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andrewbroad
May 30th, 2007, 01:48 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. First-round draw (bottom half)
3. Second-round draw (top half)
4. Maria Sharapova preview
5. Order of play for Wednesday

This report is derived from my full tournament-reports (preview):
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=300336

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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. First-round draw (bottom half)
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2.1 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!)


2.2 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] (ˇvamos 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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3. 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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4. 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.

<snip>

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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4.1 First round
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Emilie 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.

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.

Maria could be in for an even tougher match 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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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.


4.2 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.


4.3 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.


4.4 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.


4.5 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.

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9. Order of play for Wednesday (Maria-filtered)
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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]

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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andrewbroad
May 31st, 2007, 01:10 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Video
2. First-round result
3. Second-round draw (bottom half)
4. Third-round draw (top half)
5. Order of play for Thursday

I have run into major time-problems today, so my currently incomplete first-round report 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 result (Wednesday 30th May)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. Emilie Loit, 6-3 7-6 (7/4)

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.

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3. 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] (ˇvamos Gisela!)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] v Jill Craybas (davai Maria!)

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4. 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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5. Order of play for Thursday (Maria-filtered)
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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]

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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andrewbroad
Jun 2nd, 2007, 01:16 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. Video
3. Third-round draw (bottom half)
4. Fourth-round draw (top half)
5. Order of play for Saturday

I have uploaded my first- and second-round reports for Maria (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

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1. Second-round result (Thursday 31st May)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. Jill Craybas, 6-2 6-1

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2. Video
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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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3. Third-round draw (bottom half)
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* 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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4. Fourth-round draw (top half)
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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!)

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5. Order of play for Saturday (Maria-filtered)
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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 Montañés v RAFAEL NADAL [2]

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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andrewbroad
Jun 3rd, 2007, 01:37 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Video
2. Third round
3. Fourth-round draw
4. Order of play for Sunday

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1. Video
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(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

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2. Third round (Saturday 2nd June)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. Alla Kudryavtseva [Q], 6-1 6-4

I don't have time to knock my 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.

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3. 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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4. 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]

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. 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/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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andrewbroad
Jun 5th, 2007, 02:40 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Fourth-round results
3. Quarter-final draw/preview
4. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. Photos
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/
- Maria Sharapova (1r, 2r, 3r, 4r, Week 1)

http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1
Search Getty Images for "sharapova"

Maria's facial expressions in the seconds after her victory over Patty Schnyder are most intriguing to me.

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2. Fourth-round TV-report: Sharapova v Schnyder
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] d. PATTY SCHNYDER [14], 3-6 6-4 9-7

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 TV-report of this match at a later date.

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3. Quarter-final draw/preview
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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)

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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4. Order of play for Tuesday
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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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andrewbroad
Jun 7th, 2007, 01:51 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos & videos
2. Quarter-final
3. Semi-final draw
4. Semi-final preview: Sharapova v Ivanović
5. Order of play for Thursday

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1. Photos & videos (Maria-filtered)
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1.1 Photos
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Maria 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.mariasharapova.com/ (Maria)
Search Getty Images for "sharapova"

Various players including Maria:
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 (First round - day 4, Quarterfinals - day 1)


1.2 Videos
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Quarter-final press-conferences:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/20070605.html

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2. Quarter-final (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

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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3. 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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4. 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."
<<<

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."
<<<

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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5. 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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andrewbroad
Jun 9th, 2007, 11:29 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos & videos
2. Semi-final result
3. TV-reports: 3r, 4r, qf, sf

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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
Search Getty Images for "sharapova"

Maria Sharapova only:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtas961.html
http://www.mariasharapova.com/

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! :-)

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2. Semi-final result (Thursday 7th June)
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- MARIA SHARAPOVA [2,EF] lt. ANA IVANOVIĆ [7,DF], 2-6 1-6

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3. TV-reports: 3r, 4r, qf, sf
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I have updated my French Open report for Maria...
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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andrewbroad
Mar 24th, 2008, 03:50 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://2007.rolandgarros.com/

I have upgraded Maria's quarter-final against Anna Chakvetadze to a TV-report, based on a DVD acquired from Tennis Videos International (http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/).

My French Open 2007 reports are at:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/french_open2007.html

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