna-test, I certainly won't be inducting her into my Eternal Fanship before Wimbledon, which I hope will be my next chance to watch her play. I won't be inducting her on the strength of watching her play one match, no matter how excited I felt when she beat Mauresmo.

If it gets to the end of the 2007 season and Lucie remains untelevised and uninducted, I will order some DVDs from Tennis Videos International <http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/> in order to evaluate her, just as I evaluated Anna in the last off-season (I would particularly like to see her fourth-round and quarter-final matches at the Australian Open, and her matches from WTA Paris). There are no shortcuts to inducting a player like Lucie into my Eternal Fanship.

The match started at 16:37 CEST.


First set
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CHAKVETA @* * * * * 6
ŠAFÁŘOVÁ __* * * *_ 4

Lucie serving 0-0: 15/15. 15/40. 30/40. 40/40. Ad Lucie. Deuce #2. Ad Anna (BP). Deuce #3. Ad Anna (BP #2). Broken.

What a first game!

Anna serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs). 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

Lucie came back from *0-3 in the first set and 0-3* in the second against Mauresmo, so Anna can never be complacent on her leads.

Lucie serving 0-2: 30/0 to 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 2-1: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Lucie serving 1-3: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 3-2: 0/30. 15/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.
Lucie serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs) to 40/40. Ad Anna (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Lucie. Held.

Wasted opportunities for Anna there.

Anna serving 4-3: 40/0. Held.
Lucie serving 3-5: 40/0. 40/15. Held.

The moment of truth: can Anna serve out this set? She often tends to wobble when she's serving for a set or match - a prime example being her second-round match against Ágnes Szávay, when she was taken to three sets after leading 6-4 *5-4.

Anna serving 5-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15 (2 SPs). Anna won the first set 6-4 at 17:17 (40m).


Second set
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CHAKVETA ______ 0
ŠAFÁŘOVÁ *@*@*@ 6

Lucie serving 0-0: 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.
Lucie serving 2-0: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 0-3: 0/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Lucie (BP #2). Broken.
Lucie serving 4-0: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 0-5: 30/40 (3 SPs). Lucie won the second set 6-0 at 17:38 (21m).

What happened there? Was Anna injured, or did Lucie suddenly find the hot form she showed against Mauresmo? Or did Anna sacrifice the set, as an expert chess-player offers up a piece to induce the opponent to make a fatal blunder?


Third set
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CHAKVETA _*@*@ @* 6
ŠAFÁŘOVÁ *____@__ 2

Lucie serving 0-0: 40/0. Held.
Anna serving 0-1: 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.
Lucie serving 1-1: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Anna serving 2-1: 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.
Lucie serving 1-3: 0/40 (3 BPs). 15/40. Broken.
Anna serving 4-1: 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Lucie serving 2-4: 15/0. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.
Anna serving 5-2: 40/0 (3 MPs). Anna won 6-4 0-6 6-2 at 18:06 (third set 28m, match 1h29m).


Articles
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Sharapova survives at French Open
June 3, 2007
By Steve Douglas, Special to PA SportsTicker
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Sharapova, who has never got past the quarter-finals at the Paris Grand Slam, will next play Russia's Anna Chakvetadze after the ninth seed beat Lucie Šafářová 6-4 0-6 6-2.

A day of rest may be in order for Sharapova, who seems to be dealing with her shoulder-injury just fine.

"I still feel it at times. It's still there," Sharapova said. "It will be very important to see how it is tomorrow, to rest it. I might even need to take a day off. But that's fine."

Šafářová came into the match buoyed by her surprise-win over home-favourite Amélie Mauresmo on Saturday, but she could not repeat her exploits a day later.

It is only the second time Chakvetadze has reached the last eight of a Grand Slam.
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Old articles about Anna and Lucie
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{Second-round preview - Wednesday 30th May}
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1394
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(9) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) vs. (Q) Agnes Szávay (HUN) - First Meeting

Russia's Anna Chakvetadze is one of the rising stars of the Tour, and she will hope to continue her progress on Thursday by making it through to the third round at Roland Garros for the second time in her career. The 20-year-old from Moscow has enjoyed a fantastic year so far, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time, and reaching her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. Her second-round opponent Szávay was forced to battle through three rounds of qualifying just to take her place in the draw, but the 18-year-old delivered a mature performance on her Grand Slam début to dismiss experienced campaigner Anne Kremer in straight sets.
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{Third-round preview - Friday 1st June}
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1403
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(9) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) vs. (21) Ai Sugiyama (JPN) - First Meeting

Saturday's second match on Suzanne Lenglen could well prove to be one of the day's most fascinating, as Russian rising star Chakvetadze comes up against experienced Japanese campaigner Sugiyama. Neither player has looked entirely convincing during the opening rounds of the tournament, and both will look for an improved performance in their third-round clash. Chakvetadze has enjoyed a memorable first half of the season, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time and reaching her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. However, the 20-year-old Muscovite made hard work of her second-round opponent, Hungarian qualifier Agnes Szávay, being pushed all the way before finally edging a thrilling battle, 6-4 6-7(1) 6-4. 31-year-old Sugiyama also required three sets to overcome her second-round foe Meilen Tu and secure her place in the third round for the first time since 2003. Despite their earlier travails, if both players are on-song, this is one clash that really has the potential to get the Parisian crowd on their feet.


(5) Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) vs. (25) Lucie Šafářová (CZE) - Šafářová leads, 1-0

Crowd-favourite Mauresmo was made to battle hard for her place in the third round, requiring three sets to overcome compatriot and friend Nathalie Dechy, and her loyal band of supporters inside Philippe Chatrier will be hoping the 27-year-old will have an easier time against world No.29, Šafářová. However, the Czech starlet has had a wonderful season so far, and after ending Mauresmo's reign as Australian Open champion in January, the 20-year-old will fully believe she is capable of repeating the feat in Paris. Prior to this year's tournament, Šafářová had never won a match at Roland Garros, but she has dropped only eight games in the opening two rounds, and will look to continue this impressive form against the world No.4 on Saturday. Roland Garros is just the fourth tournament Mauresmo has competed in since an emergency appendectomy in mid-March, but despite her recent inactivity, the No.5 seed certainly has the tools to avenge the fourth-round defeat she suffered at the hands of Šafářová at Melbourne Park.
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{Third round - Saturday 2nd June}
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1404
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Šafářová Ousts Mauresmo at Roland Garros

PARIS, France - It was déjŕ vu for Amélie Mauresmo at Roland Garros on Saturday, as the French favourite was bounced from her home event by Lucie Šafářová in the third round, 6-3 7-6(3). But having missed a big chunk of the clay-season, the loss didn't come as much of a shock for Mauresmo.

In the early goings it was Mauresmo who was the front-runner, as she jumped out to a 3-0 lead and was challenging the Šafářová serve in the fourth game. But an unexpected turn of events saw Šafářová reel off six consecutive games - just one of them going to deuce - to claim the opening set in 44 minutes.

"I was very nervous at the beginning, because I knew the crowd would be behind her," Šafářová said. "But I just tried to concentrate on every point, and tried to support myself, and it was going well."

The second set was much the same as the first, with Mauresmo building a 3-0 lead and watching it dissipate as Šafářová began playing her way back into it with huge forehands and a tricky lefty serve. Although it was a much closer affair than the first, the Czech was in control in the end once again, clinching a relatively routine tiebreak for her fifth Top 10 win of the year and the sixth of her career.

"In the tiebreak, I tried to not think about anything, because if I thought about the crowd and everything, that I could lose or win, I wouldn't play well," Šafářová added. "I knew I just had to clear my mind and think of each point."

Just as the scoreline would indicate, Mauresmo felt she was in control of each set until those turnarounds at 3-0.

"I was able to still lead 3-0 in that first set, and again in the second set, but not able to take advantage of that, and keep that pressure up," Mauresmo said.

"So the fact is that there's no miracle today. I mean, I have been struggling for weeks now, and coming here I didn't really know what to expect. I didn't really have a goal in mind - I was taking it match by match. It showed today that when you're not prepared the way you should be, it makes it very difficult."

For Mauresmo, the defeat was the latest in a somewhat rugged history at her home Grand Slam; in 13 attempts, her best results were quarter-final finishes - in 2003 and 2004 - whereas she has been to at least the semi-finals at all the other ones, including winning titles at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

But maybe this time, missing nearly two months in the clay-court lead-up due to rehabilitation from an appendectomy was more of a factor than home-pressure.

"I struggled in the last match against Nathalie [Dechy], and had some ups and downs for weeks; I guess it's the result of a few weeks of struggle. I'm not a patient person, so it's frustrating to me to see [that] this irregularity in my game takes longer to solve than I expected. I thought I was naďve, but I expected this to be back earlier."

Though the 20-year-old Šafářová has three WTA Tour singles-titles to her name, her biggest claims to fame are her career Top 10 wins. She notched her first at Gold Coast last year over Patty Schnyder, but had already had four this season coming into Roland Garros: over Mauresmo at the Australian Open, and Nicole Vaidišová, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Justine Henin at an indoor event in the French capital. No non-Top 10 player has more Top 10 wins this year.

"Your confidence just grows, and you know that you can beat the good players," added Šafářová. "You're stronger in your mind. I had a good preparation for this year in the off-season, too, because last year I was out injured and it was tough."

For Mauresmo, the confidence and expectations just weren't at Roland Garros this year. She said this was not her toughest loss at this tournament.

"It's disappointing, but this year especially, I didn't expect any great things to happen. It's a little bit sad to say, but that's just the way it is and the way it was."
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{Fourth-round preview - Saturday 2nd June}
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1406
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(9) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) vs. (25) Lucie Šafářová (CZE) - Šafářová leads, 1-0

Šafářová may be the lowest-ranked player left in the draw at Roland Garros, but Russia's Chakvetadze will certainly not be taking the world No.29 lightly when they clash in the day's final match on Court 1. Šafářová looked in great touch during her shock third-round victory over home-favourite Amélie Mauresmo, and if she maintains this form, there is every possibility of her repeating the trick against world No.9 Chakvetadze. Sunday's encounter between the two 20-year-olds will be their second in less than a month; Šafářová triumphed in a second-round match in Berlin in the middle of May. The Czech starlet is certainly enjoying playing in the French capital this season; she was a losing finalist at the Open Gaz de France in February, and on her return this week, the No.25 seed has yet to drop a set. Chakvetadze's progression into her first fourth-round appearance in Paris has not been so serene, labouring to victories over qualifier Agnes Szávay and then No.21 seed Ai Sugiyama. However, these victories were the Muscovite's 27th and 28th of a highly successful season, and the talented Russian will go into the contest hungry for revenge and a place in her second Grand Slam quarter-final.
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5. Fourth-round TV-report: Sharapova v Schnyder
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I thought I was old enough to take any tennis-match philosophically now, but Maria almost gave me a heart-attack as she let Schnyder serve for the match three times in the third set, saved two match-points, and would have had to face a third were it not for a mark-checking overrule at 4-5* (Deuce #4), and perhaps three more if Schnyder had not netted a choky backhand at 6-7* (0/30)!

It's a good job that I went to the toilet between the second and third sets, and washed my hands in /very/ cold water, otherwise they'd have been too sweaty to type with by the end!

After going a set and a break down, Maria decided to go for her shots without compromise, so in the closing-stages it came down to the unpredictable timing of her unforced errors versus Schnyder's lack of belief.

That sets up the mouthwatering Maria v Anna quarter-final that I had desired so badly, so my main worry now is that Maria might pull out of the tournament if she's aggravated her shoulder-injury after basically six sets of tennis in two consecutive days, as the journalists in her third-round press-conference were 'advising' her to do even /before/ this marathon.

I'll post my full point-by-point report of this match at a later date.

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6. Quarter-final draw
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* JUSTINE HENIN [1] v SERENA WILLIAMS [8]
* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (pojďme Nicole!)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3] (ajde Ana!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] (see preview below)


Vaidišová v Janković preview
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Jelena Janković really went up in my estimation when I saw her awesome performance against an albeit-injured Marion Bartoli in the fourth round. She certainly wasn't a low-power counterpuncher in that match, as she was when beating Venus Williams at Wimbledon 2006 and again here.

Nicole leads their head-to-head 4:2, but Janković has won two of their last three meetings - most significantly in 3r US Open 2006, where Janković went on to reach the semi-finals where she choked even more dramatically than Nicole did on the verge of reaching what would have been her first Grand Slam final.

It's an intriguing match-up between two of women's tennis's rising stars, one of whom has the better form so far this year, but the other I expect to have a better career.

Nicole's impressive fourth-round result against Tathiana Garbin suggests that while Janković may be the form-favourite, Nicole is certainly in with a shot.


http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1411
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(4) Jelena Janković (SRB) vs. (6) Nicole Vaidišová (CZE) - Vaidišová leads, 4-2

When Janković and Vaidišová step on court for their quarter-final contest on Tuesday, they certainly will not view each other as strangers, having clashed six times in the past two years. Despite failing to take a set off the Czech teenager in their first three meetings, Janković has had the better of their last three encounters, with a defeat in Linz last October being sandwiched between two three-set victories at the US Open and then Sydney at the turn of the year.

The win at Flushing Meadows proved to be the catalyst for a run all the way to the semi-finals, and Janković will hope victory on her Roland Garros quarter-final début will inspire her to go all the way in Paris. However, Vaidišová will arguably be the 22-year-old Serbian's toughest challenge to date, and the 18-year-old Czech has looked highly impressive during the first week of the tournament. She also has pedigree in the French capital, having made it all the way to the semi-finals in just her second-ever Roland Garros appearance 12 months ago, and if she can repeat the performance she gave during her 66-minute destruction of Tathiana Garbin on Sunday, then she has every chance of going even further this time round.
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Nicole: "I'm just enjoying being on court. She's been playing great lately. She won Rome, and she's in front of the world. She's a great player. I am definitely looking forward to a great match and having fun out there."


Sharapova v Chakvetadze preview
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Wow, what a fantastic opportunity either for Maria to reach her first French Open semi-final, or for Anna to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final!

Anna has had a disappointing claycourt-season, relative to the standards she set by winning Moscow last year! She's been struggling with a right shoulder-strain, so it's no wonder that she hasn't been firing on all cylinders.

But Anna has a golden opportunity to upset Maria on Maria's least-favourite surface, with Maria a long way from her best form - particularly her serve, as she too has been struggling with a right-shoulder injury. And I wouldn't have thought that one day off would be nearly enough for Maria to recover from that draining 2h38m marathon she played against Patty Schnyder on Sunday, especially after she also played on Saturday. Maria does tend to struggle when she's played too many matches in too few days.


http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1409
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Next up for Sharapova is No.9 seed Anna Chakvetadze, a 6-4 0-6 6-2 winner over No.25 seed Lucie Šafářová. Sharapova is 3-0 in their head-to-head series.

"I had a tough one against her in Australia," said Sharapova, who is six weeks Chakvetadze's junior. "Obviously this is clay, and I've never faced her on clay. But just like with everyone else, I've got to worry about myself."
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It's not true that Maria has never faced Anna on clay - she beat her 6-1 6-4 in 3r French Open 2005! But Anna has improved beyond recognition since then: no longer just a grinder, she now has flairsome power, a wonderful command of angles and width, and Hingis-like abilities to anticipate and to make her defensive shots awkward for her opponent.

Maria leads their head-to-head 3:0. She won their next meeting 4-6 6-4 7-5 at Los Angeles 2005, when they were both struggling with injury, and Maria pulled out of the tournament after surviving that marathon. And they met in the Australian Open quarter-finals, with Maria winning 7-6 7-5.


http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1411
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(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. (9) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) - Sharapova leads, 3-0

Sharapova's reward for her thrilling three-set victory over Patty Schnyder is a quarter-final match-up with her compatriot and rival Chakvetadze. The pair also met at the same stage of the Australian Open, and world No.9 Chakvetadze will be out to avenge the narrow defeat she suffered at Melbourne Park. Prior to this year, the Muscovite had never been beyond the fourth round in Grand Slam competition, but now she has achieved the feat in consecutive Majors.

Sharapova, on the other hand, will be making her third quarter-final bow at Roland Garros, although her previous two appearances both ended in defeat; losing straight-sets encounters with Paola Suárez in 2004 and Justine Henin one year later. Entering the tournament off the back of an injury-plagued last few months, the Russian has improved with every round, and will be quietly confident of chalking-up her fourth career-triumph over her fellow 20-year-old. However, Chakvetadze will be out to put an end to that run, and in a year which has seen the elegant Russian capture her third career-title in Hobart, as well as climb to her highest-ever world-ranking of No.9, few would rule her out of doing so, and recording her 30th victory of the season in the process.
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7. Andrew's wishes (updated after Sunday)
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7.1 Semi-final wishes
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. JUSTINE HENIN [1]
+ ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF] d. ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF]

Yes, I have changed my mind about who I want to win the Maria v Anna quarter-final. I don't fancy Maria's chances in the semis with the way she's been playing, and the draining marathon she had on Sunday.

So the ultracute Anna might as well be the one to capitalise on that, and it would be awesome to see Anna in the semi-finals and to watch that on TV - particularly as BBCi aren't planning to show the Maria v Anna quarter-final, and haven't televised Anna at all this year! :-||


7.2 Final-wish
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+ NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]

I inducted Nicole into my Eternal Fanship before Anna, she's been in Grand Slam semi-finals before Anna, and she just has "future Grand Slam champion" written all over her. Which may be a reason why Anna should win, because Nicole might start to dominate? To see either of these players holding a Grand Slam trophy would be awesome, of course - Nicole is only a narrow preference.

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8. Women's Doubles
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(GISELA DULKO [DF]/MARIA ELENA CAMERIN)[16]:
3r v (KVETA PESCHKE/RENNAE STUBBS)[4], 1-6 6-4 6-3
qf v (KATARINA SREBOTNIK/AI SUGIYAMA)[7]

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9. Girls' Singles
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9.1 First round
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What rocked:
+ ALIZÉ CORNET [2] d. Nadiya Kichenok, 6-0 6-0
+ KSENIA LYKINA [12] d. Irina Begu, 6-4 6-4

What sucked:
- Kristína Kučová [S] lt. Sherazad Benamar, 2-6 0-6
- KSENIA PERVAK [10] lt. Mariana Duque Marino, 4-6 6-4 5-7
- Romana Tabaková lt. Roxane Vaisemberg, 4-6 4-6
- Valeria Solovieva lt. REKA ZSILINSZKA [16], 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 5-7


9.2 Second round
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+ ALIZÉ CORNET [2] d. Roxane Vaisemberg, 6-1 6-1

To be played on Tuesday:
* KSENIA LYKINA [12] v Dominice Ripoll (davai Ksenia!)


9.3 Third round
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* ALIZÉ CORNET [2] v REKA ZSILINSZKA [16] (allez Alizé!)

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10. Daniela Hantuchová appendix
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{Second-round preview - Wednesday 30th May}
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1394
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(12) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs. Olga Poutchkova (RUS) - First Meeting

The final match of the day on Court 2 sees Slovakia's No.12 seed Hantuchova do battle with promising Russian teenager Poutchkova in the pair's first career-meeting. This season has been a memorable one for the 24-year-old Slovak, the highlight being her spectacular run at Indian Wells where she blazed through the draw to capture her second career-title. Poutchkova has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past 12 months, making a leap of almost 100 places in the world rankings, and establishing herself as one of up and coming forces on the Tour. Hantuchová has never made it beyond the round of 16 at Roland Garros, and despite not being at her most comfortable on clay, will come in as the sizeable favourite against a player who only made her début in Paris on Wednesday.
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11. Order of play for Tuesday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 12:00 CEST = 10:00 GMT = 11:00 BST)
1. WS qf: ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3]
2. WS qf: JUSTINE HENIN [1] v SERENA WILLIAMS [8]
3. MS qf: ROGER FEDERER [1] v TOMMY ROBREDO [9]

Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 12:00 CEST = 10:00 GMT = 11:00 BST)
1. WS qf: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
2. WS qf: MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF]
3. MS qf: NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO [4] v GUILLERMO CAŃAS [19]

BBCi will be on Chatrier all day, so I won't get to see any members of my Eternal Fanship playing their quarter-finals! :-||

Ana is a nice girl and a good tennis-player, who I'm sure is on her way to becoming a Grand Slam champion, and I can understand all the hype about Henin v Williams, but I can't believe they think that the Ivanović v Kuznetsova quarter-final will be a more attractive match than Vaidišová v Janković and especially Sharapova v Chakvetadze!

They should play all four women's quarter-finals back to back on Chatrier, and all four men's quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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Jun 7th, 2007, 01:28 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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Contents
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1. Photos & videos
2. Quarter-final results
3. Quarter-final TV-report: Ivanović v Kuznetsova
4. Quarter-final scoreboard-report: Vaidišová v Janković
5. Quarter-final scoreboard-report: Sharapova v Chakvetadze
6. Player-portrait: Anna Chakvetadze
7. Semi-final draw
8. Semi-final preview: Sharapova v Ivanović
9. Andrew's wishes
10. Women's Doubles
11. Girls' Singles
12. Order of play for Thursday

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1. Photos & videos
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1.1 Photos
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Maria Sharapova and Anna Chakvetadze:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=chakvetadze
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtas961.html (Maria)
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaq416.html (Anna)
http://www.mariasharapova.com/ (Maria)
http://www.theannachakvetadze.com/ (Anna)
http://www.tennis-reinecke.de/spieler.php?kez=anch (Anna)
Search Getty Images for "sharapova" or "chakvetadze"

Nicole Vaidišová:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=vaidisova
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaqg92.html
Search Getty Images for "vaidisova"

Daniela Hantuchová:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtah394.html

Lucie Šafářová:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaq348.html

Ana Ivanović:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=ivanovic
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaqe90.html
Search Getty Images for "ivanovic"

Sania Mirza:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtam788.html

Alyona Bondarenko:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtab608.html

Shahar Pe'er:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaq954.html

Dominika Cibulková:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaqq59.html

More of the above and others:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/ (Quarterfinal action)
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6722585.stm

http://www.tennis.info/Paris7.html
+ Maria Sharapova (First round - day 4, Quarterfinals - day 1)
+ Nicole Vaidišová (Third round - day 1, Quarterfinals - day 1)
+ Anna Chakvetadze (Quarterfinals - day 1)
+ Daniela Hantuchová (Second round - day 1 and 2)
+ Ana Ivanović (First round - day 4, Second round - day 2, Third round - day 2, Fourth round - day 1, Quarterfinals - day 1)
+ Lucie Šafářová (Third round - day 2)
+ Dominika Cibulková (Third round - day 2)
+ Marion Bartoli (Third round - day 1)
+ Valeria Solovieva (Miscellaneous)


1.2 Videos
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Quarter-final press-conferences including Maria Sharapova, Anna Chakvetadze, Nicole Vaidišová and Ana Ivanović:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/20070605.html

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2. Quarter-final results (Tuesday 5th June)
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Very nice winner, very nice loser:
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF], 6-3 6-4

What rocked:
+ ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] d. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3], 6-0 3-6 6-1

What sucked:
- NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [6,EF] lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 3-6 5-7

The other quarter-final:
+ JUSTINE HENIN [1] d. SERENA WILLIAMS [8], 6-4 6-3

What I love about Serena Williams is that she's always so gracious in defeat:
"All she had to do was show up. I don't think I've ever played so bad in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. I just stood back and let her take advantage of me. I was just making all the errors and playing like a maniac. I've never played so hideous and horrendous."

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3. Quarter-final TV-report: Ivanović v Kuznetsova
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I saw the match on BBCi, and while this was not my first time to watch Ana play, it was my first time to watch her play /well/. And she was quite brilliant, especially in the first set!

So I have to ask myself why I don't induct Ana into my Eternal Fanship. Two things are required to induct any player: Passion and Reason. In Ana's case, my Reason says I should induct her, but although I like her a lot, I just don't have sufficient Passion to follow her with the same level of dedication as my Eternal Fanship.

The match started at 12:10 CEST.


First set
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IVANOVIĆ @*@*@* 6
KUZNETSO ______ 0

Kuznetsova serving 0-0: Ana netted a backhand. 15/0. Ana crosscourt forehand winner. Sam Smith: "Very flat hitter. Can hit winners from anywhere on the court with her forehand. Very [iure striker." 30/0. Ana netted. 40/0. Kuznetsova forehand long after taking the initiative. 15/40. Ana broke with an error-forcing off-forehand.

Ana serving 1-0: Ana crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Ana ran around her backhand to hit a forehand winner down Kuznetsova's forehand-line. 30/0. Kuznetsova backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Ana forehand volley-winner after hitting a forehand that looked long. 40/15. Ana hit a rocketing forehand winner down the line after losing the early initiative from a good one-two punch.

Wow - a terrific start from Ana! This is the kind of tennis I've always read about from Ana, but never before seen on TV as I've only seen her bad days before.

Sam Smith: "Improved footwork, consistenct, fitness. But weak defensively. Forehand looks gigantic."

Kuznetsova serving 0-2: Ana backhand long (forced by depth). 15/0. A good wide return forced Kuznetsova into error. 15/15. Kuznetsova netted a backhand. 15/30. Kuznetsova's backhand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. 15/40 (2 BPs). Ana's backhand return clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. 30/40. Kuznetsova's backhand floated just wide.

Ana serving 3-0: Kuznetsova netted a tame backhand. 15/0. Kuznetsova forehand volley-winner, set up by a searing crosscourt backhand. 15/15. Kuznetsova sprayed a forehand wide. 30/15. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand winner. Sam Smith: "Completely different shot to Ivanović's - loaded with spin, but can be equally effective." 30/30. Ana backhand long. 30/40. Ana took the initiative and hit a forehand smash-winner. Sam Smith: "Her transition-game has improved." 40/40. Ace down the middle. Ad Ana. Service-winner out wide.

Ana is playing just her 10th Grand Slam, Kuznetsova her 20th.

Kuznetsova serving 0-4: Ana hit a forehand return-winner down the line of amazing power! 0/15. Ana forehand return long by a whisker. 15/15. Kuznetsova hit a forehand smash long - a comically-bad error! :lol: 15/30. Kuznetsova hit a dreadful forehand halfway up the net. 15/40 (2 BPs). Kuznetsova hit a ragged backhand long to remain on course for the double bagel.

Sam Smith [re. Ana]: "There's some /safety/ in her play. Very much in control."

Ana serving 5-0: Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 15/0. Ana's depth forced Kuznetsova to net a forehand. Sam Smith: "She's feeding the beast - Ivanović's forehand." 30/0. Kuznetsova netted a backhand. 40/0 (3 SPs). Serve out wide + backhand winner down the line. Ana won the first set 6-0 at 12:32.

The Eternal-Fanship question is going through my head right now, so soon after I contemplated inducting Lucie Šafářová but decided to wait. I don't have that much Passion for Ana, but she's so much nicer than muscular mingers such as Kuznetsova and Mauresmo, and she's bloody good!


Second set
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IVANOVIĆ _*__@__*_ 3
KUZNETSO * *@ @* * 6

Kuznetsova serving 0-0: Ana forehand lob just long. 15/0. Ana hit a precise crosscourt forehand pass-winner after Kuznetsova took the initiative and came to the net. 15/15. Ana forehand return just wide. 30/15. Kuznetsova crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. Ana backhand winner down the line. 40/15. Ana backhand winner down the line - lovely change of direction. 40/30. Ace down the middle. Ad Kuznetsova. Ana bunted a forehand lob long.

Aww - no double bagel! :-(

Ana serving 0-1: Service-winner down the middle. 15/0. Kuznetsova hit a forehand too strong (just long). 30/0. Ana netcord wide. 30/15. Ace down the middle. 40/15. Ace out wide.

Kuznetsova serving 1-1: Ana sliced a backhand long & wide. 15/0. Kuznetsova hit a forehand winner down Ana's forehand-line after an interesting rally. 30/0. Ana error. 40/0. Kuznetsova came to the net, inducing Ana to net a backhand pass.

Sam Smith: "Kuznetsova too experienced to completely panic by losing the first set 6-0. She has a Spanish game with her heavy topspin, but has the Russian mentality: fight, fight, fight."

Ana serving 1-2: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Ana mishit long. 0/30. Kuznetsova forehand winner down the line - caught the outside-edge of the sideline. 0/40 (3 BPs). Kuznetsova netted a tame backhand return off a second serve - no first serves by Ana in this game. 15/40. Kuznetsova floated a backhand long. 30/40. Second double fault of the game gives Kuznetsova the first break of the second set.

Kuznetsova serving 3-1: Ana off-forehand winner just inside the baseline. Kuznetsova is grunting loudly now, and moving like the elephant she facially resembles. 0/15. Kuznetsova backhand wide. 0/30. Kuznetsova hit a forehand long and did the splits. 0/40 (3 BPs). Ana netted a forehand and hung her head. 15/40. Ace. 30/40. Ana sliced a backhand just wide. 40/40. Ana hit a nice crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline, and shouted her first "c'mon" I've ever heard from her. Ad Ana (BP #4). Kuznetsova hit a forehand volley-winner after a long rally where Ana always looked on the back foot. Deuce #2. Kuznetsova backhand long. Ad Ana (BP #5). Kuznetsova sprayed a wild backhand way wide to give Ana the break back.

Sam Smith: "Kuznetsova is hitting hard, but it just doesn't affect Ivanović, who looks very comfortable. And Kuznetsova can't cope with this power coming from Ivanović, who is winning the mental battle out here. Kuznetsova is being outpunched in every department here."

Ana serving 2-3: Ana forehand wide (forced by Kuznetsova at the net). 0/15. Ana's forehand forced Kuznetsova to hit one wide. 15/15. Ace down the middle. 30/15. Ana netted a forehand. 30/30. Kuznetsova forehand just wide. 40/30. Kuznetsova off-forehand winner. 40/40. Ana forehand just wide. Ad Kuznetsova (BP). Ana netted a forehand.

Sam Smith praised how Ana disguises her forehand so well - you can't tell until the last moment which way she's going to hit it.

Kuznetsova serving 4-2: Ana floated a backhand long (forced by Kuznetsova at the net). 15/0. Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 15/15. Kuznetsova off-forehand wide. 30/15. Ana backhand long. 40/15. Kuznetsova backhand winner onto the sideline; the umpire checked the mark and confirmed it as good. Sam Smith: "A much more considered game from Kuznetsova - ž-pace serves to nudge up her percentage of first serves in. Ivanović not able to keep up the intensity of the first set."

Ana serving 2-5: Ana forehand volley-winner. Sam Smith: "Seeing Kuznetsova on the stretch and making her way forward. We saw that a lot in the first set, and Kuznetsova did not like that.". 15/0. Ana forehand winner down the line. 30/0. Ana came to the net, inducing Kuznetsova to hit a forehand pass wide. 40/0. Ace out wide.

Kuznetsova serving 5-3: Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Barry Davies: "Come the momsnets of inteensity, comes th noise" 0/15. ? 15/15. Kuznetsova virtual forehand winner down the line. 30/15. Kuznetsova framed a backhand into the net. 30/30. Ace down the middle. 40/30. Ana netted a tame forehand to lose the second set 3-6 at 13:12.

Sam Smith: "Better percentage of first serves in from Kuznetsova [than Ana in the second set]. That allows her to hold serve more easily, and put some pressure on Ivanović."

What a shame. Ana played so brilliantly in the first set.

Sam Smith: "It's an awful feeling to have the momentum in a match like this and then lose it. You have to fight so hard to get it back."


Third set
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IVANOVIĆ * *@*@* 6
KUZNETSO _*_____ 1

Ana serving 0-0: Ana backhand long. 0/15. Ana netted a backhand. 0/30. First serve: Kuznetsova forehand return wide. 15/30. Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 30/30. Ace out wide. 40/30. Ana came to the net and hit a nice forehand punch-volley winner. She said "c'mon" for the second point in a row.

Kuznetsova serving 0-1: Ace out wide (Ana went 0-4 in). 15/0. Kuznetsova backhand volley-winner after forcing a short ball from Ana. 30/0. Ana forehand long. 40/0. Kuznetsova forehand winner down the line.

Ana serving 1-1: Kuznetsova forced a short ball from Ana and hit a crosscourt forehand winner back behind her. 15/0. Kuznetsova backhand lob long - much better second serve from Ana that time. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Kuznetsova netted a backhand return, and Nicole Vaidišová just saved Jelena Janković's first match-point at 6-3 *5-4 (40/30). 40/15. Kuznetsova sprayed a wild forehand very wide.

Kuznetsova saw the doctor at the changeover. Barry Davies: "Players always seem to call the doctor when they are behind."

Kuznetsova serving 1-2: Kuznetsova dominated the point from her serve and hit a forehand smash-winner. 15/0. Kuznetsova forehand long. 15/15. A good second serve induced Ana to earth a forehand. 30/15. Ana hit an aggressive off-forehand winner. 30/30. Kuznetsova netted a forehand, and Ana shouted "c'mon". 40/30. Kuznetsova forehand long by a whisker.

Ana serving 3-1: Kuznetsova forehand long. 15/0. Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Sam Smith: "She looks lost. Absolutely lost." 30/0. Ana hit a sliced backhand, and Kuznetsova hit a backhand halfway up the net. 40/0. Kuznetsova scooped a forehand wide after running down a dropshot.

Sam Smith: "I've got an expression for Kuznetsova: it's the sort of day where you put the roast chicken in the freezer, and the ice-cream in the oven."

Kuznetsova serving 1-4: Kuznetsova thrashed a forehand wide. 0/15. Ana hit a one-handed backhand winner down the line. 0/30. Ana forehand return long. 15/30. Ana forced Kuznetsova to hit a forehand wide. 15/40 (2 BPs). A good off-forehand from Ana forced Kuznetsova on the stretch to net a backhand.

Ana serving for the match at 5-1: Kuznetsova backhand wide. 15/0. Kuznetsova netted a forehand. Janković just beat Nicole 6-3 7-5 at 13:35. 30/0. Kuznetsova backhand just long. 40/0 (3 MPs). Kuznetsova sprayed a wild forehand wide, and Ana gave a little scream of delight as she sealed a 6-0 3-6 6-1 win at 13:36.

Sam Smith: "She corrected what she didn't do right in the second set, and didn't panic."

Ana's on-court interview: "I'm very excited to be here. Crowd is great supporters. I enjoy it. Tough match today, but I was lucky. Everything was happening really fast - no time to think much. She was nervous; I was also nervous in the beginning. Inside I'm a little bit nervous. Important to learn how to deal with emotions - that was my biggest opponent before, and now I think more about my shots."

Well, there will certainly be one nice player in the final, whether it's Ana, Maria Sharapova or Anna Chakvetadze! Sam Smith said that Ana on this sort of form would be a big favourite to beat the winner of Maria v Anna.


Ana's press-conference
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Q. You played a very good match, but there were some ragged moments both with Svetlana and yourself. Was it a good preparation for a semi?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yeah, sure it was. It was a very tough match. Everything was happening quite fast. First set was, I would say, a little bit strange. I played some really good tennis. I was aggressive. And, I guess, she was a little bit nervous.

But in the second set, still I had some chances. I broke her back, and on 3-2, I was serving, and I just lost a little bit tension in my serve and my strokes. So she used that opportunity very well.

But I was really happy that from the beginning of the third, I could pull back and start being more aggressive again, and put pressure on her. And, yeah, I used the opportunities I had.

Q. Did you feel coming into the tournament that you could go this far? Did you have a good feeling about it this week?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: To be honest, I didn't think much about it. I just was really enjoying my game. And I felt fit, and I felt ready to compete against the top players. I'm really excited to get so far, and tournament is still not over. I am going to try and play my best each match I have.

Q. You're working here with have a Sven Groeneveld, what can you say about him?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: He's a great coach, and he's been really helpful. He was with me also in Berlin and here. And I can learn a lot from him. He was on the Tour for a very long time, and he's very experienced. So it's been great to have such a coach on my side.

And obviously it's tough when I play against side of this player, because he can't interfere, and he can't talk to me about matches. But still there is a few opponents that we can talk about and discuss. And we worked a lot on my serve, and I can see improvement in that. So it's very exciting.

Q. In the first set, did you play the best tennis you have ever played?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Everything was happening very fast, so I didn't think much about it. I just tried to move forward and be aggressive, and stay low. And I didn't make - I hadn't made any errors, so I would say I was pretty good.

Q. Back to Sven. So you hope Sharapova will win?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Oh, well, maybe it will be easier so he can advise me. But it's still, no matter against who I play, I'm going to try to play the best I can. And I had so many matches behind me now that I just want to go out there and enjoy it.

And, I mean, it was great two weeks for me, and I feel I improved a lot. And also I got some experience. So no matter against who I play, I'm going to try and play the best.

Q. Players always like to think just one match ahead. But is it impossible not to think about an Ivanović/Janković final?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: That would be very exciting. We never had. That didn't ever happen before, so I would be very happy if that happens. But as you said, it is important to take it match by match. And then, obviously, there is a lot of emotions involved. And it's very important for me that I keep that aside, playing semi-final, just to think more technically what I have to do in order to win.

And, as I said, I play a lot of matches lately, so that's going to help me a lot.

Q. Is the foot injury you had in the Berlin final, is that completely gone?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, I still feel it a little bit, time to time, also the other day after a tough match. But I do a lot of recovery and a lot of treatments. And it's getting better. I still wear braces just for protection until I get my full strength back.

Q. But it's not affecting your movement?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: No, no, no.

Q. You reached quarter-finals here a couple of years ago. How do you think you've improved as a player to make that jump to the semis over the past couple of years?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Two years ago when I reached quarter-final, that was my first year on the Tour. Since then, I think I improved a lot on my game. And my fitness, a big difference. And also, a lot of experience because I played so many matches since then. Also, I'm playing on Centre Court. It helps a lot because those are all situations you will have to deal with when you have to play further in the tournament. But that experience helped me a lot and made me more calm today.

Q. How much time do you spend between the tournaments in Switzerland nowadays?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Very little. It's very hard because I travel so much. And also, I went to Barcelona to practise, so I haven't really been to Switzerland for a very long time now.

Q. Kind of a magic moment. Why Serbia, why now? Is it a supernatural thing, what's going on?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yeah, it's very exciting to see all of us doing so well. Especially we are all very young, so we all have many years in front of us and many possibilities. So it's very exciting, and I'm sure people back home are very proud of us, and that makes us feel very good.

Q. Do you talk with Novak [Đoković] much?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yeah, we speak and we catch up. It's nice to see, because I've known him for a very long time, so it's nice to catch up.

As I said, as I mentioned before, I can learn also from watching him play, because men's game is different than women's, so I can learn watching him. And he is a great player. He can achieve a lot.

Q. Can you speak as freely with Jelena [Janković] as you can with Novak, because you're not competing with Novak?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yeah, exactly, it's the same we play, so it's very hard to speak that way with her. But, I mean, we can all learn from each other, and we can all use other's successes and motivation extra for myself. So it's very exciting to see so many of us doing well.

Q. How come you play always so well in Paris? Is there anything special here for you?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: I like a lot of Paris, and obviously, my first memories I had from the reaching quarters here was an unbelievable experience. And I always like coming back here. And now I feel more comfortable playing on the clay as well. And I feel I improved my movements which helps a lot on the clay, because there is a lot of running, and a lot of, yeah, a lot of running to do.

So it's a great tournament for me, and the crowd, it's always great support. And I'm very excited to be here and to - I always look forward to coming back here.

Q. Is clay your favourite surface now?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: It's becoming, yeah. Yeah, sure.

Q. Would you describe your relationship with Jelena? Are you just casual acquaintances? Good friends?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, when we start playing tennis, she was - she's two years older than me, so we never played many tournaments together back home, and we lived in different parts of the city. So we never practised with each other. And then she went to America and I went to Switzerland. So kind of we had different ways, different roads, so we never really had a chance to practise with each other.

And even now, we both have our own teams and our own things we like to do. And it's a little bit different. And we are both a bit - we both found our way, and we are both doing well, so that's the most important thing.

Q. Are you looking forward to play Fed Cup with Jelena one day or not?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yeah, I think we have very good chance. We have a good team, and we deserve a place in the World Group, and that would be a great step for our country. I would love to play a Fed Cup, and, yeah, play for my country again.

Q. You and Jelena both come in here and you kind of light up the room. You have great humour. You're happy and bubbly. Is this a national characteristic?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yeah, we are happy people. Yeah, people back home, they're very friendly and open. And, yeah, we like to have fun. And that's something, yeah, I guess we are just born like that and we bring that from home.

So it's - I think it's important to be positive and to have a smile.


Articles
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Super Ivanović dumps out Kuznetsova [Teletext 495->497]
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Ivanović reaches semis [Teletext 497]

Seventh seed Ana Ivanović knocked out last year's beaten finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros for the first time.

The 19-year-old Serb, ranked a career-high No 7, raced through the first set without dropping a game before Russian Kuznetsova found her feet to level.

But Ivanović kept her belief to win 6-0 3-6 6-1 and will face second seed Maria Sharapova or Anna Chakvetadze in the last four.


Speed surprises Serb [Teletext 498]

Ana Ivanović admitted the speed of the first set took her by surprise in her quarter-final victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova at Roland Garros.

The in-form Serb seventh seed needed only 21 minutes to take a one-set lead before eventually winning 6-0 3-6 6-1.

She said: "Everything was happening quite fast. First set was a little strange. She was a bit nervous. I tried to move forward and be aggressive."
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Ivanović upsets Kuznetsova to reach semis
By Pritha Sarkar
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PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) - Serbia's Ana Ivanović roared into her first Grand-Slam semi-final with a topsy turvy 6-0 3-6 6-1 win over third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova at the French Open on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old never lost belief throughout the contest, and let out a shriek of joy as she kept alive hopes of an all-Serbian final on Saturday following the success of Jelena Janković.

"I'm very excited to be here and play my first semi-final. It was a tough match and I was lucky to come through," said Ivanović, who will run into another Russian, Maria Sharapova, next.

Kuznetsova was runner-up to Justine Henin at Roland Garros 12 months ago, but rarely looked like the player ranked third in the world, and an abdominal injury only added to her woes in the final set.

She was one of only three women to reach the quarter-finals without dropping a set, and that statistic lasted a mere 21 minutes on Tuesday when the first set flashed by in a blur of errors from the Russian.

A backhand-down-the-line winner sealed the first set for Ivanović.

After 27 minutes of one-sided action, Kuznetsova finally registered on the board, and she fought back to take the second set when Ivanović netted a forehand.

She sought assistance from the trainer for her injury at 2-1 down in the decider, and from that moment on, the Russian's game once again disintegrated.

A wild forehand booked Ivanović a place in the last four.

"I had to pull out for the doubles with abdominal-muscle pain," said Kuznetsova.

"It had been disturbing me for a while, but it wasn't hurting that badly.

"But at the end of the second set, I served hard and that pulled it more. So it was extremely hard in the third set."
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Martyn Herman (Reuters)
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SMILING TEENAGER

The 19-year-old Ivanović could not stop smiling after reaching her first Grand-Slam semi-final by beating Kuznetsova. She romped to the first set in 21 minutes, and dominated again in the third set after her Russian opponent, hampered by an abdominal injury, briefly came to her senses.

"It's very exciting for us, and I'm sure people back home are very proud of us," said Ivanović after going one step further than she managed here in 2005. She plays Sharapova next.
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Steve Douglas, Special to PA SportsTicker
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The semi-finals will feature another Serb, as seventh-seeded Ana Ivanović outlasted third-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-0 3-6 6-1. Kuznetsova struggled with abdominal pains in the final set.

The runner-up here last year, Kuznetsova thinks she knows when the injury occurred.

"It was when it was 5-3 in the second set," Kuznetsova said. "I served hard and I think I pulled it."

The 19-year-old Ivanović is in her first career Grand-Slam semi-final. She also knows there is a possibility of an all-Serbian final.

"It's important I keep that to one side, and just play my semi-final," Ivanović said.
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Howard Fendrich, AP Tennis Writer
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Ivanović dumped a backhand into the net on the very first point, then won 25 of the next 32 points, prompting this postmatch-analysis: "I would say I was pretty good."

Kuznetsova, who won the 2004 US Open, made things more interesting until aggravating an abdominal-muscle injury while serving in the second set's final game. Ivanović took 15 of the last 16 points.

"Everything was happening really fast," Ivanović said, "and I didn't have time to think much."
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World's Top 2 Advance, Will Face Serbians in Semifinals
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1412
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No.7 seed Ivanović defeated No.3-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-0 3-6 6-1, her second win in a row over the Russian, having beaten her in a thrilling third-set tie-break win in the final of Berlin just a few weeks ago. The Serb was ecstatic.

"I was enjoying my game; I felt fit and ready to play against the top players," said Ivanović on her attitude coming into Roland Garros. "I'm excited to get so far, and the tournament isn't over. I'll try to play my best each match I have."
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Teen Ivanović predicts major future [Teletext 495->498]
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Ivanović predicts success [Teletext 498]

Ana Ivanović insists Serbians could go on to dominate women's tennis for many years to come due to the number of talented young players they possess.

The 19-year-old seventh seed is three years younger than fellow Serbian and fourth seed Jelena Janković, and both look set for huge careers in the game.

Ivanović said: "It's exciting to see us all doing so well. We've a lot of years in front of us and many possibilities."
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4. Quarter-final scoreboard-report: Vaidišová v Janković
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This loss will cost Nicole her place in the top ten for failing to defend her semi-final, which hardly seems fair because she definitely seems to have played top-ten tennis this tournament. But having pulled out of Berlin, Rome and Strasbourg with a right-wrist injury, I would certainly have signed for a quarter-final loss before the French Open began.

Nicole failed to break Janković's serve until Janković served for the match at 6-3 *5-4. Nicole saved one match-point in that game, and broke after three deuces, only to be broken for 5-6*. Nicole saved three more match-points as Janković served for it a second time, but couldn't deny the on-form Serb victory.

My full report will follow at a later date...

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5. Quarter-final scoreboard-report: Sharapova v Chakvetadze
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Unfortunately BBCi did not deign to televise this mouthwatering match on Court Suzanne Lenglen, but it certainly seems like Maria's most convincing performance of the tournament so far, after her alarming breakdown for half a set against Alla Kudryavtseva, and then saving two match-points against Patty Schnyder, who served for the match three times in that 2h38m marathon on Sunday.

But Anna was the one who admitted to feeling tired and "very bad" in this quarter-final, even after having a day off on Monday. She too had been taken to three sets on Sunday (by Lucie Šafářová), albeit only for 1h29m. I think Anna needs to work on her stamina!

My full report will follow at a later date...

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6. Player-portrait: Anna Chakvetadze
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Saturday, June 2, 2007
By Benjamin Adler
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2007-06-02/200706021180815760765.html
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Anna Chakvetadze broke into the top 10 at the end of May - four short years after turning pro - and she does not intend stopping there. We met the 20 year-old Russian and found her cool, calm, and fiercely determined to succeed at the highest level.

"I don't need inspiration, I can think for myself," she tells us, shortly after her comfortable victory over Ai Sugiyama. On the back of her quarter-final at the Australian Open, the No.9 seed has taken her progress to the last sixteen very much in her stride. "I'm happy because I played a lot better today, which explains why I was calmer on the court. I controlled things well," she says in flawless English.

"I'm ambitious"

Chakvetadze is accompanied on Tour by her Georgian father while her Ukrainian mother looks after her younger brother at home. She needs no prompting when we ask her about her ambitions. "I'm not the type to announce what my objectives are: to win a Grand Slam or whatever. Everyone wants to win them. I'd like to get into the top 5 for sure, but I take things as they come and try to do my best."

Anna has something of a reputation for being very emotional on court, even to the point of breaking into tears. Though she travels without a coach, she has been receiving guidance from Robert Lansdorp, the former mentor of Maria Sharapova, Pete Sampras and Anastasia Myskina. That is in Los Angeles, where she will return to prepare for the North American leg of the tour, prior to the US Open. Chakvetadze has been compared to Martina Hingis, with a game that is more varied than many of her compatriots. That may go to explain her meteoric rise through the rankings since her début on the ITF tour in 2001, in Minsk.

Moscow memories
By 2004 she was playing in her first Grand Slam, at the US Open, where she reached the third round, beating Myskina on the way. "That's a great memory. I couldn't believe it at the time. It was a dream to beat the No.1 Russian - someone who had won Roland Garros that year," remembers the Wimbledon juniors finalist of 2003.

2005 saw her enter the top 50, and in 2006 she won her first two titles, in Guangzhou and her home-town of Moscow. "To win the Kremlin Cup at home was fantastic. The win in China gave me a lot of confidence. When I beat a top-10 player, I tell myself I can really go far and my game improves," she says. Anna has a title to her name this year too, in Hobart, and made the semi-finals in Miami, Warsaw and Montréal.

"It's important to be consistent", reasons the future opponent of Lucie Šafářová - a friend among many on the circuit. "I have a lot of friends on Tour, but we forget our friendship when we meet on court," says Chakvetadze. Whether she is facing friend or foe, Anna Chakvetadze knows she only needs to concentrate on her own game. Her natural talent usually does the rest...
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7. Semi-final draw
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* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v JUSTINE HENIN [1] (ajde Jelena!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] (both nice; my loyalty is to Maria)

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8. Semi-final preview: Sharapova v Ivanović
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This has to be the most mouthwatering Grand-Slam semi-final of all time, given that there's never been one between two members of my Eternal Fanship, and that Ana is the first player of whom I'm currently a demi-fan to reach a Grand-Slam semi-final.

My Eternal Fanship:
1. Monica Seles
2. Maria Sharapova
3. Daniela Hantuchová
4. Jelena Dokić
5. Iva Majoli (retired)
6. Karina Habšudová (retired)
7. Iroda Tulyaganova
8. Vera Zvonarëva
9. Nicole Vaidišová
10. Anna Chakvetadze

My current demi-fanship:
11. Lucie Šafářová
12. Tatiana Golovin
13. Maria Kirilenko
14. Sania Mirza
15. Ana Ivanović
16. Magdaléna Rybáriková
17. Karolina Šprem
18. Gisela Dulko
19. Flavia Pennetta

Matthew Cronin for www.rolandgarros.com: "Ivanović can crush the ball off both wings, and with her broad shoulders and powerful legs is one of the few top women who are not faking it when she launches an inside-out forehand. She also comes in to net quite a bit, and is the best young volleyer on the Tour."

Steve Douglas (Special to PA SportsTicker): "Sharapova, who is in the semi-finals here for the first time, has managed to reach this stage even though she is battling shoulder-trouble. She is unable to put her full weight behind her serve, and admitted she has been having about an hour and a half's treatment on her shoulder every day."

Maria has the astonishing record of never having lost a /completed/ match to a player who's younger than she is. I only have to say "completed" because she retired from her Tokyo Pan Pacific Open 2007 semi-final against Ana when Ana was leading 6-1 0-1. Ana is the player most likely to end this record if she happens to beat Maria before Nicole Vaidišová can get to her (Nicole beat Maria 5-3 in a World Team Tennis rubber back in 2004, but such matches are not recognised by the WTA Tour, and Maria has never played Nicole on the WTA Tour).

Maria and Ana met once before that: quarter-finals of Linz 2006, which Maria won 7-6 7-5 despite wasting three set-points at *5-4 in the first, and a 5-2* lead in the second. "She played some amazing tennis," said Maria.

Ana comes into this semi-final in excellent form, having won Berlin over Svetlana Kuznetsova, and her first five rounds at the French Open:
1r + Sofia Arvidsson [LL], 6-2 6-0
2r + Sania Mirza [DF], 6-1 6-4
3r + Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q], 6-2 6-0
4r + ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24], 6-3 3-6 6-3
qf + SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3], 6-0 3-6 6-1

While Maria has struggled through with the following results:
1r + Emilie Loit, 6-3 7-6 (7/4)
2r + Jill Craybas, 6-2 6-1
3r + Alla Kudryavtseva [Q], 6-1 6-4 (was 1-4* down in 2s)
4r + PATTY SCHNYDER [14], 3-6 6-4 9-7 (saved 2 MPs)
qf + ANNA CHAKVETADZE [9,EF], 6-3 6-4

So it will be a fascinating contest because Ana has the form to win it, but Maria is a great champion who has more experience, unbelievable focus and intensity, and magnificent groundstrokes even though her serve has gone AWOL this year (due to her shoulder-injury). It will be fascinating to see how Ana reacts to the occasion of her first Grand Slam semi-final against one of the greats.


Serb duo seeking shock semi wins [CEEFAX 490->495]
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Ivanović ready for semi challenge [CEEFAX 495]

Ana Ivanović is preparing for her maiden Grand Slam semi-final against Maria Sharapova in Paris on Thursday.

The teenager caused an upset in the quarter-finals by knocking out third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Ivanović is coached by Sven Groeneveld - who has also worked with Sharapova - and said: "He's a great coach, and he's been really helpful.

"We've worked a lot on my serve, and I can see improvement in that, so it's very exciting."
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World's Top 2 Advance, Will Face Serbians in Semifinals
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1412
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Sharapova and Ivanović are 1-1; the Russian won at Linz last fall while the Serb won at Tokyo earlier this year, but that was due to Sharapova's injury retirement.

"She's had some good success on clay this season, so it'll be a very tough match and one I look forward to," Sharapova said. "I played a good match against her in Austria last year. Couldn't finish the match with her this year. But I'm looking forward to this one."
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Ana: "There will be a lot of emotions, playing a semi-final. But it's important I keep those inside. Reaching the quarters here [in 2005] was an unbelievable experience, but I feel much more comfortable now."

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9. Andrew's wishes (updated after Tuesday)
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9.1 Final-wish
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]

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10. Women's Doubles
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(GISELA DULKO [DF]/MARIA ELENA CAMERIN)[16]:
qf - (KATARINA SREBOTNIK/AI SUGIYAMA)[7], 6-4 5-7 3-6

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11. Girls' Singles
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11.1 Second round (Tuesday 5th June)
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- KSENIA LYKINA [12] lt. Dominice Ripoll, 3-6 2-6


11.2 Third round (Wednesday 6th June)
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+ ALIZÉ CORNET [2] d. REKA ZSILINSZKA [16], 6-2 6-1


11.3 Quarter-final (to be played on Thursday)
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* ALIZÉ CORNET [2] v EVGENIYA RODINA [5] (allez Alizé!)

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12. Order of play for Thursday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 14:00 CEST = 12:00 GMT = 13:00 BST)
1. WS sf: MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF]
2. WS sf: JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v JUSTINE HENIN [1]
3. XD final: (KATARINA SREBOTNIK/NENAD ZIMONJIĆ)[6] v (NATHALIE DECHY/ANDY RAM)[8]

I'm glad that the important match is first, so I don't have to worry about getting to the end of my DVD-RAM unless it goes on for almost four hours! :-)

UK TV-alert: BBCi will be covering both semi-finals, starting at 12:50 BST.

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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Jun 9th, 2007, 12:47 PM
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Contents
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1. Photos & videos
2. Semi-final results
3. Maria Sharapova's TV-reports: 3r, 4r, qf, sf
4. Final-preview: Ivanović v Henin
5. Girls' Singles
6. Order of play for Saturday

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1. Photos & videos
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1.1 Photos
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Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanović:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=ivanovic
Search Getty Images for "sharapova" or "ivanovic"

Maria Sharapova only:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtas961.html
http://www.mariasharapova.com/

Ana Ivanović only:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtaqe90.html

Alicia Molik and Mara Santangelo (Women's-Doubles champions):
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=molik
Search Getty Images for "molik" or "santangelo"

Various players:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/ (Week 2)
http://www.tennis.info/Paris7.html (Semifinals - day 1)


1.2 Videos
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Semi-final press-conferences:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/20070607.html

I think Maria gave a very nice and gracious press-conference, considering she'd just suffered a humiliating loss. A positive session por favor indeed! :-)

Day-13 press-conferences:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/20070608.html

Anna Chakvetadze interviewed by Barbara Schett:
http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/ver/230b/popup/index.php?cl=2928688

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2. Semi-final results (Thursday 7th June)
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A bad day for women's tennis:
- MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] lt. ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF], 2-6 1-6
- JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] lt. JUSTINE HENIN [1], 2-6 2-6

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3. Maria Sharapova's TV-reports: 3r, 4r, qf, sf
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I have updated my French Open report for Maria Sharapova...
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/french_open2007.html

...with the following matches:
+ 3r: Alla Kudravtseva (TV)
+ 4r: Patty Schnyder (TV)
+ qf: Anna Chakvetadze (scores)
+ sf: Ana Ivanović (TV)

Features:
* match-previews
* point-by-point descriptions
* commentary-transcriptions
* statistics
* transcripts of press-conferences
* articles

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4. Final-preview: Ivanović v Henin
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* ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v JUSTINE HENIN [1] (ajde Ana!)

Henin is just one victory away from joining Monica Seles as the only woman to win three consecutive French Opens in the Open Era (which began in 1968 - in fact, before Monica in 1992, you have to go back to 1937 to find a woman winning her third consecutive French Open: Hilda Sperling).

So it would be so cool if Ana could protect Monica's unique record. Ana, after all, started playing tennis because of Monica, and is Serbian like Monica was before she became a US citizen in 1994.

I could even forgive Ana for thrashing Maria in the semis if she beat Henin in the final, because the chances of Maria beating Henin on clay in Maria's current condition would have been approximately zero. Only a fully-trained claycourt-player, with the Force as her ally, will conquer Roland Garros and its empress.

I believe that Ana could overpower Henin if Ana's at the top of her game, but it will be a much tougher match than her semi-final, because Henin's not going to give Ana nearly as many unforced errors as Maria did.

They've played each other only once before: in the semi-finals of Warsaw 2005, also on clay, when Henin - who was dominating everyone on clay that year - beat the 17-year-old Ana 6-4 7-5. So Henin has no great head-to-head advantage over Ana.

Ana has reached the final with the following very impressive results...
1r + Sofia Arvidsson [LL], 6-2 6-0
2r + Sania Mirza [DF], 6-1 6-4
3r + Ioana Raluca Olaru [Q], 6-2 6-0
4r + ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [24], 6-3 3-6 6-3
qf + SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [3], 6-0 3-6 6-1
sf + MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF], 6-2 6-1

...while Henin has got the job done without dropping a set, and without being troubled by the players who were expected to trouble her:
1r + Elena Vesnina, 6-4 6-3
2r + Tamira Paszek, 7-5 6-1
3r + MARA SANTANGELO [28], 6-2 6-3
3r + SYBILLE BAMMER [20], 6-2 6-4
4r + SERENA WILLIAMS [8, 6-4 6-3
qf + JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 6-2 6-2

I just hope Ana can go out there with no nerves and nothing to lose... produce her best tennis, and pull off a miraculous victory ten years after Iva Majoli did so against Martina Hingis.


Ana's pre-final press-conference (Friday 8th June)
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Q. Did you sleep well?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes, very good tonight. And it was hard to imagine I could do that, but it was good.

Q. Tell me, you said yesterday that Sven Groeneveld, you are going to now play Justine, who is with adidas, so he can't coach you anymore. Does that mean even today, he's not going to talk to you and you'll be on your own?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes. David is going to have practice, but we can't talk about tactics or anything like that. So basically I'm on my own. But, yeah, it's been very great having him for a whole week - for a whole two weeks here. So I learned a lot. So now I can use some of these things for tomorrow.

Q. So even right after the match, he didn't see anything about the final to you?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: No, no, because he's not allowed to.

Q. Have you seen Justine playing during this tournament, or maybe did you watch any TV or videos?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: I saw little bit of her match yesterday. But she's - I watched her play before, and we played once two years ago. So for sure, I know this is going to be very tough match. But she's a great player, and she's won this tournament couple of times. So she's experienced also in that part.

But I think it's most important for me to relax and to play my game, and try to play the best I can. And try to use the chances, and see how it goes.

Q. Will you prepare this match emotionally, and how?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes, it's - I think it's the most difficult part, probably. And it's very easy to say, Oh, don't be nervous and don't be emotional, but it's a little bit harder to do it. I think nerves always exist, no matter which match you play. And once I'm on the court, it's very important for me to think more technically and what I should play - which kind of strokes - and not think too much about the occasion.

Q. When we talked to Sven yesterday, he said to us, "She doesn't want a 24/7 relationship with a coach. She's too independent. She doesn't like that." Can you talk a bit about your personality, and why you have chosen to conduct your career that way?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Before I had couple of experience when I spent too much time with a coach, and I didn't find it worked well for me. And it's important to have my own space, and also, a little bit of my private life. And I think for a relationship with a coach, it's very important to don't get too personal. Because then it's more respect, and also, when you work with a coach, it's very important to trust them.

So I think I have that with Sven. I really trust him, and he trust in me, so that's why it's working very well for us. But it's nice still to have sometimes my own space, and to spend some time on my own. And, yeah, that's also the way I can learn the most how to deal. Because in the end of the day, when I'm on the court, I'm alone. And I have to learn how to deal with the emotions then.

Q. Can you also talk a bit about the role that Mr. Holzmann played. He obviously was a very, very key person for you early in your tennis career?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes, definitely. It was very important time of my life. And if it wasn't for him, who knows what would be happening now. Because it was a time when the situation back in Serbia wasn't so good financially. It was very tough to support. My parents, for them, it was very tough to support me in that way.

But, yeah, he helped me a lot, and he always believed in me, so that gave me motivation and strength. And he's, also, I can say, a great friend of mine. So it's very - it's very nice to be working with him.

Q. Others in the tournament, obviously Sven was working with other players, as well. Were there any instances maybe when you wanted his time, but Fernando wanted his time, and he was being pulled all over the place - how did that work?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yeah, it's a little bit - it's a little bit tougher when there are more players around. But I think it's, also, we always try to adjust so everyone can be happy. Because on the end of the day, he is there for most of us. But he's - most of the times, we were lucky that the times were different, so we could practice when we wanted. So that was good.

But, yeah, as coach of adidas, I accept that that may be the case sometimes. And, yeah, I accepted it, and we tried to work around it.

Q. Because he works for adidas, does that mean you get him for free? Sorry, that's a bit personal question, but do you get him for free?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: That's the job of my managers, so I don't get involved in that part.

Q. Do you have a relationship with Justine at all? Do you ever talk to her in the locker-room?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, not really, because I also try not to spend too much time around the club. I just practise and try to go back in the room, relax a little bit. So I haven't really spent much time around here. I think she does the same thing. And we also played different days, so we didn't have chance to see each other much.

Q. And you talk about that you really need your private time away from tennis. Can you describe what you're doing in that private time, and sort of your relationship with your family?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, I have a very close relationship with my family, especially with my brother. He is one of my biggest supporters. And I like to spend time with him. And when we are back home, you know, sometimes we even play basketball with him, and even Playstation, just so I can spend some time with him.

But, yeah, when I'm travelling, it's a little bit harder. Because it's hard to keep in touch sometimes with a friend. They go to school. We have different time-schedules. But I try always to phone them and just catch up for a little bit. And if I'm in my room, just to read a book or watch a DVD or listen to music.

Q. At what point did you realise that you didn't want to have a coach 24/7, that you really needed that time away? Was there a specific thing that happened that made you realise you just wanted to push people a away a little bit?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, beginning of this year, I had the experience where the relationship with the coach became a little bit too personal, and it was a little bit tough for me as well. So I wanted to try a little bit on my own. And that was also not a solution, because sometimes you need someone who can point things out for you.

And I have found a perfect situation with Sven. He's helpful. He's really helpful. And he also helps sometimes other players, so he's not there 100% of the time, but as basically as much as I need him.

And it's great to have such an experienced coach. So it's working really well for me. I still have enough time on my own. And it's still a little bit my private life is separate, so that's important.

Q. What do you remember about your previous match against Justine, and why do you think she's so strong?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Last time we played was two years ago. It was my first year on the tour. And it's been a while now. So it's very hard to remember how the match went.

But I watched her play a lot, and she's great, especially on the clay. And she has such also powerful game, and she's a great mover. So it's very hard to point some weaknesses in her game. But still, I think, I have some - my forehand is good; my serve, it's also working very well. So I'm going to try my best against her best, and see who wins.

Q. The way you stormed to the top, is almost the same or similar to Justine's. When she was 19, she played her first Grand Slam final, and she was No. 7 in the world. Could she be an example? Is that a coincidence, or would you sign up to do the same evolution in your career?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yeah, I could sign then. No, she achieved same match. I didn't know about it. It's interesting. She achieved so much. And she can be really happy and proud of herself.

And I would love to achieve what she did so far.

Q. Tomorrow's match will be the most important of your career so far. But before this one, what was the most important moment of your career?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Probably yesterday! <laughing> It was - it's going to be very, very important match tomorrow. But all the matches I played so far gave me a lot of experience. So I was in a situation for the first time in a semi-final yesterday. So, yeah, I know I can little bit realise how it feels. But still, it's a first time finals. So, yeah, I just want to enjoy it and try to get the best out of it.

Q. In school, are you still studying, and what did you study already?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes, I have still a few more exams until I finish high school. And it's a touristic high school, general high school. And I hope I can do that in the next few months. And probably my goal is to sign university, maybe a little bit from September. Because I think it's very important to keep doing school as well. And I reminded school, so I want to start a little bit as well, and just something else to do.

Q. You did that photo-shoot a couple of days ago near the Eiffel Tower. Had you been to the Eiffel Tower before?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes, this is my maybe fifth or sixth time in Paris. And I visited the first few times I was here. It's such an historical city, and I really like to visit it. And it's - it's a beautiful city, really, to spend some time and walk around. And there are so many things to see.

Q. Do you think the public could have an importance on the match, and what about you?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Oh, for sure it can, because the crowd can sometimes really help, help you to get through the matches. And so far they've been really great. And they've been great supporters. And I hope the atmosphere tomorrow will be good again, and that we're going to have a great match.

Q. Yesterday, during Justine's match, she had some notes from her coach, and she was reading them sometimes during the changeovers. So if Sven is not allowed to talk to you, can he write some notes for you, as well?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: No, no, no, he can't. He just can't help me in that way at all. And it's a little bit pity in some way, because it's a great achievement of my life, and it's a pity he can't really help me for tomorrow's match.

But he really - whole week, whole two weeks, he's been on my side, and it's been really good.

So, yeah, I just have a little bit picture in my head the way I should play, and just relax, and basically enjoy.

Q. Because you have other interests outside tennis, and your studies, and you seem to be, you know, very mature person, do you have a time-scale for your career? Do you think you'll end up like Kim [Clijsters], maybe, ending her career early? Or have you not thought about that?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: No, I haven't really thought. I'm just in the beginning of my career, so it's very hard to think about the end. But, yeah, I've been really interesting in some parts also behind tennis. And I think it's very important to keep balance, because sometimes you need something to get away from tennis, and do something different. And, yes, so you can achieve more into tennis when you play again and practise again.

But, I'm really lucky to be doing what I like. And I really hope it's going to last for a long time.


Henin's pre-final press-conference (Friday 8th June)
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<snipped irrelevant questions>

Q. Day before a final, whether it's here or any place, do you have a routine that you like to go through, something that perhaps relaxes you a little bit the day before the match?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, I just prepare my match exactly the same as I did for my first six matches. I don't change anything. I did practise at the same time, but here in Roland Garros, which wasn't the case the last few days before my matches, but that is the routine I had the last few years before. So I'm going to keep going with it.

Now I'm going to have lunch here and go back to the hotel, work with my trainer. Try to be relaxed, and try to get a little bit of sleep, which is not really easy before a big day. But I don't change, no, my routine at all.

Q. This tournament is so intense, not only in terms of time, but the length of the points and the fact that it's on red clay, that so many of the people that have won this have had sort of - try to have a no pressure kind of ambience with them as they go through the draw. I remember when Sergei Bruguera won it for the first time, he said he didn't feel any pressure. He just tried to have a good time here. Does that come into play for you as well, trying to find something to take your mind off tennis a bit?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, that's what I always try to think about something else. And also, I really need to be in my tunnel, you know, just being ready and really stay focused. Even if I can do other things today, I'm in my match already. And that's very important to me to stay concentrated.

But in another way, I like to be with some people around me, and do something else, talk about something else, and think about holidays in a few weeks, and that's good.

Q. One other thing on the match, Ana is sort of an unknown quantity. You've seen her play, but you haven't played her much. I'm just wondering do you prefer - do you like a situation where you're playing somebody you've played many times especially recently, or are you equally comfortable with somebody who is kind of an unknown factor?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, you don't have the choice, so you have to deal with the situation. And I never say, "Oh, I prefer this or I prefer this," because it doesn't matter what I would prefer.

So in this situation, I play someone that I don't know that much. I mean, I didn't play her - I played her only once in my career, so it's not that much. When we see players like Kuznetsova, Sharapova, or Janković now, it's not the same anymore.

But anyway, I just have to stay concentrated on me. And what I will have to do on the court, and no matter what happens on the other side of the net, that's really important to me that my goals are clear in my head. And I know what I want to do on the court. Am I going to be able to do it? I don't know. We'll see tomorrow. But doesn't matter who I have to play.

Q. You're closing on the third straight title, and you haven't dropped a set here for a long time. Are these things that motivate you, or do you try to block them out and forget about records when you're playing?

JUSTINE HENIN: I forget about this, because it's not going to help me to win, probably. The thing is that I want to win tomorrow, because I love to win, generally, even if it's in Warsaw, in Dubai, in Paris, probably, a little bit more here. But I'm a real competitor, and that's why I love to win matches, and big matches like tomorrow. So then if I can win the third one here in the world, that would be great, that would be a great achievement. But right now, it's not my main goal. I'm focused on winning this title and that's it.

Q. Coming back to Ana. I presume you watched yesterday's match. What you made about it?

JUSTINE HENIN: I didn't much watch that match because it's - you know, I really had to prepare my match. And I don't like to watch a lot about my other opponents.

And she's in confidence. She proved it. She played a great tournament. So you can see it different ways. She will have nothing to lose tomorrow. And in another way, it's her first Grand Slam final.

But I don't want to count on anything from her. I just want to be focused on me. And if I want to win this match, I will have to go and try to win it, not the way that she'll give it to me, because she won't. So everyone knows, you know, she's young, so she's going for the winners. And she's trying to take her chances.

But it's going to be 50-50 tomorrow, because it's a Grand Slam final, and everything can happen. And I don't consider myself - everyone is waiting for me, but I just have to forget about that and just be ready and try to play my best tennis. But much more important than that, just to win the match.

Q. After a match tomorrow, is it your advance that Ana Ivanović can't be coached?

JUSTINE HENIN: That what?

Q. That Ana Ivanović can't be coached tomorrow by Sven Groeneveld?

JUSTINE HENIN: Oh, you know, I don't know about that. You have two players on the court, they want the same thing, and forget about what's happening off court. It's going to be at 3:00 o'clock tomorrow that you're going to see what's going to happen.

Q. Talk about pushing your limits? Do you think anyone has actually tested your limits so far in this tournament? Have you actually felt under much pressure in the matches?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, it's - you're always under pressure. When you look at the score yesterday, it could be easy, 6-2, 6-2. But I had to work hard. And I just tried to, you know, be active, and not only a reaction on the court. I just tried to do something with the ball, and that's what I did yesterday.

And we'll see tomorrow what kind of match I will have to face. But I will be ready for a very tough match to fight on every point. And like I said, the best will win.

Q. How are you going to organise your time from now until tomorrow?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, it's 1:00 o'clock, so I'm going to have lunch. And then I'm going to watch part of the men's matches. This is what I've done last year. So I watch Federer for half an hour. Then from half 3:00 to 5:00, I'll work with my physiotherapist, because this is what I've done every day after a match. So that's until 5:00 o'clock.

Then I'll take two hours for myself, alone, in my bedroom. Okay, I might make a few phone-calls. But I really need to have a bit of time to be faced with myself. And I'm starting concentrating. I watch TV. I read. I listen to music. But I'm already in my match.

I know that tomorrow is going to be one of my great days. And that will take me until 7:00, 7:30 p.m., then I'll have dinner. I'll see my physiotherapist just before I go to bed. Then I'll fight, I'll struggle to get a bit of sleep, just like every day before a great match. That's all for the details.

Q. You'll be facing a 19-year-old girl. Does it remind you of good old times when you were young, or does it show to you that time flies like an arrow? [fruit flies like a banana!]

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, it does fly. I'm 25. I'm still young. But also I need to realise that time flies very fast, and I need to make the most out of each moment. And I need and accept that there is this new generation coming up. And, you know, it's quite all right. Fine by me. I know that there are many competitors out there, and that's the principle of the game. You know you won't last forever.

And to be honest with you, I didn't like the days I had five years ago. I had less experience. I would find it more difficult to step back. So I feel more - I feel more relaxed today than five years ago, that's for sure.

Q. Can you remember your first final in Wimbledon? And can you compare your mindset at that time to that of Ivanović today?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I was supposed to play on the Saturday, and the match took place on a Sunday. So that was difficult. And then I felt something was going on around me. My grandfather had died, and, I wasn't feeling well. And I was one set away from winning. But I didn't feel well. It was difficult.

But now, you know, we're all different, and we all react in different ways to this type of situation. So I try not to think about how Ana Ivanović is going to manage her match. This is not going to help me at all. I need to remain very much focused on my objectives. I need to capitalise on what I've done over the last days. But I know I need to expect a very tough match, or all that matters is winning now.

Q. Did you experience this feeling of fear with everything going too fast, everything being too big?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, yes, to be honest. The first time you don't feel that you're in the right place. As for me, the court had become huge, and, you know, the balls can be very fast on grass. It was difficult, but it still is an exceptional memory.

Q. Do you know Ana Ivanović off the courts, and have you done things together?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, we don't know each other at all.

Q. She seems to be very nice girl?

JUSTINE HENIN: And I seem to be a very nasty person, don't I? [:lol:] No, but we don't know each other at all. You can't know everybody, really. And part from saying hello, goodbye, we have very few contacts, very few relationships with people. But she looks - she looks a nice girl, but I don't know her.

Q. What about the match you played in Warsaw?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, that was back in 2005. That's too far. That's too far away. I can't remember. I remember the result. And she wasn't what she is now and I wasn't what I am now. So that's too long ago for me to compare anything. We need to see what happens this week. And anyway, every match is different.

We don't know each other much playing on the court, and there won't be any observation round. And we both know that we'll need to take all opportunities to win.

Q. You've always been very much supported by the audience here, but maybe Ana is the new favourite from the crowd. What do you expect from the audience?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I expect nothing. I'll have great pleasure walking on the court. I know that I'll have many people behind me. I know that people can play a role, but I need to remain focused, not to pay too much attention to this. It is a great honour for me to walk on the central court for the final. I guess the French audience will be behind both of us. So we need a winner and a loser. That's sports.

Q. Do you feel that people will expect even more from you tomorrow?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yes, I mean, having won the tournament three times over the last four years, of course people have expectations. A final is always something exceptional. And I hope I'll get great support. I'll give the best I can give, but you need to try and forget about people's expectations, because that's an additional pressure you don't really need when you fight on the court, really.

So I'll try and make - play my best tennis, give pleasure to people, and have pleasure myself. And enjoy every moment of it, because that is a great honour.

Q. There were not many tough matches in the last rounds of this tournament. Do you have any explanation to this?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, in the men's draw, you didn't have many difficult matches either. There are differences, but, you know, it depends from one year to the other. The level was quite good. I saw many good matches, whether in the ladies or in the men's tournament. Of course, people would like to have tighter matches. But, you know, as a player, when you can win rapidly, you feel relieved.

Thank you very much.


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Henin eyes French Open hat-trick [CEEFAX 490->493] (Friday 8th June)
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Justine Henin is enjoying her tennis more than ever going into Saturday's French Open final against Ana Ivanović.

The Belgian, trying to win her third straight title in Paris and fourth in total, is back on form after splitting from her husband in January.

And Henin has far more experience than 19-year-old Serbian Ivanović, who will play in her first Grand Slam final.

"Because I had a difficult beginning of the year, it's a great pleasure to be back at this Grand Slam," said Henin.
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Ivanović ready for final nerves [CEEFAX 490->493]
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Ana Ivanović admits nerves could be a problem when she plays Justine Henin in her first Grand Slam final at the French Open on Saturday.

"It's very easy to say, 'Oh, don't be nervous and don't be emotional,'" said the 19-year-old.

"But it's a little bit harder to do it. I think nerves always exist no matter which match you play.

"Once I'm on court it's very important for me to think technically and not think too much about the occasion."
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Henin expects tough battle in final [Teletext 495->498]
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Henin ready for battle [Teletext 498]

Top seed Justine Henin knows she will have to work if she is to claim a fourth French Open title on Saturday.

The Belgian will face 19-year-old Serb Ana Ivanović in the final, with the teenager already seeing off big names in the earlier stages.

Henin admitted: "She will have nothing to lose. She has such a powerful game and is a great mover - it is hard to find any weaknesses in her."
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Teen star Ivanović admits to nerves [Teletext 495->498]
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Ivanović admits to nerves [Teletext 498]

Serbian sensation Ana Ivanović admits she is nervous ahead of her first-ever Grand Slam final on Saturday.

She will take on top seed Justine Henin in the showpiece at Roland Garros, her reward for beating Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova.

The 19-year-old said: "It's very easy to say: 'Don't be nervous or emotional', but it's harder to do it. That will be the most difficult part."
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HENIN: FINAL SHOWDOWN WILL BE CLOSE [Teletext 495->496] (Saturday 9th June)
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Henin expects it tough [Teletext 496]

Belgian ace Justine Henin believes the final showdown with Serbian teenager Ana Ivanović in the French Open final is too close to call.

Henin - the world No 1 and top seed - will start as favourite, having won three of the last four women's singles titles at Roland Garros.

Henin insisted: "It will be 50-50 - it's a Grand-Slam final and I know anything can happen."
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Ana quotes
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"It will be an amazingly tough match. Justine has won this tournament a few times before, and she's playing good on clay. But it's important for me to play my game and just focus.

"I'm very excited, though. Coming here, I didn't expect any of this. I just tried to focus on each match separately.

"I think it's important for me to relax and to play my game, and try to play the best I can.

"Once I'm on the court, it's very important for me to think technically and what I should play - which kind of strokes. And not think too much about the occasion.

"My forehand is good. My serve - it's also working very well. I have a little bit [of a] picture in my head [of] the way I should play."

[Re. Sven Groeneveld, who can't coach her because Ana and Henin are both Adidas-players]
"It's been a little tough on that side. Basically I'm on my own. We can't talk about tactics or anything like that. It's a pity in some way, because it's a great achievement in my life and he can't help me at all.

"Before I had a couple of experiences when I spent too much time with a coach and it didn't work well for me. I have found a perfect situation with Sven, as he's not there 100% of the time but basically as much as I need him. It's important to have my own space and also a little bit of a private life. That's the way I can learn how to deal [with things], because at the end of the day, when I'm on the court, I'm alone."


Henin quotes
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"She's in great shape, Ivanovic. She won in Berlin this year, and she's very confident. She's matured a lot over the last year(s), so this is a match I'm going to work on very seriously..

"I have watched her play a lot and she's great, especially on the clay. She has such a powerful game, and she's a great mover. It's very hard to find any weaknesses in her game.

"But my forehand is good, and my serve is working well. I'll give my best against her best.

"Saturday will be a Grand Slam final, so it's going to be a great - put pressure on both of us. And I think the most fighting of the two of us will win. I think the player who manages to control the match better will win.

"This is my favourite event. It was the tournament I watched as a little girl, and it was a dream for me to win it once. And I have done it three times. I still have a lot to do to win it a fourth time.

"She's played an exceptional tournament this year, and she's in great shape. She's very confident. And it's a final, so I I need to be ready and to play my best level of tennis if I want to win.

"She will have nothing to lose tomorrow. She has confidence and she has proved that - she's played a great tournament. But I don't want to count on anything from her. I just want to be focused on me.

"I will have to go and try to win it, because she won't give it to me. It will be 50-50 - it's a Grand Slam final and anything can happen."

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5. Girls' Singles
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5.1 Quarter-final (Thursday 7th June)
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+ ALIZÉ CORNET [2] d. EVGENIYA RODINA [5], 6-3 6-1


5.2 Semi-final (Friday 8th June)
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+ ALIZÉ CORNET [2] d. KSENIA MILEVSKAYA [6], 2-6 6-3 7-5

Alizé's first test of her last-ever junior-event!


5.3 Final (to be played on Sunday)
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* ALIZÉ CORNET [2] v Mariana Duque Marino (allez Alizé!)

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6. Order of play for Saturday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 15:00 CEST = 13:00 GMT = 14:00 BST)
1. WS final: ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] v JUSTINE HENIN [1]
2. MD final: (LUKÁŠ DLOUHÝ/PAVEL VÍZNER)[9] v (MARK KNOWLES/DANIEL NESTOR)[6]

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andrewbroad
Jun 11th, 2007, 08:23 AM
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Contents
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1. Photos & videos
2. Scoreboard-reports for Nicole Vaidišová: 4r & QF
3. Final TV-report: Ivanović v Henin
4. Wooden-Spoon List
5. Girls' Singles final

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1. Photos & videos
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1.1 Photos
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Ana Ivanović:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=ivanovic
Search Getty Images for "ivanovic"

Various players:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1

Maria Kirilenko and Lucie Šafářová by Ralf Pascal Reinecke:
http://www.tennis-reinecke.de/spieler.php?kez=maki&Maria&Kirilenko
http://www.tennis-reinecke.de/spieler.php?kez=lusa&Lucie&Safarova


1.2 Video
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Ana Ivanović's final press-conference:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-06-09/200706091181406103218.html

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2. Scoreboard-reports for Nicole Vaidišová: 4r & QF
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I have updated my French Open report for Nicole Vaidišová...
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/french_open2007.html

...with the following matches:
+ 4r: Tathiana Garbin
+ qf: Jelena Janković

Features:
* match-previews
* point-by-point scores
* statistics
* transcripts of press-conferences
* articles

Although Nicole reached the quarter-finals, BBCi didn't televise her after the first round! :-( I can only hope that the BBC will make up for that at Wimbledon, where they didn't televise her (on Freeview) last year, even though she reached the fourth round! :-||

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3. Final TV-report: Ivanović v Henin (Saturday 9th June)
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- ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF] lt. JUSTINE HENIN [1], 1-6 2-6

What a shame. Ana actually made a dream-start to her first Grand Slam final as she broke in the first game and went up *1-0 (40/0). But when she failed to capitalise on an excellent wide serve on that point that was surely going to give her 2-0, her bubble suddenly burst, and she spiralled into a nightmare from which she never recovered.

Ana kept mishitting her groundstrokes, and playing to Henin's forehand to a predictable extent instead of playing the wonderful spreading rallies of which I've always known she's capable (since she came to my attention at the end of 2004). A brilliant player, but oh so fragile!


The commentators said Henin was the overwhelming favourite, and Virginia Wade said the key to the match would be how well Ana started.

Virginia Wade [re. Ana]: "Maybe not /the/ fastest player on court, but exciting shots. But Justine seems to know how to handle things."
Sam Smith [re. Ana]: "I think she has a chance. I think her odds of 9-2 are extremely generous!"

Umpire: Kader Nouni.

The match started at 15:13 CEST, after a delay with Kader Nouni's equipment.


First set
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IVANO @______ 1
HENIN _@*@*@* 6

Henin serving 0-0: Ana hit a crosscourt forehand winner on the fourth stroke. 0/15. Henin netted a nervy-looking forehand after a longish rally. 0/30. Ana netted a backhand after a brief rally. 15/30. Ana opened up the court with two crosscourt forehands, then hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line, just inside the sideline. David Mercer: "Great defence, and great counterattack." 15/40 (2 BPs). Ana's backhand clipped the netcord... and fell back on her own side. 30/40. Henin hit an off-forehand virtual winner (just clipped the edge of Ana's racket). 40/40. Henin hit a forehand halfway up the net as Ana started to "take on all the short balls" [Sam Smith]. Ad Ana (BP #2). Double fault.

Well, well, well! A flying start for Ana, and Henin's the one who looks nervous!

Ana serving 1-0: Serve forced a short ball; Ana crosscourt forehand winner - "a /controlled/ winner with a little bit of extra topspin" [David Mercer]. 15/0. Henin forehand just long. 30/0. Henin netted a forehand return. 40/0. Ana hit a forehand volley wide, forced by a Henin pass after an intriguing rally in which an excellent wide serve into the corner had given her the initiative. Sam Smith: "It's Ivanović who's getting the first strike in." 40/15. Ana showed her first sign of nerves, with a first-serve fault off a bad toss, and hitting a backhand wide. 40/30. Henin forced a short ball and hit a forehand winner down the line. 40/40. Henin sprayed a wild forehand VERY wide. Ad Ana. Ana hit a forehand wide off a deep ball down the middle from Henin, pushing Ana back on her heels. Deuce #2. Ana's groundstrokes suddenly got very tentative, and she netted a sliced backhand. Ad Henin (BP). Henin broke with a dead-netcord backhand winner off a backhand onto the baseline.

Broken from 40/0 up - that's a huge psychological blow, and Ana already showed it towards the end of that game.

Sam Smith [re. Ana]: "I think she's gonna come off of Cloud 9. She was so relaxed she didn't know what she was doing."

Henin serving 1-1: Ana hit a crosscourt forehand winner into the space left by Henin after a short, weak smash. 0/15. Double fault (second serve just long). But the umpire checked the mark and overruled it, so Henin got to replay the point with a first serve! And she took full advantage with a service-winner down the middle. 15/15. And again. 30/15. Henin hit an amazing reflex backhand volley-winner just inside the sideline. David Mercer: "If Ivanović /does/ have a weakness, it's that she's not the quickest around the court." 40/15. Henin drove Ana wide, forcing her to net a forehand.

Sam Smith [re. Ana]: "She needs the serve and the forehand to really work /for/ her. That was an ominous game, because Henin knows better than anyone how to get the game on her own terms. It's just how she wants it now. She doesn't allow her opponent to play well."

Ana serving 1-2: Ana came in and hit a beautiful (if slightly tentative) forehand punch-volley winner. 15/0. Double fault (second serve clipped the netcord and fell wide). 15/15. Despite some anxious grunting, Ana hit a lovely backhand pass-winner down the line. Sam Smith: "Very comfortable playing on her outside leg there. These shots are well-produced." 30/15. Ana netted an off-forehand after Henin had neutered her initiative with a deep defensive lob. 30/30. Henin netted a forehand return. 40/30. Ana mishit a backhand just long. 40/40. Ana's forehand on the third stroke floated long. Ad Henin. Ana's groundstrokes lacked penetration or angles, but she hit a backhand dropshot-winner which David Mercer claimed she did not intend. Deuce #2. Ana tried to spread, but ended up chopping a defensive forehand long. Sam Smith: "Not playing this match on her terms, Ivanović." Ad Henin (BP #2). Double fault (second serve into the net).

What a shame. Ana badly needed to hold there, especially after 40/30.

Sam Smith: "Ana came out striking the ball sweetly, but Henin - who must have been horrified when Ana was 1-0 (40/0) up - is now controlling the tempo of this match."

Henin serving 3-1: Henin came to the net, inducing Ana to hit a backhand pass wide. 15/0. Ana forehand crosscourt return-winner. 15/15. Service-winner down the line - "pinpoint accuracy" [Sam Smith]. 30/15. Ana hit a defensive forehand just long/wide. 40/15. Ana netted a forehand.

Sam Smith: "Carlos Rodríguez wants Henin to play always on the level, rather than brilliantly one moment but poor the next. Whereas Ivanović has gone up and down, up and down already."

Ana was muttering to herself at the changeover.

Ana serving 1-4: Ana forehand just long. 0/15. Ana forced a short ball from Henin at the net, and hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 15/15. Ana mishit a backhand quite long. 15/30. Ana sprayed a wild backhand very long. 15/40 (2 BPs). Ana opened up the court with a good wide serve, but hit a wild backhand /down the middle/ long.

David Mercer: "Worrying times for Ivanović and her supporters. Beginning to spray the ball all over the place. Suddenly the points are going rapidly, and most of them are ending with errors."

Henin serving 5-1: Ana worked her way to the net but netted a backhand volley. 15/0. Henin came to the net, forcing Ana to net a forehand pass. Sam Smith: "She's got Ivanović all tied up... got the ball leaping away past the tramlines." Henin took the initiative, came to the net, but netted a backhand half-volley - good dipping pass from Ana. 30/15. Ana sprayed a wild backhand wide. 40/15 (2 SPs). Ana netted a tame backhand return to lose the first set 6-1 at 15:47 (34m).

David Mercer said that Ana is peppering Henin's forehand so much that it's too predictable - Henin's just standing there waiting for it now.

Ana just has to forget how the tide turned against her in the second game of that set, try to relax and go for her shots like she did in her previous two matches!

Sam Smith: "It's amazing how she manages to look so sultry and so demure all at the same time."


Second set
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IVANO __*___*_ 2
HENIN @* *@* * 6

Ana serving 0-0: Service-winner. 15/0. Henin came to the net, and Ana lofted a forehand pass long. 15/15. Ana's first serve wasn't even close to the centre-line, and the second serve was just long: Double fault #3. 15/30. Ana mishit a forehand long. Sam Smith: "She hasn't been allowed any rhythm at all." 15/40. Henin forehand just long (late call). The umpire ordered a replay, and Sam Smith said Ana had called it out herself! Double fault #4.

It's turned into a total nightmare for Ana now, and I can only fear a 6-1 6-0 scoreline - the worst in a French Open final since 1988. :o

Henin serving 1-0: Henin shouted "allez!" in the middle of the rally to put Ana off a forehand which she hit long. 15/0. Henin came to the net, but Ana nailed a crosscourt backhand pass-winner and shouted "ajde!" 15/15. Ana hit a deep forehand down the line, on the outside edge of the baseline, forcing Henin to earth a backhand. 15/30. Ana sprayed a backhand long. 30/30. Second serve: Ana sprayed a forehand return wide. 40/30. Ana netted a backhand off a short ball from Henin.

David Mercer: "Ana Ivanović just has to dig /so/ deep now: find some sort of rhythm, some sort of confidence, some sort of belief."

Ana serving 0-2: Henin sprayed a wild backhand very long & wide. 15/0. Henin hit a forehand smash-winner into the corner - right past where Ana was standing! - but it was called wide. 30/0. Henin netted a sliced backhand off an awkward low ball from Ana's forehand down the line. 40/0. Service-winner.

Phew! That breaks a run of 8 games in a row for Henin!

Sam Smith: "A stabilising game for Ivanović. But Henin is not letting her dictate, and that's the heart of this match."

The TV-cameras managed to get a close-up of Henin's notes at the changeover: it said things like "change les directions", "courir, courir, courir" and "filet".

Henin serving 2-1: Henin forehand pass-winner down the middle - Ana came to the net, but left such a huge gap. "Again, directing the attack to the forehand, and Justine's just sitting there waiting for it." 15/0. Henin crosscourt forehand winner. 30/0. Henin netted a forehand. 30/15. Serve forced a short return and Henin dispatched it with a backhand winner down the line. 40/15. Henin opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand, and hit a forehand winner down the line.

Ana serving 1-3: Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/15. Ana went for a forehand down the line, but it was wide. 0/30. First serve: Henin forehand return just long. 15/30. Ana netted a forehand. 15/40 (2 BPs). Ana played a good spreading rally and came to the net, forcing Henin to net a forehand. 30/40. Ana mishit a forehand wide.

David Mercer: "I just hope what's happening to her out here won't destroy her. Natasha Zvereva got to the final in 1988, lost 6-0 6-0, and although she was a great doubles-champion, she never achieved anything like that in singles again."

Henin serving 4-1: Henin crosscourt forehand virtual winner. 15/0. Ana sprayed a forehand wide. 30/0. Henin netted a forehand. 30/15. Henin netted a forehand. 30/30. Henin opened up the court and hit a forehand smash-winner. 40/30. A big wide serve forced a short skyscraper lob-return, which Henin dispatched with a mildly awkward (for one of her height) forehand smash-winner.

Sam Smith: "Henin's just ruthless. Such precise hitting, such width, so much work on the ball. She's become such an aggressive player - I can't believe she's the same player who used to run around defending and trying to hit winners off her backhand."

Ana serving 1-5: Service-winner. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. 30/0. Ana wide serve + forehand winner down the middle, just inside the baseline. 40/0. Henin netted a backhand.

David Mercer [re. Ana]: "Every game now is so important in terms of the psychology of her future career."

Henin serving 5-2: A deep forehand on Henin induced Ana to hit a forehand half-volley long. 15/0. Ana totally mishit a crosscourt backhand, which amazingly landed on the sideline, stopped playing the point, then sprayed a wild backhand wide. 30/0. Ace (called out but conceded by Ana - sporting to the last). Whistles from the crowd. 40/0 (3 MPs). First serve into the net. A few shouts from the crowd. Henin hit a forehand volley-winner on the fifth stroke to win 6-1 6-2 at 16:18 (second set 31m, match 1h05m).

Sam Smith: "Ivanović just didn't know how to control her nerves, how to control her emotions. It wasn't the /whole/ difference between them, but it was a large part.
"She's got a great 'A' game, but when someone's stopping her from playing the 'A' game, she's got to have another level. Got to fill in the brickwork there."

Ana's on-court interview: "She played a great match. I was a little bit nervous, but she played an amazing match. I started okay, but at 1-0 [first set] I started getting nervous, my ball-toss was everywhere; I lost control of my serve. She's a great player and I had to play very well to beat her."

Henin's on-court interview was lost on me, as it was in very rapid French!

Mary Pierce presented the trophies, looking overweight but still quite sexy in her lightly colourful peasant-kaftan! She hasn't played since October 2006 due to a horrific knee-injury sustained whilst playing Vera Zvonarëva at Linz.

Henin broke off from her French presentation-speech to say, "Congratulations, it's been amazing," to Ana.

Ana's presentation-speech: "Hello everyone! First of all, I'm very happy to be here, and I'd be even happier if I could hold the trophy. But at least I lost to a great player. It's been an exciting two weeks for me. I want to thank my family who's been here these two weeks. Also the ones back home who supported me, and my coaches - they've been great; I learned a lot. I really enjoyed, and I hope next year I can see you again in the final." <I'm not sure if it was a laugh or a sob that accompanied the final word!>

Virginia Wade: "A final's different to any other match in the tournament. It's a different build-up, and Ana looked petrified. She was sluggish, wasn't moving. She's still fairly green as far as the big tournaments are concerned. Her tactics weren't right: instead of playing on Henin's forehand, she should have been pushing the ball from corner to corner."

Sue Barker: "Movement is going to be a big issue. If she's going to go right to the top of the game, she has to improve that."


Ana's press-conference
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Q. You started strongly first game, game and a half, and then it seemed to slide downhill. There wasn't much you could do about it, it appeared?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes, in the beginning of the match, I felt okay. I was trying to put the nerves aside, emotions aside. But then, in the first service-game, it's, all of a sudden, from one point to another. It just - it just hit me, I guess. And I had so much trouble with my ball-toss, first serve. It was going everywhere. It was very hard to control it.

And obviously, then I was trying just to put my first serve in. And she's a great player, so she could use the opportunities she had. And I think that was - that was the big difference today.

Q. How did you feel last night, were you all jacked-up and nervous, or were you calm about it?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: I was actually surprised that I got quite a good night of sleep. I was - yeah, yesterday from time to time I was little bit excited, but I managed to control it quite well. And also this morning in the beginning, as I said, I felt okay.

But then, at some point I just realised what was happening, and that slowed me down a little bit. And then the nerves came into my serve, especially. And, yeah, because against her, you have to play some good tennis to win.

Q. I want to go back on that very first question. We saw the great Ana Ivanovic during the first game with great groundstrokes. On your first serve, leading 40/Love, you couldn't finish it up. Did you think that was already a turnaround in your mind, or you weren't there yet?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: No, I think that was just she broke me back, and I thought I was okay. Just that, on 40/15, in that game, I, all of a sudden, started feeling nervous, and my ball-toss was going everywhere. So I couldn't really control it. So I start to think more about that instead of my game. And also, I was too much focused on the serve, trying to toss the ball right, so I didn't totally think about moving well or where should I play. And then she could use that well, she stepped up a little bit.

And even when I had some chances to come back, and I played a few good points, she was there. She didn't give me much - much of a window, and it was tough.

Q. What do you think the difference was between yourself and Justine today?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: I would say experience. She's been there before, and she won Grand Slams many times before. So she knew how to deal with the nerves. And for me, that was the first time. And obviously, I wanted to perform well. And I - I felt really good through the whole tournament, so I wanted to show my best again today. And I was little bit overexcited, and maybe even trying to do too much.

But I guess I can use this as experience. And next time I'll be in that situation, I will probably know how to deal with it better.

Q. Would you have preferred a final with Jelena [Janković] with the same results?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, it would be amazing if we could have had a Serbian final. But I guess we would both be very nervous, and it would be maybe a little bit different match. Because I know her better, and it would be her first final as well. So, maybe it will be easier for both of us.

But, anyway, this was a great experience, and I can actually learn from Justine, because she's such a great champion. And I'm sure she was nervous as well, but she just dealt with that better than I did today. And I can learn from her.

Q. When things were going wrong, what was your feeling when you're on the court in front of all 15,000 people? Did you feel uncomfortable or what?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, definitely, it's frustrating. Because I know I can perform better, and I know I can play even better shots, and it was not coming. And my serve was not really working. So it was frustrating for me to see that happening. Because I was expecting a good match, and tough match, and I was really hoping it could be much closer.

But again, as I said, it was the first time I was in that situation, and it was many emotions. So, yeah, I guess I can just learn from this, and maybe I can watch a match again, and see what I did wrong.

Q. Justine is not very tall; she doesn't seem very strong. But what is the impression when you are in front of her in such an important match?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, she's mentally very tough opponent, also, physically, she moves great. So it's very hard to hit winners against her. And you have to hit many shots. She forced you to win points few times, and until you actually finished the points. I was expecting that today. And she had time to turn very powerful shots as well. But I mean, just if my serve would have worked, and I think it could be a much different match.

Q. If you could go back and do anything again in preparation for the final, maybe not get a good night's sleep or work on your serve, what would you do?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, I still think I did everything I could. Just - I had a really good practice yesterday, and good preparation today, and I was really feeling comfortable coming into a final. But I just, I guess, just, once I was on the court and I was in the situation, I was thinking more about the occasion than about my game. And that's what I was afraid of for today's match.

But looking back, it just, basically, nothing you can really control. You can just try to learn. And now I know the feeling. So next time, probably, when that feeling comes, I will know how to deal with it better. And I can just learn from this. And looking back, I can't regret anything I did.

Q. This tournament is a tremendous triumph still for you and for Serbia?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes, for sure, it is. And I had an amazing two weeks here, and I played some really good tennis. I beat a few top players, so that gave me a lot of confidence. And this is whole new situation I had to deal with. And I'm really proud of myself what I achieved these two weeks. And I'm very excited for upcoming tournaments, and for other chances I'm going to get.

Q. Could it have been a different match if you had had a 2-Love lead? And can we say that today you had to deal more with yourself and your mental preparation than with Justine?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes, I think that's for sure. If I could control my emotions better, it would be much different match. And as I said, emotions, nerves were a lot reflecting on my serve. So if that wouldn't be there, I think it would be much different match.

As I said, I can just learn from this, and I can also learn watching her performing in a finals. So, it's a great experience, anyway. So next time I'm in this situation, I can maybe deal with it better, differently.

Q. After yesterday's tough loss to Rafael Nadal, Novak [Đoković] said that his ambitions for his career were eventually to challenge Roger Federer, to challenge Nadal, to become world No. 1. After today's loss, looking back on your tournament, what can you say about your future ambitions, one month, August, next year?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, for sure, I have ambitions to win Grand Slams and reach a position of No. 1. But I think this was a great experience for me. And in order to reach that, I have to go through this situations and through lot of tough matches, and also dealing with the nerves and the pressure.

But I can learn also from past month I had. And I can just take positives. And I feel I'm on the right way. And there is - there is many good players out there at the moment, and they all want to achieve those goals. So it's just who is better at that point.

And Justine, she's a great player, and she plays very well here. So it was tough match for me. But I'm sure if I keep doing what I'm doing, I can have another opportunity to reach that. And hopefully next time I can use them.

Q. Do you have still contact with your previous coach Zoltan [Kuharsky]? Did he congratulate you for the two weeks here or not?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes, I saw him here first week, and, yes, he always sends me text of congratulations, and we have good relations, still.

Q. Did you miss Sven [Groeneveld] today or yesterday for preparing this match, or not?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: I would think so, yes. I would say yes, because maybe it would be a little bit different if he could give me some tactics or some headlines. But still, I mean, I can learn from this. And on the end of the day, we are alone on the court, and we have to find a way to win on our own. And I couldn't find that today. But hopefully, next time it will be better.

Q. The year is still 50-50. Your powerful game shoots grass, shoots also the court, too, on the US Open. Do you think we'll see you again next year in a big final?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, that's my goal. And I think my game can be really good on grass. And especially now, I try to come more often to the net. So hopefully, that will be very good for Wimbledon.

But I think, obviously, this result here and in Berlin is going to help me a lot with my confidence, and also getting into big tournaments again. But I just want to take it match by match, and try to enjoy too much separately. And yeah, no matter who against you play, it's another step forward if you win. And sometimes also you can learn more from losses than wins, so it's just important to take it step by step.

Q. Is it the first time in your career that you could feel your nerves like this?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yes, probably. There was maybe another time when, first time I played a big tournament, Tier I in Zürich, and I played last round of quallies to get into a main draw, I was a little bit nervous. But not half as I was today. But I think that's something I reach for first time in my life. And it's amazing, so I - I'm not too surprised that I had that nerves.

Q. But during the match, were you angry about your serves to realise that you couldn't control your nerves?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Yeah, I was a little bit - little bit angry with myself, because I knew I could perform better. And I knew I should have taken maybe a little bit more time. But still, I was maybe even rushing too much. So that's - that was really frustrating to realise that after the match.

But, it was another match, and against a great opponent, so, yeah, next time, it will be, maybe different.

Q. What do you think about Justine Henin reading the notes of Carlos Rodríguez during the game, and have you seen it?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: No, I haven't seen. But I guess we all have to find our ways to perform the best we can. And if that helps her, that's good for her, and that maybe helps her to relax or to be focused on what she has to do.

And for me, looking for myself, I prefer to talk more about it before the match, and then have a picture going on the court. But if it works well for her, then, it's good.

Q. At the very beginning, you had such a wonderful start, and then there were problems. When you started to get nervous, what did you say to yourself? What were your thoughts?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: I was just trying to relax, to move little bit better. Because once you start to get nervous, you get tense, and you can't really move. And just every mistake, you take too emotional. So I was just trying to relax, to breathe deep. And maybe I should have taken even more time between points.

But, yeah, just, it was very - I was very excited. So even if I would try to relax and then look back on the court, it was like, "Come on, now this point." So the emotions would be back, and not really gone away.

Q. She has won every Slam, but not Wimbledon. How do you like Justine's chances on grass?

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Well, I think she's - she's obviously, a great player on the clay, and she can play well also on the hard. But I think she can perform well in Wimbledon as well. It's just a little bit different game, but with her slice and her volleys, I think she can reach far there.


Henin's press-conference
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MARTINA NAVRÁTILOVÁ: I don't want to take away from your fire, Justine, but congratulations. And, and here is Jaroslav Králik. We did an exhibition here. And as a special gift to you, because apparently, tomorrow the men's champion is getting something special on the court. And we said, "What's the woman's champion getting?"

And they said, "Nothing."

And I said, "Well, okay. So we'll fix that."

And we made a painting on the Centre Court on Tuesday, and here it is. There's a little writing, you can read that later. There you go.

And this signifies the draw, and all of the matches that you had to play to get to it. This is the final point. And the point is made - everything is made of seven colours, because there were seven rounds. And this point was made of 120 dots because there were 127 matches played altogether.

So congratulations. A little something for you to remember.

JUSTINE HENIN: Thank you. Thanks a lot. Thank you, Martina.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, first.

Q. How would you like to be referred to, "Queen of Clay" or "Lady of Clay"?

JUSTINE HENIN: I didn't think about that question. No, "Queen of Clay" is good, I think. No, it's amazing. I still don't realise what's happening now. When I was a little girl and dreaming of coming here and playing the tournament and winning it, then I did it four times, and three times in a row, and two times without losing a set. I think it's - it's just great.

I wanted this victory so much. You cannot imagine how strong I felt, even if I was a little bit nervous at the beginning of the match. But I couldn't lose this one. I really wanted to win another title here in Paris. And it's a lot of emotions for me. And I'm very, very happy and proud about it.

Q. It was a magical end to a magical story, especially with your family here. Is that really what made it so special for you, above and beyond the matches won and the extra title?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, I think, you know, the match has been pretty easy, even if at the beginning of the match, she had the control for two games. And then she's been pretty nervous, and I did my job perfectly. I served well, and I did what I had to do on the court.

But the atmosphere, and what I felt when I won, and the fact that, yeah, my family was there, and the good people around me. And it's been, yeah, a huge step in my life in the last few months. And I was glad I could give them this victory. Because everyone suffered a lot from the situation in the last few years. And today, finally, we are united in this joy, and we can share this moment, and it's great. And I feel so happy that I can offer that to them.

Q. You pick them out in the crowd right after the match?

JUSTINE HENIN: I'm sorry?

Q. Were you able to pick them out all in the crowd after the match?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, I know where they were. I know where they were. And I looked at them, and just looking at each other, we understood a lot of things. And Carlos [Rodríguez, her coach], also, was very proud that I could give this victory to my family. It was important when I told Carlos that I was in touch again with my family, he wanted me so much to win a Grand Slam and to offer that to them. And we talked a lot about that.

And first Grand Slam after everything that happened, and I can do it. So emotionally, I had to deal with so many things in the last few months - good things, bad things. But I just tried to stay very focused, concentrate, get my motivation, and just try to be happy on the court, and I felt great today.

Q. Can you tell us, first, which members of your family were there? And I think you spoke to your father for the first time last month, was it, after how long a period?

JUSTINE HENIN: Three, three months ago, I think. But I just want to keep that, I mean, really private how it did happen and everything. But my brothers and my sister were here today and my father.

Q. Your two brothers and your sister?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, and my father wished me on TV, but we talk to each other every day. And it's great, yeah. Not everything is easy, but it's great.

Q. Since you have been so private with us about your family and other feelings, I wondered was it difficult for you to acknowledge them publicly in front of 20,000 people today? Did you think about that before you did it?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, not at all. I just, at the end, that's the way I felt, and I think it was great to do it. And I just - that was my heart that was talking. And you don't - you know, it's, yeah, you say what you feel, and it's been great. It's been an unbelievable moment for everyone. So the way everything, what happened in the past is the past. And I just want to move forward, and look forward, and enjoy every moment of my life with them back in it now.

Q. To handle those emotions, even if they're joyful emotions, that's disruptive.

JUSTINE HENIN: It's tough, yeah.

Q. So, what's new about you that you can do this now that maybe you couldn't have done it a year ago?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, I've been a little bit surprised, because it's been hard for me, everything I lived in the last few months, ups and downs, you know, I mean, good things, bad things. And then I just realised that it's life. And life is ups and downs and you have to accept it. And you just have to deal with it.

But I've been a little bit surprised how I could handle with the situation. It's been tough. And Carlos helped me so much, because we discussed a lot about that. We knew the situation is different now, and there are good things about it and things that we have to readjust also.

And it's been a great adventure again in the last few weeks to build this victory. And we've been very close, Carlos and me, one more time. And it's really a team victory.

Q. You've played other Grand-Slam finals, and won some and lost some. But here you're perfect. You've never dropped a set. How do you explain that kind of dominance?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I don't know. It's like my garden. I just feel home over here. And I always walk on the court with the goal to give my best and be ready for a tough fight. And if the match is getting easier than what I could expect for, that's pretty good news.

But I had a tough draw over here. And I knew it when I agreed - when I looked at the draw. I was at the draw-ceremony, and I wasn't very pleased to play Serena [Williams] in the quarters, and it's been a tough part. But finally day after day, I said it two days ago, when you arrive in the Grand Slams, it's long. When you look seven matches, pretty tough names on the road, and you have to build something day after day, and I did.

And I just enjoyed every moment of it. So it's great.

Q. First of all, to double-fault on the first game and then go down 40/Love and give her the encouragement that she could have a big day today. Was there a shot you hit in that second game which relieved all of the nervousness that you brought on the court? And the second question, you saw a lot of forehands today. Were you surprised at how many forehands she gave you to hit?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, that game was important. That was important to really stay close to her in the match, very early in the match. And there was, I think, that shot to come back at deuce, I think, so I did hit one or two pretty good forehands. And I felt a little bit more free after that.

But I also felt she started to really be nervous. And the thing is that especially on my return, I was very far from the baseline, and that's good. That's what I have to do against a player who is serving so well. All of the other players, against big serves, they stay on the baseline. And it's easier for the opponent to hit winners after a return like that.

So I just took my time. And I was very far from my baseline, but I played pretty long on the return. And she wasn't really ready for this either.

Q. And the forehand question?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, I think, it's been tough situation for her, first Grand-Slam final. And she gave me a lot of points. And I just had to be very solid, very intense, and I served pretty well, actually. I was happy about that, too.

So, no, it's great. Everything was great.

Q. You opened up a bunch of envelopes throughout the match. Can you tell me what they were, and then what the one said that you opened after you had won?

JUSTINE HENIN: That one I'm going to keep it for me. Sorry. I'm sure that's the one that you want to know, but it's just Carlos and me. And the other ones, it's tactically, so you don't care about that. So, what I have to do on my serve, on my return at that time. And so, nothing special.

But like I said, I had some troubles in the first, with my concentration and everything, and Carlos wanted me to be very, very professional on every point, and just remind me a few things at that time, pretty tight times during the match.

But the last one, no. I mean, the thing I can say is that he's proud of me, for sure.

Q. Four titles here. Are you still hungry? You want more? Because you are still very young.

JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, thank you. I appreciate that. No, every time I come here, it's to win the tournament. And I did it four times, and I don't know what is the future going to be. But I will give my best again, every year I will come.

Q. This is such an incredible year for any person, let alone a world-class athlete. What word or two do you feel inwardly? Do you feel joy? Relief? Pride? What quality do you feel about this year?

JUSTINE HENIN: I wouldn't say pride, but joy, for sure. I mean, joy, because I can enjoy every moment now. And I take my decisions. I just try to build something, yeah, pretty strong. I just turned 25. I just want to know how I'm going to be happy in my life. And I did big steps, huge steps, and life is short. So, yeah, just happy, very happy.

Q. And last summer could you imagine being where you are now in your life?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, no, not at all, no. It's amazing how life can change. But it's for every person the same. It's because me, we talk a lot about it, because I'm - yeah, I'm in front of you now, but I'm sure that a lot of you had some trouble, ups and downs in their lives, and that it's tough for everyone. But we come back stronger, for sure.

Q. Obviously, you really wanted to win it third time in a row. And the match, after the slow beginning, kind of went very fast for you. She had psychological problems with her inexperience.

JUSTINE HENIN: Uh-huh.

Q. And did you feel at any point that this cannot be so easy? Probably, she might do a comeback or things will not work out as easily. Did you have this kind of feeling?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, I never thought about that. Because you just have to play point after point and be ready for any kind of situation. So I was ready for a big fight. I was ready for an easy match. I was ready for everything, you know. It's good not to expect too many things, and just live the moment, you know, that one.

But at the end, I showed I was really, you know, motivated and on every point. It was important for me to show that I wanted to win every point of the match. And don't let her come back. That was very important.

Q. Ana didn't have any lucky papers. You mentioned Carlos a lot. Would you say that you maybe have the tightest relationship coach/player-wise in the WTA, and that's the way to your success?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yeah, that's for sure. Yeah, he is a big part. You know, it's 11 years, and that's pretty unique. Not a lot of people, just a few people can do it. And it's tough. You need a lot of respect, you need to be strong, and you need to love each other a lot, also. And I think we have everything in our relationship. And it's just great.

And his family, also, how they support me. How they can deal with the situation. And it's just amazing. We got closer and closer in the last few months, even if Carlos wants to keep some distance. But I think he starts to realise that we - it's much more than a professional relationship. And he respects me a lot as a player, but much more important, as person.

And it's been amazing how he's been strong in the last few months with me.

Q. Talking about love, there were several 'I Love You's from the crowd. It would have sounded better in French, right?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, you know, I'm not really focused on that now in my life, so, thank you.

Q. Was the best part of your two weeks here in Paris after the match when you thanked your family?

JUSTINE HENIN: Uh-huh, it was the best moment, for sure, yeah. But you need to - yeah, a Grand Slam is hard, and you have to work hard every day. And I enjoyed every moment of my last two weeks, every moment - on the court, off the court. And they also came back, a few matches with my brothers, my sister - it wasn't only today. So I did good spend a lot of time with them. I don't know. Yeah, it's been a great victory for that, for sure.

Q. Are you going to stay for the men's final, and who would you pick?

JUSTINE HENIN: I hope I can stay, yeah. I would love to watch the match. So we'll see. And I would love Federer to win, but I'm not quite sure that's going to happen, so...

I wish, I wish, really. But the best will win. They are both great players, great champions. But what I saw from Nadal is pretty strong.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in French, please.

Q. The pink shirt, pink life, La vie en rose?

JUSTINE HENIN: It just happened at the right moment. I like pink in my life, even besides tennis, outside of tennis. Modestly I can say this colour suits me. I like that colour.

Everything that happens in my life is wonderful right now. And if I can be rewarded on the court, then it's a great moment for my career and for my life.

Q. You were broken immediately, and you were down 40/Love. What did you think in your mind?

JUSTINE HENIN: It was not going well for me, but I kept calm on every point. I didn't start - well, that match, I didn't have good feelings. I was afraid of her power. There was no reason for that though, because in that match, in the beginning, she didn't prove she was going to push me a lot. But I knew I had to be afraid of her. And I needed to become clearer about what was going to happen. I reacted to come back. And what helped me a lot was that I served very well. And I was explaining that in English earlier. But my tactics of stepping far behind the baseline for returning was a very important tactical decision, because I was able to return well, and this helped me a lot in that match.

Q. Weren't you afraid that the emotional side of things would have too much influence on that match?

JUSTINE HENIN: No, I didn't panic. I knew I was not starting that match well. I can tell you, I had a horrible night. My herpes came out again, and I said to my doctor, "Well, I see everything is fine, it's great."

So, really, I was a bit anxious. But also, I really wanted to do well. And very early in the match, the match turned over. And then I knew I was going to be able to keep it up until the end.

Q. There was another moment at 5-2 in the end of the match, 30/Love, we saw you with your fist?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yes, often I had bad surprises at the level of the match like this one against Serena, for example. It's really at that moment when you're sure that you won it, that you can come out of it. So I didn't tremble at all at the end of the match. I never was afraid to win. And from that point of view, I think I made a lot of progress.

Q. Your opponent said she had a very good night, contrary to you.

JUSTINE HENIN: This is something you learn.

Q. You and her manage your emotions differently. It was her first final. Do you think the fact that it was her first final and you're experienced made the difference?

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, certainly. But I can tell you, my stress is as big today as the first time I won a Grand Slam. The pressure is there, the tension goes up, and you suffer from it a little bit. But I think you need that if you want to win.

It's been a long time. I didn't spend a night of eight hours or nine hours, so I was reassured in a certain way, because I thought everything is normal.

Q. Does this trophy have a special meaning to you compared to the others? Is it different each time?

JUSTINE HENIN: It's different each time. But this one, for me, is like the first one and like last year. The one of 2005, I don't know. I can't explain that. It's a symbolic feeling.

But this year, of course, it is very special. It's my victory, and that's it. I can say I built it, well, not alone, I had people around me, but I was able to fight by myself, and it represents a lot for me.

Q. Again, you win this tournament without losing a set, two years in a row. Did you have moments where you had doubts?

JUSTINE HENIN: The first week was difficult for me. I was not feeling well. I was trying to manage things. But after I won against Bammer, I thought I should talk with Carlos, because I knew that after that I would be able to play freely or else I would fall against Serena.

So this talk with Carlos at that moment helped me a lot. And I knew also that reaching the second week and being pushed a little bit would help me to play my best tennis. So I confess, during the first week, I didn't feel perfectly fit. Of course, I managed things very well, but I needed to think about things. And the discussion I had on Sunday evening helped me to start a new tournament in the second week. And from then on, I had no doubts anymore.

Q. Since the semi-final, you started using little techniques of the envelopes, like the Williams sisters?

JUSTINE HENIN: I didn't decide that.

Q. So I heard, for example, you had to open it at 5-2, and today it was the same. And it was at 4-1 also?

JUSTINE HENIN: It was when I was three games ahead. And also when I was going to serve or return for the match. And I had one last one after the match.

Q. So are you going to continue to use that method? Because we saw on television there were little instructions, we could read a little bit.

JUSTINE HENIN: It's not secret. Because Ivanovic doesn't understand French anyway - well, I think so! Well, Carlos will always surprise me. I didn't know he would do that one day, because we are against coaching. But it helped me.

Of course I was feeling strong. I knew I could pull out of that. But, that's it. And I know you like it, because then you can write about that. <smiling>

Q. You are a favourite in the tournament, and you are often in the semi or the final. Are you able to manage this status of favourite? How can you do that? Very often you are there when needed.

JUSTINE HENIN: Well, I've been very consistent during the past years, it's true. Always, I am very stressed before my first rounds. It's only at the end of the tournament that I feel better. I feel free. I feel myself. But I am an anxious person anyway. So I never want to miss any points. I always want to be there when needed.

I always was very consistent because I had a very strict discipline in my life, also. I don't want to lose control, and sometimes when I do things wrong, I can feel it. I have an angel telling me that I should be back on track, and Carlos knows me very well. And I need this discipline to be able to do well. I need someone to help me find the right path. And once I'm on it, then it's okay.

Q. If I understood well, you said you were happier than last year. Is this year the year where you felt the happiest?

JUSTINE HENIN: Yes. Each single second counted during this French Open. I enjoy my life even better now. As I always say, you have to fight a lot in life, but when you come out of a fight, you feel stronger. And all this brings me a lot of confidence.

I think if I hadn't had the courage to go forward, I would have had a lot of regrets. And I am very proud and happy that I was able to do it. Things are not always simple, they are still not simple, but it's important to go forward.

Q. Will you be ready to welcome your father here next year?

JUSTINE HENIN: We'll see. I need to take my time. We talked to each other; I knew he was watching television to me. He sent me a message. He's very happy after the match. He's very proud of his daughter. But just take my time. I know one day he'll be with me, beside me on the court.

Q. You said you were stressed before the final. Stress is often being scared. What are you scared of?

JUSTINE HENIN: Of myself, maybe. No. But I believe stress is something positive. It gives you energy. Stress should not inhibit me. It should help me to build something. And this is something I was able to change. Because at a certain time in my life, I was blocked by stress. And now I can use that stress to make something positive out of it.

And I'm sure the best athletes feel the same. So being scared, no, it's not being afraid. Your life is not in danger. But it's being good at the right moment. We never know what is going to happen.

I've been trying, giving everything I have during the past 20 years, and, of course, I want a reward for it.

Thank you very much.


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Henin seals French Open hat-trick [CEEFAX 491]

Belgium's Justine Henin won her third straight French Open title and fourth in total with victory over Serbia's Ana Ivanović in Saturday's final.

The Belgian overcame a nervous opening game to win 6-1 6-2 and claim the sixth Grand Slam crown of her career.

Ivanović broke the champion in the opening game but let the advantage slip immediately and never recovered.

Henin swept through the first set and broke early in the second on her way to winning in just 65 minutes.
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Top seed Justine Henin's greater experience told as she coasted to her third consecutive Roland Garros title.

An upset looked on the cards when Ana Ivanović, playing in her first Grand Slam final, broke Henin in the first game, but the Belgian hit back straight away and cruised through the first set.

Serbian Ivanović could not find the consistency that got her to the final and fell to a 6-1 6-2 defeat.


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Justine Henin vowed not to stop at four after clinching another French Open title at Roland Garros.

The Belgian's 6-1 6-2 victory over Ana Ivanovic saw her become only the second woman in the Open era, after Monica Seles, to win three in a row.

Henin said: "I have just turned 25 and I don't know what the future will be. But I will give my best again. It's like my garden. I feel at home here."
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Ana Ivanović admitted nerves got the better of her as she fell to a crushing defeat in the French Open final.

The Serbian teenager, in her first Grand Slam final, broke Justine Henin in the opening game and went 40/0 up on her own serve before it all fell apart and she was beaten 6-1 6-2.

Ivanović said: "I started getting nervous. I couldn't control the serve, and she used that well."
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Ana Ivanović admitted she had been affected by nerves as she lost 6-1 6-2 to Justine Henin in her first Grand Slam final at the French Open.

"In the beginning I felt OK," she said. "I was trying to put the nerves aside but all of a sudden it hit me and I had so much trouble with my ball toss."

"She's a great player and she could use the opportunities she had.

"She's been there before, she's won Grand Slams many times before, so she knew how to deal with the nerves."
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Henin carves her name alongside claycourt greats
By Pritha Sarkar
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PARIS, June 9 (Reuters) - Justine Henin carved her name alongside the great figures of claycourt-tennis on Saturday with her 6-1 6-2 win over 19-year-old Serbian Ana Ivanovic.

The Belgian became the first woman since tennis turned professional in 1968 to win back-to-back Roland Garros crowns without dropping a set.

Henin scrutinised hand-written notes during the changeovers which reminded her "You are the best" and instructed her to "get to the net".

Fittingly, the world number one swiped away a high volley on match-point to seal a hat-trick of victories in Paris. She became only the second woman, after Monica Seles, to achieve the feat since World War Two.

As her racket went flying out of her hands, the Belgian leaned on the net and held her head in disbelief. After taking a moment to absorb the enormity of her achievement, she tilted her head skywards and held her arms aloft in triumph.

"The adventure continues... third time in a row at Roland Garros and it feels incredible," the beaming six-times Grand-Slam champion said, tightly clutching the trophy.

"I've had tough times at the start of the year, but this has made it all worthwhile. I've found my family again, and I dedicate this to my family," she added, referring to her reconciliation with her father and siblings after years of estrangement.

The Belgian has sought solace on various tennis-courts around the world since her marriage to Pierre-Yves Hardenne broke down at the turn of the year, and nowhere does she feel more at home than on final's day on Philippe Chatrier Court.

The last time she dropped a set here was in the fourth round in 2005.

It took Henin, also a champion in 2003, only 65 minutes to finish another masterly campaign in the French capital and take her record streak of consecutive sets to 35.

SAME FATE

After trampling over world number three Svetlana Kuznetsova and second-ranked Maria Sharapova to reach her first major final, seventh seed Ivanovic had harboured hopes of sabotaging Henin's path to greatness.

Instead, she suffered the same fate as the Belgian's last 20 opponents at the claycourt Grand Slam.

"It's been a very exciting two weeks for me," said Ivanovic, who had been hoping to become the first player representing Serbia to capture a Grand Slam.

"I'm really happy to be here, but I would have been even more happy if I could have held the trophy."

Yet to sit her final exams in school, Ivanovic appeared to have done her homework well when she fired down crunching forehand winners in the opening game to stun Henin, who dropped her serve with a tame double fault.

If the champion was rattled, she did not show it.

As Ivanovic's serve malfunctioned time and again, Henin ran away with eight games before the Serbian broke the spell to hold serve for the first time in the match at 6-1 2-1 down.

The reprieve only delayed the inevitable, and by the end it was hard not to feel sorry for the Serb, who honed her skills playing in an empty swimming-pool as bombs fell on Belgrade.

Henin joins claycourt-greats Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Margaret Court and Helen Wills Moody in having won four or more titles here since 1925, the year the championships were opened to non-French players.

It also boosted her bank-balance by a cool 1,000,000 euros ($1.34 million).
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By Patrick Vignal
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PARIS (Reuters) - World number one Justine Henin completed a rare French Open hat-trick by crushing Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 6-1 6-2 in the women's final on Saturday.

Belgian Henin totally dominated her 19-year-old opponent, seeded seventh, to become the first woman to win three successive Roland Garros titles since Monica Seles in 1992.

Ivanovic, the first player representing Serbia to feature in the final of a Grand-Slam tournament, challenged the top seed in the first couple of games but then collapsed.

The 25-year-old Henin, who also won here in 2003, soon took control and stayed on top until sealing victory with a forehand volley on the first match-point after 65 minutes of a one-sided contest.

Back at her best after the breakdown of her marriage and her subsequent withdrawal from this year's Australian Open, Henin looked far too strong for Ivanovic, who crushed world number two Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals.

"I was a bit tense at first, but then everything went well," said Henin, who did not drop a set in the tournament.

"I've been through difficult moments at the start of the year, but I fought to get over them, and now I'm really enjoying myself again," she added.

"When I was little girl, I never dreamed this would happen to me."

HELPLESS IVANOVIĆ

Ivanovic was only the shadow of the exciting newcomer who had thrilled the Paris crowd earlier in the tournament. At times she looked helpless.

"There will be more finals," she said. "I started okay, but then I became nervous and I couldn't control my serve. What can I say? She's an amazing player."

Looking sluggish at first, Henin saved two break-points in the opening game, but handed her opponent a third with an unforced error before dropping her service-game with a double fault.

The combative Belgian reacted immediately by breaking back with a little help from the netcord before holding serve.

Henin then moved in command by breaking Ivanovic in the fourth game, courtesy of a double fault from the Serbian, and never let go.

After another break in the sixth game, Henin served for the set, wrapping it up with a service winner on the first set point.

A clumsy Ivanovic dropped serve again in the first game of the second set with another double fault.

The issue already looked beyond doubt at that stage - an impression that was confirmed when Henin managed another break in the fifth game.

Henin earned three match-points, but needed only one to end Ivanovic's suffering and extend her reign as the queen of the Paris claycourt-tournament.
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Henin routs Ivanovic for third straight French Open victory
June 9, 2007
By Steve Douglas, Special to PA SportsTicker
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PARIS (Ticker) - Top seed Justine Henin ruthlessly dispatched Serbian teenager Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to win the French Open women's-singles title on Saturday.

Henin, the world number one, needed little more than an hour to clinch a one-sided 6-1 6-2 rout on a sun-kissed Philippe Chatrier court at Roland Garros.

It was her third straight French Open crown, and the Belgian joins Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Margaret Court and Helen Wills Moody in winning four or more titles at Roland Garros since 1925, the year the championships were opened to non-French players.

Henin is only the second woman in the open era to win three straight French Open titles, joining Monica Seles who won here from 1990-1992. What is more impressive, Henin did it by not dropping a set in the entire tournament.

It was an embarrassing afternoon for Ivanovic, the 19-year-old who was appearing in her first Grand Slam final. Her time will surely come, but once the nerves got to her in the second game of the match, there was no coming back.

Ivanovic could not have started off any better, burying a crosscourt forehand winner on the very first point before going on to claim a 1-0 lead by breaking Henin after a double fault.

The Serb then went 40/0 up on her own serve, but her game crumbled around her. Nerves began to kick in, as two ball tosses went awry and one of her first serves went well long.

The wily Henin took advantage and, having recovered her poise, ended up breaking back thanks to a fortunate netcord on break-point. From then on, it was all Henin.

She held and then broke again, in the fourth game, to go 3-1 up when her despairing opponent double-faulted.

Henin, turning the screw without ever needing to perform to her maximum, had soon established a three-game cushion after holding in the fifth game.

Errors were pouring into Ivanovic's game, and with the teenager's serve faltering, Henin reaped the rewards by breaking for the third successive occasion when the Serb powered a basic forehand long.

Henin then held to take the set in 34 minutes.

The second set proved just as one-sided, despite attempts by the crowd to fire up Ivanovic.

Her malfunctioning serve was broken for the fourth time in the match as a double fault at 40/15 allowed Henin to establish a firm grip on the match.

Henin held her first service-game of the second set to 30 to go 2-0 ahead. Ivanovic bounced back, albeit temporarily, to hold in the next game, but nothing was coming easy as the beaverish Henin made her work for every point.

The top seed went 3-1 up with a comfortable hold, and then broke to 30 when the now-beleaguered Ivanovic smashed her 23rd error of the match wide.

Henin went to the brink of victory when she again held with ease, but Ivanovic managed to take the game beyond the hour-mark by holding to love to make it 5-2.

Henin ruined any hopes of an Ivanovic comeback by clinching the contest on the first of her three match-points with a punched forehand at the net.
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Henin wins 3rd consecutive French Open title
By Steven Wine, AP Sports Writer
June 9, 2007
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PARIS (AP) -- Justine Henin sat in her chair during a changeover, opened an envelope, and pulled out a note from her coach bearing the word "Allez" - French for "Let's go."

When it comes to the French Open, Henin is fluent.

The Belgian claimed her third consecutive Roland Garros title and fourth overall on Saturday, taking advantage of 19-year-old Ana Ivanovic's nervous play to win 6-1 6-2.

Henin closed out the victory with a forehand volley, then flipped away her racket, buried her head in her hands, leaned on the net and exhaled.

"It's surreal to win for the third time in a row," Henin said. "I am struggling to take it in."

She became the first woman since Monica Seles in 1990-92 to win three consecutive Roland Garros titles, and only the second since 1937.

"Justine is really at home here," said her brother, Thomas. "This is really her home-terrain."

Henin, whose mother died in 1994, only recently re-established a connection with her estranged father and siblings. Her sister and two brothers attended the match, and she said she talks daily with her father, who watched on TV.

"It has been a huge step in my life in the last few months, and I was glad I could give them this victory, because everyone suffered a lot from the situation in the last few years," Henin said. "And today, finally, we are united in this joy and we can share this moment, and it's great. And I feel so happy that I can offer that to them."

Henin's camp also includes her long-time coach, Carlos Rodríguez. He said she opened two notes suggesting tactics and offering encouragement during the match, and another note when it ended.

"What I'm saying with the note is, 'This is what you have done to get to this stage. Now continue,"' Rodríguez said. "It's simple."

Ivanovic, a Serb playing in her first Grand-Slam final, started well before her play deteriorated. The first sign of trouble came when she awkwardly hit a serve 10 feet long, prompting groans from the crowd. She double-faulted to fall behind 3-1, and the mistakes came in flurries after that.

Ivanovic struggled in particular with her serve.

"All of a sudden I started getting nervous, and my ball-toss was going everywhere," she said. "I didn't think about moving well or where I should play, and she could use that.

"I was thinking more about the occasion than about my game. That's what I was afraid of."

Ivanovic committed 26 unforced errors to 13 for Henin, and double-faulted five times.

The women's final was tight at the start. Henin trailed in each of the first four games, which took 24 minutes, but after taking a 3-1 lead, she won 18 of the next 22 points.

"She gave me a lot of points," Henin said, "and I just had to be very solid."

Pumping her fist after nearly every point she won, Henin kept up the pressure in the second set with her vast repertoire, which ranged from delicate backhands to overhead smashes.

Ivanovic never overcame her nerves, framing consecutive shots during one rally in the final game. Henin aggressively closed out the victory two points later, belting a forehand into the corner, and charging forward to finish off the tournament with a volley.

"She didn't give me much of a window," Ivanovic said. "She has been there before and has won Grand Slams. She knew how to deal with the nerves, and for me obviously it was the first time.

"I guess I can use this as experience. Next time in that situation, I'll probably know how to deal with it better."

Henin won the French Open for the first time in 2003, and now has six Grand-Slam titles, moving ahead of Venus Williams and Martina Hingis. Among active women, she trails only Serena Williams, who has won eight. [She also trails Monica Seles, who has won nine, and whom I will continue to consider "active" until she announces her retirement.]

Henin beat Serena Williams this week in the quarter-finals.

She has won all four of her French-Open finals in straight sets, never losing more than eight games. She has reached the final of the past five majors she has played, but she missed this year's Australian Open because she was separating from her husband.

"I had some very tough times at the start of the year," she said. "I hung in there these last few months. And now I've found an immense pleasure on the court once more."

Henin extended her Open-Era record winning-streak of 35 consecutive sets at Roland Garros. She became the first top-seeded woman to win the title since Steffi Graf in 1996.

The Belgian became the fifth woman since 1925 to win the French four times. Chris Evert leads with seven titles.

The next challenge for Henin: winning her first Wimbledon-title next month to complete a career Grand Slam.

"We are going to enjoy this as much as possible," Rodríguez said. "But in a few days, we're going to be back to work."

Henin won $1.34 million, equal to the men's champion. Ivanovic, the first player to represent Serbia in a major final, received $670,000.
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Reunited with family, Henin wins 4th French Open
By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer
June 9, 2007
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PARIS (AP) -- An hour after clutching her fourth French Open trophy, Justine Henin cradled other precious cargo in her arms: her 6-week-old niece.

<snip sentimental drivel>

This was Henin's fifth consecutive final at a major she entered; she skipped the Australian Open in January while working through personal issues, including separating from her husband.

Back in the Grand Slam spotlight, back at her favourite tournament, Henin was as good as ever at Roland Garros, where she's won 35 consecutive sets.

"It's like my garden," said Henin, 4-0 in finals at the French Open, 2-4 in finals at the other Grand Slams. "I just feel home over here."

Henin is the first person since Monica Seles in 1990-92 to win three French Opens in a row.

Despite all of her experience, Henin began slowly Saturday, double-faulting to get broken in the first game, then falling behind 40/love in the second.

The 19-year-old Ivanovic was the one in her first Grand-Slam final, but it was Henin who appeared nervous at the outset, perhaps burdened by wanting to win so badly with her younger sister and two older brothers in the stands. They travelled from Belgium to root for her at the 1999 French Open, before their falling-out -- then didn't attend another match of hers until last week.

After one flubbed forehand in the first game, Henin glared at the ball, as though it were to blame for the miscue. In the second game, though, it was Ivanovic who began to get tense.

"It just hit me, I guess," Ivanovic said.

The first sign of trouble came on her awkward serve-tosses; she had to catch the ball and start again. Henin broke back to 1-1 with a backhand that clipped the net and danced over. The next time Ivanovic served, she double-faulted twice, including at break-point, then hung her head.

That was part of a stretch in which Henin won 19 of 23 points and eight consecutive games.

By then, fans were regularly chanting, "Ana! Ana!" in hopes of getting her going. But Ivanovic kept making mistakes - she finished with 26 unforced errors, twice as many as Henin, plus five double-faults - and her face was flushed.

"If I could control my emotions better," said Ivanovic, who upset No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals, "it would be a much different match."

Maybe. But Henin was superb and never let up. Even when Ivanovic made yet another miscue to make it 6-1 4-1, Henin let out an "Allez!" ("Let's go!") as the ball sailed out, as if things were tight and the point were vital.

"It was important for me to show that I wanted to win every point," Henin said. "And not let her come back."

To reinforce that, Henin's coach, Carlos Rodríguez, gave her three envelopes containing notes - one to be opened if leading by three games, another if she served for the match, and a third if she won.

"What I'm saying with the note is, 'This is what you have done to get to this stage, now continue,"' Rodríguez said. "It's simple."

TV cameras caught the second note, which Henin dutifully opened during the changeover before she served out the last game. Among the messages, handwritten in all capital letters: "Allez."

Four points later, the match was over. Henin ended it with a forehand volley, then flung her racket behind her and leaned on the net, closing her eyes and exhaling.

Soon, she was making eye-contact with her siblings and Rodriguez. During the on-court trophy ceremony, Henin spoke about her father, who watched on TV, and made reference to her late mother, who brought a 10-year-old Justine to Roland Garros to watch a tennis-match in person for the first time.

"That was my heart that was talking," Henin said later. "What happened in the past is the past, and I just want to move forward, and look forward, and enjoy every moment of my life with them back in it now."

She wouldn't discuss what precipitated the estrangement, nor what prompted the reconciliation. Her brother David said things changed when he was in a car-accident this year and awoke from a coma to find Henin in his room.

Now, Henin finds joy away from tennis, too.

"Emotionally, I had to deal with so many things in the last few months, good things, bad things," Henin said. "But I just tried to stay very focused, concentrate, get my motivation, and just try to be happy on the court, and I felt great today."
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4. Wooden-Spoon List
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1. JUSTINE HENIN (1)
2. ANA IVANOVIC (7)
3. JELENA JANKOVIC (4)
4. MARIA SHARAPOVA (2)
5. SERENA WILLIAMS (8)
6. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (3)
7. NICOLE VAIDISOVA (6)
8. ANNA CHAKVETADZE (9)
9. SYBILLE BAMMER (20)
10. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES (24)
11. MARION BARTOLI (18)
12. PATTY SCHNYDER (14)
13. DINARA SAFINA (10)
14. SHAHAR PE'ER (15)
15. TATHIANA GARBIN (19)
16. LUCIE SAFAROVA (25)
17. MARA SANTANGELO (28)
18. Ioana Raluca Olaru (Q)
19. VENUS WILLIAMS (26)
20. Alla Kudryavtseva (Q)
21. Michaella Krajicek
22. Dominika Cibulkova (Q)
23. SAMANTHA STOSUR (27)
24. AI SUGIYAMA (21)
25. LI,NA (16)
26. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (12)
27. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (13)
28. Karin Knapp
29. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (23)
30. KATARINA SREBOTNIK (17)
31. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (WC)
32. AMELIE MAURESMO (5)
33. Tamira Paszek
34. Sania Mirza
35. Catalina Castano
36. Jill Craybas
37. Milagros Sequera
38. Meghann Shaughnessy
39. Akgul Amanmuradova (Q)
40. Agnes Szavay (Q)
41. Olga Savchuk (Q)
42. Elena Likhovtseva
43. Andrea Petkovic (Q)
44. Kateryna Bondarenko
45. Tzipora Obziler
46. Edina Gallovits
47. Nuria Llagostera Vives
48. Nicole Pratt
49. Tamarine Tanasugarn
50. Tatiana Poutchek
51. Ashley Harkleroad
52. GISELA DULKO (29)
53. Shenay Perry
54. MARTINA MULLER (32)
55. Maria Kirilenko
56. Meilen Tu
57. Pauline Parmentier
58. Olga Poutchkova
59. Mathilde Johansson (WC)
60. ALYONA BONDARENKO (22)
61. Timea Bacsinszky (Q)
62. Vera Dushevina
63. Kveta Peschke
64. Nathalie Dechy
65. Elena Vesnina
66. Sofia Arvidsson (LL)
67. Stephanie Foretz (WC)
68. Emilie Loit
69. Tsvetana Pironkova
70. Ekaterina Bychkova
71. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
72. Alicia Molik
73. Roberta Vinci
74. Varvara Lepchenko
75. Aravane Rezai
76. Martina Sucha
77. Yuliana Fedak
78. Kaia Kanepi
79. Akiko Morigami
80. Yulia Beygelzimer
81. Agnieszka Radwanska
82. JULIA VAKULENKO (30)
83. Alize Cornet (WC)
84. Julia Schruff
85. SEVERINE BREMOND (31)
86. Sun,Tiantian
87. Jamea Jackson
88. Eva Birnerova
89. Sandra Kloesel
90. Jelena Kostanic Tosic
91. Angelique Kerber
92. Victoria Azarenka
93. Yvonne Meusburger
94. Anastasia Rodionova
95. Anastasiya Yakimova
96. Laura Granville
97. Aiko Nakamura
98. Alberta Brianti
99. Emma Laine (LL)
100. Lourdes Dominguez Lino
101. Virginie Razzano
102. Anastasia Myskina
103. Vania King
104. Anne Kremer
105. Yaroslava Shvedova
106. Chan,Yung-Jan
107. Jarmila Gajdosova
108. Zuzana Ondraskova
109. Melinda Czink
110. Vasilisa Bardina
111. Anna Smashnova
112. Flavia Pennetta
113. Casey Dell'Acqua (WC)
114. Youlia Fedossova (WC)
115. Aleksandra Wozniak
116. Hsieh,Su-Wei (Q)
117. Olivia Sanchez (WC)
118. Rossana de los Rios (Q)
119. Maria Elena Camerin
120. Romina Oprandi
121. Mariya Koryttseva (Q)
122. Eleni Daniilidou
123. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
124. Iveta Benesova
125. Zheng,Jie
126. Camille Pin
127. NADIA PETROVA (11)
128. Caroline Wozniacki

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5. Girls' Singles final (Sunday 10th June)
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Nice champion:
+ ALIZÉ CORNET [2] d. Mariana Duque Marino, 4-6 6-1 6-0

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Petkorazzi
Jun 11th, 2007, 08:41 AM
You wrote so much but I dont see any interest :help:

-sugi-
Jun 11th, 2007, 11:29 AM
Thank you :D You are one dedicated fan :eek: