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Old May 23rd, 2010, 03:39 AM   #1
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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Welcome to the master-thread of my French Open 2010 reports! I reported on each day of the main draw, including TV-reports of most of the women's matches that the BBC deigned to televise. I wrote up extended TV-reports for my Eternal Fanship in August and September 2010.

From here, you will be able to navigate quickly to the individual posts within this thread (these links open in new windows – or tabs if you prefer):I'm currently writing up extended TV-reports for my Eternal Fanship:
  • Maria Sharapova (1r: Ksenia Pervak – added 23rd August 2010; 3r: Justine Henin – added 16th September 2010)
  • Daniela Hantuchová (4r: Jelena Janković – added 24th September 2010)
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Tournament-preview

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. UK TV-alert
3. Notable main-draw absentees
4. Qualifying
5. First-round draw
6. Maria Sharapova preview
7. Magdaléna Rybáriková preview
8. Daniela Hantuchová preview
9. Vera Zvonarëva preview
10. Jelena Dokić v Lucie Šafářová preview
11. Anna Chakvetadze preview
12. Andrew's wishes
13. Order of play for Sunday

Abbreviations:
[Q] qualifier
[WC] wild card
[LL] lucky loser
[A] alternate
[EF] member of my Eternal Fanship
[DF] member of my demi-fanship
[s] Selesian (two hands both sides)

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1. Photos
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1.1 General links
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I will post these links only once.

Where to look at many players:
* http://www.tennis.com/galleries/index.aspx
* http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery
* http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/photos.html

Where to search for specific players:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...rankingsw.html
* http://uk.news.search.yahoo.com/
* http://www.fotosports.com/
* Getty Images


1.2 Daily photos
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I will post a daily edition of this section, starting with a link to some pretournament photos (including qualifying).

Various players including Jelena Dokić [EF], Ana Ivanović [DF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Vitalia Diatchenko [s], Irena Pavlović [s], Aravane Rezaď, Sorana Cîrstea, Anastasia Pivovarova, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Zuzana Ondrášková and Jana Novotná:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

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2. UK TV-alert
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The French Open will be televised on BBC Red Button from 10:00 BST each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select Freeview-channel 301).

* Sunday 23rd May to Friday 4th June, 10:00–19:00 BST, BBC Red Button
* Saturday 5th June, 14:00–16:30 BST, BBC Two
* Sunday 6th June: 14:00–18:00 BST, BBC Two

N.B. The BBC's coverage will NOT be available on Freeview at the following times:
* Sunday 23rd May (all day)
* Friday 28th May (11:30–13:45 BST)
* Sunday 30th May (10:00–13:30 and 15:15–16:20 BST)

The Freeview-outages will not be a problem for me, because I now have access to freesat.

Source:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6102132.stm

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3. Notable main-draw absentees
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#10 Kim Clijsters (left-foot injury)
#49 Sabine Lisicki [DF] (left-ankle injury)
#91 Sania Mirza [DF] (right-wrist injury)
#130 Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] (fell in qualifying)
#395 Nicole Vaidišová [EF] (supposedly retired)
#705 Romana Tabaková [DF] (too low)
unranked Iroda Tulyaganova [EF] (hasn't played since May 2008 due to lower-back and left-wrist injuries)
unranked Tatiana Golovin [DF] (hasn't played since May 2008 due to back-injury)

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4. Qualifying
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This section presents my selections – for full results, see:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/us/

Archive of point-by-point scores for all matches:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=409295


4.1 First round (Wednesday 19th May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ MONICA NICULESCU [19,S] d. Ksenia Lykina, 6-1 6-3
+ Zuzana Ondrášková d. Eva Hrdinová, 6-1 6-4

What rocked:
+ MICHAËLLA KRAJÍČEK [18,DF] d. Laura Pous Tío, 3-6 6-3 7-5
+ Marta Domachowska d. Caroline García [WC], 6-3 6-0
+ Vitalia Diatchenko [s] d. PATRICIA MAYR [15], 4-6 6-3 7-5
+ Anastasia Pivovarova d. Claire de Gubernatis [WC], 7-6 (7/5) 5-7 6-3
+ KSENIA PERVAK [7] d. Elena Chalova, 7-5 6-4
+ Beatriz García Vidagany d. Naomi Cavaday, 6-3 7-5
+ Andrea Hlaváčková d. Ryoko Fuda, 2-6 6-4 6-4
+ MICHELLE LARCHER DE BRITO [8] d. Olivia Rogowska, 6-3 6-2

Diatchenko recovered from 4-6 1-2* against Mayr.

What sucked:
- Yuliana Fedak lt. Kurumi Nara, 2-6 4-6
- Kristína Kučová [s] lt. Julia Cohen, 3-6 5-7
- Séverine Beltrame lt. Anikó Kapros, 3-6 7-5 3-6
- Corinna Dentoni lt. Anastasiya Yakimova, 3-6 2-6
- Olga Savchuk lt. Sophie Ferguson, 4-6 2-6
- Irena Pavlović [s] lt. Elena Bovina, 5-7 3-6


4.2 Second round (Thursday 20th May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ MICHAËLLA KRAJÍČEK [18,DF] d. Marta Domachowska, 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3
+ KSENIA PERVAK [7] d. Andrea Hlaváčková, 2-6 6-4 7-5

Marta led 4-1* in the first set, but Michaëlla fought back, winning 7 games in a row.

Hlaváčková had match-point at 1:1 5-4* (40/30*) against Pervak.

What rocked:
+ Vitalia Diatchenko [s] d. Arina Rodionova, 6-0 2-6 11-9
+ MONICA NICULESCU [19,S] d. Irina Buryachok [A], 6-2 6-2
+ Zuzana Ondrášková d. Nathalie Piquion [WC], 6-4 6-1
+ Anastasia Pivovarova d. BOJANA JOVANOVSKI [6], 6-3 2-6 6-2

Arina Rodionova served for the match five times from *5-4 in the third, with match-point at *7-6 (40/30) against Diatchenko.

What sucked:
- Beatriz García Vidagany lt. ZHANG,SHUAI [16], 6-4 4-6 3-6
- MICHELLE LARCHER DE BRITO [8] lt. Misaki Doi, 6-4 4-6 4-6


4.3 Third round (Friday 21st May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
- MICHAËLLA KRAJÍČEK [18,DF] lt. Anastasia Pivovarova, 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 2-6

Michaëlla led *4-3 in the first set.

What rocked:
+ KSENIA PERVAK [7] d. EVGENIYA RODINA [13], 7-5 6-3

Pervak recovered from 3-5* down.

What sucked:
- Vitalia Diatchenko [s] lt. Misaki Doi, 6-7 (3/7) 0-6
- MONICA NICULESCU [19,S] lt. Kurumi Nara, 6-4 6-7 (3/7) 8-10
- Zuzana Ondrášková lt. CHANELLE SCHEEPERS [20], 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 0-6

Diatchenko blew a set-point at *5-3 (40/30), and only won one more game after that.

Ondrášková served for the match at 6-4 *6-5.

Niculescu served for the match with match-point at 6-4 *5-4 (Ad), but ended up losing in 4h42m. I believe that makes it the second-longest women's match of all time (second only to Vicki Nelson-Dunbar and Jean Hepner's 6h31m moonball-marathon at Richmond 1984), but I'm not sure whether the WTA considers qualifying-matches for this record, since it hasn't published an article about this match as it did when Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová beat Regina Kulikova in 4h19m at the Australian Open 2010.

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5. First-round draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.


5.1 Top quarter: Maria Sharapova
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* Stefanie Vögele [DF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (hopp Stefanie!)
* Julia Görges v Melinda Czink (komm jetzt Julia!)
* Katie O'Brien v Jill Craybas (go Katie!)
* Alizé Cornet v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (allez Alizé!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [18] v Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q] (kadima Shahar!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Vania King (jia you Shuai!)
* Olivia Sánchez [WC] v Shenay Perry
* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Maria Elena Camerin (my Passion says Maria Elena, but my Reason says Marion)

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Ksenia Pervak [Q] (my loyalty is to MARIA)
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Kirsten Flipkens (my loyalty is to Ayumi)
* Klára Zakopalová v Katarina Srebotnik (my loyalty is to Klára)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22] (aide Tsvetana!)

* ZHENG,JIE [25] v Ekaterina Bychkova (my loyalty is to Jie)
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Anastasia Pivovarova [Q] (my loyalty is to Raluca)
* Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová v Rossana de los Ríos
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v Simona Halep [Q] (may the better win)


5.2 Second quarter: Rybáriková, Hantuchová, Zvonarëva
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* Alicia Molik v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (go Alicia!)
* Pauline Parmentier v Kaia Kanepi [Q]
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v Sofia Arvidsson (POĎME MAGDA!!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] v Vera Dushevina (davai Alyona!)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Olga Govortsova v Carla Suárez Navarro (davai Olga!)
* Mariana Duque Marińo v Sybille Bammer
* YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] v Sandra Záhlavová (komaan Yanina!)

* Kimiko Date Krumm v DINARA SAFINA [9]
* Jarmila Groth [WC] v Chan,Yung-Jan
* Ekaterina Makarova v Anastasia Rodionova
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Alberta Brianti (DAVAI VERA!!)

* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28] v Mariya Koryttseva
* Ana Ivanović [DF] v Chang,Kai-Chen (ajde Ana!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v Sara Errani (davai Yaroslava!)
* Elena Baltacha v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [8] (go Elena!)


5.3 Third quarter: Jelena Dokić, Lucie Šafářová
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* Sorana Cîrstea v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6] (hai Sorana!)
* Elena Vesnina v Andrea Petković (davai Elena!)
* Claire Feuerstein [WC] v Yvonne Meusburger
* MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] v Karolina Šprem [DF] (my loyalty is to Maria)

* Regina Kulikova v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
* Petra Kvitová v Sophie Ferguson [Q]
* Stéphanie Dubois v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]
* Kristina Mladenović [WC] v LI,NA [11] (allez Kristina!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] v Anne Keothavong (forza Flavia!)
* Roberta Vinci v Virginie Razzano (forza Roberta!)
* Polona Hercog v Misaki Doi [Q] (dajmo Polona!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] v Jelena Dokić [EF] (my Passion says Jelena, but my Reason says Lucie)

* Lucie Hradecká [s] v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] (pojďme Lucie!)
* Tatjana Malek v Timea Bacsinszky (Tatjana is just a little bit cuter)
* Kristina Barrois v Tathiana Garbin
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Alla Kudryavtseva (kom sĺ Caro!)


5.4 Bottom quarter: Anna Chakvetadze
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* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v Petra Martić (davai Elena – although Martić might grow on me)
* Anabel Medina Garrigues v Melanie Oudin
* Iveta Benešová v Aleksandra Woźniak (pojďme Iveta!)
* KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32] v Julie Coin

* MARÍA JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ SÁNCHEZ [20] v Akgul Amanmuradova (ˇvamos Mariajo!)
* Anastasija Sevastova v Johanna Larsson (go Anastasija!)
* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v Chanelle Scheepers [Q] (allez Mathilde!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [10,DF] v Gisela Dulko [DF] (my Passion says Gisela, but my Reason says Vika)

* ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] v Heidi El Tabakh [Q] (allez Aravane!)
* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Angelique Kerber (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Ágnes Szávay v Stéphanie Foretz [WC] (hajrá Ágnes!)
* Zhang,Shuai [Q] v NADIA PETROVA [19]

* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] v Ekaterina Ivanova [Q] (poďme Domi!)
* Varvara Lepchenko v Christina McHale [WC] (go Varvara!)
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v Kurumi Nara [Q] (ˇvamos Arantxa!)
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] v Patty Schnyder

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6. Maria Sharapova preview
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7. Magdaléna Rybáriková preview
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8. Daniela Hantuchová preview
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9. Vera Zvonarëva preview
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Due to insufficient time before the Sunday start, I have decided to postpone these previews until my Day 1 report. Broad Enterprises would like to apologise for this delay, and for any inconvenience this may cause.

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10. Jelena Dokić v Lucie Šafářová preview
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* Jelena Dokić [EF] v LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF]

Wow: two members of my Eternal Fanship face off in the first round! This promises to be a mouth-watering match, full of groundstrokes of flairsome power (for those lucky enough to see it – I can't imagine that the BBC will televise it).


10.1 About Jelena
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I have been a Jelena Dokić fan ever since the 16-year-old Jelena hammered world #1 Martina Hingis 6-2 6-0 in the first round of Wimbledon 1999. The enormity of the upset sent me into a state of shock, but the manner in which it was achieved sent me into a state of delight. Jelena was hitting one gasping winner after another, especially at 6-2 4-0* when she broke Hingis' serve with one of the most amazing single games I have ever seen: a flurry of return-winners, a drive-volley winner and a most audacious dropshot.

I love the way Jelena hits the ball - not just with power and accuracy, but with wonderful aesthetic flair. With her sharp, beautifully-driven, flairsome groundstrokes, Jelena is a joy to watch, especially during one of her purple patches when she's hitting clean winners all over the court!

Jelena posted some excellent results early in her career. She went on to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon 1999, and the semi-finals in 2000. She was also a quarter-finalist at the French Open 2002, and rose to her career-high ranking of #4 later that year. She has won five WTA singles-titles: the first at Rome 2001, the latest at Birmingham 2002.

Jelena could have had an absolutely stellar career, had it not been for her severe personal problems. She split from her family in 2002, when the antics of her crazy, abusive father Damir became too much to bear. By 2004, she was battling severe depression, and spent four years in the wilderness, actually retiring from tennis for a while in 2007.

Jelena came back in 2008 with a solid year on the ITF circuit, and then made a spectacular run to the Australian Open 2009 quarter-finals, returning to the top 100 so that she could play regularly in the Majors and on the WTA Tour again.

Sadly, the rest of 2009 did not go anywhere near as well for Jelena as the Australian Open, as her health deteriorated (a heel-injury and mononucleosis). At the French Open 2009, Jelena was dominating world #4 Elena Dementieva 6-2 *2-1 in the second round before she was cruelly struck down by an excruciating lower-back injury that forced her to retire at *3-4.

So far in 2010, Jelena has failed to find anything resembling her best form; in fact, she has only played six tournaments – three of which were in January – and is just 4:6 for the year so far.

Jelena started 2010 with a first-round loss at Brisbane to #21-ranked former world #1 Ana Ivanović: 7-5 1-6 6-3.

At Hobart, she beat #83-ranked qualifier Elena Baltacha 6-4 6-2 for her only main-draw win at Tour-level of 2010 so far. She lost 6-2 6-2 to #30 Shahar Pe'er in the second round.

Jelena couldn't handle the pressure of defending her Australian Open 2009 quarter-final, as she bowed out to #31 Alisa Kleybanova 6-1 7-5 in the first round there. That was the last Jelena-match I have seen, and she looked very emotional – in a completely negative way.

Jelena pulled out of Australia's Fed Cup tie in February because she didn't want to let the team down, then attempted to qualify for Monterrey: she beat #204 Julia Cohen 6-7 6-2 6-1, but lost 6-2 6-2 to #167 Kristina Antoniychuk in the second round of qualifying.

Jelena plumbed new depths with a 6-0 6-3 loss to #43 Vera Dushevina in the first round of Indian Wells, and then didn't play for two months, pulling out of tournaments left, right and centre because of a right-elbow injury.

Jelena dropped out of the top 108 (she's currently #115) after the French Open entry-list was made, but sadly, the very week that the Wimbledon entry-list was made.

Jelena came back at ITF Prague in the week of 10th May, looking decidedly overweight (I'm sorry if you're reading this, Jelena, but my duty as an Eternal Fan is to observe and report). She beat #239 Lu,Jingjing 2-6 6-4 6-4 and #423 Emma Laine 4-6 7-6 7-6, before losing to #184 Corinna Dentoni 7-5 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

At a time when I'm struggling to come to terms with Nicole Vaidišová retiring from tennis at the grand old age of 20, I'm just grateful that Jelena so loves the sport that she's willing to keep grinding it out at 27.


10.2 About Lucie
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Lucie Šafářová is one of the most supremely talented tennis-players I've ever seen. She's a fearless, ambitious shotmaker who loves to go for broke, and hits many spectacular winners. Her athleticism is amazing: she runs like the wind. Every time I see her play, she is a joy to watch.

In the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2007, Lucie's average groundstroke-speed was measured at 71mph: 1mph faster than her opponent Nicole Vaidišová, and only 2mph slower than men's #2 Rafael Nadal. And she achieves such speeds with flairsome power: she may be only 5'9" with a light frame, but her groundstrokes are flat and she hits them with superb timing.

Lucie has a swinging lefty serve, and frequently uses it to set up a groundstroke-winner on the third stroke of the rally. She also has Seles-like returns of serve: she takes them early, often standing up to 1˝ metres inside the baseline to receive. She's very aggressive off the second serve.

Lucie has wonderful left-handed angles, and she can mix up the pace with very short, softly-spun crosscourt forehands and backhands to the sidelines, which are a speciality of hers.

Lucie has won four WTA singles-titles, but I think her best results so far have been reaching her first Major quarter-final at the Australian Open 2007 (by beating defending champion Amélie Mauresmo 6-4 6-3), immediately followed by reaching the WTA Paris 2007 final (beating Nicole Vaidišová, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Justine Henin back-to-back – all in straight sets).

Lucie has already had a couple of memorable French Open campaigns. In 2007, she upset Amélie Mauresmo 6-3 7-6 in the third round. In 2009, she had match-point at 5-4* in the third set against Venus Williams before losing their second-round encounter 6-7 6-2 7-5.

2010 is shaping up to be the best year of Lucie's career so far. She goes into the French Open with a win/loss record of 17:13, and her current ranking of #25 is just shy of her career-high #22 set in August 2007, but what's really impressive is firstly her run to the Paris-final in February, and secondly that she has just reached three Premier quarter-finals (including her run to the semi-finals of Madrid), beating five top-18 players in those three tournaments.

Lucie thrashed #34 Aleksandra Woźniak 6-3 6-1 in the second round of Brisbane, then lost to eventual champion Kim Clijsters in a see-saw match: 6-1 0-6 6-4. Lucie lost just nine points in the second set, hitting clean winners all over the court!

Sadly, Lucie retired from Hobart with a left-pectoral-muscle strain, and lost 6-2 6-2 to Venus Williams in the first round of the Australian Open. Struggling after a bout of 'flu, she also lost 6-2 6-2 to Anna-Lena Grönefeld in Czechia's Fed Cup tie in February.

But the following week, Lucie bounced back to reach the final of WTA Paris for the second time in her career, beating #171 Tamira Paszek 6-0 6-3, #18 Francesca Schiavone 7-5 6-2, #22 Shahar Pe'er 7-5 6-2, #12 Flavia Pennetta 4-6 6-3 6-4, and losing 6-7 6-1 6-4 to #7 Elena Dementieva in the final.

Lucie spent most of March and April in a slump, as she lost to #88 Julie Coin in the first round of Monterrey, and to #69 Julia Görges in the first round of Indian Wells.

At Miami, Lucie beat #100 Kaia Kanepi 6-7 6-4 6-3 and María José Martínez Sánchez 4-6 7-6 6-2, before losing 6-4 6-2 to #7-ranked defending champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

The clay-court season did not start well for Lucie, as she lost 6-3 7-6 to #67 Regina Kulikova in the first round of Barcelona, and then suffered a humiliating 6-0 6-2 loss to Francesca Schiavone in Czechia's Fed Cup semi-final, followed by the ignominy of being substituted for the second tie in a row, after she injured her shoulder while practising for her next rubber.

But it seems that Fed Cup humiliation is actually a lucky charm for Lucie, because just as she had reached the Paris-final the week after the previous tie, she now embarked on a stunning upswing of form that establishes her as a genuine French Open title-contender!

Lucie reached the quarter-finals of Stuttgart, although she had a lucky escape in the first round, when #372 Selima Sfar thrashed her 6-2 in the first set, but retired with an ankle-injury at 0-3 in the second. Lucie then upset #2 Caroline Woźniacki 6-4 6-4 in the second round, although Woźniacki has been struggling ever since she sprained her ankle at Charleston. Lucie then lost 7-6 1-6 6-1 to #138 Anna Lapushchenkova.

Whether that win over Woźniacki was a fluke or not, Lucie followed it up with a superb run to the quarter-finals of Rome, beating #42 Olga Govortsova 6-2 6-7 6-3, #16 Flavia Pennetta 6-1 6-2(!) and #9 Agnieszka Radwańska 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7/1). She lost 7-6 6-4 to eventual champion María José Martínez Sánchez.

Lucie then reached the semi-finals of the Madrid Premier Mandatory, starting with a 6-4 6-3 win over #12 Maria Sharapova in Maria's first match back from a two-month lay-off with an elbow-injury.

Lucie proceeded to beat #41 Olga Govortsova 4-6 6-2 7-5 (from *2-4 down in the third), #38 Alexandra Dulgheru 6-7 6-1 7-6 (8/6) (Dulgheru twice served for the match, with match-point at *6-5), and #18 Nadia Petrova 6-1 1-6 6-4. Lucie has tremendous determination and fighting spirit!

Sadly, Lucie retired from her semi-final with a left-thigh injury, after losing the first set 6-1 to eventual champion Aravane Rezaď. I just hope it was a very temporary problem after Lucie had played three three-setters in the previous four days.


10.3 The match-up
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Jelena and Lucie have never played each other before, but based on recent form, Lucie goes into the match as the heavy favourite.

The only question-marks over Lucie are that she has suffered some injuries this year – including the left-thigh injury with which she retired a week ago – and that she can be inconsistent due to her high-risk game.

As for Jelena, it doesn't look at all good for her right now, but she is a big-match player, and can be a threat to anyone if she suddenly hits form.


10.4 Later rounds
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Henceforth, the winner of Jelena v Lucie shall be referred to as 'Jeluciena'.

Jeluciena will play the winner of Polona Hercog and qualifier Misaki Doi in the second round. Hercog is a useful player on clay: already this year, she has won ITF Cali and reached the final of Acapulco.

In the third round, Jeluciena would likely play Flavia Pennetta [14]. Flavia is an excellent clay-court player, but hasn't really excelled at the French Open over the years, which suggests that she may have a mental block about the Majors. Her best French Open was when she reached the fourth round in 2008 by beating Venus Williams.

Should Jeluciena come through the Pennetta-test, the seedings would suggest Caroline Woźniacki [3] in the fourth round, but Caro has been struggling with an ankle-injury since retiring from Charleston, while Alexandra Dulgheru [31] is coming off a successful title-defence at Warsaw. As mentioned above, Lucie beat Dulgheru at Madrid after saving match-point.

The eighth of the draw that would determine Jeluciena's quarter-final opponent is wide open, as defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova [6] is way off form, and last year's quarter-finalist Sorana Cîrstea has been struggling this year (though she should be capable of taking out Kuznetsova in the first round). Francesca Schiavone [17] was certainly deadly on clay to Lucie in Fed Cup, so perhaps she will be the one to come through.

Potential semi-final opponents include Venus Williams [2], Elena Dementieva [5], Rome-champion María José Martínez Sánchez [20], and Madrid-champion Aravane Rezaď [15].

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11. Anna Chakvetadze preview
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Anna Chakvetadze is one of the most flairsomely talented and intelligent players in professional tennis, and one of the most intriguing characters on the WTA Tour. She's ultracute, gets very emotional on court, and fights to the bitter end. Her flat groundstrokes of flairsome power are a joy to watch, and very deceptive - she makes the court look very wide at her opponent's end!

Anna has won seven WTA singles-titles – from her first seven finals! She has reached three Major quarter-finals, all in 2007: the Australian Open, French Open, and US Open where she also reached the semi-finals.

Unfortunately, Anna has been slumping since armed robbers broke into her house and tied her up in December 2007. She has lost confidence and motivation, struggled with injuries, and each year since 2008 has been worse than the one before. Having been ranked as high as #5 after the US Open 2007, her ranking has dropped to its current #112 (luckily, the French Open and Wimbledon entry-lists were made before she dropped out of the top 108).

Anna has been plagued by injuries since September 2009, when she was sidelined for six weeks with a stress-fracture in her right foot, returning only to play Moscow just before the end of the season. And she has only played six tournaments so far in 2010.

Anna started 2010 with a humiliating 6-1 6-2 loss to 39-year-old world #69 Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round of Auckland. She then tried to qualify for Hobart, beating unranked Alyssa Hibberd 6-1 6-1 and #152 Elena Chalova 6-2 6-2, but losing 7-5 7-6 (7/3) to #83 Elena Baltacha in the third qualifying-round.

Anna put up a commendable effort against #12 Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the Australian Open, but lost 6-3 3-6 6-2 after being up a break in every set.

Anna reached the quarter-finals at Pattaya City, beating #78 Jill Craybas 6-1 3-6 6-3 and #97 Anastasia Rodionova 6-4 6-1, but losing 6-1 6-4 to #87 Tamarine Tanasugarn, who went on to reach the final.

Anna beat #123 Anne Keothavong 2-6 6-3 6-1 in the first round of Indian Wells, but disaster struck in the second round, as she retired at 2-6 3-5 against #8 Agnieszka Radwańska with a left-ankle injury.

Anna made a major mistake by playing Miami on her injured ankle. She lost 7-5 3-6 6-4 to #64 Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round, then pulled out of Marbella and Barcelona with an injury to her left Achilles-tendon. She considered having surgery (but obviously didn't), and it was even feared that she might never play again.

However, Anna returned to action at Warsaw, where she reached the third round of qualifying. She beat #662 Katarzyna Kawa 6-2 6-2 and #700 Magda Linette 6-4 4-6 6-1, but then lost 7-5 7-6 to #109 Bojana Jovanovski – a talented 18-year-old – in a match that was moved to an indoor clay-court because of torrential rain.

At this stage, I'm just grateful that Anna is back playing at all after the fears of retirement, and grateful that she got three matches in ahead of the French Open, even though the results suggest that she is currently nowhere near the level required to be a genuine title-contender.


11.1 First-round preview
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Angelique Kerber

Anna goes into this match with the psychological edge of a 3:0 head-to-head over Kerber, albeit all on grass:
+ 2007 's-Hertogenbosch qf: Anna won 6-2 6-2
+ 2007 Wimbledon 1r: Anna won 7-5 6-3
+ 2008 's-Hertogenbosch 2r: Anna won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/1)

The only time I saw Kerber play was when she thrashed Olga Poutchkova (now transliterated as Puchkova) 6-0 6-0 at Birmingham 2007. It was hard to assess Kerber's game from that, as Poutchkova was supposedly suffering from a back-injury, and couldn't keep a rally going for more than six strokes.

World #64 Kerber is having a much better 2010 than Anna so far, with a win/loss record of 15:7 to Anna's 5:6.

Kerber won five matches to reach the third round of the Australian Open as a qualifier, with main-draw wins over #54 Olga Govortsova 6-3 6-3 and #23 Aravane Rezaď 6-2 6-3. She then lost 3-6 7-5 6-4 to #3 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Kerber was runner-up at Bogotá, with four wins including #35 Gisela Dulko 7-5 6-3 to reach the final, where she lost 6-4 6-3 to #143 Mariana Duque Marińo (who beat Anna in the first round of the French Open 2009).

Kerber lost in the first round of Acapulco and second qualifying-round of Miami. At Ponte Vedra Beach, she beat #75 Vania King 6-2 6-3, but lost 6-1 6-1 to Varvara Lepchenko.

Kerber reached the third round of Charleston by beating #188 Alison Riske 6-2 6-4 and #141 Monique Adamczak 6-3 6-2, lost 6-7 7-5 6-3 to #24 Daniela Hantuchová.

Kerber reached the quarter-finals of Fčs, beating #630 Fatima Zahrae El Allami 6-0 6-1 and #117 Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 6-2, then lost 7-5 6-2 to #106 Renata Voráčová.

Kerber pulled out of Estoril with a left-ankle injury, then lost 6-2 6-3 to #55 Polona Hercog in the first round of Warsaw. So Anna might just have the edge in terms of recent match-play.

I can't say I'm very confident about Anna winning this match after her recent woes, but with her 3:0 head-to-head, and Kerber also coming back from an ankle-injury, Anna couldn't have had many kinder first-round draws than this.


11.2 Second round
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Should Anna pass the Kerber-test, she would likely face Madrid-champion Aravane Rezaď [15] in the second round, so that's as far ahead as I want to look at this stage. Rezaď has a backhand just like Monica Seles, and beat Justine Henin and Venus Williams at Madrid, so Anna would have to be on top of her game to compete with her.

Rezaď's weakness is her immobility, so I could imagine Anna at her best exploiting that with her deceptive groundstrokes and her ability to use the full width of the court to create short-angled winners.

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12. Andrew's wishes
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12.1 Second round: Top half
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+ Stefanie Vögele [DF] d. Julia Görges
+ Alizé Cornet d. Katie O'Brien
+ Peng,Shuai [s] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [18]
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Olivia Sánchez [WC]

+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Ayumi Morita [s]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Klára Zakopalová
+ Ioana Raluca Olaru d. ZHENG,JIE [25]
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová

+ Alicia Molik d. Pauline Parmentier
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [27]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Olga Govortsova
+ YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] d. Mariana Duque Marińo

+ Jarmila Groth [WC] d. Kimiko Date Krumm
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Ekaterina Makarova
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28]
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. Elena Baltacha


12.2 Second round: Bottom half
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+ Sorana Cîrstea d. Elena Vesnina
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Claire Feuerstein [WC]
+ Petra Kvitová d. Regina Kulikova
+ Kristina Mladenović [WC] d. Stéphanie Dubois

+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. Roberta Vinci
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. Polona Hercog
+ Lucie Hradecká [s] d. Tatjana Malek
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Kristina Barrois

+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Anabel Medina Garrigues
+ Iveta Benešová d. KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32]
+ Anastasija Sevastova d. MARÍA JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ SÁNCHEZ [20]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [10,DF] d. Mathilde Johansson [WC]

+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. ARAVANE REZAĎ [15]
+ Ágnes Szávay d. Zhang,Shuai [Q]
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. Varvara Lepchenko
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2]


12.3 Third-round wishes
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+ Stefanie Vögele [DF] d. Alizé Cornet
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Peng,Shuai [s]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]
+ Ioana Raluca Olaru d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]

+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. Alicia Molik
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Jarmila Groth [WC]
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. Yaroslava Shvedova

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Sorana Cîrstea
+ Kristina Mladenović [WC] d. Petra Kvitová
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF]
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Lucie Hradecká [s]

+ Iveta Benešová d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [10,DF] d. Anastasija Sevastova
+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. Ágnes Szávay
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]


12.4 Fourth-round wishes
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+ Stefanie Vögele [DF] d. MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Ioana Raluca Olaru
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Ana Ivanović [DF]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Kristina Mladenović [WC]
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [10,DF] d. Iveta Benešová
+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26]


12.5 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Stefanie Vögele [DF]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] (my Reason says Vera, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF]
+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. VICTORIA AZARENKA [10,DF]


12.6 Semi-final wishes
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] (my Reason says Maria, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] (my Reason says Lucie, but my Passion says Anna)

I assure you that these are not easy choices for me at all, but it's better that one of them wins a Major than I have to cut the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen into four pieces and give a quarter to each girl.


12.7 Final-wish
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Anna Chakvetadze [EF]

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13. Order of play for Sunday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 6 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: Varvara Lepchenko v Christina McHale [WC]
2. MS 1r: GUILLERMO GARCÍA-LÓPEZ [32] v Rainer Schüttler
3. WS 1r: Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Angelique Kerber
4. MS 1r: Juan Ignacio Chela v Ryan Sweeting [WC]

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

I would expect the BBC to start by showing Cîrstea v Kuznetsova, which is first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and perhaps stay on that court (through Recouderc v Söderling, maybe even the start of Rezaď v El Tabakh) until it is time to switch to Court 1 for Pennetta v Keothavong.

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 1

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round results
3. First-round TV-report: Cîrstea v Kuznetsova
4. First-round TV-report: Pennetta v Keothavong
5. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Kerber
6. First-round draw
7. Maria Sharapova preview
8. Magdaléna Rybáriková preview
9. Daniela Hantuchová preview
10. Vera Zvonarëva preview
11. Andrew's wishes
12. Order of play for Monday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 1:
* chakvetadze
* dulko
* kirilenko
* pennetta
* sprem
* azarenka
* cibulkova
* johansson
* szavay
* rezai
* cirstea
* martinez sanchez
* lepchenko
* ivanova
* mchale
* scheepers
* el tabakh

My observations from the photos:
* María José Martínez Sánchez got a neck-massage during her match.
* Victoria Azarenka now looks overweight.

Various players including Jelena Dokić [EF], Lucie Šafářová [EF], Maria Kirilenko [DF], Gisela Dulko [DF], Karolina Šprem [DF], Aravane Rezaď, Mathilde Johansson, Sorana Cîrstea:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

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2. First-round results (Sunday 23rd May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Karolina Šprem [DF], 7-6 (7/5) 6-4
- VICTORIA AZARENKA [10,DF] lt. Gisela Dulko [DF], 1-6 2-6

What rocked:
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. Anne Keothavong, 6-2 6-2
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. Heidi El Tabakh [Q], 6-1 6-1
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. Ekaterina Ivanova [Q], 6-2 6-0
+ Ágnes Szávay d. Stéphanie Foretz [WC], 6-2 6-2
+ Varvara Lepchenko d. Christina McHale [WC], 7-5 6-3
+ VENUS WILLIAMS [2] d. Patty Schnyder, 6-3 6-3

What sucked:
- Anna Chakvetadze [EF] lt. Angelique Kerber, 7-5 6-7 (2/7) 4-6
- Sorana Cîrstea lt. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6], 3-6 1-6
- MARÍA JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ SÁNCHEZ [20] lt. Akgul Amanmuradova, 2-6 4-6
- Anastasija Sevastova lt. Johanna Larsson, 2-6 2-6
- Elena Vesnina lt. Andrea Petković, 6-4 1-6 4-6
- Mathilde Johansson [WC] lt. Chanelle Scheepers [Q], 2-6 4-6
- Claire Feuerstein [WC] lt. Yvonne Meusburger, 6-7 (4/7) 3-6
- Zhang,Shuai [Q] lt. NADIA PETROVA [19], 0-6 3-6

Archive of point-by-point scores for all matches:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17815635

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3. First-round TV-report: Cîrstea v Kuznetsova (Sunday 23rd May 2010)
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- Sorana Cîrstea lt. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6], 3-6 1-6

Kuznetsova started this match nervously and appallingly. Cîrstea played well initially, taking leads of 3-0* and *3-1 (40/0), but Kuznetsova suddenly transformed herself into the player who won the French Open 2009, murdering Cîrstea's second serve and winning 9 games in a row to lead 6-3 3-0* before Cîrstea avoided the bagel with a quick service-hold.

I have the following observations about Cîrstea:
* Her first serve is dynamite, but her second serve is much weaker.
* Her movement is not great; she always tends to make an error when she's made to run wide.
* She goes for big shots from defensive positions: specifically down-the-line backhands when she's driven wide. They didn't go in today, and she did nothing to adapt to that.


First set
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CÎRSTEA *@*______ 3
KUZNETS ___*@*@*@ 6

The match was first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and started at 11:11 CEST.

Sam Smith: "Kuznetsova comes in here completely devoid of confidence and form."

Cîrstea serving 0-0: Kuznetsova mishit a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/0. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand to the sideline forced Kuznetsova to net a forehand. 30/0. Ace down the middle. 40/0 (GP #1). Two lets. First serve down the middle: forehand return just long. Held.

Kuznetsova seems nervous; Cîrstea has made a flying start.

Kuznetsova serving 1-0: Cîrstea hit a down-the-line forehand winner off a backhand from Kuznetsova that only went in because it clipped the netcord. 0/15. The first long rally ended with Kuznetsova spraying a backhand long. She has lost the first six points. 0/30. Cîrstea got under a forehand and sprayed it wide left. 15/30. Kuznetsova dumped a routine forehand halfway up the net. 15/40 (BP #1). Double fault #1 (mishit second serve just long). Broken.

Kuznetsova looks as nervous as Amélie Mauresmo always used to here.

Cîrstea serving 2-0: Cîrstea netted an off-backhand. 0/15. Cîrstea ran down a short ball to her left sideline and hit a deep backhand winner down the line. 15/15. Cîrstea dumped a backhand into the net. 15/30. First serve out wide: crosscourt backhand return wide. 30/30. Kuznetsova netted a sloppy forehand. 40/30 (GP #1). Cîrstea forehand just long. Deuce #1. Ace #2: down the middle. Ad Cîrstea (GP #2). Kuznetsova dumped another forehand into the net. Held.

Sam Smith: "Cîrstea reminds me of Ana Ivanović in her mannerisms, the way she looks, and even the way and plays. Just has a straighter ball-toss on the serve."

John Lloyd: "There's no champion's presence on the court. Even when you're playing badly, you can bluff that, but Kuznetsova has no confidence at all."

I smell a double bagel!

Kuznetsova serving 0-3: Kuznetsova off-forehand wide. 0/15. Cîrstea netted a forehand. 15/15. Cîrstea, driven wide, hit a down-the-line backhand wide – not the right shot to go for in that position. 30/15. First serve out wide: backhand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep, body-jamming first serve forced Cîrstea to mishit a backhand return wide. Held.

Cîrstea serving 3-1: Second serve: forehand return just long. 15/0. Kuznetsova, pushed on her heels by a deep ball from Cîrstea, sprayed a crosscourt forehand wide. 30/0. Cîrstea's off-forehand induced Kuznetsova to earth a sliced backhand. 40/0 (GP #1). Kuznetsova's big forehand forced a short ball, which she dispatched with a forehand winner. 40/15 (GP #2). Second serve out wide: crosscourt forehand return-winner. 40/30 (GP #3). Kuznetsova ran around her backhand to blast a forehand winner down Cîrstea's right sideline. Deuce #1. Kuznetsova backhand long. Ad Cîrstea (GP #4). Cîrstea backhand just long. Deuce #2. Second serve out wide: Kuznetsova blasted a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. Ad Kuznetsova (BP #1). First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand forced Kuznetsova to hit a forehand lob wide. Deuce #3. Cîrstea blasted a backhand into the net, and reacted with a cute little squeak. Ad Kuznetsova (BP #2). Cîrstea netted a backhand, and yelled in frustration. Broken.

Kuznetsova started playing much better at 0/40* there – particularly the way she murdered Cîrstea's second serve – and the pay-off was immediate. She's now looking very fired up now – she even jumped into one of her backhands in the last few points.

Kuznetsova serving 2-3: Cîrstea hit a deep backhand down the line, forcing Kuznetsova to earth a forehand. 0/15. Kuznetsova's deep, hard forehand forced Cîrstea to hit a forehand lob long. 15/15. Kuznetsova hit a forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Cîrstea to run wide and earth a forehand. 30/15. Short-angled serve to the sideline forced Cîrstea to hit a backhand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. Held.

Cîrstea serving 3-3: Kuznetsova forehand return long. 15/0. Cîrstea forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a forehand winner down the line. John Lloyd praised the pace of Cîrstea's backhand. 30/0. Cîrstea forced a short ball and went for a big forehand down the line, but put it just wide. 30/15. Cîrstea opened the point well, but lost the initiative and hit a forehand long. 30/30. Kuznetsova's off-forehand bounced low, forcing Cîrstea to hit a backhand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Cîrstea on the third stroke hit a backhand long. Broken.

John Lloyd said Cîrstea was panicking now, and running out of ideas. Just hitting the cover off the ball. Inexperience. Poor shot-selection. Second serve needs a lot of work. Her movement is not great. I would add that Cîrstea always seems to make an error when Kuznetsova makes her run wide.

Kuznetsova serving 4-3 (new balls): Cîrstea netted a running backhand, with a cute little squeak. 15/0. Cîrstea forced Kuznetsova to hit a backhand long. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Ace down the middle: on the service-line (the umpire checked the mark, and Cîrstea argued with her). 40/15 (GP #1). Cîrstea forehand just wide. Held.

Cîrstea serving 3-5: Backhand return just wide. 15/0. Kuznetsova's deep forehand return induced Cîrstea to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/15. Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 30/15. Kuznetsova went to the net, and Cîrstea failed to capitalise on Kuznetsova's weak volleys as she netted an attempted crosscourt forehand pass. 30/30. Cîrstea ran down a dropshot but hit a backhand wide. 30/40 (SP #1). First serve out wide: Kuznetsova netted a backhand, and reacted like she thought the serve was wide. Deuce #1. Kuznetsova off-forehand winner. Ad Kuznetsova (SP #2). First serve out wide: Kuznetsova backhand return long. Deuce #2. Cîrstea backhand long. Ad Kuznetsova (SP #3). Kuznetsova hit a deep forehand onto the baseline, forcing Cîrstea to net a backhand. Kuznetsova won the first set 6-3 at 11:49 CEST (37m).

Cîrstea hasn't won a game since I said I smelled a double bagel at 3-0*. Kuznetsova's transformation has been amazing, considering that she's in a deep slump this year.


Second set
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CÎRSTEA ___*___ 1
KUZNETS *@*_*@* 6

Kuznetsova serving 0-0: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Cîrstea's depth forced Kuznetsova to hit a backhand lob long. 15/15. Kuznetsova hit a short-angled off-forehand winner to the sideline. 30/15. Cîrstea's deep off-forehand shot through on Kuznetsova, forcing her to mishit a backhand wide and say "ay, ay, ay, ay". 30/30. Cîrstea ran down a dropshot and hit a backhand that flew up nicely for Kuznetsova to hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Kuznetsova backhand long. Deuce #1. Second serve: Cîrstea netted a backhand. Ad Kuznetsova (GP #2). Cîrstea backhand just long. Held.

Cîrstea serving 0-1: First serve out wide forced Kuznetsova to hit a forehand wide. 15/0. Cîrstea forced a short ball and hit a forehand winner to Kuznetsova's right. 30/0. Kuznetsova forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Cîrstea dumped a forehand halfway up the net, and emitted a cute little shriek. 40/15 (GP #2). Cîrstea netted a horrendous forehand on the third stroke. 40/30 (GP #3). Kuznetsova's dropshot forced Cîrstea to scoop a one-handed backhand long. Deuce #1. Cîrstea hit a crosscourt backhand onto the sideline, but it was called wide. Ad Kuznetsova (BP #1). Kuznetsova forehand wide. Deuce #2. Kuznetsova forehand just long. Ad Kuznetsova (BP #2). Second serve: Kuznetsova dumped a cheap forehand return into the net. Deuce #3. Kuznetsova backhand just long. Ad Cîrstea (GP #4). Kuznetsova off-forehand winner onto the baseline (looked like it was going long, but supposedly just dropped in). Deuce #4. Cîrstea netted a backhand. Ad Kuznetsova (BP #3). Kuznetsova's deep off-forehand return forced Cîrstea to net a backhand. Broken.

The psychological blow of Cîrstea dropping serve from *3-1 (40/0) definitely came back to haunt her there, and she's now lost eight games in a row.

Kuznetsova serving 2-0: Cîrstea's depth induced Kuznetsova to hit a forehand long/wide. 0/15. Kuznetsova sprayed a crosscourt forehand wide. 0/30. Cîrstea forced a short ball, ran it down and hit a high crosscourt forehand winner. 0/40 (BP #1). Cîrstea's return clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. 15/40 (BP #2). Second serve: Cîrstea hit a forehand return long, and looked up at her coach. 30/40 (BP #3). Forehand return long. Deuce #1. Cîrstea crosscourt backhand wide. Ad Kuznetsova (GP #1). First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. Held.

*40/0 in the previous game and 40/0* there, but Cîrstea still can't win a game since 3-0* in the first.

Cîrstea serving 0-3: First serve: forehand return wide. 15/0. Kuznetsova netted a backhand at the net. 30/0. Cîrstea went to the net, hit a backhand to Kuznetsova's feet, forcing her to net a forehand. 40/0 (GP #1). Service-winner. Held.

Cîrstea finally stops the rot at nine games, but can she respond like Kuznetsova did at *0-3 in the first? She was a quarter-finalist here last year.

Kuznetsova serving 3-1: Cîrstea forehand long. 15/0. Cîrstea went to the net, her crosscourt forehand forcing Kuznetsova to hit a crosscourt forehand pass wide. 15/15. Deep service-winner out wide forced Cîrstea to hit a forehand return wide. 15/30. Cîrstea netted an off-backhand. 30/30. Cîrstea force a short ball and hit a crosscourt forehand winner onto the baseline. 30/40 (BP #1). Kuznetsova's short-angled off-forehand to the sideline induced Cîrstea to blast a down-the-line backhand wide. Deuce #1. First serve: forehand return long. Cîrstea muttered. Ad Kuznetsova (GP #1). Backhand return wide. Held.

Cîrstea looks quite upset at the changeover. She stands to take a big drop in the rankings if she fails to defend her 2009 quarter-final here.

Cîrstea serving 1-4: Kuznetsova's crosscourt forehand forced Cîrstea into error. 0/15. Cîrstea backhand long. 0/30. Cîrstea nailed a deep crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Cîrstea netted a backhand. 15/40 (BP #1). Double fault #1 (second serve just long). Broken.

Kuznetsova serving 5-1: First serve out wide: forehand return very long. 15/0. Cîrstea's deep backhand forced Kuznetsova to hit a backhand long, and say "ay, ay, ay" again. 15/15. Kuznetsova hit a forehand half-volley dropshot-winner. 30/15. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15 (MP #1). Cîrstea went to the net behind a mishit crosscourt forehand, but Kuznetsova netted a crosscourt forehand pass. 40/30 (MP #2). Cîrstea went to the net again, but this time Kuznetsova forced her into backhand error with a dipping crosscourt backhand pass. Kuznetsova won 6-3 6-1 at 12:23 CEST (second set 33m, match 1h11m).

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4. First-round TV-report: Pennetta v Keothavong (Sunday 23rd May 2010)
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+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. Anne Keothavong, 6-2 6-2

What struck me about this match was how aggressively Keothavong played, because when I've watched her play in previous years, she has been a weak counterpuncher. She was sidelined from July 2009 to February 2010 with a serious left-knee injury, but seems to have come back stronger than before.

Flavia, though, was too solid for Keothavong to make any real impact. I was particularly impressed by Flavia's pinpoint down-the-line backhand winners.


First set
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PENNETTA @*_*_*@* 6
KEOTHAVO __*_*___ 2

The match was third on Court 1 ("The Bull-Ring"), and started at 14:32 CEST.

Keothavong serving 0-0: Flavia blasted a down-the-line forehand wide. 15/0. Flavia's crosscourt backhand return + crosscourt forehand forced Keothavong to bunt a forehand lob wide. 15/15. Keothavong's forehand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. 15/30. Flavia backhand long. 30/30. Second serve: Flavia dumped a forehand return into the bottom of the net. 40/30 (GP #1). Flavia hit a clean backhand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. Deuce #1. Flavia's deep forehand return induced Keothavong to spray a forehand long. Ad Flavia (BP #1). A longish baseline-rally ended with Keothavong netting a backhand. Broken.

Mark Petchey: "Keothavong is clearly second-favourite for this match."

Flavia serving 1-0: Keothavong netted a forehand. 15/0. Double fault #1 (second serve long). 15/15. Deep first serve forced Keothavong to bunt a backhand return long. 30/15. Keothavong hit a backhand just long, and whacked the ball away in frustration. 40/15 (GP #1). Flavia netted a sliced backhand off a hard, deep ball from Keothavong. 40/30 (GP #2). Flavia blasted a backhand winner down the line. Held.

Sam Smith: "[Flavia] doesn't look like the woman who lost to Lucie Šafářová at Rome, just picking up a few games [6-1 6-2]. She looks very sharp today."

Keothavong serving 0-2: Flavia forehand wide. 15/0. Keothavong hit a big crosscourt forehand winner. 30/0. Flavia down-the-line backhand just wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Second serve: Flavia blasted a backhand return-winner down the line. 40/15 (GP #2). Keothavong blasted a down-the-line forehand long. 40/30 (GP #3). Flavia crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #1. Flavia netted a forehand. Ad Keothavong (GP #4). Keothavong's dropshot forced Flavia to net a backhand.

Mark Petchey said that Keothavong's lack of variety made her an ineffective clay-court player, giving Flavia easy winners when Keothavong drops the ball short.

Flavia serving 2-1: Keothavong dumped a backhand return halfway up the net. 15/0. Keothavong hit a short-angled off-forehand winner onto the sideline. 15/15. Flavia defended well against Keothavong's early aggression, then forced a lob and hit an error-forcing forehand smash. 30/15. Keothavong's deep forehand forced Flavia to hit a forehand wide. 30/30. Keothavong's deep crosscourt forehand forced Flavia to net a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Flavia hit another pinpoint backhand winner down the line. Mark Petchey: "Routine brilliance from Pennetta." Deuce #1. First serve out wide + off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Ad Flavia (GP #1). Second serve: Keothavong netted a forehand return. Held.

Keothavong has clearly decided on an aggressive approach to this match, and almost got the break back there, but Flavia looks like she's going to be too solid and outclass her today.

Keothavong serving 1-3: Flavia crosscourt forehand return wide. 15/0. Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. 30/0. Keothavong hit a down-the-line backhand winner onto the baseline. 40/0 (GP #1). Flavia hit a deep, hard backhand down the line, forcing Keothavong to bunt a forehand wide. 40/15 (GP #2). Second serve: Flavia dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30 (GP #3). Flavia went to the net, but her approach was not very good, and Keothavong ripped a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. Held.

Flavia doesn't look happy at the changeover.

Flavia serving 3-2: Keothavong backhand wide. 15/0. Flavia backhand dropshot-winner. 30/0. Flavia went to the net and hit a crisp one-handed off-backhand punch-volley winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Keothavong opened up the court and hit a big crosscourt backhand winner. 40/15 (GP #2). Flavia, the volume of her grunting rising, hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 40/30 (GP #3). Keothavong netted a forehand. Held.

Flavia's grunting is getting very audible now. I get the impression that she might be bothered by the heat, even though she must be used to it, as her home-town is Brindisi. It's been pretty cold in Europe for the last few weeks, and suddenly there's a heatwave.

Keothavong serving 2-4: Backhand return long. 15/0. Keothavong forehand long. 15/15. Keothavong forehand long. 15/30. Flavia went to the net and hit a high off-forehand volley-winner that clipped the netcord but also the sideline. 15/40 (BP #1). Flavia went to the net and hit an off-forehand volley-winner to take the double break.

Flavia serving 5-2 (new balls): Flavia netted a forehand. 0/15. Keothavong forehand just wide. 15/15. Flavia netted a forehand. 15/30. Flavia painted the sideline with an off-forehand winner. 30/30. Service-winner down the middle. 40/30 (SP #1). Ace out wide: right in the corner. Flavia won the first set 6-2 at 15:07 CEST (33m).


Second set
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PENNETTA _*_*@*@* 6
KEOTHAVO *_*_____ 2

Keothavong serving 0-0: Keothavong hit a deep forehand winner down the line: on the baseline. The umpire checked the mark, but Flavia wasn't convinced that it was in. 15/0. Keothavong hit a big crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. 30/0. Keothavong netted a forehand. 30/15. Flavia backhand long. 40/15 (GP #1). Keothavong's crosscourt forehand into the corner forced Flavia to steer a down-the-line forehand wide. Held.

Flavia serving 0-1: Second serve out wide: Keothavong netted a forehand return. 15/0. Flavia's first serve forced a short return, which she dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/0. Ace #2. 40/0 (GP #1). Keothavong hit a big forehand return and an even bigger off-forehand winner onto the sideline. 40/15 (GP #2). Service-winner down the middle... but the umpire checked the mark on the centre-line and called it wide. Second serve... Flavia ran down a short ball and hit a forehand just long. 40/30 (GP #3). Flavia forced a short ball and hit an off-forehand winner. Held.

Sam Smith constrasted Keothavong's newfound aggressiveness with the counterpuncher that she used to be. I've never seen Keothavong so aggressive.

Keothavong serving 1-1: Keothavong backhand long. 0/15. First serve out wide + error-forcing crosscourt forehand. 15/15. Keothavong crosscourt forehand winner. 30/15. Flavia crosscourt forehand return wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Flavia's depth induced Keothavong to mishit a forehand long. 40/30 (GP #2). First serve out wide forced Flavia to net a backhand return. Held.

Flavia serving 1-2: Keothavong, driven wide, netted a backhand. 15/0. Flavia's depth forced Keothavong to hit a forehand lob wide. 30/0. First serve + big off-forehand forced Keothavong to hit a backhand wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Service-winner out wide. Held.

Keothavong serving 2-2: Keothavong hit a gorgeous backhand dropshot-winner from the baseline. 15/0. Flavia went to the net and hit an off-forehand volley-winner. Sam Smith described her transition to the net as "seamless". 15/15. Keothavong hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Flavia to net a forehand. 30/15. Keothavong backhand long. 30/30. Flavia's crosscourt forehand return forced Keothavong to bunt a forehand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Keothavong retrieved well, but Flavia finished her off with a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. Broken.

Flavia makes you have to play great tennis to win almost every single point that you win against her.

Flavia serving 3-2: Service-winner. 15/0. Keothavong went to the net, but Flavia hit a down-the-line forehand pass-winner. 30/0. Flavia backhand just wide (late call). 30/15. Flavia backhand winner down the line. 40/15 (GP #1). Forehand return long. Held.

Keothavong serving 2-4: Flavia forced a lob and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. 0/15. Double fault #1 (second serve clipped the netcord and fell long). 0/30. Flavia went to the net, inducing Keothavong to hit a down-the-line forehand pass wide. 0/40 (BP #1). Flavia down-the-line backhand wide. 15/40 (BP #2). Flavia double-broke with a pinpoint backhand winner down the line: just inside the baseline.

Flavia serving 5-2: Second serve: Keothavong hit a down-the-line forehand return-winner. 0/15. Flavia netted a forehand. 0/30. Flavia nailed an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Keothavong off-forehand wide. 30/30. Keothavong put a crosscourt forehand into the tramlines. 40/30 (MP #1). Keothavong's crosscourt forehand clipped the netcord and sat up nicely for Flavia to hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. Flavia won 6-2 6-2 at 15:37 CEST (second set 30m, match 1h04m).

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5. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Kerber (Sunday 23rd May 2010)
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- Anna Chakvetadze [EF] lt. Angelique Kerber, 7-5 6-7 (2/7) 4-6

'Chokevetadze' reared her pretty head again. Anna let a *5-2 lead become 5-5* before taking the first set. She led 7-5 5-3* (30/30 and Deuce), and also had 5 BPs (including 0/40) that would have made it *6-5.

Anna saved SP at *5-6 (30/40), but Kerber dominated the tiebreak. Anna recovered from *1-3 to *3-3 in the third, only to be broken in the Vital Seventh Game, and the rest went with serve as Anna lost in the first round of the French Open for the second year in a row.

Anna is now 0:2 in the Majors for 2010 so far. She'll need to break back into the top 108 if she is even to keep playing them without having to qualify, although her place in the main draw of Wimbledon 2010 is secure. This year is developing a horrible resemblance to Nicole Vaidišová's 2009, and we all know what that led to.

Statistically, the big difference was that Kerber improved her service-winning percentage from set to set, while Anna's remained at 55%.


First set
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CHAKVE @*_*_*@___@* 7
KERBER __*_*__@*@__ 5

The match was third on Court 6, and started at 15:56 CEST.

Kerber serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (BP #1). Broken.

Anna serving 1-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 0-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 2-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Anna serving 5-2 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Kerber serving 3-5: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 5-4: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Kerber serving 5-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (BP #2). Broken.

Anna serving 6-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (SP #1 for Anna). Anna won the first set 7-5 at 16:36 CEST (40m).


Second set
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CHAKVE _*@*__@*___*_ 6(2)
KERBER *___*@__*@*_T 7(7)

Kerber serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. Broken.

Anna serving 2-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 1-3 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 3-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Broken.

Kerber serving 3-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Anna serving 4-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (BP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 3-5: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Kerber (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 5-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Kerber serving 5-5: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (BP #4). Deuce #2. Ad Anna (BP #5). Deuce #3. Ad Kerber (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 5-6: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1 for Kerber). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Anna (GP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Anna (GP #3). Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Chakvetadze/Kerber): 0/0*. *0/1. *0/2. 1/2*. 1/3*. *1/4. *1/5. 1/6* (SP #2 for Kerber). 2/6* (SP #3 for Kerber). Kerber won the second set 7-6 (7/2) at 17:31 CEST (second set 55m, match so far 1h35m).


Third set
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CHAKVE *___*@__*_ 4
KERBER _*@*__@*_* 6

Anna serving 0-0 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Kerber serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

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

Kerber serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Anna serving 3-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Kerber serving 4-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 3-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 5-4 (new balls): The scoreboard froze at 18:06 CEST. The scoreboard resumed at 18:10 CEST (3m). 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Kerber). Kerber won 5-7 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 at 18:12 CEST (third set 40m, match 2h16m).


Statistics
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Anna served 5 aces to Kerber's one, and they served 5 double faults each.

Anna had a W:UE ratio of 41:34 (first set 10:4, second set 21:18, third set 10:12), while Kerber's was a negative 20:26 (first set 5:13, second set 11:7, third set 4:6). The real difference was in the /forced/ errors: Kerber forced Anna into 56 errors, while Anna forced Kerber into 39 errors.

Anna won 55% of her service-points (the same for all three sets). She got 63% of her first serves in, winning 64% of the points when she did so, and 44% on second serve. Her first-serve percentages deteriorated from (67% in, 68% won) for the first set to (66% in, 62% won) for the second and (55% in, 63% won) for the third, while her second-serve winning-percentage improved from 30% to 46% to 55%.

Kerber won 64% of her service-points (first set 49%, second set 57%, third set 67%). She got 66% of her first serves in, winning 62% of the points when she did so, and 53% on second serve. The key to her improvement was that her first-serve winning-percentage improved from 53% in the first set to 63% in the second to 74% in the third.

Anna won 11 of 17 points at the net (65%), Kerber only 2 of 7 (29%). Kerber went to the net /only/ in the second set.

Anna converted 6 of 12 BPs (first set 3 of 4, second set 2 of 7, third set 1 of 1).

Kerber converted 6 of 13 BPs (first set 2 of 3, second set 2 of 6, third set 2 of 4).

In points, Kerber won 110-106 (first set 33-37, second set 46-44, third set 31-25).

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6. First-round draw (updated after Day 1)
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.


6.1 Top quarter: Maria Sharapova
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* Stefanie Vögele [DF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (hopp Stefanie!)
* Julia Görges v Melinda Czink (komm jetzt Julia!)
* Katie O'Brien v Jill Craybas (go Katie!)
* Alizé Cornet v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (allez Alizé!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [18] v Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q] (kadima Shahar!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Vania King (jia you Shuai!)
* Olivia Sánchez [WC] v Shenay Perry
* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Maria Elena Camerin (my Passion says Maria Elena, but my Reason says Marion)

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Ksenia Pervak [Q] (my loyalty is to MARIA)
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Kirsten Flipkens (my loyalty is to Ayumi)
* Klára Zakopalová v Katarina Srebotnik (my loyalty is to Klára)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22] (aide Tsvetana!)

* ZHENG,JIE [25] v Ekaterina Bychkova (my loyalty is to Jie)
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Anastasia Pivovarova [Q] (my loyalty is to Raluca)
* Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová v Rossana de los Ríos
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v Simona Halep [Q] (may the better win)


6.2 Second quarter: Rybáriková, Hantuchová, Zvonarëva
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* Alicia Molik v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (go Alicia!)
* Pauline Parmentier v Kaia Kanepi [Q]
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v Sofia Arvidsson (POĎME MAGDA!!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] v Vera Dushevina (davai Alyona!)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Olga Govortsova v Carla Suárez Navarro (davai Olga!)
* Mariana Duque Marińo v Sybille Bammer
* YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] v Sandra Záhlavová (komaan Yanina!)

* Kimiko Date Krumm v DINARA SAFINA [9]
* Jarmila Groth [WC] v Chan,Yung-Jan
* Ekaterina Makarova v Anastasia Rodionova
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Alberta Brianti (DAVAI VERA!!)

* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28] v Mariya Koryttseva
* Ana Ivanović [DF] v Chang,Kai-Chen (ajde Ana!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v Sara Errani (davai Yaroslava!)
* Elena Baltacha v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [8] (go Elena!)


6.3 Third quarter: Jelena Dokić, Lucie Šafářová
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* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6] won
* Andrea Petković won
* Yvonne Meusburger won
* MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] won

* Regina Kulikova v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
* Petra Kvitová v Sophie Ferguson [Q]
* Stéphanie Dubois v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]
* Kristina Mladenović [WC] v LI,NA [11] (allez Kristina!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] won
* Roberta Vinci v Virginie Razzano (forza Roberta!)
* Polona Hercog v Misaki Doi [Q] (dajmo Polona!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] v Jelena Dokić [EF] (my Passion says Jelena, but my Reason says Lucie)

* Lucie Hradecká [s] v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] (pojďme Lucie!)
* Tatjana Malek v Timea Bacsinszky (Tatjana is just a little bit cuter)
* Kristina Barrois v Tathiana Garbin
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Alla Kudryavtseva (kom sĺ Caro!)


6.4 Bottom quarter
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* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v Petra Martić (davai Elena – although Martić might grow on me)
* Anabel Medina Garrigues v Melanie Oudin
* Iveta Benešová v Aleksandra Woźniak (pojďme Iveta!)
* KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32] v Julie Coin

* Akgul Amanmuradova won
* Johanna Larsson won
* Chanelle Scheepers [Q] won
* Gisela Dulko [DF] won

* ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] won
* Angelique Kerber won
* Ágnes Szávay won
* NADIA PETROVA [19] won

* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] won
* Varvara Lepchenko won
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v Kurumi Nara [Q] (ˇvamos Arantxa!)
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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7. Maria Sharapova preview
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Maria Sharapova is a tweenage tennis-phenomenon with the potential to be the best player in the world, as she continues to improve an already brilliant game. Her on-court presence is reminiscent of my all-time favourite player Monica Seles, with her powerful, early groundstrokes, her extreme on-court intensity, passion, focus, determination and fearlessness, and yes – her grunting! At her best, she gets in a zone where the ball seems to come to her in slow motion, enabling her to hit winners at will.

Maria is still struggling after a 9˝-month lay-off from July 2008 to May 2009, during which she had right-shoulder surgery in October 2008. Last year, she reached the quarter-finals of the French Open in only her second tournament back, but has failed to reach a fourth round in the three Majors since.

The French Open may be the only Major that Maria has yet to win, but ironically it's the only Major where she has reached a quarter-final or even a fourth round since winning the Australian Open 2008.

At times in her comeback, Maria looked as impressive as ever, with her ferocious groundstrokes and iron will that had helped her win three Major titles and become world #1 in 2004–2008.

Yet at other times, Maria has really struggled, going through alarming periods of unforced errors, and often serving double faults in double figures for a match.

So far in her comeback, Maria has got her ranking back up to #13, won a Premier title at Tokyo last October, and won two International titles so far in 2010: Memphis and Strasbourg.

But 2010 has been a huge disappointment for Maria outside of those two tournaments, as she has played only three other tournaments – and barely won a match in them – due to a right-elbow injury.

Maria lost to #58 Maria Kirilenko in a 3h22m marathon in the first round of the Australian Open: 7-6 3-6 6-4. Little Maria went on to reach her first Major quarter-final.

Maria won Memphis in February, beating #101 Shenay Perry 6-0 6-2, #137 Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1 6-1, #70 Elena Baltacha 6-2 7-5, #66 Petra Kvitová 6-4 6-3, and #102 Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 6-1 in the final.

In her opening match at Indian Wells, Maria struggled past #43 Vera Dushevina 4-6 7-5 6-2, coming back from the verge of defeat at 4-6 3-5* (15/30*). She then lost 6-3 2-6 6-3 to #23 Zheng,Jie, blowing a *3-2 lead in the third set as her right-elbow injury flared up.

Maria didn't play for eight weeks after that. She came back at Madrid, but had the misfortune to draw the brilliant Lucie Šafářová in the first round. Maria fought from 0-4* to 4-4* in the first set, but Lucie is much better than her then-ranking of #30, and stormed to a 6-4 6-3 victory. Lucie went on to reach the semi-finals.

Maria fared much better at Strasbourg, gaining some much-needed match-play as she beat #67 Regina Kulikova 6-3 3-6 6-1, #267 Dia Evtimova 6-3 6-0, #81 Julia Görges 7-6 6-1, #49 Anabel Medina Garrigues 4-6 6-2 6-2, and #77 Kristina Barrois in the final.

What impressed me about Maria's Strasbourg-campaign was her determination to complete the tournament despite rain-delays that meant she had to complete her quarter-final and play her semi-final on Friday, and then play the final on Saturday.

Maria doesn't usually like to play the week before a Major, so I was half-expecting her to tank after dropping the first set of her semi-final, and I wondered how much was left in her tank when she went *3-5 down in the final.

But she obviously decided that it would better serve her French Open campaign to grind out these tough matches than to save her energy for the French Open, where she has a very tough potential third round against Justine Henin.


7.1 First-round preview
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Ksenia Pervak [Q]

World #110 Pervak is best known for winning the Australian Open 2009 Girls' Singles title, beating Wimbledon-champion Laura Robson 6-3 6-1 in the final.

Pervak has a 16:11 win/loss record for 2010 so far, although all her wins have come in qualifying or ITF tournaments.

Pervak fell in the first qualifying-round of Brisbane, the second qualifying-round of Hobart, and the third qualifying-round of the Australian Open. She then lost 6-3 6-2 to #14 Vera Zvonarëva in the first round of Pattaya City.

Pervak won two matches to qualify for Kuala Lumpur, but lost 6-1 6-4 to #408 Noppawan Lertcheewakarn – the reigning Wimbledon Girls' Singles champion – in the first round of the main draw.

Pervak reached the quarter-finals of ITF Moscow, but lost 6-2 6-4 to #472 Elena Kulikova (not to be confused with Regina Kulikova).

Pervak reached the semi-finals of ITF Khanty-Mansiysk for the loss of just 7 games in three matches, then lost 7-6 6-1 to Anna Lapushchenkova (who went on to reach the semi-finals of Stuttgart).

Pervak retired in the first round of ITF Torhout, lost to 1-6 6-4 7-6 to #35 Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round of ITF Cagnes-sur-Mer, and 7-6 6-3 to Zuzana Kučová in the quarter-finals of ITF Jounieh.

Most recently, Pervak reached the semi-finals of ITF Prague, beating #238 Carmen Klaschka 7-5 6-3, #493 Sarah-Rebecca Sekulic 6-1 6-2 and #83 Sandra Záhlavová 7-6 6-0, before losing 6-3 2-6 6-3 to #197 Ajla Tomljanović.

Maria has never played Pervak before, but should have too much Tour-level experience and sheer talent for her soon-to-be-19-year-old compatriot. My only concern is that two days off will be enough for Maria to have recovered from having to play seven sets in the last two days of Strasbourg.

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8. Magdaléna Rybáriková preview
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Magdaléna Rybáriková is one of the most enjoyable tennis-players to watch. Of course it helps that she is an absolute stunner, but she is also very entertaining in tennis-terms. In many ways, she is a throwback to a bygone era with her excellent volleys, one-handed sliced backhands and dropshots. Yet she has upgraded that model to the modern era with a big serve and groundstrokes of flairsome power, with which she likes to go for the lines. She hits plenty of brilliant winners, especially off her forehand!

In 2009, Magda cemented her position on the WTA Tour with a solid season in which she went 32:26 in singles and rose from #58 to #46 in the rankings, highlighted by her first WTA singles-title at Birmingham.

Magda has had a disappointing 2010 so far, with a win/loss record of just 6:14, and only first- and second-round losses outside of Kuala Lumpur, where she reached the quarter-finals.

Magda's ranking has dipped from #44 to #51, with a much worse fall to come if she can't get her act together before the Birmingham 2009 ranking-points come off (but she can't think in terms of defending ranking-points, because that's a tremendous pressure on you to have – she needs to be very philosophical, and stay in the now, because when all is said and done, her ranking is just a silly number that determines which tournaments will be appropriate for her to play).

Magda started 2010 with an impressive 6-2 6-3 win over world #27 Anabel Medina Garrigues at Auckland, but followed that with two dismal losses: 6-1 6-0 to #30 Shahar Pe'er at Auckland, and 6-3 6-1 to #34 Aleksandra Woźniak at Hobart.

Magda put up a respectable 6-4 6-4 scoreline against world #2 and defending finalist Dinara Safina in the first round of the Australian Open, but followed it with another dismal loss: 6-3 6-1 to #34 Kateryna Bondarenko at Dubai.

Magda reached the quarter-finals of Kuala Lumpur by beating #76-ranked recent Pattaya City runner-up Tamarine Tanasugarn 7-5 6-3, and #408-ranked Wimbledon 2009 Girls' Singles champion Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6-4 7-5, before being thrashed 6-0 6-3 by #7 Elena Dementieva.

Magda lost 6-2 6-2 to a certain unranked player by the name of Justine Henin in the first round of Indian Wells, then beat #72 Lucie Hradecká 3-6 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round of Miami, where she lost 6-2 6-4 to #15 Marion Bartoli.

Magda's slump continued into the clay-season with a 6-3 3-6 7-5 loss to #163 Anna Tatishvili in the first round of Ponte Vedra Beach.

In the first round of Charleston, Magda beat #122 Sharon Fichman 7-5 6-2 (after nearly blowing a 5-0* lead in the first set), then lost 6-3 7-5 to #11 Samantha Stosur, which is pretty respectable considering the way that Stosur stormed to the title after that.

In Slovakia's Fed Cup tie against Serbia, Magda lost the opening rubber 7-6 6-3 to #7 Jelena Janković, but couldn't handle the pressure of trying to seal the tie in the fourth rubber, which she lost 6-1 7-6 to #117 Bojana Jovanovski to make it 2:2. But she teamed up with Daniela Hantuchová to win the decisive doubles-rubber.

Magda lost 6-4 6-3 to #108-ranked lucky loser Jarmila Groth in the first round of Estoril, and 2-6 6-1 6-4 to #26 Alyona Bondarenko in the first round of Madrid.

Magda stunned #37 Melanie Oudin 6-0 6-2 in the first round of a rain-soaked Warsaw, but blew a *5-1 lead and four set-points as she lost 7-6 6-3 to #35 Sara Errani in the second round. Still, her Warsaw scores make me feel a lot better about her form going into the French Open than I felt about it before Warsaw.


8.1 First-round preview
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* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v Sofia Arvidsson (POĎME MAGDA!!)

World #65 Arvidsson may be ranked 14 places lower than Magda, but the scary fact is that her win/loss record for 2010 so far is 19:8 (to Magda's 6:14), highlighted by her run to the Memphis final.

Arvidsson won four matches to reach the second round of the Australian Open as a qualifier, although the highest-ranked player she beat was #123 Jarmila Groth 6-2 4-6 6-4 in the first round of the main draw; she then lost 6-4 6-1 to #25 Daniela Hantuchová.

Arvidsson won six matches to reach the Memphis final as a qualifier, with main-draw wins over #74 Vania King 3-6 6-4 6-2, #42 Melanie Oudin 6-1 6-3 and #121 Anne Keothavong 6-4 4-6 6-4, before being thrashed 6-2 6-1 by #16 Maria Sharapova.

Arvidsson reached the second round of Miami as a qualifier, beating #77 Alberta Brianti 6-2 6-4 in the first round before losing 6-0 6-2 to #28 Dominika Cibulková.

At Ponte Vedra Beach, Arvidsson thrashed #168 Carly Gullickson 6-0 6-2, but was trounced 6-3 6-1 by #2 Caroline Woźniacki. Arvidsson thrashed #61 Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-2 in the first round of Charleston, but then lost 7-5 6-2 to #33 Elena Vesnina.

Arvidsson reached the quarter-finals of Strasbourg by beating #92 Jill Craybas 6-2 6-1 and #50 Virginie Razzano 3-6 6-3 6-2. She then lost 6-2 7-5 to #49 Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Magda has never played Arvidsson before. Last year, I would have fancied Magda's chances as much as I fancy Magda, but I'm very worried about this match-up after comparing their 2010 results so far.

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9. Daniela Hantuchová preview
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Daniela Hantuchová is one of the most naturally gifted and flairsomely talented players in the game. She's a tall, powerful girl – without being in any way ungainly or muscular. She has an all-court style of play – predominantly a fantastic spreading baseline-game, but quite often finishing off points at the net. Her trademark-shots are her pinpoint backhand down the line, and her delectable backhand drop-volley.

Daniela is a two-time Indian Wells champion (2002 and 2007), who has reached the quarter-finals of all the Majors except the French Open, where her best results have been fourth rounds in 2002 and 2006. She also has a Career Grand Slam in mixed doubles, winning all four Majors with different partners between 2001 and 2005.

Daniela enjoyed arguably the best year of her career in 2007 – winning her second and third WTA singles-titles – and then reached her first Major singles semi-final at the Australian Open 2008. Sadly, she hasn't been the same since a stress-fracture in her right heel forced her off the Tour for ten weeks between April and June 2008, although she remains a very solid player who is much more consistent and emotionally mature at 27 than she was in her early 20s.

Daniela has compiled an impressive 19:10 win/loss record for 2010 so far, highlighted by reaching the Monterrey final, a Premier semi-final at Charleston, and some Fed Cup heroics, and has maintained her ranking around the #24 mark (it has just dipped to #26).

Daniela made a good start to 2010, reaching the quarter-finals of Brisbane with wins over #141 Ekaterina Ivanova (6-1 6-7 6-1) and #39 Ágnes Szávay (6-3 6-1). But she suffered a disappointing 6-4 6-2 loss to #55 Andrea Petković.

In the first round of Sydney, Daniela scored an impressive 6-3 6-0 win over #19 Virginie Razzano, but then lost 6-2 4-6 6-2 in the second round to #5 Elena Dementieva, who went on to win the title without dropping any other sets.

Daniela reached the third round of the Australian Open, beating #86 Viktoriya Kutuzova 3-6 6-1 7-5 and #139 Sofia Arvidsson 6-4 6-1 before losing 7-5 3-6 6-2 to #17 Li,Na.

Daniela contributed a 6-0 6-1 thrashing of Zhang,Shuai to Slovakia's Fed Cup win over China, then reached the third round of Dubai, beating #127 Vesna Manasieva 6-4 6-4 and #7 Elena Dementieva 6-4 1-1 (Dementieva retired with a right-shoulder injury), before losing 6-3 6-4 to #38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Then came Daniela's run to the Monterrey final: she beat #146 Lourdes Domínguez Lino 6-3 7-6, #95 Kaia Kanepi 6-1 6-3, #74 Vania King 6-1 6-3, #29 Dominika Cibulková 4-6 6-3 6-0, but lost to #28 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final by an incredible 1-6 6-1 6-0 scoreline.

Daniela crashed out in the first round of her beloved Indian Wells to tricky #57 Roberta Vinci, but reached the fourth round of Miami by beating #46 Patty Schnyder 6-1 6-4 and #18 Nadia Petrova 6-2 6-4. She then had #5 Venus Williams on the ropes (6-1 *2-0) before losing 1-6 7-5 6-4.

Daniela made an impressive run to the semi-finals of Charleston, beating #86 Ayumi Morita 6-4 2-0 retired, #64 Angelique Kerber 6-7 7-5 6-3, and #7 Jelena Janković 1-6 6-3 6-3, before losing 6-3 7-6 to #11 Samantha Stosur: the eventual champion.

Daniela was Slovakia's Fed Cup heroine in its World Group play-off against Serbia: she beat Jelena Janković 7-6 7-5 and Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 6-2 in her singles-rubbers, then teamed up with Magdaléna Rybáriková to win the decisive doubles-rubber at 2:2.

Unfortunately, thanks to a nightmare couple of draws, Daniela lost in the first rounds of her next (and latest) two tournaments: 3-6 6-2 6-2 to #13 Francesca Schiavone at Rome, and 6-4 7-6 to #29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at Madrid. I just hope that this hasn't dented her confidence, because she has a pretty decent draw here.


9.1 First-round preview
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* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn

Tanasugarn is a tricky counterpuncher who hits the ball very early and flat, which makes her lethal on grass, but not such a scary proposition on clay. One of the oldest players on the Tour (she turns 33 on Monday 24th May), the world #66 remains one of the most dangerous floaters – but her clay-results are very poor.

Daniela leads their head-to-head 3:1, but lost their only Major meeting:
+ 2003 Sydney 2r: Daniela won 7-6 (7/2) 6-1
- 2003 US Open 3r: Tanasugarn won 6-2 6-4
+ 2004 Miami 2r: Daniela won 7-6 3-6 6-0
+ 2008 Beijing 2r: Daniela won 6-1 0-6 7-5

Tanasugarn has a 13:8 win/loss record for 2010 so far, highlighted by her run to the Pattaya City final in February.

Tanasugarn beat #132 Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1 7-6 in the first round of the Australian Open, but lost 6-3 6-3 to #15 Kim Clijsters in the second round.

At Pattaya City, Tanasugarn beat #77 Alla Kudryavtseva 6-1 6-2, #25 Sabine Lisicki 6-3 3-6 7-5, #74 Anna Chakvetadze 6-1 6-4 and #185 Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2 6-0 to reach the final, where she lost 6-4 6-4 to #14 Vera Zvonarëva.

Tanasugarn lost 7-5 6-3 to #55 Magdaléna Rybáriková in the first round of Kuala Lumpur, then won three matches (all in straight sets against players outside the top 128) to reach the second round of Indian Wells as a qualifier; there she lost 6-4 7-5 to #21 Aravane Rezaď.

Tanasugarn fell in the second round of qualifying for Miami, then in the second round of ITF Monzon.

Tanasugarn's most recent tournament was ITF Johannesburg in early April: she scored four easy wins over players outside the top 128 to reach the final, which she lost 7-5 7-6 to #172 Nina Bratchikova.

Tanasugarn has not played on clay so far in 2010, having gone 1:3 in the 2009 clay-season. The best she has to show for 13 French Opens is a third-round finish in 2002.

Tanasugarn withdrew from Strasbourg with an elbow-injury; that, combined with her poor clay-results and Daniela's 3:1 head-to-head, makes Daniela an almost overwhelming favourite to win this match.

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10. Vera Zvonarëva preview
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Vera Zvonarëva is a cute and flairsomely talented player, whom I admire for her beautifully-produced groundstrokes of flairsome power, for the way she combines amazing lateral-retrieval abilities with powerful hitting, and most of all for her tremendous fighting spirit.

Last year was shaping up to be the best year of Vera's career, as she reached her first Major semi-final at the Australian Open 2009, and won her first Premier singles-title at Indian Wells.

But on 16th April 2009, Vera suffered a very nasty right-ankle injury whilst playing at Charleston. She missed the French Open 2009, struggled through the rest of the season in pain, and had surgery in November.

Vera has a decent 20:8 win/loss record for 2010 so far, but has dropped from #9 to #22 in the rankings after failing to defend her Australian Open 2009 semi-final and Indian Wells 2009 title. Her highlights of 2010 so far have been the successful defence of her Pattaya City title, and reaching the Charleston final, but seems to have lost her confidence after an embarrassingly one-sided loss in the latter.

Vera was still struggling with her ankle in early January, retiring from the first round of Sydney.

Vera eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open, beating #108 Kristína Kučová 6-2 6-0, #45 Iveta Benešová 6-0 6-3 and #36 Gisela Dulko 6-1 7-5, but ran out of gas as she lost 4-6 6-4 6-0 to #7 Victoria Azarenka after leading 6-4 *4-2.

Vera was apparently back to full fitness in February, as she successfully defended her Pattaya City title, beating #118 Ksenia Pervak and #72 Alberta Brianti both 6-3 6-2, #50 Sybille Bammer 6-0 7-6, #48 Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2 4-6 6-3, and #87 Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4 6-4.

Indeed, Vera was developing a reputation as an iron woman as she played every single day from Thursday 11th February (Pattaya City 2r) to Thursday 18th February (Dubai QF). At Dubai, she beat #28 Elena Vesnina 6-4 4-6 7-5, #83 Kirsten Flipkens 6-0 6-0 and #8 Jelena Janković 6-3 6-2, but finally hit the wall against #6 Victoria Azarenka, crying on court as she lost 6-1 6-3.

Vera reached the fourth rounds of Indian Wells and Miami by beating four players outside the top 41, but lost to #11 Samantha Stosur 6-2 7-5, and #33 Justine Henin 6-1 6-4, respectively.

Vera reached the final of Charleston for the second time in her career, beating #103 Rossana de los Ríos 6-2 6-0, #25 Alyona Bondarenko 6-2 6-1, #36 Melanie Oudin 7-5 6-2, and Caroline Woźniacki 5-2 (Caro sprained her right ankle and had to retire). But in the final, she suffered a crushing 6-0 6-3 loss to #11 Samantha Stosur, who was absolutely on fire. The highlight of the match was Vera's racket-smashing tantrum after double-faulting for 0-6 *0-3 (15/40).

Sadly, the Charleston final seems to have affected Vera's confidence, for she suffered a 6-4 6-0 loss to #62 Petra Kvitová in the first round of Rome, and nobody said she was injured.

At Madrid, Vera extended her ownership of #37 Melanie Oudin to 3:0 with a 6-3 6-4 victory, but couldn't repeat her French Open 2003 win over #3 Venus Williams, losing 7-5 6-3 after leading 4-2* (40/15*) in the first set and 3-1* in the second.


10.1 First-round preview
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Alberta Brianti

As mentioned above, Vera has already beaten Brianti 6-3 6-2 at Pattaya City this year – their only previous meeting. Brianti is currently ranked #75, has a 10:13 win/loss record for 2010 so far, and I've never seen her play.

Brianti started 2010 with a first-round loss at Auckland, and a third-round-qualifying loss at Hobart. She then reached the third round of the Australian Open, beating #100 Varvara Lepchenko 6-0 3-6 6-1, #24 Sabine Lisicki 2-6 6-4 6-4, and losing 6-4 6-1 to #13 Samantha Stosur.

After losing to Vera in the second round of Pattaya City, Brianti lost in the first rounds of Dubai (after qualifying), Indian Wells and Miami – the latter two both in straight sets to players ranked outside the top 60.

Brianti thrashed #80 Julie Coin 6-2 6-0 in the first round of Marbella, only to be thrashed 6-0 6-2 by #28 María José Martínez Sánchez. Brianti then lost 6-2 6-1 to #17 Francesca Schiavone in the first round of Barcelona, and 6-3 6-1 to #146 Lourdes Domínguez Lino in the second round of ITF Cagnes-sur-Mer (after thrashing #113 Ekaterina Bychkova 6-1 6-1).

While Vera lost 6-4 6-0 in the first round of Rome, Brianti upset #29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6, then lost 6-3 6-4 to #28 Dominika Cibulková.

Brianti then attempted to qualify for Madrid, beating #101 Tsvetana Pironkova 5-7 6-1 6-3, but losing 6-4 7-5 to #55 Iveta Benešová.

This should be a routine, easy win for Vera, but what worries me the most is how Vera could lose 6-4 6-0 to #62 Petra Kvitová at Rome three weeks ago, even though she put that aberration behind her with a respectable performance at Madrid.

Vera has a lot of work to do if she is to be the genuine French Open title-contender that she looked like before last year's ankle-injury at Charleston, and looked like she was getting back to earlier this year – but I fear that she has lost a lot of ground in terms of her confidence. The first sign of a confident Vera is a Vera who dismisses lesser players with exceptional ease, so the first task is to beat Brianti convincingly.

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11. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 1)
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11.1 Second round: Top half
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+ Stefanie Vögele [DF] d. Julia Görges
+ Alizé Cornet d. Katie O'Brien
+ Peng,Shuai [s] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [18]
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Olivia Sánchez [WC]

+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Ayumi Morita [s]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Klára Zakopalová
+ Ioana Raluca Olaru d. ZHENG,JIE [25]
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová

+ Alicia Molik d. Pauline Parmentier
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [27]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Olga Govortsova
+ YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] d. Mariana Duque Marińo

+ Jarmila Groth [WC] d. Kimiko Date Krumm
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Ekaterina Makarova
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28]
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. Elena Baltacha


11.2 Second round: Bottom half
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+ Andrea Petković d. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6]
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Yvonne Meusburger
+ Petra Kvitová d. Regina Kulikova
+ Kristina Mladenović [WC] d. Stéphanie Dubois

+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. Roberta Vinci
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. Polona Hercog
+ Lucie Hradecká [s] d. Tatjana Malek
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Kristina Barrois

+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Anabel Medina Garrigues
+ Iveta Benešová d. KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32]
+ Johanna Larsson d. Akgul Amanmuradova
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. Chanelle Scheepers [Q]

+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. Angelique Kerber
+ Ágnes Szávay d. NADIA PETROVA [19]
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. Varvara Lepchenko
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2]


11.3 Third-round wishes
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+ Stefanie Vögele [DF] d. Alizé Cornet
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Peng,Shuai [s]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]
+ Ioana Raluca Olaru d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]

+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. Alicia Molik
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Jarmila Groth [WC]
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. Yaroslava Shvedova

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Andrea Petković
+ Kristina Mladenović [WC] d. Petra Kvitová
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF]
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Lucie Hradecká [s]

+ Iveta Benešová d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. Johanna Larsson
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. Ágnes Szávay
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]


11.4 Fourth-round wishes
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+ Stefanie Vögele [DF] d. MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Ioana Raluca Olaru
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Ana Ivanović [DF]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Kristina Mladenović [WC]
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. Iveta Benešová
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] (my Passion says Domi, but my Reason says Aravane)


11.5 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Stefanie Vögele [DF]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] (my Reason says Vera, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF]
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. ARAVANE REZAĎ [15]


11.6 Semi-final wishes
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] (my Reason says Maria, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. Gisela Dulko [DF]


11.7 Final-wish
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF]

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12. Order of play for Monday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 6 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] v Jelena Dokić [EF]
2. WS 1r: Misaki Doi v Polona Hercog
3. MS 1r: Kei Nishikori v Santiago Giraldo
4. MS 1r: IVAN LJUBIČIĆ [14] v Lu,Yen-Hsun

Court 4 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 1r: Dmitry Tursunov v Daniel Gimeno-Traver
2. WS 1r: Iveta Benešová v Aleksandra Woźniak
3. WS 1r: Melinda Czink v Julia Görges
4. WS 1r: Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v Sofia Arvidsson

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

The BBC plans to start on Court Chatrier with Woźniacki v Kudryavtseva followed by Federer v Luczak, then switch to Court Lenglen for Murray v Gasquet followed by Molik v Janković.

I'm disappointed that this will probably preclude Vögele v S.Williams from being televised by the BBC, because I have been really looking forward to watching Vögele play again. I was too busy to pay her as much attention as she deserved in last year's grass-court season, but by now she has really grown on me, and I can't get those pretty blue eyes out of my head!

I guess the best chance of Vögele getting televised by the BBC is if Woźniacki and Federer rip through their matches very quickly, although I suspect that the BBC would then switch to Lenglen to pick up what remained of Korolev v Đoković.

The alternative solution is that Vögele is still playing when Murray finishes, and has Williams in sufficient trouble to persuade the BBC to switch back to Chatrier!

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 2

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round results
3. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Dokić
4. First-round mini TV-report: Woźniacki v Kudryavtseva
5. First-round scoreboard-report: Rybáriková v Arvidsson
6. First-round draw
7. Andrew's wishes
8. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
9. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 2:
* dokic
* safarova
* rybarikova
* voegele
* ivanovic
* wozniacki
* hercog
* dementieva
* martic
* halep
* parra santonja
* mladenovic
* dubois
* malek
* bacsinszky
* parmentier
* vinci
* jankovic
* stosur
* baltacha
* benesova

I must admit that Stefanie Vögele is exceedingly beautiful. As well as having the most radiant blue eyes, I get the subtle impressions that she is leaner and leggier than a year ago – although the latter impression might have something to do with the shortness of that little red dress she was wearing.

Sadly, the BBC didn't televise Vögele v Serena Williams, because it clashed with Murray v Gasquet, so my wait goes on...

Simona Halep is cuter than I realised before today.

Various players including Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], Ana Ivanović [DF], Flavia Pennetta [DF], Caroline Woźniacki, Elena Dementieva, Stéphanie Dubois, Kristina Mladenović, Alicia Molik, Pauline Parmentier, Jelena Janković, Regina Kulikova:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

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2. First-round results (Monday 24th May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. Jelena Dokić [EF], 6-2 6-2
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Petra Martić, 6-1 6-1
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. Simona Halep [Q], 7-5 6-1

What rocked:
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. Sofia Arvidsson, 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 6-2
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. Chang,Kai-Chen, 6-3 6-3
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Alla Kudryavtseva, 6-0 6-3
+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] d. Vera Dushevina, 6-7 (3/7) 6-3 6-4
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. Sara Errani, 6-1 7-5
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. Kurumi Nara [Q], 6-2 6-2
+ Julia Görges d. Melinda Czink, 6-2 6-3
+ Polona Hercog d. Misaki Doi [Q], 6-3 6-0
+ Roberta Vinci d. Virginie Razzano, 7-5 6-2
+ Anabel Medina Garrigues d. Melanie Oudin, 7-5 6-2
+ KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32] d. Julie Coin, 6-1 6-2
+ ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28] d. Mariya Koryttseva, 6-2 6-1

What sucked:
- Stefanie Vögele [DF] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 6-7 (2/7) 2-6
- Iveta Benešová lt. Aleksandra Woźniak, 3-6 3-6
- Alicia Molik lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 0-6 4-6
- Elena Baltacha lt. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [8], 0-6 5-7
- Kristina Mladenović [WC] lt. LI,NA [11], 5-7 3-6
- Pauline Parmentier lt. Kaia Kanepi [Q], 3-6 1-6
- Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová lt. Rossana de los Ríos, 6-7 (2/7) 3-6
- Regina Kulikova lt. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17], 7-5 3-6 4-6
- Petra Kvitová lt. Sophie Ferguson [Q], 6-1 2-6 2-6
- Stéphanie Dubois lt. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC], 7-6 (7/3) 1-6 3-6
- Lucie Hradecká [s] lt. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31], 6-7 (1/7) 6-4 3-6
- Tatjana Malek lt. Tímea Bacsinszky, 2-6 3-6
- Kristina Barrois lt. Tathiana Garbin, 6-1 6-7 (7/9) 3-6

Archive of point-by-point scores for all matches:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17823452


Article
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Serena battles through in Paris [skytext 446]
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Top seed Serena Williams was made to work for a place in the second round of the French Open, in a hard-fought win over Stefanie Vögele.

Williams, who has struggled with injuries since she won the Australian Open in January, looked far from her best in the opening set at Paris.

But the American managed to keep pace with Vögele, 20, and found her range after saving three break-points en route to forcing a tiebreak.

The Swiss youngster had the backing of the Paris crowd, but she could not use it to her advantage as she went to pieces in the second set.

Vögele started well before conceding consecutive breaks to allow Williams to forge clear, and she closed out the contest with a routine volley after 1h21m on court.

Williams, who won here in 2002, next faces German Julia Görges after her 6-2 6-3 win over Melinda Czink of Hungary.
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3. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Dokić (Monday 24th May 2010)
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+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. Jelena Dokić [EF], 6-2 6-2

When Lucie won the first 8 points of the match, the Jelena-fan in me was just praying to avoid a Golden Set, and I would gladly have agreed to a 6-2 6-2 scoreline at that point.

Jelena first lit the scoreboard by holding for 1-3*; the four games that she won were all holds, with 3 BPs going begging.

It was a very clean match by Lucie, with a W:UE ratio of 18:7 (the WTA praised Caroline Woźniacki for having a W:UE of 13:9 today). She's certainly a contender for the title on this kind of form.


First set
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ŠAFÁŘ *@*_*_*@ 6
DOKIĆ ___*_*__ 2

The match was first on Court 6, and started at 11:10 CEST.

Lucie serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Lucie serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 0-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 3-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Lucie (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 1-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Lucie serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #1 for Lucie). Lucie won the first set 6-2 at 11:35 CEST (24m).


Second set
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ŠAFÁŘ *_*_*@*@ 6
DOKIĆ _*_*____ 2

Lucie serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (GP #1). Held.

Lucie serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Lucie serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Jelena serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Jelena (GP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Lucie (BP #1). Broken.

Lucie serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Jelena (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Lucie (GP #1). Held.

Jelena serving 2-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (MP #1 for Lucie). 30/40 (MP #2 for Lucie). Deuce #1. Ad Lucie (MP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Lucie (MP #4). Lucie won 6-2 6-2 at 12:09 CEST (second set 34m, match 59m).


Statistics
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Lucie served 3 aces and 4 double faults, Jelena 2 aces and 6 double faults.

Lucie had a W:UE ratio of 18:7 (first set 5:3, second set 13:4), while Jelena's was 12:24 (first set 5:7, second set 7:17).

Lucie won 71% of her service-points (the same for both sets). She got 71% of her first serves in, winning 83% of the points when she did so, and 60% on second serve. From the first set to the second, her first-serve percentages improved from (63% in, 80% won) to (80% in, 85% won), while her second-serve winning-percentage deteriorated from 71% to 33%.

Jelena won 48% of her service-points (first set 45%, second set 50%). She got 54% of her first serves in, winning 57% of the points when she did so, and 50% on second serve. From the first set to the second, her first-serves-in percentage dropped from 70% to 44%, while her first-serve winning-percentage rose from 50% to 63%, which suggests that she was going for bigger first serves.

Jelena's serves were significantly faster than Lucie's: fastest 111-110 mph, average first serve 104-98 mph, average second serve 96-88 mph.

Lucie converted 4 of 8 BPs (first set 2 of 2, second set 2 of 6).

Jelena converted 0 of 3 BPs (first set 0 of 1, second set 0 of 2).

In a baseline-oriented encounter, Lucie won 3 of 3 points at the net, Jelena 0 of 1.

In points, Lucie won 64-41 (first set 28-16, second set 36-25).


Article
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Dokić dumped out by Šafářová [skytext 446]
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Jelena Dokić's miserable year on court continued at Roland Garros as the Australian lost her first-round clash with 24th-seeded Czech Lucie Šafářová.

The 27-year-old, who has won only one main-draw match on the WTA Tour this year, went down 6-2 6-2, but immediately set her sights on qualifying for Wimbledon.

Dokić, whose career has been punctuated by long absences from the sport, has struggled with illness and injury this year.

She said: "I have only played four [sic] tournaments all year. But I need to keep practising, and move on from this. I only started hitting three weeks ago, while others were playing.

"Outside of a top-five player, this was one of the worst draws I could have got. She's having a great clay-court season, and a great season generally."
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4. First-round mini TV-report: Woźniacki v Kudryavtseva (Monday 24th May 2010)
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+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Alla Kudryavtseva, 6-0 6-3

After concentrating on Šafářová v Dokić, I joined this match at 6-0 4-3* – just after Caro had saved BP at *3-3 (30/40).

BBC commentator Mark Petchey criticised Caro for continuing to play every week after injuring her right ankle at Charleston, saying she could burn out if she insists on playing even when she's injured. I agree: playing on an injured ankle could lead to a career-threatening Achilles-tendon injury.

Kudryavtseva serving 3-4: Kudryavtseva hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Caro hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. 15/15. Kudryavtseva netted a cheap forehand on the third stroke. 15/30. Caro hit a big forehand return that forced Kudryavtseva to net a forehand half-volley. 15/40 (BP #1). Kudryavtseva ripped a big forehand winner down the line. 30/40 (BP #2). Kudryavtseva tried to pounce on a short ball, but hit a backhand long. Broken.

Caro serving 5-3: Service-winner. 15/0. Deep first serve: Kudryavtseva hit a makeable backhand return long. 30/0. Kudryavtseva hit a wild forehand very long. 40/0 (MP #1). First serve out wide: Kudryavtseva dumped a backhand return into the net. Caro won 6-0 6-3 at 12:19 CEST (1h08m).

Mark Petchey criticised Caro for just pushing the ball down the middle of the court, waiting for Kudryavtseva to make a mistake. He said she could have a great career playing like this, but needs something extra to beat the other top players and win a Major.

Sam Smith said that Caro was just doing what she needed to do to get through these matches while her ankle is bad, but that doesn't make much sense when you think about it. Why not go for her shots and keep the rallies short? Perhaps she feels that by slow-balling opponents who can't punish the lack of pace, she'll give herself time to move into position rather than having to run so much.

Mark Petchey said that what makes Caro a top-five player is that she reads the game so well, giving her time to get into position, whilst taking that time away from her opponent.

What makes Kudryavtseva such a poor player is that she commits too soon to which shot she thinks her opponent is going to hit, rather than waiting to see, trusting that her movement will be good enough. But I'd better not be /too/ derogatory about her, or her Greco-Roman-wrestling father might get me!

The WTA commended Caro on making only 9 unforced errors in this match. Well, Lucie Šafářová made only 7 unforced errors, and she's a much higher-risk player than Caro!


Article
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Woźniacki breezes past Russian [skytext 446]
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Caroline Woźniacki raced into the second round of the French Open with a 6-0 6-3 defeat of Russian Alla Kudryavtseva.

The third seed showed no sign of struggling under the fierce heat, or any lingering problems from her recent ankle-injury, as she wrapped up the first set in just 25 minutes on court.

Kudryavtseva stopped the rot in the eighth game, and a break put the world No.78 *2-1 ahead, but any hopes of forcing a deciding set soon evaporated.

Woźniacki broke back, and again for a *5-3 lead, and the Dane, 19, sealed victory in 1h09m when her opponent netted a backhand return.
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5. First-round scoreboard-report: Rybáriková v Arvidsson (Monday 24th May 2010)
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+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. Sofia Arvidsson, 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 6-2

Magda fought back from a 6-7 *1-3 deficit to beat a player who, though ranked lower, is having a much better year than she is.

The first set turned nasty when Magda squandered BP×3 at 2-2* (40/0*), and was then broken in her next service-game. She fought back from *2-5 (saving 2 SPs), and served for the first set at *6-5, but Arvidsson broke back, and dominated the tiebreak.

It looked like Magda was sliding to a quick exit when she was broken at the start of the second set and went *1-3 down, but in fact she reeled off the next 5 games for the loss of just 5 points to take the second set 6-3.

Magda went through the third set unbroken, though she saved 6 BPs in her first three service-games. From *1-2, she won the last 5 games of the match.

Magda served 11 aces (6 in the third set alone), and had a spectacular W:UE ratio of 53:13, so I'm very pleased with her performance despite the struggle.


First set
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RYBÁRIKOV _*_*___*@*@__ 6(2)
ARVIDSSON *_*_*@*____@T 7(7)

The match was fourth on Court 4, and started at 15:39 CEST.

Arvidsson serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Arvidsson (GP #2). Held.

Magda serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Arvidsson serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Arvidsson (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Arvidsson (GP #4). Deuce #3. Ad Arvidsson (GP #5). Held.

Magda serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

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

Magda serving 2-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Arvidsson serving 4-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 2-5 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Magda (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Magda (GP #4). Deuce #3. Ad Arvidsson (SP #1). Deuce #4. Ad Magda (GP #5). Deuce #5. Ad Magda (GP #6). Deuce #6. Ad Arvidsson (SP #2). Deuce #7. Ad Magda (GP #7). Held.

Arvidsson serving 5-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Magda serving 4-5: 15/0. 30/0. Held.

Arvidsson serving 5-5: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Magda serving 6-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Rybáriková/Arvidsson): 0/0*. *0/1. *0/2. 0/3*. 0/4*. *0/5. *0/6 (SP #3 for Arvidsson). 1/6* (SP #4 for Arvidsson). 2/6* (SP #5 for Arvidsson). Arvidsson won the first set 7-6 (7/2) at 16:44 CEST (1h05m).


Second set
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RYBÁRIKOV __*_*@*@* 6
ARVIDSSON @*_*_____ 3

Magda serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Arvidsson serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Arvidsson (GP #4). Held.

Magda serving 0-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Magda (GP #1). Held.

Arvidsson serving 2-1 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Magda serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Arvidsson serving 3-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Magda serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Arvidsson serving 3-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Magda serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Magda). Magda won the second set 6-3 at 17:17 CEST (second set 32m, match so far 1h37m).


Third set
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RYBÁRIKOV _*_*@*@* 6
ARVIDSSON *_*_____ 2

Arvidsson serving 0-0: The scoreboard froze at 17:17 CEST. The scoreboard resumed at 17:21 CEST (4m). 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Arvidsson (GP #2). Held.

Magda serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Magda (GP #1). Held.

Arvidsson serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 1-2 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Arvidsson (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Magda (GP #1). Held.

Arvidsson serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Magda (BP #2). Broken.

Magda serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Magda (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Arvidsson (BP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Magda (GP #2). Deuce #4. Ad Magda (GP #3). Held.

Arvidsson serving 2-4: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Magda serving 5-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Magda). Magda won 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 6-2 at 17:59 CEST (third set 42m, match 2h20m).


Statistics
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Magda served 11 aces (6 in the third set) to Arvidsson's 2, and they served one double fault each.

Magda had a spectacular W:UE ratio of 53:13 (first set 21:6, second set 12:5, third set 20:2), while Arvidsson's was 20:10 (first set 11:5, second set 5:4, third set 4:1).

Magda won 60% of her service-points (first set 54%, second set 65%, third set 64%). She got 58% of her first serves in, winning 62% of the points when she did so, and 59% on second serve. Her first-serves-in percentage troughed at 46% for the second set – it was 62% for the other two combined. Her winning-percentages improved from (55%, 53%) for the first set to (75%, 62%) for the second, and were both 64% for the third.

Arvidsson won 53% of her service-points (first set 57%, second set 48%, third set 52%). She got 77% of her first serves in, winning 60% of the points when she did so, and 32% on second serve. Her first-serves-in percentage improved from set to set [69%, 84%, 88%], while her first-serve winning-percentage did the opposite [71%, 52%, 50%]. Her second-serve winning-percentage improved from 26% for the first two sets combined to 67% for the third.

Magda converted 6 of 11 BPs (first set 2 of 5, second set 2 of 3, third set 2 of 3).

Arvidsson converted 3 of 14 BPs (first set 2 of 5, second set 1 of 3, third set 0 of 6).

Magda won 12 of 23 points at the net (52%), Arvidsson 9 of 15 (60%).

In points, Magda won 114-99 (first set 49-52, second set 30-21, third set 35-26).

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6. First-round draw (updated after Day 2)
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6.1 Top quarter: Maria Sharapova
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* SERENA WILLIAMS [1] won
* Julia Görges won
* Katie O'Brien v Jill Craybas (go Katie!)
* Alizé Cornet v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (allez Alizé!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [18] v Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q] (kadima Shahar!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Vania King (jia you Shuai!)
* Olivia Sánchez [WC] v Shenay Perry
* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Maria Elena Camerin (my Passion says Maria Elena, but my Reason says Marion)

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Ksenia Pervak [Q] (my loyalty is to MARIA)
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Kirsten Flipkens (my loyalty is to Ayumi)
* Klára Zakopalová v Katarina Srebotnik (my loyalty is to Klára)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22] (aide Tsvetana!)

* ZHENG,JIE [25] v Ekaterina Bychkova (my loyalty is to Jie)
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Anastasia Pivovarova [Q] (my loyalty is to Raluca)
* Rossana de los Ríos won
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] won


6.2 Second quarter: Rybáriková, Hantuchová, Zvonarëva
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* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] won
* Kaia Kanepi [Q] won
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] won
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] won

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Olga Govortsova v Carla Suárez Navarro (davai Olga!)
* Mariana Duque Marińo v Sybille Bammer
* YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] v Sandra Záhlavová (komaan Yanina!)

* Kimiko Date Krumm v DINARA SAFINA [9]
* Jarmila Groth [WC] v Chan,Yung-Jan
* Ekaterina Makarova v Anastasia Rodionova
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Alberta Brianti (DAVAI VERA!!)

* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28] won
* Ana Ivanović [DF] won
* Yaroslava Shvedova won
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [8] won


6.3 Third quarter: Lucie Šafářová
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* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6] won
* Andrea Petković won
* Yvonne Meusburger won
* MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] won

* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17] won
* Sophie Ferguson [Q] won
* Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC] won
* LI,NA [11] won

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] won
* Roberta Vinci won
* Polona Hercog won
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] won

* ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] won
* Tímea Bacsinszky won
* Tathiana Garbin won
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] won


6.4 Bottom quarter
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* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] won
* Anabel Medina Garrigues won
* Aleksandra Woźniak won
* KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32] won

* Akgul Amanmuradova won
* Johanna Larsson won
* Chanelle Scheepers [Q] won
* Gisela Dulko [DF] won

* ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] won
* Angelique Kerber won
* Ágnes Szávay won
* NADIA PETROVA [19] won

* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] won
* Varvara Lepchenko won
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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7. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 2)
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7.1 Second round: Top half
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+ Julia Görges d. SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
+ Alizé Cornet d. Katie O'Brien
+ Peng,Shuai [s] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [18]
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Olivia Sánchez [WC]

+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Ayumi Morita [s]
+ Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] d. Klára Zakopalová
+ Ioana Raluca Olaru d. ZHENG,JIE [25]
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. Rossana de los Ríos

+ JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] d. Kaia Kanepi [Q]
+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [27]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Olga Govortsova
+ YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] d. Mariana Duque Marińo

+ Jarmila Groth [WC] d. Kimiko Date Krumm
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Ekaterina Makarova
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28]
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [8]


7.2 Second round: Bottom half
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+ Andrea Petković d. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6]
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Yvonne Meusburger
+ Sophie Ferguson [Q] d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
+ LI,NA [11] d. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]

+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. Roberta Vinci
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. Polona Hercog
+ Tímea Bacsinszky d. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31]
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Tathiana Garbin

+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Anabel Medina Garrigues
+ KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32] d. Aleksandra Woźniak
+ Johanna Larsson d. Akgul Amanmuradova
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. Chanelle Scheepers [Q]

+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. Angelique Kerber
+ Ágnes Szávay d. NADIA PETROVA [19]
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. Varvara Lepchenko
+ Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2]


7.3 Third-round wishes
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+ Alizé Cornet d. Julia Görges
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Peng,Shuai [s]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Tsvetana Pironkova [DF]
+ Ioana Raluca Olaru d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]

+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Jarmila Groth [WC]
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. Yaroslava Shvedova

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Andrea Petković
+ LI,NA [11] d. Sophie Ferguson [Q]
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF]
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Tímea Bacsinszky

+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32]
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. Johanna Larsson
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. Ágnes Szávay
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]


7.4 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Alizé Cornet
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Ioana Raluca Olaru
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Ana Ivanović [DF]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. LI,NA [11]
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] (my Passion says Domi, but my Reason says Aravane)


7.5 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] (my Reason says Vera, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF]
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. ARAVANE REZAĎ [15]


7.6 Semi-final wishes
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] (my Reason says Maria, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. Gisela Dulko [DF]


7.7 Final-wish
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF]

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8. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
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This section presents my selections; the full draw is at:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/wd/

There are many nice players in the draw, but due to shortage of time, I start with just those matches involving members of my Eternal Fanship:

* Daniela Hantuchová [EF]/Caroline Woźniacki v Tatjana Malek/Andrea Petković

* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]/Chang,Kai-Chen v (MARIA KIRILENKO [DF]/AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA)[11]

* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Victoria Azarenka [DF] v Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]/Melinda Czink

* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak v Sofia Arvidsson/Angelique Kerber

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9. Order of play for Tuesday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 2 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn
2. MS 1r: Robby Ginepri v SAM QUERREY [18]
3. WD 1r: (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[1] v Kirsten Flipkens/Tamarine Tanasugarn
4. MS 1r: David Guez v DAVID FERRER [9]

Court 17 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Alberta Brianti
2. MS 1r: Potito Starace v Ilya Marchenko
3. WD 1r: Natalie Grandin/Abigail Spears v Alizé Cornet/Aravane Rezaď
4. MS 1r: Xavier Malisse v Simon Greul

Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 1r: FERNANDO VERDASCO [7] v Igor Kunitsyn
2. WS 1r: Kimiko Date Krumm v DINARA SAFINA [9]
3. MS 1r: Gianni Mina [WC] v RAFAEL NADAL [2]
4. MS 1r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Ksenia Pervak [Q]

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

The BBC plans to show Pironkova v Henin followed by Roddick v Nieminen on Chatrier, then switch to Lenglen for Mina v Nadal (and Sharapova v Pervak, I hope!).

I am delighted that I'll get to watch Tsvetana Pironkova play again, especially after her recent victory over Elena Dementieva at Warsaw. I saw a few points of that match on an Internet highlights-video, and Tsvetana played very well, showing that she has a killer backhand. She also looked absolutely delectable in the photos from that match.

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 3

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round results
3. First-round TV-report: Pironkova v Henin
4. First-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Tanasugarn
5. First-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Brianti
6. First-round TV-report: Sharapova v Pervak
7. Second-round draw
8. Second-round preview: Šafářová v Hercog
9. Andrew's wishes
10. Women's Doubles: First round
11. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 3:
* sharapova
* hantuchova
* zvonareva
* pironkova
* wickmayer
* bartoli
* pervak
* zakopalova
* camerin
* cornet
* zheng
* o'brien
* groth
* bychkova
* shahar peer
* zahlavova
* flipkens

Various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Tsvetana Pironkova [DF], Yanina Wickmayer [DF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Arantxa Parra Santonja [s], Ksenia Pervak, Alizé Cornet, Caroline Woźniacki, Maria Elena Camerin, Sandra Záhlavová:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

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2. First-round results (Tuesday 25th May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Ksenia Pervak [Q], 6-3 6-2
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Maria Elena Camerin, 6-2 6-3
+ YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] d. Sandra Záhlavová, 6-1 6-1
+ Klára Zakopalová d. Katarina Srebotnik, 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-2
+ ZHENG,JIE [25] d. Ekaterina Bychkova, 7-5 6-4
- Ioana Raluca Olaru lt. Anastasia Pivovarova [Q], 4-6 3-6
- Ayumi Morita [s] lt. Kirsten Flipkens, 1-6 4-6

What rocked:
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-1 6-1
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Alberta Brianti, 6-3 6-1
+ Olga Govortsova d. Carla Suárez Navarro, 7-6 (11/9) 6-1
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [18] d. Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q], 6-1 6-4
+ Kimiko Date Krumm d. DINARA SAFINA [9], 3-6 6-4 7-5
+ Bethanie Mattek-Sands [LL] d. Vania King, 6-2 6-2
+ Olivia Sánchez [WC] d. Shenay Perry, 7-6 (7/4) 6-0
+ Jarmila Groth [WC] d. Chan,Yung-Jan, 6-2 6-3

Suárez Navarro blew 6 SPs in the first set!

Safina blew a 6-3 4-2* (Deuce) lead, and *4-1 (30/15) in the third. Normally, I'd create a special "Schadenfreude" section just for this, but I actually feel sorry for Safina, with all that she's been through with the back-injury in the last nine months.

What sucked:
- Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] lt. JUSTINE HENIN [22], 4-6 3-6
- Alizé Cornet lt. ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29], 4-6 2-6
- Katie O'Brien lt. Jill Craybas, 0-6 6-4 2-6
- Ekaterina Makarova lt. Anastasia Rodionova, 3-6 2-6
- Mariana Duque Marińo lt. Sybille Bammer, 0-6 1-6
- Peng,Shuai [s] withdrew with abdominal pain (replaced by Bethanie Mattek-Sands [LL])

Archive of point-by-point scores for all matches:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17833585

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3. First-round TV-report: Pironkova v Henin (Tuesday 25th May 2010)
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- Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] lt. JUSTINE HENIN [22], 4-6 3-6

Tsvetana has a hard, flat first serve and a killer backhand, and has pulled off several notable upsets in her career (Venus Williams at the Australian Open 2006, Ana Ivanović at Rome 2008, Vera Zvonarëva at Moscow 2009, Elena Dementieva at Warsaw 2010).

Unfortunately, BBC commentator Sam Smith soon noticed two gaping holes in Tsvetana's game, which she summed up as follows: "She has a good first serve, but the second serve is a little slow and sits up. She has a good backhand, a great pair of feet – moves very well, considering how tall she is [5'11"] – but tends to just /steer/ the forehand into court."

So, one felt that it was only going to be a matter of time before Henin exploited Tsvetana's weak forehand and second serve, although Henin played very ordinary tennis in Tsvetana's first three service-games.

Henin's strategy was to go to the net at every opportunity; she frequently forced defensive lobs from Tsvetana, and dispatched them with forehand smash-winners – always letting them bounce first.

Henin hit her approach-shots mainly to Tsvetana's forehand. Tsvetana did rip a couple of crosscourt forehand pass-winners, and on one occasion a backhand pass-winner down the line, but Henin soon learned that Tsvetana's forehand pass could only go crosscourt, so that greatly simplified her game-plan.

Mark Petchey conjectured that Tsvetana couldn't afford a good enough coach to improve her forehand. She's currently coached by her father: Kiril Enchev (that's why her name is sometimes written with the middle name Kirilova, but why is her surname Pironkova rather than Encheva?).

So the next couple of years are going to be crucial for Tsvetana. The more she wins, the richer she'll become, the better support she'll get, the better her forehand will become, and the much better player she will be.


First set
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PIRON *_*_*___*_ 4
HENIN _*_*_*@*_* 6

The match was first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and started at 11:10 CEST.

Tsvetana serving 0-0: Henin forehand long. 15/0. Serve + off-forehand winner. 30/0. Tsvetana forced Henin to net a backhand. 40/0 (GP #1). Tsvetana forehand long. 40/15 (GP #2). Henin went to the net, and Tsvetana steered a forehand into the net. 40/30 (GP #3). Service-winner. Held.

Henin serving 0-1: Tsvetana went for a backhand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 15/0. Serve forced a short lob-return; Henin crosscourt forehand winner. 30/0. Henin dumped a forehand halfway up the net. 30/15. Henin forehand long. 30/30. Tsvetana forehand long. 40/30 (GP #1). Henin pounced on a short return to hit a backhand winner down the line. Held.

Tsvetana serving 1-1: Henin off-backhand return just wide. 15/0. Tsvetana forced a short return, but dumped a forehand into the net. 15/15. Henin crosscourt forehand winner. 15/30. Henin ran around her backhand and hit a forehand return wide left. 30/30. Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand forced Henin to net a backhand. 40/30 (GP #1). Henin went to the net behind a weak approach: Tsvetana ripped a crosscourt forehand winner. Held.

Mark Petchey: "Pironkova has a lot of attributes, but that forehand is a real /liability/."

Henin serving 1-2: Tsvetana forehand long. 15/0. Henin's crosscourt forehand induced Tsvetana to net a forehand. 30/0. Henin forced a short lob and hit an off-forehand smash-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Henin went to the net, and Tsvetana hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. Mark Petchey suggested that Tsvetana's forehand pass could only go crosscourt. 40/15 (GP #2). Henin forced a short lob and dispatched it with another forehand smash-winner off the bounce. Held.

Tsvetana serving 2-2: Henin hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand just wide. 15/0. Henin netted a backhand return. 30/0. Henin's deep return induced Tsvetana to hit a forehand very long. 30/15. Good first serve out wide forced Henin to net a backhand return. 40/15 (GP #1). Tsvetana's forehand sat up nicely for Henin to rip an off-backhand winner. 40/30 (GP #2). Tsvetana nailed an off-forehand winner. Held.

Tsvetana's first serve is hard and flat, but Henin isn't looking particularly impressive so far.

Henin serving 2-3: Henin netted a forehand. 0/15. Tsvetana forehand long. 15/15. Henin's depth forced Tsvetana to hit a backhand wide. 30/15. Tsvetana ran down a dropshot, but Henin was there with an off-forehand volley-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Tsvetana sprayed a wild forehand return very long. Henin said her first "allez". Held.

Tsvetana serving 3-3: Henin went to the net; Tsvetana hit a crosscourt forehand pass just wide. 0/15. Tsvetana crosscourt forehand wide. 0/30. Henin forced a short ball and hit a forehand winner down the line. 0/40 (BP #1). Henin slapped an easy-looking backhand into the net. 15/40 (BP #2). Henin went to the net, but Tsvetana hit a down-the-line backhand pass-winner. Mark Petchey was surprised that Henin approached to Tsvetana's backhand, given that her backhand is much better than her forehand. 30/40 (BP #3). Service-winner. Deuce #1. Henin forced a short ball, hit a crosscourt forehand winner, and said "allez". Ad Henin (BP #4). Henin ripped a backhand return winner down the line, and yelled "allez!". Broken.

Henin serving 4-3: Tsvetana forehand return long. 15/0. Henin dumped a cheap forehand into the net. 15/15. Double fault #1 (second serve long). 15/30. Tsvetana sprayed a forehand very long. 30/30. Henin's depth induced Tsvetana to hit a forehand long. 40/30 (GP #1). Henin backhand very long. Deuce #1. Henin went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. Ad Henin (GP #2). Henin netted a forehand volley. Deuce #2. Henin hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. Ad Henin (GP #3). Tsvetana hit a deep crosscourt backhand onto the baseline, forcing Henin to net a backhand. Deuce #3. Tsvetana forehand long. Ad Henin (GP #4). Henin went to the net, forcing Tsvetana to hit a forehand pass long. Held.

Tsvetana serving 3-5: Ace out wide. 15/0. Henin's off-forehand smash forced Tsvetana to hit a backhand long. 30/0. Tsvetana sprayed a "naughty" forehand long, and emitted a cute little yelp. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Henin backhand long. Held.

Henin serving 5-4: Henin off-forehand winner. 15/0. Tsvetana hit a backhand long. 30/0. Henin netted a forehand. 30/15. Henin forehand long. 30/30. Henin hit a loose crosscourt backhand wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Henin hit a forehand bounce-smash winner just inside the baseline. Deuce #1. Tsvetana netted a backhand. Ad Henin (SP #1). Henin backhand long. Deuce #2. Henin hit an error-forcing smash. Ad Henin (S{ #2). Henin went to the net and hit an off-forehand volley-winner. Henin won the first set 6-4 at 11:57 CEST (47m).


Second set
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PIRON __*@*____ 3
HENIN @*___*@*@ 6

Tsvetana serving 0-0: Service-winner. 15/0. Tsvetana forehand long. 15/15. Tsvetana crosscourt backhand wide. 15/30. Tsvetana clouted a forehand long. 15/40 (BP #1). Tsvetana hit a forehand dropshot into the bottom of the net. Broken.

Henin serving 0-1: Henin punished a short floater with a crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Ace out wide. 30/0. Tsvetana ran down a dropshot and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/15. Henin's crosscourt forehand to the sideline forced a floater, which she dispatched with an easy forehand smash-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Henin forced a short return and nailed a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. Held.

Tsvetana serving 0-2: Henin netted a forehand. 15/0. Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). 15/15. Henin went to the net, but Tsvetana's down-the-line backhand forced Henin to net a forehand volley. 30/15. Henin netted a forehand. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle + deep off-forehand winner.

Henin serving 2-1: Tsvetana dumped a weak forehand halfway up the net. 15/0. Henin forced a short ball and hit a deep off-forehand winner. 30/0. Double fault #2 (second serve into the net). 30/15. Tsvetana's deep backhand forced Henin to hit a forehand long. 30/30. Henin pounced on a short ball with crosscourt forehand semi-dropshot winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Henin on the third stroke netted a forehand. Deuce #1. Henin dumped a forehand into the net. Ad Tsvetana (BP #1). Henin backhand just long. Broken.

Sam Smith: "A little against the run of play, Pironkova is right back in this now."

Tsvetana serving 2-2: Ace out wide. 15/0. Henin crosscourt forehand dropshot winner. 15/15. Tsvetana's off-backhand induced Henin to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Serve out wide + pinpoint backhand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. 40/15 (GP #1). Tsvetana went to the net behind a short crosscourt forehand; Henin hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. Mark Petchey: "She won't be hanging around for much longer if she elects to try and play shots like this." 40/30 (GP #2). Tsvetana's sliced forehand induced Henin to net a backhand. Held.

Henin serving 2-3: Tsvetana nailed her best forehand (this one a return) of the match, forcing Henin to net a backhand. 0/15. Henin forehand long. 0/30. Henin went to the net but sliced a backhand into the top of the net. 0/40 (BP #1). Henin's deep forehand forced Tsvetana to hit one long. 15/40 (BP #2). Tsvetana forehand just long. 30/40 (BP #3). Henin hit a crosscourt backhand winner back behind Tsvetana. Deuce #1. Tsvetana netted a backhand return. Henin said "c'mon". Ad Henin (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Henin shouted "allez!" Held.

Tsvetana serving 3-3: Tsvetana backhand long. 0/15. Henin hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 0/30. Tsvetana defended well, but Henin finished her off with a crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 0/40 (BP #1). Henin's crosscourt forehand approach forced Tsvetana to hit a forehand long. Broken.

Henin serving 4-3: Tsvetana forehand long. 15/0. Henin forehand long. 15/15. Henin's deep backhand just inside the baseline forced Tsvetana into error. 30/15. Double fault #2 (second serve wide). 30/30. Tsvetana hit a blazing forehand return-winner down the line! What made it especially impressive was that she had to sidestep as the serve jammed into her body. 30/40 (BP #1). Tsvetana hit a sliced forehand just long, and kicked the ball away in frustration. Deuce #1. Tsvetana crosscourt forehand wide. Ad Henin (GP #1). Double fault #3 (second serve into the net). Deuce #2. Henin off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Ad Henin (GP #1). Ace down the middle, curling away from Tsvetana. Held.

Tsvetana serving 3-5: Tsvetana backhand long. 0/15. Henin pounced on a short ball with an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 0/30. Second serve: Henin crosscourt backhand return-winner. 0/40 (MP #1). Henin hit a backhand return onto the baseline, forcing Tsvetana to hit a down-the-line backhand wide. Henin won 6-4 6-3 at 12:39 CEST (second set 41m, match 1h29m). Tsvetana looked quite glum as she strolled to the net to shake hands.

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4. First-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Tanasugarn (Tuesday 25th May 2010)
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-1 6-1

A very straightforward win for Daniela, as might be expected from my preview. She went 5-0* up without facing a single GP before Tanasugarn held to avoid the bagel.

The second set was perhaps a little tougher, as Daniela had to save a GP in the first game before Tanasugarn successfully held in the third game. Daniela served 8 aces, and got through the whole match without facing a single BP on her own serve, and with an impressive W:UE ratio of 26:11.


First set
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HANTUCHOVÁ *@*@*_* 6
TANASUGARN _____*_ 1

The match was first on Court 2, and started at 11:16 CEST.

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

Tanasugarn serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Daniela serving 2-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Tanasugarn serving 0-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Broken.

Daniela serving 4-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (GP #2). Held.

Tanasugarn serving 0-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Daniela serving 5-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Daniela). Daniela won the first set 6-1 at 11:46 CEST (30m).


Second set
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HANTUCHOVÁ @*_*@*@ 6
TANASUGARN __*____ 1

Tanasugarn serving 0-0 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Tanasugarn (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Daniela (BP #2). Broken.

Daniela serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Tanasugarn serving 0-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 2-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Tanasugarn serving 1-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (BP #1). Broken.

Daniela serving 4-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Tanasugarn serving 1-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (MP #1 for Daniela). 30/40 (MP #2 for Daniela). Daniela won 6-1 6-1 at 12:18 CEST (second set 32m, match 1h02m).


Statistics
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Daniela served 8 aces (5 in the second set) and one double fault, Tanasugarn no aces and 3 double faults.

Daniela had a W:UE ratio of 26:11 (first set 14:8, second set 12:3), while Tanasugarn's was 7:12 (first set 2:5, second set 5:7).

Daniela won 73% of her service-points (first set 67%, second set 86%). She got 59% of her first serves in, winning 88% of the points when she did so, and 56% on second serve. These percentages improved from (56% in, 87% won, 45% won) for the first set to (64% in, 89% won, 80% won) for the second.

Tanasugarn won 43% of her service-points (first set 40%, second set 45%). She got 55% of her first serves in, winning 50% of the points when she did so, and 41% on second serve. Her first-serves-in percentage improved from an abysmal 27% for the first set to 69% for the second.

Daniela served faster than Tanasugarn in all categories: fastest 109-104 mph, average first serve 104-86 mph, average second serve 77-76 mph.

Daniela converted 5 of 10 BPs (first set 2 of 4, second set 3 of 6). She didn't face any on her own serve.

Daniela won 2 of 4 points at the net (all in the first set), Tanasugarn 3 of 4.

In points, Daniela won 55-30 (first set 27-15, second set 28-15).

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5. First-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v Brianti (Tuesday 25th May 2010)
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+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Alberta Brianti, 6-3 6-1

This ticks the "beat Brianti convincingly" box on the list of things that Vera has to do if she is to win her first Women's Singles Major here and now, for she went through the whole match unbroken, saving all 4 BPs against her, whilst breaking Brianti four times. Vera also had a very clean W:UE ratio of 18:6.

Vera had 2 BPs to go *4-0 up, but Brianti held to make it *3-1 instead. Games then went with serve until 5-2*, where Vera squandered SP×2 before serving out the first set in the following game.

Vera saved 4 BPs at 6-3 *0-1 (15/40 + Ad×2), then stormed into a 5-1* lead without facing a GP. Vera had 2 MPs at 5-1*, then saved 2 GPs before converting her third MP.


First set
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ZVONARË *@*_*_*_* 6
BRIANTI ___*_*_*_ 3

The match was first on Court 17 (how rude!), and started at 11:12 CEST.

Vera serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Brianti serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Brianti (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (GP #2). Broken.

Vera serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Brianti serving 0-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Brianti (GP #1). Deuce #4. Ad Brianti (GP #2). Held.

Vera serving 3-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Brianti serving 1-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Brianti serving 2-5 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #1 for Vera). 30/40 (SP #2 for Vera). Deuce #1. Ad Brianti (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 5-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #3 for Vera). Vera won the first set 6-3 at 11:53 CEST (41m).


Second set
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ZVONARË _*@*@*@ 6
BRIANTI *______ 1

Brianti serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Brianti (BP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Vera (GP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Brianti (BP #4). Deuce #4. Ad Vera (GP #2). Held.

Brianti serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 2-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Brianti serving 1-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (BP #2). Broken.

Vera serving 4-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (GP #2). Held.

Brianti serving 1-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/40 (MP #1 for Vera). Deuce #1. Ad Vera (MP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Brianti (GP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Brianti (GP #2). Deuce #4. Ad Vera (MP #3). Vera won 6-3 6-1 at 12:33 CEST (second set 39m, match 1h20m).


Statistics
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Vera served 2 aces to Brianti's none, and they served one double fault each.

Vera had a W:UE ratio of 18:6 (first set 11:2, second set 7:4), while Brianti's was 16:11 (first set 7:4, second set 9:7).

Vera won 73% of her service-points (first set 83%, second set 63%). She got 65% of her first serves in, winning 85% of the points when she did so, and 53% on second serve. These percentages deteriorated from (75% in, 89% won, 67% won) for the first set to (56% in, 80% won, 45% won) for the second.

Brianti won 51% of her service-points (first set 55%, second set 45%). She got 66% of her first serves in, winning 47% of the points when she did so, and 61% on second serve. These percentages deteriorated from (68% in, 50% won, 73% won) for the first set to (64% in, 43% won, 50% won) for the second.

Vera converted 4 of 13 BPs (first set 1 of 6, second set 3 of 7).

Brianti converted 0 of 4 BPs (all in the second set).

Vera won 1 of 4 points at the net (25%), Brianti 7 of 11 (64%).

In points, Vera won 72-50 (first set 37-25, second set 35-25).

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6. First-round TV-report: Sharapova v Pervak (Tuesday 25th May 2010)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Ksenia Pervak [Q], 6-3 6-2

This was a delightful match: easily the best that the BBC has televised from the French Open 2010 so far. Murray v Gasquet may have been an absolute epic with a couple of amazing rallies, but that pales in comparison to the constant flairsome power that these girls displayed!

It was my first time to see 18-year-old Pervak play, and I was impressed. She's left-handed; she hits the ball very well, and also absorbed the pace from Maria very well.

Pervak is rather one-dimensional, though, whereas Maria, as we know, has lots of variety. A prime example of Maria's variety came at 6-3 *3-0 (15/15), when she drew Pervak to the net with a dropshot, then hit a beautifully-flighted lob-winner over Pervak's head.

I am also impressed by Pervak's beauty. She's very cute, and reminds me a lot of Jelena Dokić in terms of facial features and facial expressions, such as that thing Jelena does with her mouth when she's concentrating. Pervak also has a pleasant, high-pitched grunt, and reacts to losing points with cute little yelps.

When Maria made a *0-2 (30/40) start, I was worried that she might be heading for her second first-round exit in successive Majors. But Pervak let her off the hook: 1-2*.

It started to rain, but fortunately it didn't amount to enough to suspend play on clay. Maria wasted 2 BPs at 1-2* with cheap forehand errors, and Pervak held for 3-1*.

Then Maria won 8 games in a row to lead 6-3 *3-0, although they continued to play breathtaking baseline-rallies in the first set.

Pervak just isn't used to competing at Maria's intensity, and began to unravel at the start of the second set, with loose errors – particularly when she had the chance to go for a winner.

The second set might well have been 6-0, as Maria led *3-0 (40/15), but served three double faults in the next four points: 3-1*.

Maria had her first MPs at 5-1* (40/15*), but Pervak rallied for all she was worth to save the first, then bravely hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line – right in the corner – to save the second. A forehand smash-winner and a service-winner completed a very impressive hold by Pervak.

Maria hit two crosscourt forehand winners en route to her third MP at *5-2 (40/15), and sealed victory when Pervak sprayed a forehand wide.

I want to extract a lot more detail from this match than I could manage in a single take, so I'll post my full TV-report at a later date. I don't have an ETA at this time, as I'm extremely busy for the foreseeable future, and my website has been offline since March due to Sqweebs having its server disabled, which is why I haven't posted my Sharapova v Shvedova third-round TV-report from the French Open 2009 yet.


First set
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SHARAP __*_*@*@* 6
PERVAK @*_*_____ 3

The match started at 19:06 CEST.

Maria serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Pervak serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 0-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (GP #1). Held.

Pervak serving 2-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Pervak (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Pervak serving 3-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 3-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Pervak serving 3-4 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Pervak (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Maria). Maria won the first set 6-3 at 19:48 CEST (42m).


Second set
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SHARAP @*@_@*_* 6
PERVAK ___@__*_ 2

Pervak serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Pervak serving 0-2: 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 3-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Pervak (BP #1). Broken.

Pervak serving 1-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Maria serving 4-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Pervak serving 1-5: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (MP #1 for Maria). 30/40 (MP #2 for Maria). Deuce #1. Ad Pervak (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 5-2 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #3 for Maria). Maria won 6-3 6-2 at 20:26 CEST (second set 37m, match 1h20m).

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7. Second-round draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.


7.1 Top half: Sharapova, Rybáriková, Hantuchová, Zvonarëva
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* Julia Görges v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (komm jetzt Julia!)
* ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] v Jill Craybas
* SHAHAR PE'ER [18] v Bethanie Mattek-Sands [LL] (kadima Shahar!)
* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Olivia Sánchez [WC] (allez Marion!)

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Kirsten Flipkens (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Klára Zakopalová v JUSTINE HENIN [22] (pojďme Klára!)
* ZHENG,JIE [25] v Anastasia Pivovarova [Q] (my loyalty is to Jie)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v Rossana de los Ríos

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v Kaia Kanepi [Q]
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] (my loyalty is to MAGDA)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Olga Govortsova (my loyalty is to DANIELA)
* YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] v Sybille Bammer (komaan Yanina!)

* Jarmila Groth [WC] v Kimiko Date Krumm
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Anastasia Rodionova (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Ana Ivanović [DF] v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28] (ajde Ana!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [8] (davai Yaroslava!)


7.2 Bottom half: Lucie Šafářová
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* Andrea Petković v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6]
* MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] v Yvonne Meusburger (davai Maria!)
* Sophie Ferguson [Q] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
* LI,NA [11] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] v Roberta Vinci (my loyalty is to Flavia)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] v Polona Hercog (my loyalty is to LUCIE)
* Tímea Bacsinszky v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] (hopp Tímea!)
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Tathiana Garbin (kom sĺ Caro!)

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (davai Elena!)
* KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32] v Aleksandra Woźniak
* Johanna Larsson v Akgul Amanmuradova
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Chanelle Scheepers [Q] (ˇvamos Gisela!)

* ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] v Angelique Kerber (allez Aravane!)
* Ágnes Szávay v NADIA PETROVA [19] (hajrá Ágnes!)
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] v Varvara Lepchenko (my loyalty is to Domi)
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v VENUS WILLIAMS [2] (ˇvamos Arantxa!)

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8. Second-round preview: Šafářová v Hercog
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* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] v Polona Hercog

Lucie has never played 19-year-old Hercog before, and I have watched Hercog play only once: when she was thrashed 6-4 6-1 by the delightful Romana Tabaková in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon 2008 Girls' Singles.

On that occasion, I observed that Hercog had a big serve, but her groundstrokes were very slow compared with what I'm used to seeing in the women's game. She was hitting plenty of sliced backhands, but just couldn't take the initiative against Romana.

And yet Hercog is the one who has since established herself on the WTA Tour, with a ranking of #52 while Romana is languishing at #705.

Hercog has an 19:13 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her first-round win here: a 6-3 6-0 thrashing of Misaki Doi [Q]), which is one more win than Lucie has had, albeit at a lower level.

Hercog's 2010 started with a first-round loss to #30 Shahar Pe'er at Auckland (7-5 6-3), and a second-round-of-qualifying loss to #101 Varvara Lepchenko at Sydney (6-1 6-3).

Hercog beat #168 Yuliana Fedak 6-4 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open, but lost 6-4 7-5 to #30 Alyona Bondarenko in the second round.

Hercog won ITF Cali, beating #90 Klára Zakopalová 7-5 3-6 6-2 in the semi-finals, and #176 Mariana Duque Marińo 6-4 5-7 6-2 in the final. But she lost 7-5 6-2 to #222 Catalina Castańo in the first round at Bogotá.

Hercog underlined her clay-court credentials with a run to the final of Acapulco, beating #100 Rossana de los Ríos 6-4 6-1, #89 Alizé Cornet 6-2 6-4, #31 Ágnes Szávay 6-3 7-5, and #46 Carla Suárez Navarro 6-3 7-5. In the final, she took the first set off #5 Venus Williams before losing 2-6 6-2 6-3!

Hercog's results haven't been quite so impressive from March onwards: she lost 6-2 6-3 to #28 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round of Monterrey, 6-4 6-2 to #16 Marion Bartoli in the second round of Indian Wells.

Hercog reached the third round of Miami by beating #70 Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová 6-3 6-0 and #38 Aleksandra Woźniak 7-6 6-3, but lost 6-2 6-2 to #54 Tímea Bacsinszky.

Hercog lost 6-4 7-6 to #38 Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round of Marbella, and 6-3 3-6 6-1 to #20 Shahar Pe'er in the first round of Stuttgart, and again to Pe'er in the second round of Rome: 2-6 7-5 6-3.

Hercog lost 3-6 6-4 6-4 to #15 Marion Bartoli in the first round of Madrid. She beat #64 Angelique Kerber 6-2 6-3 in the first round of Warsaw, but lost 2-6 6-3 6-4 to #3 Caroline Woźniacki in the second round.

Conclusion: Lucie's recent form makes her the strong favourite going into this match, but Hercog seems to like clay, so Lucie could be in trouble if she has an off-day like, say, her quarter-final loss to #138 Anna Lapushchenkova at Stuttgart.

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9. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 3)
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9.1 Third-round wishes
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+ Julia Görges d. ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29]
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [18]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Klára Zakopalová
+ ZHENG,JIE [25] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]

+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Jarmila Groth [WC]
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. Yaroslava Shvedova

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Andrea Petković
+ LI,NA [11] d. Sophie Ferguson [Q]
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF]
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Tímea Bacsinszky

+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32]
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. Johanna Larsson
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. Ágnes Szávay
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]


9.2 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Julia Görges
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. ZHENG,JIE [25]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Ana Ivanović [DF]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. LI,NA [11]
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] (my Passion says Domi, but my Reason says Aravane)


9.3 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] (my Reason says Vera, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF]
+ Gisela Dulko [DF] d. ARAVANE REZAĎ [15]


9.4 Semi-final wishes
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] (my Reason says Maria, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. Gisela Dulko [DF]


9.5 Final-wish
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF]

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10. Women's Doubles: First round
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This section presents my selections. The full draw is at:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/wd/


10.1 First-round results (Tuesday 25th May 2010)
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+ Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Victoria Azarenka [DF] d. Arantxa Parra Santonja [s]/Melinda Czink, 6-1 6-3

+ Daniela Hantuchová [EF]/Caroline Woźniacki d. Tatjana Malek/Andrea Petković, 7-5 7-6 (10/8)

+ Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak d. Sofia Arvidsson/Angelique Kerber, 6-2 7-5

- Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]/Chang,Kai-Chen lt. (MARIA KIRILENKO [DF]/AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA)[11], 1-6 1-6


10.2 Second-round draw
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* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Victoria Azarenka [DF] v (LIEZEL HUBER/ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES)[3]

* Daniela Hantuchová [EF]/Caroline Woźniacki v (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[1]

* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak v {Chuang,Chia-Jung/Alicia Molik or (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/BARBORA ZÁHLAVOVÁ STRÝCOVÁ)[13]}

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11. Order of play for Wednesday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 7 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 2r: Carsten Ball [WC] v Viktor Troicki
2. MS 2r: Olivier Rochus v Julian Reister [Q]
3. WS 2r: LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] v Polona Hercog
4. MD 1r: (LUKÁŠ DLOUHÝ/LEANDER PAES)[3] v Johan Brunström/Jean-Julien Rojer

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

The BBC plans to start on Chatrier with Parra Santonja v Venus Williams (always a pleasure to watch a Selesian) followed by Federer v Falla, and then switch to Court 1 for Murray v Chela.

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

P.S. BBC commentator Sam Smith said on Tuesday that Stefanie Vögele played "extremely well" against Serena Williams.
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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 4

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round results
3. Second-round TV-report: Parra Santonja v V.Williams
4. Second-round TV-report: Petković v Kuznetsova
5. Second-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Hercog
6. Second-round draw
7. Second-round preview: Sharapova v Flipkens
8. Second-round preview: Rybáriková v A.Bondarenko
9. Second-round preview: Hantuchová v Govortsova
10. Second-round preview: Zvonarëva v An.Rodionova
11. Andrew's wishes
12. Order of play for Thursday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 4:
* safarova
* kirilenko
* dulko
* pennetta
* cibulkova
* wozniacki
* lepchenko
* szavay
* rezai
* vinci
* parra santonja
* bacsinszky
* kerber
* petkovic
* larsson

Varvara Lepchenko is a much-underrated beauty, and today she looked the best I've ever seen her look.

Various players including Gisela Dulko [DF], Dominika Cibulková, Caroline Woźniacki, Aravane Rezaď, Tímea Bacsinszky, Varvara Lepchenko, Andrea Petković:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

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2. Second-round results (Wednesday 26th May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. Roberta Vinci, 6-1 6-1
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. Varvara Lepchenko, 4-6 6-2 6-0
- LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] lt. Polona Hercog, 1-6 2-6

What rocked:
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. Yvonne Meusburger, 6-3 6-3
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. Tathiana Garbin, 6-3 6-1
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. Angelique Kerber, 6-2 2-6 6-3

What sucked:
- Gisela Dulko [DF] lt. Chanelle Scheepers [Q], 6-3 3-6 4-6
- Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [2], 2-6 4-6
- Ágnes Szávay lt. NADIA PETROVA [19], 1-6 2-6
- Tímea Bacsinszky lt. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31], 4-6 2-6
- Andrea Petković lt. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6], 6-4 5-7 4-6
- Johanna Larsson lt. Akgul Amanmuradova, 6-7 (2/7) 2-6

Why does Gisela have to fold in the next round every time she scores a big upset?

Larsson had SP at *6-5 (40/30).

Archive of point-by-point scores for all matches:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17841415

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3. Second-round TV-report: Parra Santonja v V.Williams (Wednesday 26th May 2010)
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- Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [2], 2-6 4-6

It's good to see the leggy Selesian that is Parra Santonja back playing at Tour-level after a major slump in 2006–2008. She put up a valiant effort here, but Williams was simply too strong, especially on serve.


First set
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PARRA SA *___*___ 2
WILLIAMS _*@*_*@* 6

The match was first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and started at 11:12 CEST.

Parra Santonja serving 0-0: Service-winner. 15/0. Williams netted a backhand return. 30/0. First serve out wide + off-forehand induced Williams to hit a backhand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Parra Santonja on the third stroke hit a forehand long. 40/15 (GP #2). First serve out wide: Williams blasted a crosscourt forehand return-winner into the corner. 40/30 (GP #3). Deep first serve down the middle induced Williams to net a forehand return. Held.

Williams serving 0-1: Deep first serve down the middle forced Parra Santonja to bunt a backhand lob-return wide. 15/0. First serve out wide forced a floater, but Williams dumped a forehand volley into the net. 15/15. Williams went to the net, but her approach lacked penetration: Parra Santonja hit a down-the-line forehand pass-winner. 15/30. Deep second serve down the middle kicked up, inducing Parra Santonja to hit a forehand return long. 30/30. Ace #1: down the middle, on the centre-line. 40/30 (GP #1). Williams went to the net, but hit a forehand smash-winner long by a whisker. Sam Smith blamed the wind. Deuce #1. First serve out wide: forehand return long. Ad Williams (GP #2). Parra Santonja's deep crosscourt forehand induced Williams to hit a forehand half-volley long. Deuce #2. Parra Santonja backhand just inside the baseline shot through on Williams for a winner. Yes: Williams hit an airshot! Ad Parra Santonja (BP #1). Parra Santonja hit a down-the-line backhand into the net. Deuce #3. Deep first serve forced a short return; Williams drilled a forehand winner down the line. Ad Williams (GP #3). Parra Santonja went to the net behind a delicate backhand dropshot; Williams reached it easily, but put a crosscourt forehand wide. Deuce #4. Deep first serve out wide forced Parra Santonja to bunt a forehand return long and wide. Ad Williams (GP #4). Parra Santonja went to the net, forced a floater, and dispatched it with a forehand volley-winner. Deuce #5. Deep first serve down the middle forced Parra Santonja to bunt a backhand lob-return wide. Ad Williams (GP #5). Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). Deuce #6. Williams played a good spreading rally, her crosscourt backhand forcing Parra Santonja to hit a backhand wide. Ad Williams (GP #6). Williams's deep forehand induced Parra Santonja to hit a wild off-forehand wide. Held.

Parra Santonja serving 1-1: Williams backhand long. 15/0. Williams went to the net, forced a defensive lob, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. 15/15. Parra Santonja on the third stroke hit an off-backhand winner. 30/15. Williams went to the net, her deep forehand approach forcing Parra Santonja to net a forehand pass. 30/30. Williams's deep, hard crosscourt forehand return forced Parra Santonja to mishit a forehand wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams went to the net, but hit an off-forehand wide. Deuce #1. Parra Santonja netted a backhand. Ad Williams (BP #1). Service-winner out wide: right in the corner. Deuce #2. First serve + off-forehand winner. Ad Parra Santonja (GP #1). She netted a backhand. Deuce #3. A bad bounce forced Parra Santonja to mishit a backhand wide. Ad Williams (BP #2). Parra Santonja hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline – took it early, great angle. Deuce #4. Williams went to the net, her crosscourt backhand volley forcing Parra Santonja to hit a one-handed backhand wide. Ad Williams (BP #3). A ferocious return forced a short ball, which Williams dispatched with an off-forehand winner. Broken.

Williams serving 2-1: Parra Santonja hit an inadequate dropshot, which Williams dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Williams's crosscourt backhand clipped the netcord and fell wide. 30/0. First serve out wide induced Parra Santonja to net a forehand return. 30/15. Williams went to the net, forcing Parra Santonja to net a forehand. Parra Santonja reacted with a cute little yell. 40/15 (GP #1). Parra Santonja forehand just long. Held.

Parra Santonja serving 1-3: Parra Santonja's deep crosscourt backhand induced Williams to hit a backhand wide. 15/0. First serve out wide + pinpoint down-the-line backhand into the corner, forcing Williams to hit a forehand wide. Sam Smith: "Parra Santonja's only chance is to be front-foot." 30/0. Double fault (second serve just long). 30/15. Williams went to the net, forcing Parra Santonja to net a backhand. 30/30. Parra Santonja netted a backhand. 30/40 (BP #1). Parra Santonja's deep forehand induced Williams to net a forehand. Deuce #1. Williams netted a forehand. Ad Parra Santonja (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Williams to net a forehand return.

Alastair Eykyn described Williams's two-handed backhand as follows: "Before she winds up and lets go, it's almost like she's carrying a shovel in her hands, but suddenly the flowing arms and the power that she unleashes is extremely effective."

Williams serving 3-2: Parra Santonja forehand just long. 15/0. First serve out wide forced a very short return, which Williams dispatched with a backhand winner down the line. 30/0. Ace #1: 126mph down the middle. 40/0 (GP #1). Parra Santonja hit an off-backhand just wide. Held.

Parra Santonja serving 2-4: Parra Santonja backhand long. 0/15. Williams hit a deep off-forehand winner just inside the baseline. 0/30. Parra Santonja hit an off-backhand winner. 15/30. Double fault #1 (second serve out wide just wide). 15/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide forced a short return, but Parra Santonja netted an off-forehand that should have been an easy put-away. Broken.

Williams serving 5-2 (new balls): Parra Santonja's deep forehand return induced Williams to net a backhand. 0/15. Williams forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner into the corner. 15/15. Parra Santonja crosscourt backhand wide. 30/15. First serve out wide: Parra Santonja hit a backhand return into the top of the net. 40/15 (SP #1 for Williams). Deep first serve out wide forced Parra Santonja to hit a forehand return wide. Williams won the first set 6-2 at 11:54 CEST (41m).

Sam Smith: "After a promising start, Parra Santonja is looking limited and lightweight out here – that's what Venus is doing to her."


Second set
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PARRA SA *_*_*___*_ 4
WILLIAMS _*_*_*@*_* 6

Parra Santonja serving 0-0: Parra Santonja's crosscourt backhand forced a floater; she went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 15/0. Williams went to the net, forcing Parra Santonja to hit a down-the-line backhand pass wide. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 30/15. Williams's deep ball just inside the baseline forced Parra Santonja to bunt a forehand just long. 30/30. Williams hit a deep forehand down the middle, forcing Parra Santonja to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Second serve: Williams forehand return just long. Deuce #1. Williams crosscourt backhand just wide. Ad Parra Santonja (GP #1). Williams ballooned a forehand return long. Held.

I just spotted Maria Kirilenko in the stands!

Williams serving 0-1: Williams backhand winner down the line. 15/0. Parra Santonja hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Williams to hit a forehand long. 15/15. Ace #2: out wide. 30/15. After a succession of moonballs, Parra Santonja flattened it out, took the initiative, and induced Williams to hit a crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/30. Service-winner out wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Parra Santonja forced a short ball, but netted a forehand and yelled in frustration. Held.

Parra Santonja serving 1-1: Williams netted a down-the-line forehand. 15/0. Parra Santonja went to the net, but her approach was short and sat up nicely for Williams to hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 15/15. Williams's deep return induced Parra Santonja to hit a forehand long. 15/30. Parra Santonja hit a deep, hard forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Williams to hit a backhand wide. 30/30. Williams went for a fine-angled crosscourt backhand, but put it wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Parra Santonja crosscourt backhand just wide.

Williams serving 1-2: Service-winner. 15/0. Parra Santonja's backhand dropshot forced Williams to net a forehand – it has to be that good (short and with plenty of backspin) to work against Venus. 15/15. Williams netted a forehand. 15/30. Williams painted the sideline with a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/30. Williams hit a deep off-forehand winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Serve + forehand winner down the line. Held.

Parra Santonja serving 2-2: Service-winner. 15/0. Williams netted a backhand. 30/0. Williams netted a backhand off a very short ball. 40/0 (GP #1). Williams's depth induced Parra Santonja to hit a forehand long. 40/15 (GP #2). Parra Santonja crosscourt forehand just wide. 40/30 (GP #3). Williams forehand long. Held.

Williams serving 2-3: Williams netted a forehand. 0/15. Parra Santonja netted a backhand. 15/15. Parra Santonja's crosscourt backhand forced a defensive lob, which she dispatched with an off-forehand drive-volley winner. 15/30. First serve: backhand return long. 30/30. Parra Santonja forehand long. 40/30 (GP #1). First serve out wide forced Parra Santonja to bunt a backhand return wide. Held.

Parra Santonja serving 3-3: Parra Santonja pounced on a short ball to hit a crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 15/0. Williams went to the net behind an approach that clipped the netcord, but Parra Santonja put a down-the-line backhand pass wide. 15/15. Williams hit a crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. 15/30. Williams crosscourt forehand return-winner. 15/40 (BP #1). Williams broke with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Sam Smith: "I feel like Parra Santonja has gained a lot of territory out here, but hasn't converted it to an awful lot in terms of the scoreboard."

Williams serving 4-3: Williams forced a defensive lob, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. 15/0. Parra Santonja hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/30. Parra Santonja crosscourt forehand wide. 30/30. Parra Santonja went to the net: Williams put a crosscourt forehand wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Deep, body-jamming first serve forced Parra Santonja to hit an off-forehand return wide. Deuce #1. Williams went to the net, her fading backhand volley forcing Parra Santonja to net a forehand. Ad Williams (GP #1). Double fault #2 (Williams apologised for a caught toss, then dumped her second serve into the net). Deuce #1. Williams went to the net, but Parra Santonja hit a one-handed crosscourt forehand pass-winner. Ad Parra Santonja (BP #2). Williams hit a thunderous off-forehand winner onto the sideline. Deuce #2. Service-winner out wide. Ad Williams (GP #2). Williams dumped a backhand into the net. Deuce #3. Williams hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Parra Santonja to bunt a forehand lob wide. Parra Santonja muttered. Ad Williams (GP #3). Parra Santonja backhand long. Held.

Sam Smith: "This match is very much a labour of love for Williams. You have to get through these matches to get to the more glamorous encounters."

Parra Santonja serving 3-5: First serve out wide (terrific angle to the sideline!) + error-forcing off-forehand. 15/0. Parra Santonja went to the net, but a dipping crosscourt forehand pass forced her to net a forehand half-volley. 15/15. Parra Santonja went to the net again, her deep crosscourt forehand forcing Williams to hit a forehand pass wide. 30/15. First serve out wide + backhand winner down the line. 40/15 (GP #1). Parra Santonja netted a forehand. 40/30 (GP #2). Williams netted a forehand. Held.

Williams serving 5-4: Double fault #3 (second serve clipped the netcord and went long). 0/15. Parra Santonja off-forehand return just wide. 15/15. Williams forced a floater, which she dispatched with a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/15. Williams forced another floater, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. 40/15 (MP #1 for Williams). An excellent crosscourt forehand return forced a short mishit crosscourt forehand from Williams, which Parra Santonja dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30 (MP #2 for Williams). Second serve: off-forehand return long. Williams won 6-2 6-4 at 12:48 CEST (second set 53m, match 1h35m).

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4. Second-round TV-report: Petković v Kuznetsova (Wednesday 26th May 2010)
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- Andrea Petković lt. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6], 6-4 5-7 4-6

It was my first time to see Petković play, and since the BBC's coverage started at *5-2 in the first set, I started writing down point-descriptions on the basis that when you first see a new picture, you don't want to miss the boat; you might be staring at van Gogh's ear.

I'm not that impressed by Petković, though. She hits the ball quite hard, but lacks the /flairsome/ power that I look for in a woman. Of course, the same is true of Kuznetsova to an even greater extent.

Petković has a reputation as a choker – she even admitted to a bout of "hard-core choking" in her first-round win, when *4-1 in the third set against Elena Vesnina became *5-4.

And today, Petković blew 4 MPs at 6-4 *5-4 (40/0 + Ad) – all of them with her own errors, three of which were unforced.


First set
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KUZNETSO __*__@_@*_ 4
PETKOVIĆ @*_*@_@__* 6

Petković serving 5-2: Kuznetsova off-forehand winner. 0/15. Petković off-forehand just long. 0/30. Kuznetsova forehand winner down the line. 0/40 (BP #1). Kuznetsova backhand long. 15/40 (BP #2). Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand wide. 30/40 (BP #3). Kuznetsova hit a weak moonball to the centre of the court, but Petković's crosscourt forehand clipped the netcord and fell wide. Broken.

Petković freely admitted that she had done some "hard-core choking" before finally closing out her first-round match.

Kuznetsova serving 3-5: Kuznetsova's deep down-the-line backhand forced a floater, which she dispatched with a forehand smash-winner. 15/0. Petković backhand long. 30/0. A long baseline-rally with loud grunting from both players, and noise from the crowd, ended with Kuznetsova cleaning the sideline with a crosscourt backhand winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Kuznetsova dropshot + forehand pass-volley winner. Held.

Sam Smith summed up Petković's game as follows: "Big serve, very good backhand crosscourt, really very aggressive on every ball."

Petković serving 5-4: Service-winner. 15/0. Kuznetsova off-forehand + crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Kuznetsova forehand long. 30/15. Kuznetsova went to the net and hit a backhand pass-volley winner down the line. 30/30. Service-winner. 40/30 (SP #1). Service-winner. Petković won the first set 6-4 at 16:42 CEST (37m).


Second set
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KUZNETSO *___*_*_*@*@ 7
PETKOVIĆ _*@*_*_*____ 5

The match was suspended due to rain before the second set started. It resumed at 18:24 CEST (1h42m rain-delay).

I watched the second set more casually than the end of the first. Petković broke in the third game, and powered to a 4-2* lead. Sam Smith said she'd watched Petković play a lot this year, and that this was the best she'd ever seen her play, while Kuznetsova was "a shadow of her former self".

At 4-2* (30/30), Petković spanked a thunderous crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline, but the umpire checked the mark and called it out. Games continued to go with serve...

Kuznetsova serving 3-5: Petković's penetrating off-forehand forced Kuznetsova to hit a backhand long. 0/15. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand winner into the corner. 30/15. Petković dumped a backhand into the net. 40/15 (GP #1). Petković hit a thunderous crosscourt forehand winner right in the corner! 40/30 (GP #2). Petković dumped a choky forehand halfwy up the net.

Petković serving 5-4: A nailbiting baseline-rally ended with Kuznetsova dumping a forehand halfway up the net. 15/0. Kuznetsova hit a down-the-line forehand just wide. She slapped herself in frustration. 30/0. First serve out wide forced Kuznetsova to net a forehand return. 40/0 (MP #1). Kuznetsova's depth forced Petković to net a backhand. 40/15 (MP #2). Petković had to hit a second serve, and on the third stroke hit a wild forehand way long. 40/30 (MP #3). Petković hit a choky crosscourt backhand wide. Deuce #1. Petković netted a choky down-the-line forehand. Ad Kuznetsova (BP #1). Petković nailed a crosscourt forehand winner into the corner. Deuce #2. First serve just inside the baseline! But Kuznetsova mishit a forehand lob long/wide. Ad Petković (MP #4). A nailbiting crosscourt-backhand drill ended with Petković netting one. Deuce #3. Second serve: Kuznetsova nailed a forehand return-winner down the line. Ad Kuznetsova (BP #2). Petković went to the net, but her forehand approach was too weak; Kuznetsova drilled a backhand pass-winner down the line. Broken.

Kuznetsova serving 5-5: Petković forehand just long. 15/0. Kuznetsova spread Petković with a crosscourt backhand + down-the-line backhand, forcing Petković to net a running forehand. 30/0. First serve out wide: Petković hit a wild crosscourt forehand return wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Second serve: Petković ran around her backhand and netted a forehand.

Petković serving 5-6: Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 15/0. Petković cleaned the sideline with a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner. 30/0. Kuznetsova went to the net, forced a floater, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. 30/15. Petković sprayed a down-the-line backhand just wide. 30/30. Second serve: sloppy forehand return long. 40/30 (GP #1). Petković on the third stroke hit a forehand just long. Deuce #1. Kuznetsova off-forehand wide. Ad Petković (GP #2). Petković, driven wide, slapped a backhand into the net. Deuce #2. Petković went to the net; Kuznetsova had "all the time in the world" to hit a forehand pass down the line, but put it just wide. Ad Petković (GP #3). Kuznetsova's crosscourt backhand dropshot forced Petković to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. Deuce #3. Petković crosscourt forehand wide. Ad Kuznetsova (SP #1). Kuznetsova forced a short ball, and dispatched it with an off-forehand winner. Kuznetsova won the second set 7-5 at 19:11 CEST (second set 47m).

Petković sat with her head in a towel at the set-break.


Third set
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KUZNETSO *@_@*_*__@ 6
PETKOVIĆ __@__*_*@_ 4

Petković looked like she was sliding to a quick defeat when Kuznetsova took a *2-0 lead for the loss of just two points, but she broke back immediately – only to lose a tough service-game for 1-3*. Petković hung in there until she was serving to stay in the match...

Petković serving 2-5: Petković backhand long. 0/15. Kuznetsova, driven wide, shovelled a crosscourt forehand just wide – and credit to Petković for a good recovery-forehand on the stretch. 15/15. Petković's crosscourt forehand induced Kuznetsova to net a forehand on the stretch. 30/15. Double fault #2 (second serve just long). 30/30. Petković's forehand drive-volley forced Kuznetsova to hit a forehand lob long. 40/30 (GP #1). Petković forehand long. Deuce #1. Petković's depth forced Kuznetsova to net a forehand. Ad Petković (GP #2). She netted a forehand on the third stroke. Deuce #2. Petković, driven wide by a crosscourt forehand, netted a forehand. Ad Kuznetsova (MP #1). A long baseline-rally with pigeons flying across the court ended with Kuznetsova hitting an off-forehand wide. Petković went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner on the stretch. Ad Petković (GP #3). Petković's crosscourt backhand forced Kuznetsova to net a backhand.

Sam Smith: "When you think what Petković has been through psychologically in this match, it's great to see her hanging in here."

Kuznetsova serving 5-3: Kuznetsova's deep crosscourt forehand forced Petković to hit a forehand lob long. 15/0. Kuznetsova forehand long. 15/15. Petković hit a backhand onto the baseline – it looked long, but wasn't called – forcing Kuznetsova to net a forehand. 15/30. Kuznetsova nailed a down-the-line backhand winner into the corner. 30/30. Petković netted a cheap forehand. 40/30 (MP #2 for Kuznetsova). Petković saved it bravely with a deep off-forehand onto the baseline + crosscourt forehand winner! Deuce #1. Petković hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand to the sideline, forcing Kuznetsova to net a forehand. Ad Petković (BP #1). Petković's forehand induced Kuznetsova to net a forehand. Broken.

Petković serving 4-5: Kuznetsova unleashed a huge crosscourt forehand winner just past Petković's outstretched racket. 0/15. Kuznetsova hit a sledgehammer crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 0/30. Petković crosscourt forehand + off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Kuznetsova fired a bullet of a crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. 15/40 (MP #3 for Kuznetsova). First serve out wide: Kuznetsova hit a makeable forehand return long. 30/40 (MP #4 for Kuznetsova). Kuznetsova's short-angled crosscourt backhand induced Petković to hit a backhand long. Kuznetsova won 4-6 7-5 6-4 at 19:56 CEST (third set 43m; match 3h51m gross, 2h09m net).

Petković has been known to cry when she loses, but unfortunately the cameras didn't show her properly when this one finished.

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5. Second-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Hercog (Wednesday 26th May 2010)
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- LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] lt. Polona Hercog, 1-6 2-6

I'm at a loss to explain this. I know Lucie has been struggling with injuries lately: she retired from her Madrid semi-final with a left-thigh injury, and couldn't start practising again until last Friday. I don't know whether it or her left-shoulder injury flared up again, or whether it was simply a very bad day at the office for the high-risk Lucie.

Still, it makes her career that much more exciting to follow when she mixes losses like this with the wins over top-18 players that she had at Stuttgart, Rome and Madrid! You just never know what to expect from Lucie.


First set
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ŠAFÁŘO ___*___ 1
HERCOG *@*_*@* 6

The match was second on Court 7, and started at 19:27 CEST.

Hercog serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Šafářová serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Hercog serving 2-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Šafářová serving 0-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Hercog serving 3-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Šafářová serving 1-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Broken.

Hercog serving 5-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Hercog). Hercog won the first set 6-1 at 19:48 CEST (21m).


Second set
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ŠAFÁŘO *___*___ 2
HERCOG _*@*_*@* 6

Šafářová serving 0-0 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Šafářová (GP #3). Held.

Hercog serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Šafářová serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Hercog (BP #1). Broken.

Hercog serving 2-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Šafářová serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Hercog serving 3-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Šafářová serving 2-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Hercog (BP #1). Broken.

Hercog serving 5-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Hercog). 40/30 (MP #2 for Hercog). Deuce #1. Ad Hercog (MP #3). Hercog won 6-1 6-2 at 20:21 CEST (second set 32m, match 54m).


Statistics
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Lucie served 2 aces to Hercog's 1, and they served 2 double faults each.

Lucie had a W:UE ratio of 13:13 (first set 3:3, second set 10:10), while Hercog's was 17:12 (first set 7:7, second set 10:5). The big difference was in the forced errors: Hercog forced Lucie into 25 errors, while Lucie forced Hercog into only 6 errors.

Lucie won only 50% of her service-points (first set 44%, second set 54%). She got 73% of her first serves in, winning 59% of the points when she did so, and 30% on second serve. From the first set to the second, her first-serve percentages improved from (63% in, 50% won) to 79% in, 64% won), while her second-serve winning-percentage deteriorated from 33% to 25%.

Hercog won 79% of her service-points (first set 76%, second set 81%). She got 62% of her first serves in, winning 77% of the points when she did so, and 93% on second serve. These percentages deteriorated from (71% in, 80% won, 100% won) for the first set to 52% in, 73% won, 90% won) for the second.

Hercog served faster than Lucie in all categories: fastest serve 116-112 mph, average first serve 103-91 mph, average second serve 89-78 mph.

Hercog converted 4 of 7 BPs (first set 2 of 5, second set 2 of 2), while Lucie didn't have any BPs.

Lucie won 2 of 4 points at the net, Hercog 3 of 3.

In points, Hercog won 55-31 (first set 25-12, second set 30-19).

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6. Second-round draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.


6.1 Top half: Sharapova, Rybáriková, Hantuchová, Zvonarëva
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* Julia Görges v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (komm jetzt Julia!)
* ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] v Jill Craybas
* SHAHAR PE'ER [18] v Bethanie Mattek-Sands [LL] (kadima Shahar!)
* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Olivia Sánchez [WC] (allez Marion!)

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Kirsten Flipkens (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Klára Zakopalová v JUSTINE HENIN [22] (pojďme Klára!)
* ZHENG,JIE [25] v Anastasia Pivovarova [Q] (my loyalty is to Jie)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v Rossana de los Ríos

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] v Kaia Kanepi [Q]
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] (my loyalty is to MAGDA)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Olga Govortsova (my loyalty is to DANIELA)
* YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] v Sybille Bammer (komaan Yanina!)

* Jarmila Groth [WC] v Kimiko Date Krumm
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Anastasia Rodionova (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Ana Ivanović [DF] v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28] (ajde Ana!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [8] (davai Yaroslava!)


6.2 Bottom half: Lucie Šafářová
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* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6] won
* MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] won
* Sophie Ferguson [Q] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
* LI,NA [11] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] won
* Polona Hercog won
* ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] won
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] won

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v Anabel Medina Garrigues (davai Elena!)
* KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32] v Aleksandra Woźniak
* Akgul Amanmuradova won
* Chanelle Scheepers [Q] won

* ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] won
* NADIA PETROVA [19] won
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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7. Second-round preview: Sharapova v Flipkens
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Kirsten Flipkens

Maria won her only meeting with Flipkens back at Luxembourg 2003, when the 16-year-old Maria won their first-round match 6-2 7-6 (9/7).

Flipkens is currently ranked #71, with a win/loss record of 16:10 for 2010 so far (including her first-round win here).

Flipkens started the year by winning five matches to reach the quarter-finals of Hobart as a qualifier, beating defending champion Petra Kvitová in the third round of qualifying(!), #34 Aleksandra Woźniak 7-5 6-2 in the second round of the main draw, and losing 6-3 6-4 to #50 Sara Errani.

Flipkens lost 6-4 6-3 to unranked Justine Henin in the first round of the Australian Open, then beat #135 Marta Domachowska 6-3 7-6 but lost to #9 Agnieszka Radwańska 6-2 7-6 in Belgium's Fed Cup tie against Poland.

Flipkens won three matches to reach the second round of Dubai as a qualifier, beating #51 Tímea Bacsinszky 6-3 6-4 in the first round of he main draw, but losing 6-0 6-0 to #14 Vera Zvonarëva.

Flipkens reached the third round of Indian Wells, beating Bacsinszky again 7-6 6-7 6-1, Woźniak again 6-1 6-2, and losing 6-4 6-2 to #7 Elena Dementieva.

Flipkens lost 6-3 6-1 to #107 Mariya Koryttseva in the second round of qualifying for Miami, 6-1 6-3 to #248 Laura Pous Tío in the first round of Marbella, and 7-5 6-2 to #87 Kristina Barrois in the first round of Barcelona.

At Estoril, Flipkens thrashed #55 Sybille Bammer 6-1 6-3, but lost 7-6 6-1 to #120 Arantxa Rus.

Flipkens qualified for Madrid by beating #91 Jill Craybas 7-5 6-3 and #108 Karolina Šprem 6-3 6-2, but lost 6-2 6-1 to Vera Dushevina in the first round proper.

Flipkens beat #100 Ayumi Morita 6-1 6-4 in the first round here.

Conclusion: Flipkens is a tricky little opponent for a lot of players, but I don't think she has anything to hurt Maria. It's more a question of how many games she can win against Maria, who might be keen to emulate Vera Zvonarëva's double bagel from Dubai.

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8. Second-round preview: Rybáriková v A.Bondarenko
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* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ALYONA BONDARENKO [27]

Alyona Bondarenko is a solid counterpuncher, but doesn't have much power or spectacular shots in her game.

This is a very tough draw for Magda, as Alyona is ranked 20 places higher at #31, and has a win/loss record of 16:10 for 2010 so far (including her first-round win here), as compared with Magda's 7:14.

Furthermore, Alyona won their only previous meeting less than three weeks ago in the first round of Madrid: 2-6 6-1 6-4.

But there is reason for optimism when we study Alyona's 2010 results more closely and see that she has, in fact, been slumping lately, with a 5-match losing-streak spanning February, March, and early April.

Alyona enjoyed an excellent start to 2010 by winning Hobart: she beat #55 Sybille Bammer 6-4 6-1, #47 Alizé Cornet 6-4 3-6 6-2, #35 Zheng,Jie 7-5 7-5, #26 Anabel Medina Garrigues 4-6 6-3 6-4, and #30 Shahar Pe'er 6-2 6-4 in the final.

Alyona reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, beating #121 Kathrin Wörle 6-2 6-2, #69 Polona Hercog 6-4 7-5, and #8 Jelena Janković 6-2 6-3, before Zheng took revenge for Hobart: 7-6 6-4.

In Fed Cup in February, Alyona beat #18 Francesca Schiavone 6-1 6-4, but lost 7-5 7-6 to #12 Flavia Pennetta. That was the first match of her losing-streak, as she lost to Andrea Petković at Dubai, #56 Peng,Shuai 6-1 6-4 at Indian Wells, #37 Gisela Dulko 7-5 6-2 at Miami, and #52 Olga Govortsova 6-3 4-6 6-0 at Ponte Vedra Beach.

Alyona reached the quarter-finals of Charleston by beating two players outside the top 128, and was then thrashed 6-2 6-1 by #22 Vera Zvonarëva. She then lost a dramatic Fed Cup tie 0-6 6-3 7-5 to #96 Anastasia Rodionova.

After the aforementioned win over Magda at Madrid, Alyona beat #2 Caroline Woźniacki 6-2 6-3, although Woźniacki was playing in a diminished capacity after spraining her ankle at Charleston. Alyona then lost 6-3 6-4 to #13 Li,Na in the third round.

Alyona reached the quarter-finals of Warsaw by beating #60 Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-1 and #73 Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová 6-2 6-4, but lost 5-7 6-4 6-4 to #205 Gréta Arn.

Alyona struggled past #53 Vera Dushevina 6-7 6-3 6-4 in the first round here.

Conclusion: Magda's chances of winning this match are probably about 42%, considering that Alyona has considerably more to show for the year so far than Magda, and beat Magda narrowly at Madrid.

If Magda loses the first set, she needs to remember the matches that she has won from that predicament (e.g. her Birmingham 2009 semi-final, where she beat Sania Mirza 3-6 6-0 6-3, and her first round here), and remember that Alyona's confidence is really rather low at the moment.

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9. Second-round preview: Hantuchová v Govortsova
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* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Olga Govortsova

Govortsova is currently ranked #38 to Daniela's #26, but her 9:14 win/loss record for the year so far (including her first-round win here) pales in comparison to Daniela's 20:10.

Daniela leads their head-to-head 3:1:
+ 2007 Birmingham 2r: Daniela won 6-2 6-4
+ 2007 Stanford qf: Daniela won 7-5 6-3
- 2008 Los Angeles 2r: Govortsova won 6-2 6-4
+ 2008 New Haven 2r: Daniela won 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7/4)

Govortsova lost her first four matches of 2010, losing in the first rounds of Brisbane, Sydney qualifying, the Australian Open, and WTA Paris. She didn't even come close to winning a set in these losses; at Paris, she retired with a virus.

However, Govortsova bounced back at Dubai, beating #47 Iveta Benešová 6-4 6-1 and #18 Francesca Schiavone 6-4 6-4, before losing in the third round: 7-5 6-0 to #5 Venus Williams.

After a first-round loss at Kuala Lumpur, Govortsova beat Benešová again: 6-0 4-6 7-6 (10/8) at Indian Wells. She then lost 6-4 4-6 6-0 to #7 Elena Dementieva in the second round, and 6-4 6-1 to #37 Gisela Dulko in the first round of Miami.

Govortsova was runner-up at Ponte Vedra Beach, beating #25 Alyona Bondarenko 6-3 4-6 6-0, #163 Anna Tatishvili 6-2 6-2, #107 Varvara Lepchenko 6-3 6-2, and #29 Dominika Cibulková 6-4 7-5. She lost the final 6-2 7-5 to #2 Caroline Woźniacki.

That was the first in a four-match losing-streak, as Govortsova retired with left-knee tendinitis when trailing #46 Vera Dushevina 0-6 0-2 at Charleston, and lost to #138 Anna Lapushchenkova 6-4 6-1 at Stuttgart, and #35 Lucie Šafářová 6-2 6-7 6-3 at Rome.

Govortsova beat #56 Tathiana Garbin 7-5 6-2 at Madrid, but Šafářová beat her again in the second round: 4-6 6-2 7-5.

Govortsova then lost 6-1 5-7 7-5 to #26 Zheng,Jie in the first round of Warsaw, but scored an impressive 7-6 (11/9) 6-1 win over #39 Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round here.

Conclusion: Govortsova can be very dangerous when she's on form, but Daniela starts as the clear favourite because she's having a much better year than Govortsova, and leads their head-to-head 3:1.

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10. Second-round preview: Zvonarëva v An.Rodionova
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Anastasia Rodionova

Vera owns a 2:0 head-to-head over Rodionova, thanks to two very one-sided wins:
+ 2008 Doha 1r: Vera won 6-0 6-3
+ 2008 Guangzhou 1r: Vera won 6-1 6-2

Rodionova is currently ranked #92, with a win/loss record of 16:13 for 2010 so far (including her first-round win here). Previously representing Russia, she switched nationality to Australia at the start of the year. I'm not sure whether this factors into anything when she plays faithful Russians such as Vera.

Rodionova has a bit of a temper: she was defaulted from Cincinnati 2007 for whacking a ball in the direction of some fans who were annoying her!

Rodionova started the year by losing in the second round of qualifying for Brisbane, and the third round of qualifying for Sydney – after a notable 6-3 6-3 win over #38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Rodionova lost 6-1 6-2 to #3 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round of the Australian Open.

Rodionova beat #62 Kimiko Date Krumm 6-1 1-0 (retired) in the first round of Pattaya City, but was then thrashed 6-4 6-1 by #74 Anna Chakvetadze.

After a second-round-of-qualifying loss at Dubai, Rodionova reached the quarter-finals at Kuala Lumpur by beating #51 Olga Govortsova 6-4 0-6 7-5 and #136 Ekaterina Ivanova 6-2 6-2. She then lost 4-6 6-3 6-4 to #29 Alisa Kleybanova.

Rodionova fell in the first round of qualifying for Indian Wells, but successfully qualified for Miami, and lost 6-4 6-2 to #44 Andrea Petković in the first round proper.

Rodionova then suffered first-round losses at Ponte Vedra Beach and Charleston, but scored a stunning 0-6 6-3 7-5 win over #25 Alyona Bondarenko in Fed Cup.

Rodionova reached the quarter-finals of Estoril by beating #93 Yvonne Meusburger 4-6 6-2 6-1 and #69 Stefanie Vögele 6-4 2-6 6-3, then lost 7-6 6-2 to #74 Anastasija Sevastova: the eventual champion.

Rodionova thrashed #71 Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová 6-0 6-2 in the first round of qualifying for Madrid, but Vögele took revenge for Estoril in the second qualifying-round: 6-4 7-6.

Rodionova reached the quarter-finals of Strasbourg last week, beating #86 Ayumi Morita 2-6 6-3 7-5, and advancing on an early retirement by #63 Elena Baltacha. She then lost 6-4 7-5 to #75 Vania King.

Rodionova beat #99 Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-2 in the first round here.

Conclusion: Rodionova comes into this match with some pretty respectable recent form, but Vera should be far too good for her, beating her in a match no closer than 6-3 6-3.

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11. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 4)
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11.1 Third-round wishes
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+ Julia Görges d. ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29]
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [18]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Klára Zakopalová
+ ZHENG,JIE [25] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]

+ Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Jarmila Groth [WC]
+ Ana Ivanović [DF] d. Yaroslava Shvedova

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6]
+ LI,NA [11] d. Sophie Ferguson [Q]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. Polona Hercog
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31]

+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32]
+ Chanelle Scheepers [Q] d. Akgul Amanmuradova
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. NADIA PETROVA [19]
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2]


11.2 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Julia Görges
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. ZHENG,JIE [25]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF]
+ VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] d. Ana Ivanović [DF]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. LI,NA [11]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Chanelle Scheepers [Q]
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] (my Passion says Domi, but my Reason says Aravane)


11.3 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] (my Reason says Vera, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF]
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]


11.4 Semi-final wishes
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] (my Reason says Maria, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. ARAVANE REZAĎ [15]


11.5 Final-wish
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF]

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12. Order of play for Thursday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 16 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 2r: VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Anastasia Rodionova
2. MD 1r: (BOB BRYAN/MIKE BRYAN)[1] v Jan Hájek/Lukáš Lacko
3. MS 2r: VICTOR HANESCU [31] v Yuri Schukin
4. MD 1r: Philipp Marx/Igor Zelenay v Nicolas Devilder/Paul-Henri Mathieu

Court 5 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 2r: KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32] v Aleksandra Woźniak
2. WS 2r: Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v ALYONA BONDARENKO [27]
3. WD 2r: Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak v (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/BARBORA ZÁHLAVOVÁ STRÝCOVÁ)[13]
4. WD 2r: (VERA DUSHEVINA/EKATERINA MAKAROVA)[14] v Alyona Bondarenko/Kateryna Bondarenko

Court 3 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 2r: Sophie Ferguson [Q] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
Not before 12:30 CEST:
2. MS 2r: MARCOS BAGHDATIS [25] v Marcel Granollers, 2:1 0-0* to finish
3. MS 2r: Pablo Andújar [Q] v THOMAZ BELLUCCI [24]
4. WS 2r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Olga Govortsova
5. MS 2r: NICOLAS ALMAGRO [19] v Steve Darcis

Court 1 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 2r: Ana Ivanović [DF] v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28]
Not before 12:30 CEST:
2. MS 2r: ANDY MURRAY [4] v Juan Ignacio Chela, 6-2 3-3* to finish
3. MS 2r: JÜRGEN MELZER [22] v Nicolas Mahut
4. WS 2r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Kirsten Flipkens
5. MS 2r: Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr v FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ [12]

The BBC plans to camp on Court 1 for the resumption of Murray v Chela. The good news for me is that the prior match on that court is Ivanović v Kleybanova! I really hope that Ana's good result at Rome was the start of a return to form that will continue here, because Ana is a joy to watch when she's playing well.

I don't know what the BBC plans to do after Murray v Chela – probably switch to Chatrier, I imagine. It's too much to expect it to stay on Court 1 until Maria plays, especially after it did its duty to Maria in the first round!

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

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 5

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round results
3. Second-round TV-report: Ivanović v Kleybanova
4. Second-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v An.Rodionova
5. Second-round scoreboard-report: Rybáriková v A.Bondarenko
6. Second-round scoreboard-report: Sharapova v Flipkens (Part 1)
7. Second-round draw
8. Who will be the next first-time Major champion?
9. Andrew's wishes
10. Women's Doubles: Second-round draw
11. Order of play for Friday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 5:
* sharapova
* zvonareva
* rybarikova
* ivanovic
* bartoli
* zakopalova
* shvedova
* dementieva
* groth
* jankovic
* flipkens
* kleybanova
* olivia sanchez

Wow: Olivia Sánchez is not listed as a Selesian, but there's certainly a photo of her hitting a right-handed two-handed cross-handed forehand!

Janković's yellow dress is very fetching – especially when she somehow managed to get the hem caught in her racket-hand while hitting a forehand!

Various players including Vera Zvonarëva [EF], Ana Ivanović [DF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Klára Zakopalová, Yaroslava Shvedova, Olivia Sánchez, Elena Dementieva, Jarmila Groth, Jelena Janković, Alisa Kleybanova, Kimiko Date Krumm:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

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2. Second-round results (Thursday 27th May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-2 7-6 (7/3)
- Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] lt. ALYONA BONDARENKO [27], 3-6 3-6

Medina Garrigues led *3-0 in the second set when there was a one-hour rain-delay. After that, Dementieva won 5 games in a row, but wasted 2 SPs at *5-3 (40/30 + Ad) before winning on a tiebreak.

What rocked:
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [8], 7-5 6-3
+ SHAHAR PE'ER [18] d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands [LL], 3-6 6-0 6-1
+ JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] d. Kaia Kanepi [Q], 6-2 3-6 6-4
+ Jarmila Groth [WC] d. Kimiko Date Krumm, 6-0 6-3
+ LI,NA [11] d. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC], 6-2 6-2

What sucked:
- VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] lt. Anastasia Rodionova, 4-6 4-6
- Ana Ivanović [DF] lt. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28], 3-6 0-6
- Sophie Ferguson [Q] lt. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17], 2-6 2-6
- KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32] lt. Aleksandra Woźniak, 4-6 1-6

Suspended due to darkness:
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3 *2-2
* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Olivia Sánchez [WC], *4-5
* Klára Zakopalová v JUSTINE HENIN [22], 3-6 *2-3

Sánchez has already had 3 SPs: 5-2* (40/15*) and *5-3 (Ad).

Archive of point-by-point scores for all matches:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17851329

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3. Second-round TV-report: Ivanović v Kleybanova (Thursday 27th May 2010)
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- Ana Ivanović [DF] lt. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28], 3-6 0-6

Wow: just a unbelievable performance by Kleybanova!! After a *0-2 start, she was simply red-hot today: serving huge, and hitting huge groundstrokes too.

The scoreline doesn't do any justice whatsoever to Ana's form: her groundstrokes were in good working order, and her body-language seemed positive until 3-6 *0-4. She was just beaten by a red-hot player today, and I hope she doesn't allow it to affect her confidence.

The only real black mark against Ana was her seven double faults: three at *2-1, two at *2-3, and two at 3-6 *0-2. You just can't afford to give away service-games like that against such a big server as Kleybanova.

Kleybanova might not be the most athletic-looking player, but she moved well today: she was extremely hungry, running for everything. She's often compared with Lindsay Davenport, but she has better movement, and clearly doesn't have the aversion to clay that Davenport had.

I don't understand how Kleybanova is only ranked #28 with a career-high of #22 when she can play like this, nor how she can move as well as she did after being sidelined with plantar fasciitis in April.

If Kleybanova keeps on playing like this, I don't see why she couldn't actually win the French Open. She's a good match-player, as evidenced by her recovery from 15/40 at 6-3 *3-0. I don't care if she would have played Justine Henin or a Williams-sister today – they would have gone out of the tournament.

I guess it's just a matter of match-to-match consistency, which we have yet to see from Kleybanova. She's only won one WTA singles-title so far: Kuala Lumpur 2010, where she beat #7 Elena Dementieva 6-3 6-2 in the final.


First set
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KLEYBANO __*@*@*_* 6
IVANOVIĆ @*_____*_ 3

The match was first on Court 1 ("The Bull-Ring"), and started at 15:46 CEST.

Kleybanova serving 0-0: Second serve: Ana sprayed a wild forehand return very long. 15/0. Kleybanova opened up the court with a first serve out wide, went for a backhand winner down the line, but put it just wide. 15/15. Ana hit a forehand long off a deep backhand from Kleybanova that looked long to me. 30/15. Kleybanova netted a backhand off a mildly awkward down-the-line forehand from Ana. 30/30. Second serve out wide, right in Ana's hitting-zone: crosscourt forehand return-winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Kleybanova opened up the court with a first serve out wide, but her down-the-line backhand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. Broken.

Ana serving 1-0: First serve out wide: forehand return long. 15/0. First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. 30/0. Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). 30/15. Ana went to the net and hit an off-backhand volley-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Kleybanova hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Ana to net a sliced backhand. 40/30 (GP #2). Ace #1: down the middle. Held.

John Lloyd said Ana was so desperate for success that she couldn't accept it when her success dried up, so she lost her confidence and got the yips on her serve.

Kleybanova serving 0-2: Ana down-the-line backhand just wide. 15/0. Kleybanova backhand long. 15/15. Second serve out wide: Ana hit a lovely crosscourt forehand return-winner right in the corner. 15/30. First serve out wide forced Ana to hit a backhand return long. 30/30. Ana on the fourth stroke netted a sliced backhand off a heavy ball from Kleybanova. 40/30 (GP #1). First serve out wide + off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Deuce #1. Ana couldn't capitalise on a sharp crosscourt forehand return... Kleybanova went to the net, forcing Ana to net a backhand. Ad Kleybanova (GP #2). Second serve out wide: Ana sprayed a backhand return long.

Ana serving 2-1: Double fault #2 (foot-fault on second serve). 0/15. Ana stranded Kleybanova with a crosscourt forehand return to the sideline, and hit an easy forehand winner down the line. 15/15. Kleybanova's backhand dropshot forced Ana to net a backhand. 15/30. Kleybanova's crosscourt backhand forced a short ball, which she dispatched with a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner. 15/40 (BP #1). Double fault #3 (second serve into the net). Broken.

John Lloyd said it was good that Ana wasn't looking up at her coach in despair after those double faults, but rather remaining focused.

Kleybanova serving 2-2: Kleybanova pounced on an inadequate dropshot to hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. 30/0. First serve down the middle + crosscourt forehand winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Double fault #1 (second serve wide of the centre-line). 40/15 (GP #2). Kleybanova dominated the point and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. Held.

Ana serving 2-3: Ana went to the net behind a penetrating off-forehand, and hit a crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner. 15/0. Ana on the third stroke sprayed an off-forehand wide. 15/15. Ana hit a crosscourt forehand winner deep into the corner, and said her first "ajde". 30/15. Double fault #4 (second serve into the net). 30/30. Kleybanova netted a forehand return, prompting another "ajde". 40/30 (GP #1). Ana forehand long. Deuce #1. Double fault #5. Ad Kleybanova (BP #1). Kleybanova's deep crosscourt backhand forced Ana to earth a one-handed backhand. Broken.

Five double faults is a reasonable number for a whole match, but Ana has already served that many in just three service-games.

Kleybanova serving 4-2: Ana hit a deep forehand winner down the line. 0/15. Kleybanova went to the net, and hit a crosscourt backhand drop-volley that forced Ana to hit a backhand long. 15/15. Ana was left standing as Kleybanova on the third stroke hit a huge backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Ana netted an unforced backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide: Ana tried to use the pace and angle for a huge crosscourt forehand return, but put it wide. Held.

Ana serving 2-5 (new balls): Kleybanova forehand long. 15/0. Ana went to the net behind an off-forehand, and hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/0. First serve out wide + off-forehand winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Ana forced a short ball and hit a big forehand winner down Kleybanova's right sideline.

Kleybanova serving 5-3: Deep first serve: forehand return long. 15/0. Ana went to the net, but had to stretch for a backhand volley, which sat up nicely for Kleybanova to hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 30/0. Ana backhand long. 40/0 (SP #1 for Kleybanova). Second serve was called wide but overruled, so Kleybanova got another first serve. Ana hit a stinging crosscourt backhand return just inside the sideline, forcing Kleybanova to bunt a short down-the-line backhand, giving Ana what should have been an easy crosscourt forehand winner – but she dumped it into the net, and emitted a cute little yelp. Kleybanova won the first set 6-3 at 16:18 CEST (31m).

Ana's groundstrokes look to be on good form, but Kleybanova is very strong, especially on serve, and Ana paid the price for those double faults at *2-1 and *2-3.


Second set
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KLEYBANO @*@*@* 6
IVANOVIĆ ______ 0

Ana serving 0-0: Ana crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Kleybanova crosscourt forehand + crosscourt backhand winner. 15/15. First serve: Kleybanova netted a forehand return. 30/15. Kleybanova's hard backhand return forced Ana to hit a crosscourt backhand just wide (the umpire checked the mark). 30/30. Kleybanova forced a short ball and hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Ana netted an attempted backhand approach-shot down the line. Broken.

Kleybanova serving 1-0: Ana hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line – just inside the sideline – and said "ajde". 15/0. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand – both close to their respective sidelines – forced Ana to net a forehand. 15/15. First serve out wide forced Ana to net a forehand return. 30/15. Double fault #2 (second serve called wide by the umpire). 30/30. A meaty baseline-rally ended with Kleybanova hitting a crosscourt backhand just wide, and Ana saying "ajde". 30/40 (BP #1). Virtual ace out wide. Deuce #1. Ana netted a backhand off a Kleybanova dropshot, and smacked the court with her racket. Ad Kleybanova (GP #1). Kleybanova's huge off-forehand just inside the sideline forced a short floater, which she dispatched with a forehand smash off the bounce. Held.

It's good to see Ana looking so positive at a set and a break down – in contrast to how distraught she looked during a very tough first-round win at Wimbledon 2009, in which she was MP down – but Kleybanova is on red-hot form now.

Ana serving 0-2: Second serve out wide: Kleybanova's crosscourt forehand forced Ana to net a forehand. 0/15. Double fault #6 (second serve long). 0/30. Kleybanova netted a backhand. 15/30. Ana's deep forehand forced Kleybanova to hit a forehand long. 30/30. Double fault #7 (second serve long). 30/40 (BP #1). Kleybanova forced a short ball and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. Broken.

Kleybanova serving 3-0: Second serve: Ana hit a hard, deep forehand return for a virtual winner. 0/15. Ana went to the net behind an off-forehand just inside the sideline, and hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 0/30. Ana down-the-line forehand just wide. 15/30. Kleybanova forehand just long. 15/40 (BP #1). Second serve: Ana netted a cheap forehand return. 30/40 (BP #2). Huge first serve forced Ana to bunt a forehand return just long. Deuce #1. First serve out wide + off-forehand winner. Ad Kleybanova (GP #1). Ana's pinpoint backhand return-winner down the line forced Kleybanova to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Deuce #2. Deep first serve out wide forced Ana to net a forehand. Ad Kleybanova (GP #1). Kleybanova netted a backhand return. Deuce #3. Ana backhand return just long. Ad Kleybanova (GP #2). Ana dumped a backhand halfway up the net. Held.

Kleybanova went off the boil early in that game, and Ana was quick to take advantage, but as soon as she netted that second-serve return at 15/40, Kleybanova was back on form, and Ana's chance was gone.

Ana serving 0-4: Ana's backhand clipped the netcord and fell wide. 0/15. Kleybanova's deep off-forehand forced Ana to net a backhand. 0/30. Ana on the third stroke netted a makeable backhand. 0/40 (BP #1). Ana's deep backhand forced Kleybanova to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/40 (BP #2). Ana went to the net, but Kleybanova came up with a screaming crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. Broken.

I got the impression that Ana was close to tears at 0/40 there.

Kleybanova serving 5-0: Ana forced a floater that was going wide, but hit a crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. 0/15. Ana hit a pinpoint crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline, forcing Kleybanova to hit a backhand lob, which Ana dispatched with a high forehand punch-volley winner crosscourt. 0/30. First serve: forehand return just long. 15/30. Ana crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/40 (BP #1). Kleybanova retrieved an aggressive return to her backhand, then hit a big crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Ana to hit a deep, defensive lob; Kleybanova hit a down-the-line backhand winner deep into the corner. Sam Smith praised Kleybanova's "amazing defence" on the third stroke. 30/40 (BP #2). Kleybanova's deep crosscourt forehand return forced Ana to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Deuce #1. Kleybanova went to the net behind an off-forehand, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner into the open court. Ad Kleybanova (MP #1). Let. Deep first serve out wide forced Ana to net a backhand return. Kleybanova won 6-3 6-0 at 16:50 CEST (second set 32m, match 1h04m).

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4. Second-round scoreboard-report: Zvonarëva v An.Rodionova (Thursday 27th May 2010)
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- VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] lt. Anastasia Rodionova, 4-6 4-6

Vera got off to a *0-2 start, broke back for *3-3, but was broken again immediately en route to dropping the first set.

The first 4 games of the second set went with serve, the next 5 against. The match was rain-delayed for more than an hour with Rodionova leading 6-4 *4-3 (15/40). On the resumption, Vera broke back, but lost the last 2 games of the match.

It's very difficult mentally for the players to deal with a day with long, unpredictable rain-delays, especially for those who are scheduled to play first, as Vera was.

The statistics imply that Vera played okay, but that Rodionova was more aggressive. The one that really sticks out is that Vera won only 50% of the points when she got her first serve in.


First set
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ZVONARËVA __*_*@__*_ 4
RODIONOVA @*_*__@*_* 6

The match was first on Court 16, and started at 15:52 CEST after a 4ľ-hour rain-delay.

Vera serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Rodionova (BP #2). Broken.

Rodionova serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 0-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Rodionova serving 2-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 1-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Rodionova serving 3-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (GP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 3-3: 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Rodionova serving 4-3 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Vera serving 3-5: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. Held.

Rodionova serving 5-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Rodionova). 40/15 (SP #2 for Rodionova). Rodionova won the first set 6-4 at 16:28 CEST (35m).


Second set
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ZVONARËVA *_*__@_@__ 4
RODIONOVA _*_*@_@_@* 6

Vera serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Rodionova serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Rodionova (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Rodionova (GP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Rodionova (GP #4). Held.

Vera serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Rodionova serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Rodionova (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Rodionova (GP #3). Held.

Vera serving 2-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Rodionova serving 3-2: The scoreboard froze at 16:53 CEST. The scoreboard resumed at 17:03 CEST (9m). 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/30 [sic]. Broken.

Vera serving 3-3 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Rodionova serving 4-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). The match was suspended due to rain at 17:12 CEST. The match resumed at 18:26 CEST (1h14m). 30/40 (BP #2). 15/40 [sic] (BP #1). Broken.

Vera serving 4-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Rodionova serving 5-4: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Rodionova). 40/30 (MP #2 for Rodionova). Deuce #1. Ad Rodionova (MP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Rodionova (MP #4). Rodionova won 6-4 6-4 at 18:42 CEST (second set 2h14m gross, 1h00m net; match 2h49m gross, 1h35m net).


Statistics
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Vera served no aces and one double fault, Rodionova 2 aces and 2 double faults.

Vera had a respectable W:UE ratio of 20:8 (first set 8:6, second set 12:2), but Rodionova was more aggressive with 27:13 (first set 11:8, second set 16:5).

Vera won 52% of her service-points (first set 57%, second set 46%). She got 75% of her first serves in, winning only 50% of the points when she did so, and 62% on second serve. These percentages deteriorated from (80% in, 54% won, 80% won) for the first set to (69% in, 44% won, 50% won) for the second.

Rodionova won 56% of her service-points (first set 64%, second set 50%). She got 71% of her first serves in, winning 61% of the points when she did so, and 47% on second serve. Her first-serve percentages deteriorated from (75% in, 76% won) for the first set to (68% in, 50% won) for the second, while her second-serve winning-percentage improved from 33% to 54%.

Vera converted 3 of 5 BPs (first set 1 of 1, second set 2 of 4).

Rodionova converted 5 of 7 BPs (first set 2 of 3, second set 3 of 4).

Vera won 4 of 4 points at the net (100%), Rodionova 8 of 12 (67%).

In points, Rodionova won 67-61 (first set 31-27, second set 36-34).

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5. Second-round scoreboard-report: Rybáriková v A.Bondarenko (Thursday 27th May 2010)
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- Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] lt. ALYONA BONDARENKO [27], 3-6 3-6

In a match in which both players grabbed every opportunity that they had to win a game, Alyona converted 5 of 5 BPs, winning the first set by 3 breaks to 1, and the second by 2 breaks to 1.

There was an hour's rain-delay at *2-2 in the first set. It's very difficult mentally for the players to deal with a day with long, unpredictable rain-delays, and perhaps Alyona's greater experience helped her to deal with it better than Magda.


First set
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RYBÁRIKOVÁ _@*_*____ 3
BONDARENKO @__*_*@*@ 6

The match was second on Court 5, and started at 18:36 CEST after rain had delayed the start of the day's play by 4ľ hours.

Magda serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Alyona serving 1-0: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Magda serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Magda (GP #2). Held.

Alyona serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 2-2: The match was suspended due to rain at 18:49 CEST. The match resumed at 19:50 CEST (1h01m). 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Alyona serving 2-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Alyona (GP #2). Held.

Magda serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Alyona serving 4-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 3-5: 0/15. 0/30. Alyona won the first set 6-3 at 20:07 CEST (1h31m gross, 30m net).


Second set
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RYBÁRIKOVÁ __@*_*___ 3
BONDARENKO *@__*_*@* 6

Alyona serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Alyona serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Magda serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Alyona serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Magda serving 2-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Alyona serving 3-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Alyona (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Alyona (GP #2). Held.

Magda serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Alyona serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Alyona). Alyona won 6-3 6-3 at 20:38 CEST (second set 30m; match 2h01m gross, 1h00m net).


Statistics
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Magda served 8 aces to Alyona's none, and they served one double fault each.

Magda had a W:UE ratio of 19:20 (first set 13:9, second set 6:11), while Alyona's was a far-more-conservative 8:4 (first set 5:2, second set 3:2).

Magda won 44% of her service-points (first set 43%, second set 45%). She got 63% of her first serves in, winning 48% of the points when she did so, and 39% on second serve. Her first-serve percentages deteriorated from (67% in, 50% won) for the first set to (59% in, 46% won) for the second, while her second-serve winning-percentage improved from 30% to 50%.

Alyona won 65% of her service-points (first set 67%, second set 63%). She got 71% of her first serves in, winning 69% of the points when she did so, and 57% on second serve. Her first-serve percentages improved from (57% in, 58% won) for the first set to (80% in, 75% won) for the second, while her second-serve winning-percentage deteriorated from 78% to 20%.

Magda converted 2 of 3 BPs (first set 1 of 2, second set 1 of 1).

Alyona converted 5 of 5 BPs (first set 3 of 3, second set 2 of 2).

Magda won 2 of 5 points at the net (40%), Alyona 6 of 8 (75%).

In points, Alyona won 62-41 (first set 31-20, second set 31-21).

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6. Second-round scoreboard-report: Sharapova v Flipkens (Part 1: Thursday 27th May 2010)
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3 *2-2 suspended

Maria has got off to a good start, dominating the first set, although she was broken back twice: first from *2-1, and then from *5-2 after wasting her first SP.

The second set has been very serve-dominated so far: four holds, no BPs.

Maria has a very good chance to win this match if she comes back out on Friday and replicates her first-set performance. So far, she has overpowered Flipkens in terms of winners and service-speeds, but Friday is a new day, which will reset the momentum for both players.

A word of warning: Maria was in almost this exact situation in her second round of the French Open 2008. She led Bethanie Mattek 6-2 *2-3 on Thursday night, but came out on Friday and dropped the second set, before finally winning 6-2 3-6 6-2. So she'll want to make a fast start on the resumption this time.

Flipkens is still in this match, but her chances are lower than they were at the beginning.


First set
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SHARAPOV @*__@*@_@ 6
FLIPKENS __*@___@_ 3

The match was originally scheduled fourth on Court 1, but due to a series of long rain-delays, it was moved to Court 2 (where just one match had been completed), and started at 20:18 CEST.

Flipkens serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Sharapova serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Flipkens serving 0-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Flipkens (GP #4). Held.

Sharapova serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Flipkens serving 2-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Sharapova (BP #1). Broken.

Sharapova serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Flipkens serving 2-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Sharapova serving 5-2 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Sharapova (SP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Flipkens (BP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Flipkens (BP #4). Broken.

The scoreboard actually said that Maria won the first set 6-2 at 20:49 CEST (31m), then reverted to *5-2 (Deuce #2).

Flipkens serving 3-5: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #2 for Sharapova). Sharapova won the first set 6-3 at 20:57 CEST (38m).


Second set
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SHARAPOV *_*_ 2
FLIPKENS _*_* 2

Sharapova serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Flipkens serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Sharapova serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Flipkens serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Sharapova serving 2-2: The match was suspended due to darkness at 21:08 CEST (second set so far 11m, match so far 49m).


Statistics
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So far, Maria has served 4 aces and one double fault, Flipkens one ace and 2 double faults.

Maria has a W:UE ratio of 18:6 (first set 13:6, second set 5:0), while Flipkens's is 9:9 (first set 7:8, second set 2:1).

Maria has been serving much faster than Flipkens: fastest 116-108 mph, average first serve 105-101 mph, average second serve 98-82 mph.

Maria has been winning 69% of her service-points (first set 61%, second set 100%). She has got 67% of her first serves in, winning 75% of the points when she has done so, and 42% on second serve.

Flipkens has been winning 46% of her service-points (first set 37%, second set 89%). She has got 54% of her first serves in, winning 57% of the points when she has done so, and 33% on second serve.

Maria has converted 4 of 5 BPs (all in the first set).

Flipkens has converted 2 of 5 BPs (all in the first set).

Maria has won 7 of 13 points at the net (54%), Flipkens 5 of 8 (63%).

In points, Maria is leading 44-31 (first set 35-23, second set 9-8).

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7. Second-round draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.


7.1 Top half: Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchová
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* Julia Görges v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (komm jetzt Julia!)
* ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] v Jill Craybas
* SHAHAR PE'ER [18] won
* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Olivia Sánchez [WC], *4-5 suspended

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3 *2-2 suspended
* Klára Zakopalová v JUSTINE HENIN [22], 3-6 *2-3 suspended
* ZHENG,JIE [25] v Anastasia Pivovarova [Q] (my loyalty is to Jie)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v Rossana de los Ríos

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] won
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] won
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Olga Govortsova (my loyalty is to DANIELA)
* YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] v Sybille Bammer (komaan Yanina!)

* Jarmila Groth [WC] won
* Anastasia Rodionova won
* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28] won
* Yaroslava Shvedova won


7.2 Bottom half
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* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6] won
* MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] won
* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17] won
* LI,NA [11] won

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] won
* Polona Hercog won
* ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] won
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] won

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] won
* Aleksandra Woźniak won
* Akgul Amanmuradova won
* Chanelle Scheepers [Q] won

* ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] won
* NADIA PETROVA [19] won
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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8. Who will be the next first-time Major champion?
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BBC commentator Sam Smith conjectured that the Williams-sisters would play at the top level for another three or four years, naming only Henin, Clijsters, Janković and Sharapova as players who might challenge them at the Majors (in Women's Singles).

I'd be disappointed if none of today's youngsters stepped up to win a Major in the next four years – unless, of course, Maria Sharapova returns to her Major-winning best, or one of my older favourites such as Vera Zvonarëva or Lucie Šafářová steps up to win a Major! (I thought that Vera and Lucie were genuine French Open 2010 title-contenders – until they went and suffered unbelievable losses to journeywomen in the second round).

The problem is that today's top youngsters are all flawed: Victoria Azarenka and Sabine Lisicki have the talent to win a Major but are currently dealing with pretty serious injuries, while Caroline Woźniacki and Agnieszka Radwańska look like solid top-eight players for years to come, but don't have the weapons to win a Major.

Alisa Kleybanova certainly looked capable of winning a Major as she thrashed Ana Ivanović, but has yet to prove that she can keep up that form for match after match (or else find a way to win when she's not playing her best).

It's been two years since we've seen a first-time Major champion in Women's Singles. It will be fascinating to see who will start winning Majors once the current set of players who are winning all the Majors have left the loft. I suspect they may be juniors that we haven't even heard of yet.

If the likes of María José Martínez Sánchez, Aravane Rezaď and Alexandra Dulgheru can come from relative obscurity to win Premier titles, is it such a massive leap for someone like them to win a Major, when everyone is trying their absolute hardest?

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9. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 5)
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9.1 Third-round wishes
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+ Julia Görges d. ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29]
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [18]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Klára Zakopalová
+ ZHENG,JIE [25] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]

+ ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF]
+ Jarmila Groth [WC] d. Anastasia Rodionova
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6]
+ LI,NA [11] d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. Polona Hercog
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31]

+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Aleksandra Woźniak
+ Chanelle Scheepers [Q] d. Akgul Amanmuradova
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. NADIA PETROVA [19]
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2]


9.2 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Julia Görges
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. ZHENG,JIE [25]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [27]
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. Jarmila Groth [WC]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. LI,NA [11]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Chanelle Scheepers [Q]
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] (my Passion says Domi, but my Reason says Aravane)


9.3 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Yaroslava Shvedova
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF]
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]


9.4 Semi-final wishes
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] (my Reason says Maria, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. ARAVANE REZAĎ [15]


9.5 Final-wish
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF]

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10. Women's Doubles: Second-round draw
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This section presents my selections. The full draw is at:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/wd/

* Daniela Hantuchová [EF]/Caroline Woźniacki v (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[1]

* Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Victoria Azarenka [DF] v (LIEZEL HUBER/ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES)[3]

* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak v (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/BARBORA ZÁHLAVOVÁ STRÝCOVÁ)[13]

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11. Order of play for Friday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 5 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WD 1r: Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci v Kristina Mladenović/Selima Sfar
2. WS 2r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Olga Govortsova
3. WD 2r: (VERA DUSHEVINA/EKATERINA MAKAROVA)[14] v Alyona Bondarenko/Kateryna Bondarenko
4. WD 2r: (OLGA GOVORTSOVA/ALLA KUDRYAVTSEVA)[15] v Maria Kondatieva/Vladimíra Uhlířová

Court 2 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 2r: JÜRGEN MELZER [22] v Nicolas Mahut
Not before 12:00 CEST:
2. WS 2r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3 *2-2 to finish
3. WS 2r: SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v Rossana de los Ríos
4. MS 3r: ALBERT MONTAŃÉS [29] v ROBIN SÖDERLING [5]
5. MD 1r: James Cerretani/Adil Shamasdin v Gaël Monfils/Josselin Ouanna

The BBC has not announced which matches it plans to televise, but it only goes outside Chatrier or Lenglen if there's going to be British interest on one of the other televised courts.

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

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 6

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round results
3. Third-round results
4. Second-round TV-report: Görges v S.Williams
5. Second-round TV-report: Zakopalová v Henin
6. Second-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Govortsova
7. Second-round scoreboard-report: Sharapova v Flipkens (Part 2)
8. Third-round draw
9. Third-round preview: Sharapova v Henin
10. Third-round preview: Hantuchová v Wickmayer
11. Andrew's wishes
12. Women's Doubles: Second round
13. Order of play for Saturday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 6:
* sharapova
* hantuchova
* kirilenko
* pennetta
* bartoli
* wickmayer
* zakopalova
* wozniacki
* cibulkova
* rezai
* goerges
* zheng
* pivovarova
* dementieva
* olivia sanchez
* flipkens
* stosur
* dulgheru
* wozniak
* schiavone

Various players including Maria Kirilenko [DF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Caroline Woźniacki, Klára Zakopalová, Dominika Cibulková, Aravane Rezaď, Elena Dementieva, Julia Görges, Olivia Sánchez:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

Various players including Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Caroline Woźniacki, Elena Dementieva, Olivia Sánchez:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8711011.stm

Day 5: Ana Ivanović [DF] and Jelena Janković:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8708569.stm

Day 4: Maria Kirilenko [DF], Dominika Cibulková, Aravane Rezaď, Ágnes Szávay, Varvara Lepchenko, Andrea Petković:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8705726.stm

Day 3: Maria Sharapova [EF], Kirsten Flipkens, Katie O'Brien, Anastasia Rodionova:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8704598.stm

Day 2: Lucie Šafářová [EF], Caroline Woźniacki, Elena Dementieva, Kristina Mladenović, Elena Baltacha:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8700672.stm

Day 1: Sorana Cîrstea:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8699278.stm

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2. Second-round results (Friday 28th May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3 6-3
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Olga Govortsova, 7-5 6-3
- ZHENG,JIE [25] lt. Anastasia Pivovarova [Q], 4-6 3-6

What rocked:
+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. Olivia Sánchez [WC], 7-5 6-2
+ YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] d. Sybille Bammer, 7-6 (7/4) 1-6 7-5
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. Rossana de los Ríos, 4-6 6-1 6-0
+ ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] d. Jill Craybas, 6-4 6-1

Marion completed a first-set comeback in which she had saved 3 SPs - including *2-5 (15/40) - on Thursday night.

What sucked:
- Julia Görges lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 1-6 1-6
- Klára Zakopalová lt. JUSTINE HENIN [22], 3-6 3-6

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3. Third-round results (Friday 28th May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. Polona Hercog, 6-3 6-0

What rocked:
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6], 6-3 2-6 6-4
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31], 6-3 6-4
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Aleksandra Woźniak, 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 6-4
+ Chanelle Scheepers [Q] d. Akgul Amanmuradova, 6-3 6-3

Woźniak led 7-6 3-1*, and also *4-2 in the third.

What sucked:
- DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [2], 3-6 4-6
- LI,NA [11] lt. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17], 4-6 2-6

Suspended due to darkness:
* ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] v NADIA PETROVA [19], 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 *7-7

Rezaď trailed *2-5 in the first set, *1-3 in the third, and has already had 3 MPs at *4-5 (15/40 + Ad). Petrova then served for the match at *6-5, and again at *7-6 with 3 MPs of her own (Ad×3).

Archive of point-by-point scores for all matches:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17861799


Article
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Champ Kuznetsova crashes out [skytext 446]
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Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova crashed out in the third round of the French Open by suffering a 6-3 2-6 6-4 defeat to fellow Russian and 30th seed Maria Kirilenko.

Kirilenko prevailed after a hard-fought contest to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time.

Two days after saving four match-points in the second round against German Andrea Petković, Kuznetsova found herself in a similar hole, but this time there was no escape.

Kuznetsova, who beat Dinara Safina to win the title for te first time last year, hung on by saving two match-points.

But Kirilenko, who now faces Italian 17th seed Francesca Schiavone, converted at the third time of asking when sixth seed Kuznetsova prodded a backhand into the tramlines.

"It was very hard to defend," said Kuznetsova. "I have to move on; I have to grow and to improve. I'll be back."
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4. Second-round TV-report: Görges v S.Williams (Friday 28th May 2010)
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- Julia Görges lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 1-6 1-6

Görges was hitting the ball well when she was allowed to, and hit a few impressive winners - picking off the low-hanging fruit, as Sam Smith so beautifully put it - but Williams was on red-hot form, and Görges was rushed - especially as she likes to stand inside the baseline.

Williams certainly laid down a marker with this performance, in response to the one laid down by Alisa Kleybanova on Thursday.


First set
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WILLIA *_*@*@* 6
GÖRGES _*_____ 1

Görges serving 1-2: Görges netted a backhand on the third stroke. 0/15. Short second serve: Williams hit a backhand return-winner down the line. 0/30. Görges sprayed a backhand long - she's standing in too far, and getting rushed. Williams on the fourth stroke hit a forehand winner down the line. Broken.

Sam Smith credited Stefanie Vögele for sharpening Williams up in the first round.

Williams serving 3-1: Williams netted a backhand. 0/15. Görges forehand long. 15/15. Görges down-the-line backhand just wide. Sam Smith: "She's a split second behind the action." 30/15. Ace out wide. 40/15. First serve out wide: Görges ripped a stunning forehand return-winner down the line. 40/30. Williams hit a hard, deep backhand return, forcing Görges to hit a backhand long. Held.

Sam Smith described Görges's forehand as follows: "Big Western grip; quite a big swing, though."

Görges serving 1-4: Görges backhand just long. 0/15. Görges netted a backhand. 0/30. Williams went to the net, but Görges ripped a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 15/30. Görges mishit a crosscourt backhand wide. 30/30. Double fault (second serve just long). 30/40 (BP #1). Serve + pinpoint forehand winner down Williams's right sideline. Deuce #1. Williams crosscourt forehand return-winner. Ad Williams (BP #2). She hit a down-the-line backhand return wide. Deuce #2. Williams hit a backhand drive-volley long, and emitted a high-pitched squeal of anguish. Ad Görges (GP #1). Williams surprised us with a beautiful short-angled crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. Deuce #3. Görges netted a forehand, muttered, and knocked the clay out of her soles. Ad Williams (BP #3). Görges, driven wide, hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Broken.

Sam Smith: "Görges has to pick off the low-hanging fruit, and she's doing that. The problem is that there's not much around."

Williams serving 5-1: Second serve out wide drove Görges into the tramlines: Görges hit a forehand return-winner down the line. 0/15. Williams netted a backhand. 0/30. Second serve: Görges hit a cheap forehand return long. 15/30. Big first serve down the middle forced Görges to stretch wide and earth a forehand return. 30/30. Görges netted a forehand. 40/30 (SP #1). Second serve down the middle forced Görges to stretch wide and net a forehand return. Williams won the first set 6-1 at 11:35 CEST (24m).


Second set
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WILLIA @*@*_*@ 6
GÖRGES ____*__ 1

Görges serving 0-0: Görges forehand long. 0/15. Williams forehand long. 15/15. Double fault (second serve long). 15/30. Double fault (second serve long). 15/40 (BP #1). Double fault (second serve long). Broken.

Görges is cracking under the pressure. She played very well in the first set - when she was allowed to - but she's having to play high-quality, high-risk tennis just to pick off the low-hanging fruit.

Sam Smith: "Make that /four/ lines under 'must practise my second serve'. It's a shame for Görges, apart from the serve, because the first serve's very good; I quite /like/ the groundstrokes. I think she's an okay mover - not a /great/ mover; there's certainly room for work there.

"She's so far out of her comfort-zone that she probably doesn't even know where her comfort-zone /is/ right now. She doesn't really have any rhythm or timing, and then you start to miss the easier balls that you would normally make against other players."

Williams serving 1-0: Görges hit a wonderful short-angled crosscourt forehand onto the sideline, forcing Williams to stretch wide and hit a forehand just long. 0/15. Görges had the initiative, but hit a forehand long. 15/15. Williams netted a forehand. 15/30. Williams's depth induced Görges to bunt a backhand very long. 30/30. Williams forehand just wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Görges went for a crosscourt forehand to the sideline, but put it just wide. Deuce #1. Görges dumped a makeable backhand return halfway up the net. Ad Williams (GP #1). Ace out wide. Held.

Görges serving 0-2: Second serve: big backhand return forced a floater, which Williams dispatched with an off-backhand winner. 0/15. Görges sprayed a forehand wide. 0/30. Williams netted a forehand. 15/30. Görges, driven wide, netted a forehand. 15/40 (BP #1). Double fault (second serve long). Broken.

Görges looks upset at the changeover. She avoided the double bagel early on, but that seems to be doing little to spare her embarrassment.

Williams serving 3-0: Görges forced a short ball and hit an off-forehand winner - the best point she's played this set. 0/15. Görges had the initiative, but put a down-the-line forehand wide, and rolled her head. 15/15. Williams netted a backhand. 15/30. Görges got jammed and netted a forehand. She emitted a long moan. 30/30. Ace out wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Williams netted a forehand. Deuce #1. Williams's depth forced Görges to hit a backhand long. Ad Williams (GP #2). Görges nailed a down-the-line forehand winner just inside the baseline. Deuce #2. Deep first serve onto the service-line forced Görges to bunt a backhand return long. Ad Williams (GP #2). Williams went to the net, forcing Görges to net a forehand. Held.

Görges serving 0-4: Williams's depth induced Görges to net a backhand. 0/15. Williams hit a deep backhand return just inside the baseline, inducing Görges to hit a down-the-line backhand wide. 15/15. Williams hit a crosscourt forehand return deep into the corner, forcing Görges - who was too far forward - to net a forehand. 15/30. Williams netted a backhand return. 30/30. Williams off-backhand return-winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams hit a forehand return long. Deuce #1. Deep second serve: crosscourt forehand return wide. Ad Görges (GP #1). Williams dumped a forehand return into the bottom of the net. Held.

Williams was overeager on her returns there, so Görges won the game that she deserved for her efforts in earlier games.

Williams serving 4-1: Görges hit a forehand just long. 15/0. Görges netted a makeable forehand return off a mildly awkward body-jamming serve. Görges muttered. 30/0. Görges backhand just long. 40/0 (GP #1). Görges pounced on a high-bouncing ball to hit a crosscourt forehand winner, but still looked annoyed. 40/15 (GP #2). Forehand return long. Held.

Görges serving 1-5: Williams went to the net, and dispatched a floater with a crosscourt backhand drive-volley winner. 0/15. Williams's off-forehand forced a floater, which she dispatched with an off-forehand drive-volley winner. 0/30. Williams forehand just long - but the umpire checked the mark and overruled it. Görges unforcedly netted a forehand. 0/40 (MP #1 for Williams). First serve out wide + off-backhand wide. Williams won 6-1 6-1 at 12:06 CEST (second set 30m, match 54m).

Görges looked relieved that her humiliating ordeal was over, and left the court pretty quickly.

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5. Second-round TV-report: Zakopalová v Henin (Friday 28th May 2010)
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- Klára Zakopalová lt. JUSTINE HENIN [22], 3-6 3-6

This match was suspended on Thursday night with Henin leading 6-3 3-2*. Zakopalová came out on Friday hitting the ball quite well (with flairsome power), but unfortunately she made a catalogue of unforced errors and got very frustrated, so Henin didn't have to do much on Friday.


Second set
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ZAKOP _*_*__@__ 3
HENIN *_*_*@_@* 6

BBC Red Button joined the match as the players walked onto court for the resumption. The match resumed at 13:17 CEST.

Zakopalová serving 2-3: Henin forehand long. 15/0. Zakopalová's crosscourt backhand induced Henin to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 30/0. Zakopalová ran down a dropshot, but got the angle of her racket wrong as she netted a backhand. 30/15. Zakopalová unforcedly netted a forehand - annoyingly followed by an "allez" from Henin. 30/30. Zakopalová forehand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Zakopalová netted a forehand, and Henin celebrated the break with another "allez".

Henin serving 4-2: Zakopalová ran down a dropshot, and hit an off-backhand that forced Henin to stretch wide and net a forehand volley. 0/15. Zakopalová forehand return just long. 15/15. Zakopalová hit a sweeping crosscourt forehand to the sideline, forcing Henin to hit a forehand wide. 15/30. Zakopalová dumped a forehand into the net, and looked very frustrated. Another "allez" from Henin. 30/30. Henin forehand just long. 30/40 (BP #1). Double fault (second serve long). Broken.

Zakopalová has come out today hitting the ball with flairsome power, but making some cheap errors, but Henin really let her off the hook there.

Zakopalová serving 3-4: Zakopalová seemed to take the initiative with a deep forehand down the middle, but Henin hit a crosscourt forehand deep into the corner, forcing Zakopalová to net a forehand. 0/15. Zakopalová dumped a backhand into the net, and looked frustrated. 0/30. Zakopalová slapped a forehand into the net. 0/40 (BP #1). Double fault #3 (second serve clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. Broken.

Henin serving 5-3: Henin's deep crosscourt forehand forced Zakopalová to bunt a forehand lob long. 15/0. Deep first serve down the middle forced Zakopalová to bunt a forehand return wide. 30/0. Henin nailed a pinpoint off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/0 (MP #1 for Henin). Henin forehand long. 40/15 (MP #2 for Henin). Zakopalová's big off-forehand forced Henin to net a backhand. 40/30 (MP #3 for Henin). A longish baseline-rally ended with Henin netting a backhand. Deuce #1. Zakopalová hit a deep backhand just inside the baseline, forcing Henin to bunt a backhand wide. Ad Zakopalová (BP #1). Henin's crosscourt forehand forced Zakopalová to run wide and hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Deuce #2. Zakopalová dumped a forehand into the net. Ad Henin (MP #4). Zakopalová rallied well, but her down-the-line sliced backhand proved to be a tactical mistake, as Henin nailed a pinpoint forehand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. Henin won 6-3 6-3 at 13:23 CEST.

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6. Second-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Govortsova (Friday 28th May 2010)
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Olga Govortsova, 7-5 6-3

It was a scrappy contest, with Daniela back to her old habit of squandering BPs: she only converted 6 of 17, but that was enough, since Govortsova only converted 4 of 5.

Daniela squandered 4 GPs at *2-2, and was broken for 2-3*. That was the first of four breaks in a row, then Daniela held for 5-4* and had her first SP at 40/30*. Govortsova held on, but Daniela converted her second SP: 6-5* (40/30*).

Daniela squandered a 40/0* opening at 7-5 1-0*, then broke for *3-1 - the first of five breaks in a row, which left Daniela to serve out the match at *5-3.

I'm very impressed that Daniela had a W:UE ratio of 32:10!


First set
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HANTUCHOVÁ *_*__@_@*_*@ 7
GOVORTSOVA _*_*@_@__*__ 5

The match was second on Court 5, and started at 12:57 CEST.

Daniela serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Govortsova serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Govortsova (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Govortsova serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Govortsova (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Daniela (GP #3). Deuce #4. Ad Daniela (GP #4). Deuce #5. Ad Govortsova (BP #2). Broken.

Govortsova serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Daniela (BP #2). Broken.

Daniela serving 3-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Govortsova serving 4-3 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Govortsova (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Daniela (BP #1). Broken.

Daniela serving 4-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Govortsova serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1 for Daniela). Deuce #1. Ad Govortsova (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 5-5: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Govortsova serving 5-6: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #2 for Daniela). Daniela won the first set 7-5 at 13:57 CEST (1h00m).


Second set
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HANTUCHOVÁ *_*@_@_@* 6
GOVORTSOVA _*__@_@__ 3

Daniela serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

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

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

Govortsova serving 1-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Daniela serving 3-1 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Govortsova serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Daniela (BP #4). Broken.

Daniela serving 4-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Govortsova serving 3-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Daniela serving 5-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. Daniela won 7-5 6-3 at 14:40 CEST (second set 43m, match 1h43m).


Statistics
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Daniela served 2 aces and 2 double faults, Govortsova no aces and 6 double faults (3 in each set).

Daniela had a W:UE ratio of 32:10 (first set 18:6, second set 14:4), while Govortsova's was 'only' 24:16 (first set 13:9, second set 11:7).

Daniela won 52% of her service-points (first set 56%, second set 46%). She got 65% of her first serves in, winning 58% of the points when she did so, and 45% on second serve. From the first set to the second, her first-serves-in percentage improved from 63% to 68%, while her first-serve winning-percentage remained the same, and her second-serve winning-percentage plummeted from 62% to 22%.

Govortsova won 47% of her service-points (first set 52%, second set 39%). She got 54% of her first serves in, winning 55% of the points when she did so, and 46% on second serve. These percentages deteriorated from (59% in, 59% won, 50% won) for the first set to (46% in, 46% won, 42% won) for the second.

Daniela converted 6 of 17 BPs (first set 3 of 6, second set 3 of 11). That's very profligate!

Govortsova converted 4 of 5 BPs (first set 2 of 3, second set 2 of 2).

Daniela won 7 of 11 points at the net (64%), Govortsova 4 of 8 (50%).

In points, Daniela won 75-68 (first set 45-42, second set 30-26).

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7. Second-round scoreboard-report: Sharapova v Flipkens (Part 2: Friday 28th May 2010)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3 6-3

Maria came back out on Friday leading 6-3 *2-2, and promptly dropped her opening service-game of the day to 15.

But she reeled off the last four games of the match, winning 5 of 6 points at the net on Friday, and upping her fastest serve to 117mph.


Second set
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SHARAPOV *_*__@*@* 6
FLIPKENS _*_*@____ 3

The match was suspended due to darkness at 21:08 CEST on Thursday. The match resumed, second on Court 2, at 14:09 CEST on Friday (17h01m).

Maria serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Flipkens serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 3-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Flipkens serving 3-4 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (BP #2). Broken.

Maria serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Maria). Maria won 6-3 6-3 at 14:26 CEST (Friday's play 17m; second set 17h29m gross, 28m net; match 18h08m gross, 1h06m net).


Statistics
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Maria served 5 aces and one double fault, Flipkens one ace and 3 double faults.

Maria had a W:UE ratio of 19:8 (first set 11:6, second set 8:2), while Flipkens's was 9:12 (first set 6:9, second set 3:3).

Maria served much faster than Flipkens in all categories: fastest 117-108 mph (Maria hit her fastest on Friday), average first serve 106-101 mph, average second serve 98-83 mph.

Maria won 64% of her service-points (first set 54%, second set 77%). She got 70% of her first serves in, winning 71% of the points when she did so, and 50% on second serve. These percentages improved from (68% in, 68% won, 25% won) for the first set to (73% in, 75% won, 83% won) for the second.

Flipkens won 42% of her service-points (first set 33%, second set 55%). She got 58% of her first serves in, winning 53% of the points when she did so, and 32% on second serve. These percentages improved from (53% in, 44% won, 25% won) for the first set to (64% in, 64% won, 43% won) for the second.

Maria converted 6 of 8 BPs (first set 4 of 5, second set 2 of 3).

Flipkens converted 3 of 6 BPs (first set 2 of 5, second set 1 of 1).

Maria won 12 of 19 points at the net (63%), Flipkens 6 of 11 (55%).

In points, Maria won 62-40 (first set 35-23, second set 27-17).

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8. Third-round draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.

* ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v SHAHAR PE'ER [18] (my loyalty is to Marion)
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22] (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Anastasia Pivovarova [Q] v SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] (davai Anastasia!)

* ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (davai Alyona!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] (my loyalty is to DANIELA)
* Jarmila Groth [WC] v Anastasia Rodionova
* Yaroslava Shvedova v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28] (davai Yaroslava!)

* MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] won
* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17] won
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] won
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] won

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] won
* Chanelle Scheepers [Q] won
* ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] v NADIA PETROVA [19], 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 *7-7 suspended
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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9. Third-round preview: Sharapova v Henin
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22]

When I first looked at the draw, I thought, "What has Maria done to deserve Henin in the third round?"

Of all the minor seeds, Henin is certainly the most dangerous (with the possible exception of Alisa Kleybanova [28]). She won the French Open in 2003 and 2005–2007 before her abrupt "retirement" in 2008, has won seven Majors overall, and leads Maria 6:3 head-to-head:
+ 2005 Miami qf: Maria won 6-1 6-7 6-2
- 2005 Berlin qf: Henin won 6-2 6-4
- 2005 French Open qf: Henin won 6-4 6-2
- 2006 Australian Open sf: Henin won 4-6 6-1 6-4
- 2006 Dubai final: Henin won 7-5 6-2
+ 2006 US Open final: Maria won 6-4 6-4
- 2006 WTA Tour Championships sf: Henin won 6-2 7-6
- 2007 WTA Tour Championships final: Henin won 5-7 7-5 6-3
+ 2008 Australian Open qf: Maria won 6-4 6-0

Henin was resoundingly defeated in their last meeting, and here's what she has to say about it now:

"It seems so far away. I mean: it even seems like it never existed, that moment. I didn't want to be on the court anymore at that time, and now I have a lot of motivation to be out there, and to fight, and try to keep winning.

"She remains someone very, very strong. Because she has fighting-spirit, it's gonna be a question of attitude, and just try to be aggressive.

"I want to win the match tomorrow. It's going to be an interesting match. Comes very early, of course - third round - but I expect a big fight, as we always had in the past. It's going to be very exciting to play her again in the second career. The motivation is going to be really high just to keep going in this tournament."

Maria said: "You really have to be patient against her. I look forward to it. Like I said, I've had really tough losses against her here, but in many of those matches, I learned so much."

Henin has a formidable 23:6 win/loss record for 2010 so far (including her two wins here so far), although Maria actually has a better ratio of wins to losses: 13:3.

Henin began her comeback from her May 2008 "retirement" in January 2010, and immediately posted impressive results, starting with a run to the final of Brisbane: she beat #20 Nadia Petrova 7-5 7-5, #132 Sesil Karatantcheva 6-4 6-3, #37 Melinda Czink 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7/5), and #21 Ana Ivanović 6-3 6-2, before losing a very tight final 6-3 4-6 7-6 (8/6) to #18 Kim Clijsters.

Even more impressive was Henin's run to the Australian Open final: #71 Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 6-3, #5 Elena Dementieva 7-5 7-6, #31 Alisa Kleybanova 3-6 6-4 6-2, #16 Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 1-6 6-3, #19 Nadia Petrova 7-6 7-5, and #35 Zheng,Jie 6-1 6-0! She lost a high-quality final 6-4 3-6 6-2 to #1 Serena Williams.

Not so impressive was Henin's failure to upset #37 Gisela Dulko in the second round of Indian Wells: Gisela won 6-2 1-6 6-4. Nevertheless, Henin reentered the rankings at #33, having "retired" at #1.

Henin had an impressive run to the Miami semi-finals: #90 Jill Craybas 6-2 6-2, #6 Elena Dementieva 6-3 6-2, #28 Dominika Cibulková 6-4 6-4, Vera Zvonarëva 6-1 6-4, and #2 Caroline Woźniacki 6-7 6-3 6-4. She lost another down-to-the-wire match to #16 Kim Clijsters, just like the Brisbane final: 6-2 6-7 7-6 (8/6).

Henin lost 6-7 6-4 6-3 to #126 Kaia Kanepi in Fed Cup, having broken her left little finger earlier in the week. This injury doesn't really impede her tennis, as she doesn't have a two-handed backhand, but she was in a lot of pain.

Henin won the first title of her comeback at Stuttgart - back on her beloved clay - beating #73 Julia Görges 7-6 6-1, #12 Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 7-5, #7 Jelena Janković 3-6 7-6 6-3, #20 Shahar Pe'er 6-3 6-2, and #10 Samantha Stosur 6-4 2-6 6-1.

Henin then lost 4-6 7-5 6-0 to eventual champion Aravane Rezaď in the first round of Madrid, after which she claimed that an illness had drained her energy.

Maria has reached the third round with the following results:
1r + #110 Ksenia Pervak [Q], 6-3 6-2
2r + #71 Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3 6-3

Henin has reached the third round with the following results:
1r + #81 Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-4 6-3
2r + #79 Klára Zakopalová, 6-3 6-3

I watched all of Henin's first-round match and the last 4 games of her second-round match on BBC Red Button. She doesn't look to be on particularly ominous form - she took advantage of Pironkova's weak forehand and second serve, while Zakopalová pretty much self-destructed - but what's notable is how much Henin was going to the net.

So Maria will either have to hit a lot of passing-shots, or take the net away from Henin by getting there first. Maria does tend to go to the net on clay more than other surfaces, knowing that the clay-court specialists aren't used to it, and she'd rather keep the points short than get bogged down in gruelling clay-court rallies from way behind the baseline.

It could be a huge battle between two of the mentally strongest players on the WTA Tour. Maria will be super-motivated to prove that her comeback is stronger than Henin's, to extend her seven-match winning-streak on clay, and to remain on course to complete her Career Grand Slam by fulfilling the prophecy that she would win a different Major in every even-numbered year since 2004.


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Henin faces Sharapova battle [skytext 446]
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Maria Sharapova will take on Justine Henin in a mouth-watering third-round showdown at the French Open.

Both women cruised to victory in their second-round matches, with 6-3 6-3 victories - Henin beating Klára Zakopalová, and Sharapova easing past Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.

Henin resumed her rain-hit match with Zakopalová at 6-3 3-2* up, and she broke her opponent in the first game.

She served out from there to set up a clash with 12th seed Sharapova, who finished off a 6-3 6-3 win over Belgian Flipkens in another match held over from Thursday.

"Playing again in front of the Paris crowd and all the Belgian supporters warms my heart," said Henin, whose last visit to Roland Garros - in 2007 - saw her claim her fourth title. "The sensations are coming back."

She will start as favourite against fit-again Sharapova, who usually struggles on clay.

"It's going to be an interesting match. It comes very early, of course - in the third round - but I expect a big fight, as we always had in the past.

"It's going to be very exciting to play her again in the second career. I think there's one thing we share, a quality we share: we are fighters."
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10. Third-round preview: Hantuchová v Wickmayer
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* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF]

This is an intriguing match-up, as 20-year-old Yanina is one of the most improved players on the WTA Tour in the last year, but Daniela leads their head-to-head 3:0:
+ 2008 Antwerp 2r: Daniela won 6-4 6-3
+ 2009 Fed Cup: Daniela won 7-6 6-3
+ 2009 Indian Wells 2r: Daniela won 5-7 6-3 7-6 (7/4) after saving 2 MPs!

Yanina went through a nightmare-ordeal at the end of 2009, as she was provisionally given a one-year suspension from tennis for failing three times to report her whereabouts for drug-testing (though she never actually missed a test). I firmly believe that she was a victim of misadministration, and is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Yanina's suspension has been overturned for now, allowing her to play from January 2010 until the court makes its final decision, and she has compiled an impressive 23:7 win/loss record for the year so far.

She proved how tough she is mentally by sweeping to the title at Auckland without dropping a set: #77 Julia Görges 6-3 7-5, #72 Ioana Raluca Olaru and #69 Kimiko Date Krumm both 6-2 6-2, #30 Shahar Pe'er 6-4 7-5, and #12 Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 in the final.

In a bizarre twist, Yanina was forced to qualify for the Australian Open despite her ranking of #16, as her suspension was only lifted after the entries had closed, and the tournament-organisers reprehensibly refused to give her a wild card. She almost lost to #149 Yurika Sema in the first round of qualifying (4-6 6-0 7-5), but stormed through the next two matches 6-0 6-1 and 6-0 6-0 to take her rightful place in the main draw.

As a qualifier, Yanina was unseeded, but she justified the seeding she should have had to reach the fourth round by beating #53 Alexandra Dulgheru 1-6 7-5 10-8, #12 Flavia Pennetta (again) 7-6 6-1, #46 Sara Errani 6-1 6-7 6-3, and then losing to unranked Justine Henin 7-6 1-6 6-3 despite a stunning performance that has persuaded me to promote Yanina to my demi-fanship.

IMO, Yanina is the best thing to happen to Belgian tennis since the golden years of Sabine Appelmans and Dominique Monami (aka Dominique van Roost).

Yanina looks like a Major champion in the making, with her big serves, big groundstrokes that don't break down, and she's not afraid to go to the net. She showed remarkable strength to hang in there with Henin as well as she did, and Henin had to come up with something extra-special to beat her.

Yanina beat #9 Agnieszka Radwańska 1-6 7-6 7-5 and #135 Marta Domachowska 4-6 6-1 6-3 in Belgium's Fed Cup tie against Poland, but then lost 6-4 3-6 7-5 to #82 Petra Martić in the first round of WTA Paris, and 3-6 6-2 7-5 to #22 Shahar Pe'er in the first round of Dubai.

Yanina reached the fourth round of Indian Wells, losing 6-4 6-4 to #33 María José Martínez Sánchez, and the quarter-finals of Miami, losing 6-4 7-5 to #15 Marion Bartoli.

Yanina's clay-court season started with three-set wins over #126 Kaia Kanepi and #220 Maret Ani in Belgium's Fed Cup tie against Estonia, and then at Stuttgart, she beat #17 Francesca Schiavone 6-3 6-3, but lost 6-3 7-5 to #24 Justine Henin: the eventual champion.

At Rome, Yanina beat #115 Karolina Šprem 6-3 1-6 6-4 and #22 Aravane Rezaď 6-3 6-7 7-5, but lost 6-2 6-0 to #7 Jelena Janković.

On 8th May, Yanina had surgery to remove a bone-spur from her right elbow. It's pretty amazing that she's playing the French Open so soon after surgery, although it was only a minor operation with a recovery-time of ten days.

Yanina has reached the third round with the following results:
1r + #80 Sandra Záhlavová, 6-1 6-1
2r + #55 Sybille Bammer, 7-6 (7/4) 1-6 7-5

Daniela has reached the third round with the following results:
1r + #66 Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-1 6-1
2r + #38 Olga Govortsova, 7-5 6-3

Conclusion: I believe Daniela has the edge because Yanina played a tough three-setter without a day off before facing Daniela, while Daniela is renowned for her physical fitness. Daniela might not be able to match Yanina's mental strength, but she does have the psychological edge of a 3:0 head-to-head.

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11. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 6)
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11.1 Fourth-round wishes
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+ MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] d. ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. Anastasia Pivovarova [Q]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. ALYONA BONDARENKO [27]
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. Jarmila Groth [WC]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Chanelle Scheepers [Q]
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2]


11.2 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Yaroslava Shvedova
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF]
+ ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]


11.3 Semi-final wishes
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] (my Reason says Maria, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. ARAVANE REZAĎ [15]


11.4 Final-wish
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF]

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12. Women's Doubles: Second round
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This section presents my selections. The full draw is at:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/wd/


12.1 Second-round result (Friday 28th May 2010)
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- Vera Zvonarëva [EF]/Victoria Azarenka [DF] lt. (LIEZEL HUBER/ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES)[3], 6-4 2-6 4-6


12.2 Second-round matches to be played on Saturday
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* Daniela Hantuchová [EF]/Caroline Woźniacki v (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[1]

* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak v (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/BARBORA ZÁHLAVOVÁ STRÝCOVÁ)[13]

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13. Order of play for Saturday
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I list only those courts on which members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled to play singles.

Court 2 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MD 2r: (BOB BRYAN/MIKE BRYAN)[1] v Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares
2. WS 3r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF]
3. MS 3r: IVAN LJUBIČIĆ [14] v THOMAZ BELLUCCI [24]
4. WD 2r: Daniela Hantuchová [EF]/Caroline Woźniacki v (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[1]

Court Philippe Chatrier (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 3r: ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
Not before 12:00 CEST:
2. WS 3r: ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] v NADIA PETROVA [19], 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 *7-7 to finish
3. MS 3r: VICTOR HANESCU [31] v NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [3]
4. MS 3r: LLEYTON HEWITT [12] v RAFAEL NADAL [2]
5. WS 3r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22]

The BBC has not yet announced which matches it plans to show, but I'm not optimistic that Maria will get televised, given that the BBC has so far been ending its live transmission a couple of hours before the day's play is over.

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

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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My Eternal Fanship: 1. Monica Seles; 2. Мария Шарапова (‘Maria Sharapova’); 3. Daniela Hantuchová; 4. Jelena Dokić; 5. Iva Majoli; 6. Karina Habšudová; 7. Вера Звонарёва (‘Vera Zvonarëva’); 8. Nicole Vaidišová; 9. Анна Чакветадзе (‘Anna Chakvetadze’); 10. Lucie Šafářová; 11. Ирода Туляганова (‘Iroda Tulyaganova’); 12. Magdaléna Rybáriková; 13. Sabine Lisicki

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 7

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Third-round results
3. Third-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Wickmayer
4. Third-round TV-report: Sharapova v Henin (Part 1)
5. Third-round draw
6. Andrew's wishes
7. Women's Doubles: Second round
8. Order of play for Sunday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 7:
* sharapova
* hantuchova
* bartoli
* wickmayer
* pivovarova
* alona bondarenko
* rezai
* shahar peer
* stosur
* groth
* pavlyuchenkova
* rodionova

Various players including Daniela Hantuchová [EF], Maria Sharapova [EF], Yanina Wickmayer [DF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Aravane Rezaď, Alyona Bondarenko, Yaroslava Shvedova, Anastasia Pivovarova, Shahar Pe'er, Jarmila Groth, Samantha Stosur, Jelena Janković, Anastasia Rodionova:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

Various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Jelena Janković:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8712807.stm

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2. Third-round results (Saturday 29th May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF], 7-5 6-3
- MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] lt. SHAHAR PE'ER [18], 6-7 (7/9) 2-6

Yanina served for the first set at *5-4.

Marion had SP at 6-6 (6/5*).

What rocked:
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28], 6-2 4-6 6-0
+ Jarmila Groth [WC] d. Anastasia Rodionova, 6-3 5-7 6-2

Groth led 6-3 *5-3 with 2 MPs (40/30 + Ad), but dropped the second set before finally winning.

What sucked:
- ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] lt. NADIA PETROVA [19], 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 8-10
- ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 4-6 6-7 (3/7)
- Anastasia Pivovarova [Q] lt. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7], 3-6 2-6
- ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 1-6 6-1 2-6

Suspended overnight:
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22], 2-6 6-3 0-0*

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17872221

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3. Third-round scoreboard-report: Hantuchová v Wickmayer (Saturday 29th May 2010)
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF], 7-5 6-3

Another impressive win for Daniela: this time with a W:UE ratio of 34:23, although her UE-count was higher than for her previous matches. However, those responsible for distinguishing between forced and unforced errors at the French Open are known for counting forced errors as unforced, and Yanina is a much better player than Tanasugarn or Govortsova.

The match started in serve-dominated fashion, with no BPs for either player until *4-4. Then Yanina broke for *5-4, but Daniela broke back immediately, and again to take the first set.

Daniela led 7-5 3-0* after winning 6 games in a row from 4-5*. The rest of the match went with serve, Daniela saving 3 BPs at *4-2.

Yanina admitted that Daniela had "played a beautiful match", while Daniela's press-conference focused on her off-court training.

Daniela said: "There are still so many goals that I haven't achieved, and I'm doing anything I can to be able to get them one day."

With many female players being either washed up or retired by the age of 27 (or even 20 in some cases), Daniela's words are very encouraging. No member of my Eternal Fanship has ever reached 30 in her career (barring doubles and exhibitions), but I get the feeling that Daniela might be the one to break that jinx.


First set
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HANTUCHOV *_*_*_*__@*@ 7
WICKMAYER _*_*_*_*@___ 5

The match was second on Court 2, and started at 12:54 CEST.

Daniela serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Yanina serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Yanina serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Daniela serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Yanina serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 3-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Yanina serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 4-4: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Yanina serving 5-4: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Daniela serving 5-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Yanina serving 5-6: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #1 for Daniela). Daniela won the first set 7-5 at 13:40 CEST (46m).


Second set
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HANTUCHOV *@*_*_*_* 6
WICKMAYER ___*_*_*_ 3

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

Yanina serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Daniela serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Yanina serving 0-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 3-1 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Yanina serving 1-4: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Daniela serving 4-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Yanina (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Yanina (BP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Daniela (GP #1). Deuce #4. Ad Daniela (GP #2). Held.

Yanina serving 2-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Daniela serving 5-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Daniela). 40/15 (MP #2 for Daniela). Daniela won 7-5 6-3 at 14:26 CEST (second set 46m, match 1h32m).


Statistics
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In a match with no aces – which is surprising, as they are both very good servers – Daniela served 2 double faults to Yanina's 3.

Daniela had a W:UE ratio of 34:23 (first set 19:12, second set 15:11), while Yanina's was 22:22 (first set 15:10, second set 7:12).

Daniela won 65% of her service-points (first set 64%, second set 66%). She got 63% of her first serves in, winning 62% of the points when she did so, and 75% on second serve. These percentages went from (73% in, 58% won, 78% won) for the first set to (55% in, 67% won, 73% won) for the second.

Yanina won 56% of her service-points (first set 55%, second set 58%). She got 75% of her first serves in, winning 63% of the points when she did so, and 45% on second serve. Her first-serve percentages deteriorated from (83% in, 65% won) for the first set to (70% in, 61% won) for the second, while her second-serve winning-percentage improved from 33% to 50%.

Daniela's fastest serve was 109 mph to Yanina's 107 mph, but Yanina's serves were faster on average: first serve 99-97 mph, second serve 88-83 mph.

Daniela converted 3 of 4 BPs (first set 2 of 2, second set 1 of 2).

Yanina converted 1 of 4 BPs (first set 1 of 1, second set 0 of 3).

Daniela won 9 of 12 points at the net (75%), Yanina 7 of 11 (64%).

In points, Daniela won 71-57 (first set 36-30, second set 35-27).

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4. Third-round TV-report: Sharapova v Henin (Part 1: Saturday 29th May 2010)
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22], 2-6 6-3 0-0* suspended

It was raining and dark - miserable conditions for tennis. Maria is much more effective in sunny weather, where the ball flies through the air much faster. Cold, damp clay is her kryptonite, as it makes the balls slow and heavy.

Maria made a terrible start, going *0-4 down (although she had 4 BPs at 0-3*). At that stage, I was just praying for her to avoid the double bagel. She did, and lost the first set 2-6.

Maria was error-strewn in the first set, and moved like the "cow on ice" as which she once described herself on clay, allowing Henin to hit easy winners.

But Maria was much better in the second set, as she started to overpower Henin with her groundstrokes, and also made several successful forays to the net, hitting some beautiful punch-volleys.

At 2-6 1-0*, Maria had 2 BPs, but Henin saved one with a service-winner, Maria netted a cheap backhand return on the other, and Henin held.

Maria also had a BP at 2-6 2-1* (40/30*): she opened up the court with a crosscourt backhand, but hit a down-the-line backhand just wide - the kind of shot she never used to miss in the good old days.

Maria looked to be on her way out of the tournament as she faced 3 BPs at 2-6 *3-3 (15/40 + Ad), but saved the first with a perfect backhand dropshot-winner - who says she doesn't have variety? - and held for 4-3*.

Maria broke to 15 in the next game - thanks to some uncharacteristic errors from Henin, as well as a crosscourt forehand winner by Maria, who thus served for the set at *5-3. And she served it out to love to snap Henin's French Open set-winning streak at 40 - the last time Henin lost a set at the French Open was to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round in 2005.

The referee came onto court in the set-break and asked both players if they wanted to stop. Apparently Maria was keen to stop, despite having the momentum and younger eyes, so play was suspended for the day.


First set
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SHARA ____*_*_ 2
HENIN @*@*_*_* 6

The match started at 19:44 CEST.

Maria serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Henin serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Maria serving 0-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Henin serving 3-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (BP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (BP #4). Deuce #3. Ad Henin (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 0-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Henin serving 4-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Henin (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 1-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Henin serving 5-2 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1 for Henin). 40/30 (SP #2 for Henin). Henin won the first set 6-2 at 20:19 CEST (35m).


Second set
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SHARA *_*_*_*@* 6
HENIN _*_*_*___ 3

Maria serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Henin serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Henin (GP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Maria (BP #2). Deuce #4. Ad Henin (GP #3). Held.

Maria serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Henin serving 1-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Henin (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Henin serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Maria serving 3-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Henin (BP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (GP #1). Held.

Henin serving 3-4: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 5-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Maria). Maria won the second set 6-3 at 21:07 CEST (second set 48m, match so far 1h23m).


Third set
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SHARA 0
HENIN 0

Henin serving 0-0: The match was suspended due to darkness at 21:08 CEST.

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5. Third-round draw
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* SERENA WILLIAMS [1] won
* SHAHAR PE'ER [18] won
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22], 2-6 6-3 0-0* suspended
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] won

* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] won
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] won
* Jarmila Groth [WC] won
* Yaroslava Shvedova won

* MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] won
* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17] won
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] won
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] won

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] won
* Chanelle Scheepers [Q] won
* NADIA PETROVA [19] won
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] won

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6. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 7)
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6.1 Fourth-round wishes
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+ SHAHAR PE'ER [18] d. SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. Jarmila Groth [WC]

+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
+ FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Chanelle Scheepers [Q]
+ VENUS WILLIAMS [2] d. NADIA PETROVA [19]


6.2 Quarter-final wishes
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [18]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Yaroslava Shvedova
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF]
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. VENUS WILLIAMS [2]


6.3 Semi-final wishes
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] (my Reason says Maria, but my Passion says Daniela)
+ MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]


6.4 Final-wish
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF]

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7. Women's Doubles: Second round (Saturday 29th May 2010)
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This section presents my selections. The full draw is at:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/wd/

- Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Aleksandra Woźniak lt. (IVETA BENEŠOVÁ/BARBORA ZÁHLAVOVÁ STRÝCOVÁ)[13], 1-6 1-6

- Daniela Hantuchová [EF]/Caroline Woźniacki lt. (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[1], walkover (Daniela right-shoulder injury)

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8. Order of play for Sunday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 4r: ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v Chanelle Scheepers
Not before 12:00 CEST:
2. WS 3r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22], 2-6 6-3 0-0* to finish
3. WS 4r: VENUS WILLIAMS [2] v NADIA PETROVA [19]
4. MS 4r: ROGER FEDERER [1] v STANISLAS WAWRINKA [20]
5. MS 4r: MIKHAIL YOUZHNY v JO-WILFRIED TSONGA [8]

Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 4r: MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
2. WS 4r: FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] v CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]
3. MS 4r: MARIN ČILIĆ [10] v ROBIN SÖDERLING [5]
4. MS 4r: ANDY MURRAY [4] v TOMÁŠ BERDYCH [15]

The commentators said that the BBC would camp out on Lenglen because that's where Murray will be playing, but that was before Sharapova v Henin was inserted into the Chatrier schedule. It would be so cool if the BBC would start with Little Maria like they said, and then switch to Chatrier to show Big Maria!

A more realistic scenario would be for the BBC to start on Chatrier and then switch to Lenglen after Sharapova v Henin, given the BBC's policy of finishing what it starts.

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

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 8

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Fourth-round results
3. Fourth-round TV-report: Kirilenko v Schiavone
4. Third-round TV-report: Sharapova v Henin (Part 2)
5. Fourth-round draw
6. Fourth-round preview: Hantuchová v Janković
7. Andrew's wishes
8. Order of play for Monday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 8:
* sharapova
* kirilenko
* pennetta
* wozniacki
* dementieva
* scheepers

Various players including Maria Sharapova [EF], Maria Kirilenko [DF], Flavia Pennetta [DF], Caroline Woźniacki, Elena Dementieva, Chanelle Scheepers, Clothilde de Bernardi, Morgane Pons:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

Various players including Maria Kirilenko [DF], Flavia Pennetta [DF], Elena Dementieva (wot no Sharapova?):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8713524.stm

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2. Fourth-round results (Sunday 30th May 2010)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
- FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] lt. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3], 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/4) 2-6

Flavia served for the first set at *5-4, with 2 SPs (40/30 + Ad).

What rocked:
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. Chanelle Scheepers [Q], 6-1 6-3

What sucked:
- MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] lt. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17], 4-6 4-6
- VENUS WILLIAMS [2] lt. NADIA PETROVA [19], 4-6 3-6

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17881222

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3. Fourth-round TV-report: Kirilenko v Schiavone (Sunday 30th May 2010)
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- MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] lt. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17], 4-6 4-6

This was a very entertaining match. It's a real shame that Maria lost, because she played the best tennis I've ever seen from her (not having watched her Australian Open win over Maria Sharapova yet). It was the first time I've watched her on clay.

Maria seems to have a better understanding of how to get the most out of her game now than in the past (or on grass, which is where I usually see her). She's at her best when she plays dynamic all-court tennis, and isn't leaving herself so exposed at the net as in the past.

Maria showed great movement and footwork, and nice touch. Her net-play was so good that the BBC commentators predicted she would do even better on grass than clay this year.

But Schiavone is a very good clay-court player, with more weight of shot than Maria.

Maria was very unlucky today - not least when three BPs at 3-3* went begging.


First set
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KIRILENKO _*@__*_*__ 4
SCHIAVONE *__@*_*_*@ 6

The match was first on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and started at 11:11 CEST.

Schiavone serving 0-0: Maria ran down a dropshot and netted a forehand. 15/0. Crosscourt backhand return wide. 30/0. Maria backhand winner down the line. Umpire Emmanuel Joseph checked the mark and confirmed that it was in. 30/15. Maria, driven wide, netted a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Second serve out wide: backhand return wide. Held.

Already I get the sense that Schiavone is outmanoeuvring Maria: forcing her into awkward positions where she makes errors.

Maria serving 0-1: Maria hit a crosscourt forehand onto the sideline, forcing Schiavone to hit one wide. 15/0. Schiavone off-backhand wide. 30/0. Maria went to the net: Schiavone ripped a down-the-line backhand pass-winner. 30/15. First serve out wide: short return; Maria off-forehand winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Maria went to the net: this time her approach was much deeper, forcing a floater, which she dispatched with a crosscourt forehand volley-winner.

That game illustrates the importance of the quality of Maria's approach-shots.

Schiavone serving 1-1: Maria's deep crosscourt forehand forced Schiavone to hit a forehand long. 0/15. Schiavone went to the net, but Maria came up with an off-backhand pass that forced Schiavone to stretch wide and net a forehand volley. 0/30. Schiavone netted a forehand dropshot (and a lovely run from Maria nevertheless). 0/40 (BP #1). Maria went to the net, but Schiavone's defensive lob was too high for her, forcing her to hit an off-forehand volley wide. 15/40 (BP #2). Second serve: Maria's deep forehand return down the line forced Schiavone to net a backhand.

Both players are looking to get to the net.

Maria serving 1-2: Maria forehand long. 0/15. Schiavone's crosscourt forehand forced Maria to slide wide and net a forehand. 15/15. Maria forehand long. 15/30. Maria hit a penetrating down-the-line forehand approach; Schiavone passed her with a pinpoint backhand down the line, but Maria ran back and bunted a short forehand down the line, inducing Schiavone to spray a backhand wide. Maria pumped her fist. 30/30. Schiavone crosscourt forehand + down-the-line forehand winner. Sam Smith: "That is Schiavone's game all over." 30/40 (BP #1). Schiavone's crosscourt forehand forced Maria to net a forehand.

Schiavone's weight of shot could be too much for Maria, according to Mark Petchey.

Schiavone serving 2-2: Maria went to the net, forcing Schiavone to net a backhand. 0/15. Maria's backhand drop-volley forced Schiavone to net a forehand. Maria pumped her fist, and Mark Petchey praised her touch. 0/30. Maria forehand long. 15/30. Maria backhand just long. 30/30. Maria backhand long. She muttered. 40/30 (GP #1). Maria netted a forehand return. Held.

Maria's trying to be "front foot", but a little ragged in that game. I think the wind is bothering her.

Maria serving 2-3: First serve: backhand return just long. 15/0. Maria went to the net and hit an off-forehand volley-winner. 30/0. Maria's netcord induced Schiavone to hit a forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Schiavone's down-the-line forehand forced Maria to slide and net a backhand. Maria emitted a cute little yell. 40/15 (GP #2). Schiavone's deep forehand return forced Maria to net a defensive forehand lob. 40/30 (GP #3). Schiavone's backhand floated wide. Held.

Schiavone serving 3-3: Maria hit a deep crosscourt forehand into the corner; Schiavone hit an excellent dropshot, but Maria ran it down and hit a backhand dropshot-winner. 0/15. First serve out wide: crosscourt backhand wide. 15/15. Schiavone backhand just long. 15/30. Maria's deep forehand forced Schiavone to net a backhand. 15/40 (BP #1). Schiavone's deep forehand forced Maria to net a backhand. Maria looked for the mark on the baseline, but to no avail. 30/40 (BP #2). Schiavone went to the net, her "nasty spin" forcing a floater from Maria, which Schiavone dispatched with a forehand smash-winner. Deuce #1. Maria went to the net and hit a beautiful off-forehand drop-volley winner. Mark Petchey: "She has been perfection up at the net." Ad Maria (BP #3). First serve down the middle forced Maria to earth a forehand return. Deuce #1. First serve out wide: Maria missed a forehand return. Ad Schiavone (GP #1). Schiavone's forehand clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. Held.

Sam Smith said Maria was unlucky there, but was "playing most of the tennis". Schiavone saved the BPs very well.

I find it ironic that this match is much worthier of Chatrier than Dementieva v Scheepers (currently 6-1 1-0*), but the BBC would not be televising it if it were on Chatrier.

Maria serving 3-4 (new balls): Schiavone forehand long. 15/0. Maria off-forehand wide. 15/15. Maria hit a penetrating down-the-line forehand to force a short ball; Maria hit a deep crosscourt forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Schiavone to bunt a forehand half-volley lob wide. Maria celebrated with a cute little "c'mon". 30/15. Schiavone off-forehand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Maria backhand wide. 40/30 (GP #2). Schiavone off-forehand just wide. Held.

Sam Smith: "Kirilenko's been playing marginally the better tennis of the two."
Mark Petchey: "It comes down to nerve and self-belief."

Schiavone serving 4-4: Schiavone's deep forehand forced Maria to net a backhand lob. 15/0. Maria's off-forehand forced Schiavone to net a backhand. 15/15. Schiavone's off-forehand forced Maria to net a backhand. 30/15. Deep first serve forced Maria to hit a forehand return wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Maria's down-the-line forehand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. Held.

Schiavone's throwing in some sliced backhands. Maria prefers to deal with pace.

Maria serving 4-5: Schiavone's down-the-line forehand return took a weird bounce, inducing Maria to net a backhand. 0/15. Maria hit a deep crosscourt forehand winner just inside the baseline, and said "c'mon". 15/15. Maria went to the net behind a forehand dropshot: Schiavone forehand winner down the line. 15/30. Schiavone backhand dropshot-winner. 15/40 (SP #1). Maria netted a cheap forehand. Schiavone won the first set 6-4 at 12:01 CEST (49m).

Mark Petchey said Maria needed greater weight of shot, and wondered whether she should change her racket, or bulk up (nooo!).


Second set
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KIRILENKO ___*_*@*__ 4
SCHIAVONE *@*_*___*@ 6

Maria, driven wide, hit a crosscourt backhand that clipped the netcord and fell wide. 15/0. Maria ran down a pinpoint down-the-line forehand and netted a forehand. 30/0. Maria's dropshot forced Schiavone to net a backhand. 30/15. Schiavone forehand long. Maria pumped her fist. 30/30. Schiavone off-forehand winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Schiavone dispatched a defensive dropshot with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Maria serving 0-0: Maria on the third stroke netted a backhand. 0/15. Maria hit crosscourt backhand after crosscourt backhand, but ended up hitting one wide. 0/30. Schiavone went to the net, but Maria hit a down-the-line backhand pass-winner. 15/30. Maria sprayed a wild forehand very long, and emitted a long groan. 15/40 (BP #1). Maria hit a down-the-line backhand just wide. Broken.

Schiavone serving 2-0: Maria forehand long. 15/0. Maria went to the net and hit a crosscourt backhand drop-volley - she had to turn around and hit it behind her back; Schiavone pushed a high rising backhand down the line; Maria almost hit a beautiful high crosscourt forehand punch-volley winner into the open court to Schiavone's right, but unfortunately it was just long. Mark Petchey: "That was the best women's point of the championships until she missed that." 30/0. Maria forehand just long. 40/0 (GP #1). Second-serve ace out wide: on the sideline. Held.

After playing such a good first set, Maria's running out of ideas now, and looking "deflated" as Mark Petchey put it.

Maria serving 0-3: Maria went to the net and hit a beautiful off-forehand dropshot-winner. Mark Petchey: "I think she'll get a few propositions for Mixed Doubles after this match!" Sam Smith: "She always plays Mixed Doubles with her boyfriend Igor Andreev." 15/0. Maria netted a backhand. 15/15. Maria stumbled as Schiavone hit a backhand dropshot-winner. 15/30. Schiavone's deep return induced Maria to net a forehand. 15/40 (BP #1). Maria pounced on a short ball with a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/40 (BP #2). Schiavone backhand long. Deuce #1. Schiavone hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. Ad Schiavone (BP #3). Schiavone forehand long. Deuce #2. Schiavone crosscourt backhand wide. Ad Maria (GP #1). Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). Deuce #3. Schiavone went to the net, but Maria's dipping backhand pass forced her to net a backhand volley. Ad Maria (GP #2). Maria off-forehand just wide. Maria argued with the umpire over the mark. Deuce #3. Schiavone's down-the-line backhand pass forced Maria to hit a crosscourt forehand volley wide. Ad Schiavone (BP #4). First serve out wide forced Schiavone to net a backhand. Deuce #4. Maria netted a forehand volley. Ad Schiavone (BP #5). Maria hit a down-the-line forehand winner into the corner, and reacted with a loud, high-pitched squeal! Deuce #5. Deep first serve: Maria pounced on a short return with a crosscourt forehand winner. Schiavone argued about the mark on the centre-line, and got booed by the crowd. Ad Maria (GP #3). Maria played a well-controlled, precise baseline-rally, finishing with a pinpoint backhand winner down the line: right in the corner, forcing Schiavone to net a forehand.

The commentators thought Maria could be even more effective on grass than clay, given how well she's played at the net today. Sadly, that hasn't been the case in the past, and she's not even playing Birmingham this year.

Schiavone serving 3-1: Maria went to the net and hit a backhand volley that forced Schiavone to net a forehand. 0/15. Maria off-forehand + crosscourt forehand winner. She doesn't look so "deflated" now! 0/30. Service-winner. 15/30. Maria hit a brilliant deep backhand winner down the line: just inside the baseline. 15/40 (BP #1). Maria went to the net, ran down a lob, but netted a backhand. 30/40 (BP #2). Schiavone crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. Deuce #1. Maria went to the net but netted a backhand volley. Ad Schiavone (GP #1). First serve out wide.

As Sam Smith said, Maria has been so unlucky. She could lose 6-4 6-1 now, but that certainly wouldn't be an accurate reflection of her form today.

Maria serving 1-4: At this point, the BBC switched to Court Chatrier for the resumption of Sharapova v Henin. A tough decision, but the right one, given that I'm a demi-fan of Little Maria but an Eternal Fan of Big Maria.

Schiavone won 6-4 6-4 at 13:03 CEST (second set 1h02m, match 1h51m).

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4. Third-round TV-report: Sharapova v Henin (Part 2: Sunday 30th May 2010)
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- MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] lt. JUSTINE HENIN [22], 2-6 6-3 3-6

"I gave the French fans what they wanted: a win for Justine. Merry Christmas."

This match resumed on Friday with Henin serving at 6-2 3-6 *0-0. It was still cold and windy.

Maria made a fast start, breaking Henin in the opening game of the third, and holding for 2-0* with a down-the-line forehand winner.

The heart of the match was a two-deuce game on Henin's serve at 2-0*. Maria had triple break-point at 40/0*, but agonisingly netted a backhand after a long rally on the first BP, and Henin saved the next two with a service-winner and a forehand drop-volley winner. Maria had a fourth BP, but Henin saved it with a backhand volley-winner, and held to make it 1-2*.

But then errors started creeping into Maria's game, and she was broken back for 2-2*. She led 30/15 in that game, but two unforced forehand errors saw her broken for 2-4*.

Henin led *4-2 (40/15), but then threw in some unbelievable errors, and Maria hit an amazing off-forehand return-winner just inside the sideline to make it Deuce! Henin double-faulted to give Maria the break back: *3-4.

It was so strange to see one of the mentally strongest players choking like that, whereas Maria's errors I felt were a combination of her high-risk game and Henin's precision.

Maria's service-game at *3-4 was huge: she led 40/30, saved one BP with an off-backhand winner onto the sideline, but then netted a backhand to give Henin another BP, which she converted with a stunning backhand winner down the line.

Thus Henin served for the match at *5-3. She double-faulted on her first MP at 40/0, but converted the next when Maria hit a fierce crosscourt backhand just wide.

This consigned Maria to a fourth consecutive pre-fourth-round loss at the Majors, and violated the pattern of Maria winning a different Major every even-numbered year (Wimbledon 2004, US Open 2006, Australian Open 2008, but sadly not the French Open 2010).

But we have to put this loss into context: Maria's just coming back from a two-month lay-off with an elbow-injury, and went into the French Open desperately short of match-play... until she won Strasbourg, where she had to finish her quarter-final and play her semi-final on the same day, followed by the final. I was worried that she might not have enough left in the tank for the French Open.

The French Open scheduling certainly worked against Maria, as both her second- and third-round matches were scheduled late in the day, so she had to play them spread over four days, which is almost like playing four matches in four days, in terms of the preparation.

When someone tried to extract a complaint from her at the press-conference, pointing out that she was scheduled after two men's matches that were always likely to give her a late start, she said: "I'm going to be politically correct on this answer. Wouldn't you love that little drama for your English papers?"

I can't think of many less favourable conditions for Maria to play in than playing Henin on a cold, damp clay-court, and yet she still played an excellent second set, and played her part in a titanic third-set struggle.

As usual when I report on Maria's matches, I want to extract a lot more detail than I could manage in a single take, so I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.


Third set
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SHARA @*____@__ 3
HENIN __*@*@_@* 6

The match was suspended due to darkness at 21:08 CEST on Saturday. The match resumed second on Court Philippe Chatrier at 12:43 CEST on Sunday (15h35m delay).

Henin serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Maria serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Henin serving 0-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (BP #4). Deuce #2. Ad Henin (GP #1). Held.

Maria serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Henin serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Maria serving 2-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Henin serving 4-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Maria (BP #1). Broken.

Maria serving 3-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Henin (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Henin (BP #2). Broken.

Henin serving 5-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Henin). 40/15 (MP #2 for Henin). Henin won 6-2 3-6 6-3 at 13:28 CEST (third set 46m; match 17h44m gross, 2h09m net).

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5. Fourth-round draw
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* SHAHAR PE'ER [18] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (kadima Shahar!)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v JUSTINE HENIN [22] (go Sam!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v Jarmila Groth [WC] (davai Yaroslava!)

* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17], won
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] won
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] won
* NADIA PETROVA [19] won

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6. Fourth-round preview: Hantuchová v Janković
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* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]

Jelena Janković is an aggressive counterpuncher who was ranked #1 in the world back in 2008, but has never won a Major (in Women's Singles).

Thanks to two wins over Janković this clay-court season, Daniela has levelled their head-to-head at 3:3:
- 2004 Filderstadt 2r: Janković won 6-1 6-4
+ 2006 Tokyo Pan Pacific 1r: Daniela won 2-6 6-4 6-4
- 2008 Beijing qf: Janković won 7-5 6-1
- 2009 Madrid 2r: Janković won 7-5 6-2
+ 2010 Charleston qf: Daniela won 1-6 6-3 6-3
+ 2010 Fed Cup: Daniela won 7-6 (7/2) 7-5

Janković is currently ranked #4, and has a 27:10 record for 2010 so far (including her three wins here) to Daniela's 22:10.

Janković's 2010 started poorly, as she lost to #40 Ágnes Szávay in the first round of Sydney, and 6-2 6-3 to #30 Alyona Bondarenko in the third round of the Australian Open.

In Serbia's Fed Cup tie against Russia, Janković scored wins over #4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 2-6 6-3 and #31 Alisa Kleybanovaa 4-6 6-4 6-0.

Janković was thrashed 6-3 6-2 by in-form #14 Vera Zvonarëva in the third round of Dubai, then lost to #72 Anastasija Sevastova 5-7 6-4 6-4 in the first round of Monterrey.

Janković enjoyed a return to form by sweeping to the Indian Wells title, beating #75 Petra Martić 6-3 7-6, #49 Sara Errani 2-6 7-6 6-4, #20 Shahar Pe'er 6-2 6-2, #27 Alisa Kleybanova 6-4 6-4, #11 Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-4, and #4 Caroline Woźniacki 6-2 6-4 in the final.

Stosur took her revenge by beating Janković 6-1 7-6 in the fourth round of Miami. Janković beat two players outside the top 123 to reach the quarter-finals of Charleston.

Janković's next two matches were her losses to Daniela: 1-6 6-3 6-3 in their Charleston quarter-final, and 7-6 7-5 in the Slovakia v Serbia Fed Cup tie. Janković beat #53 Magdaléna Rybáriková 7-6 6-3 in her other singles-rubber, despite struggling with a wrist-injury that hampered her backhand.

Janković scored 6-2 6-2 wins over #34 Gisela Dulko and #99 Tsvetana Pironkova at Stuttgart, then lost her quarter-final 3-6 7-6 6-3 to #24 Justine Henin.

Janković reached the final of Rome by beating #128 Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 3-6 6-1, #12 Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-0, #4 Venus Williams 6-0 6-1(!) and #1 Serena Williams 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7/5). But she lost the final 7-6 7-5 to #26 María José Martínez Sánchez.

At Madrid, Janković beat #42 Ana Ivanović 4-6 6-4 6-1 and #54 Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2 6-0, but lost 7-5 6-4 to Aravane Rezaď.

Janković has reached the fourth round with the following results:
1r + #94 Alicia Molik, 6-0 6-4
2r + #118 Kaia Kanepi [Q], 6-2 3-6 6-4
3r + #31 ALYONA BONDARENKO [27], 6-4 7-6 (7/3)

Daniela has reached the fourth round with the following results:
1r + #66 Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-1 6-1
2r + #38 Olga Govortsova, 7-5 6-3
3r + #16 YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF], 7-5 6-3

Conclusion: due to their 3:3 head-to-head, and Janković's up-and-down form this year, it's too close to call. We could well have an epic three-set battle on our hands.

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7. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 8)
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7.1 Quarter-final wishes
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+ SHAHAR PE'ER [18] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]
+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. Yaroslava Shvedova
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. NADIA PETROVA [19]


7.2 Semi-final wishes
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. SHAHAR PE'ER [18]
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]


7.3 Final-wish
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+ DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]

Daniela was my favourite from the start, and now she's the sole survivor from my Eternal Fanship.

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8. Order of play for Monday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 4r: Robby Ginepri v NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [3]
2. WS 4r: SHAHAR PE'ER [18] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
3. MS 4r: THOMAZ BELLUCCI [24] v RAFAEL NADAL [2]
4. WS 4r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]

The BBC plans to show all the matches on Chatrier. I'm really looking forward to watching Daniela again, especially as she's said to be playing very well at the moment.

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

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 9

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Fourth-round results
3. Fourth-round TV-report: Pe'er v S.Williams
4. Fourth-round TV-report: Stosur v Henin
5. Fourth-round TV-report: Hantuchová v Janković
6. Quarter-final draw
7. Andrew's wishes
8. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 9:
* hantuchova
* shvedova
* shahar peer
* stosur
* groth
* jankovic
* henin

Various players including Daniela Hantuchová [EF], Yaroslava Shvedova, Shahar Pe'er, Jarmila Groth, Samantha Stosur, Jelena Janković:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

Various players including Samantha Stosur:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8714486.stm

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2. Fourth-round results (Monday 31st May 2010)
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What rocked:
+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. Jarmila Groth [WC], 6-4 6-3
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. JUSTINE HENIN [22], 2-6 6-1 6-4

What sucked:
- DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 4-6 2-6
- SHAHAR PE'ER [18] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 2-6 2-6

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17890040

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3. Fourth-round TV-report: Pe'er v S.Williams (Monday 31st May 2010)
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- SHAHAR PE'ER [18] lt. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 2-6 2-6

The final scoreline is a harsh assessment of Pe'er's performance. Pe'er fought with great determination regardless of the score, but Williams is playing the best she has on clay since winning her lone French Open Women's Singles title in 2002.

The match was a study in the importance of depth, with both players frequently inducing each other to make errors by hitting deep shots, and forcing short balls to hit winners.


First set
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WILLI _@*_*@*@ 6
PE'ER @__*____ 2

Pe'er serving 1-2: Second serve: Williams dumped an off-backhand return into the net. 15/0. Williams forced a floater, but hit a forehand drive-volley long, and shrieked in frustration. 30/0. First serve down the middle forced Williams to net a backhand. 40/0 (GP #1). Williams backhand dropshot-winner. 40/15 (GP #2). Pe'er's depth induced Williams to hit a forehand long. Held.

Williams serving 2-2: Ace out wide (Eva Asderaki checked the mark on the sideline). 15/0. Pe'er hit a backhand dropshot into the bottom of the net. 30/0. Ace out wide forced Pe'er outside the tramlines to net a forehand return. 40/0 (GP #1). Williams crosscourt forehand + forehand winner down the line. Held.

Sam Smith: "The counterpuncher, who's trying to become a more aggressive player, still looks a little lightweight."

Pe'er serving 2-3: Williams hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. 0/15. Pe'er off-forehand wide. 0/30. Pe'er's crosscourt backhand died away on Williams, forcing her to net a backhand. 15/30. Pe'er netted a backhand, and moaned "kadima". 15/40 (BP #1). Pe'er forced a floater and hit a crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. 30/40 (BP #2). Deep first serve down the middle forced Williams to net a forehand return. Pe'er said "c'mon". Deuce #1. Double fault #2 (second serve long). Ad Williams (BP #3). Pe'er's depth induced Williams to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Deuce #2. Williams's deep return induced Pe'er to net a backhand. Ad Williams (BP #4). Williams forced a very short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. Broken.

Williams serving 4-2: Williams's deep forehand down the line forced Pe'er to net a backhand. 15/0. Second serve out wide: crosscourt backhand return wide. 30/0. Williams forced a short ball and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Pe'er's deep forehand return just inside the baseline induced Williams to bunt a backhand just long. 40/15 (GP #2). Ace #2: out wide. Held.

Pe'er serving 2-5: Williams forehand just long. 15/0. Pe'er, stretched wide and low, hit a backhand lob long. 15/15. Pe'er hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline, and yelled "c'mon". 30/15. Williams crosscourt forehand winner. 30/30. Pe'er found good depth, but hit a crosscourt forehand wide - Williams is making her think she has to go for so much. 30/40 (SP #1). Kick second serve induced Williams to hit an off-forehand return wide. Deuce #1. Pe'er netted a down-the-line forehand, and yelled in frustration. Ad Williams (SP #2). Pe'er netted a sliced backhand. Williams won the first set 6-2 at 14:15 CEST (28m).

There are some nasty-looking grey clouds in the sky. I hope they won't affect my plans to watch Hantuchová v Janković later!


Second set
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WILLI *_*@_@*@ 6
PE'ER _*__@___ 2

Williams serving 0-0: Williams forehand just long. 0/15. Williams's depth induced Pe'er to hit a forehand long. 15/15. Williams's deep second serve induced Pe'er to net a backhand return. 30/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Pe'er to hit a backhand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Williams's deep backhand down the line induced Pe'er to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Held.

Pe'er serving 0-1: Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/15. Pe'er's deep forehand induced Williams to hit a backhand long. 15/15. Pe'er's dropshot was more like a mini-lob: it sat up very nicely for Williams to hit a down-the-line forehand winner. Williams crosscourt backhand return died on Pe'er for a winner. 15/40 (BP #1). Pe'er went to the net, leaving a huge gap to her right, but fortunately her approach was deep enough to induce Williams to hit a crosscourt forehand pass wide. 30/40 (BP #2). Pe'er's depth induced Williams to net a backhand. Deuce #1. Williams crosscourt backhand wide. Ad Pe'er (GP #1). Pe'er retrieved well in a very long baseline-rally, but ended up netting a backhand. Deuce #2. Williams crosscourt backhand winner. Ad Williams (BP #3). Pe'er's crosscourt backhand forced Williams to net a backhand. Deuce #3. Pe'er forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Pe'er (GP #2). Deep first serve down the middle forced Williams to stretch wide and net a forehand return. Held.

Williams serving 1-1: Pe'er's deep forehand return forced Williams to net a backhand. 0/15. Double fault (second serve clipped the netcord and fell wide). 0/30. Williams punished the gap to Pe'er's left with a forehand winner down the line. 15/30. Pe'er went to the net, forced a floater, and hit a forehand smash-winner. 15/40 (BP #1). Ace down the middle. 30/40 (BP #2). Second serve: Pe'er netted a cheap forehand return. Deuce #1. And again. Ad Williams (GP #1). Ace down the middle: just inside the service-line. Held.

Pe'er serving 1-2: Second serve: Williams nailed a forehand return-winner down the line. 0/15. Deep second serve induced Williams to net a backhand return. 15/15. Pe'er wrong-footed Williams with a pinpoint off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/15. Double fault (second serve just long). 30/30. Deep serve forced Williams to net a forehand return. 40/30 (GP #1). Pe'er, driven wide, hit a forehand halfway up the net. Deuce #1. Williams netted a forehand dropshot. Ad Pe'er (GP #2). Pe'er netted a forehand. Deuce #2. Williams off-forehand winner. Ad Williams (BP #1). Pe'er went to the net, forced a floater, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. Deuce #3. Pe'er sprayed a crosscourt forehand wide. Ad Williams (BP #2). Pe'er forehand just long. Broken.

Williams serving 3-1: Pe'er's deep forehand down the line induced Williams to hit a backhand long. 0/15. Pe'er's deep return induced Williams to hit a backhand long. 0/30. Ace #5: down the middle. 15/30. Deep first serve down the middle forced Pe'er to earth a forehand return. 30/30. Pe'er went to the net behind a deep forehand return down the line, and dispatched a short ball with a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Pe'er hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. Broken.

The BBC commentators praised Pe'er's determination to fight no matter what the score.

Pe'er serving 2-3: Pe'er, driven wide, netted a forehand. 0/15. Williams's deep backhand forced Pe'er to bunt a defensive forehand long. 0/30. Good second serve out wide forced Williams to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/30. Williams went to the net, forcing Pe'er to net a forehand. 15/40 (BP #1). Pe'er's deep forehand forced Williams to hit a backhand long. 30/40 (BP #2). Williams's deep backhand return forced Pe'er to net a backhand. Broken.

Sam Smith: "She's covered a lot of ground in this match, but she hasn't gained a great deal of territory."

Williams serving 4-2: Williams punished the gap to Pe'er's right with a deep backhand winner down the line. 15/0. Ace #6: out wide, just inside the sideline. 30/0. Huge first serve down the middle forced a short lob-return, which Williams dispatched with an off-forehand winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Service-winner down the middle. Held.

Pe'er serving 2-5: Second serve: crosscourt forehand return forced Pe'er to net a forehand. 0/15. First serve: Williams hit a backhand return-winner down the line. 0/30. Williams hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand return to the sideline, driving Pe'er into the tramlines to net a forehand. 0/40 (MP #1 for Williams). Deep first serve down the middle forced a short return, but Pe'er dumped a forehand return into the net. Williams won 6-2 6-2 at 14:54 CEST (second set 38m, match 1h07m).


Williams's on-court interview
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"Cette année est le meilleur. J'habite ici. J'adore Paris: magnifique ville, my favourite city. I'm very nervous!"

They arrogantly assumed that her next opponent would be 22nd seed Justine Henin, who was leading 7th seed Samantha Stosur 6-2 *0-1 at the time.

"I'm very happy that she's playing again. She's such a great champion, and I just hope to do good [sic]."

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4. Fourth-round TV-report: Stosur v Henin (Monday 31st May 2010)
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+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. JUSTINE HENIN [22], 2-6 6-1 6-4

The BBC had no plans to televise this match from Court Suzanne Lenglen, but hastily switched its pictures when Stosur broke for *3-2 in the third set.

So hastily that for the first couple of games, a couple of Australian commentators could be heard, as Henin broke back and then held for 4-3*.

Then there was no commentary - no doubt for copyright-reasons - as Stosur held for 4-4*. And then no pictures as Stosur broke for *5-4.

The BBC managed to restore the pictures, but not the commentary, in time to see Stosur serve out the match. Known as one of the biggest chokers in the game - although she has greatly improved this year - Stosur wasted her first MP with a double fault, but converted her second with a forehand smash-winner.

I'm very pleased by Stosur's victory: a reward for a fine clay-season in which she won her first Premier title at Charleston, and has risen to world #7. While I don't like Stosur's muscular arms, she does have very pretty eyes (when she's not wearing her trademark sunglasses), and seems like a nice person.

I also think it's important for women's tennis that Stosur proved that even a seven-time Major and four-time French Open champion cannot take a 19-month holiday and then just waltz back in and expect to win a Major. The players who made hay in her absence deserve respect, and the onus is on them to enforce this respect as Stosur did here.

From what I saw of this match, Stosur enforced this respect (even if the media disrespect Stosur by calling it an "upset") with her big first serve and good volleys, while Henin made several unforced errors.

And the credit for Henin's unforced errors must go to Maria Sharapova, who gave Henin a tough three-set victory over the previous two days.


Third set
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HENIN *_*__@*___ 4
STOSU _*_*@__*@* 6

Stosur serving 3-2: 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Stosur hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Henin to hit a backhand wide. 30/40 (BP #2). Stosur on the third stroke netted a forehand. Broken.

Henin serving 3-3: Henin hit a down-the-line forehand just wide. 0/15. Big first serve down the middle took a weird bounce, forcing Stosur to hit a forehand lob backwards. 15/15. Service-winner. 30/15. Stosur on the third stroke netted a forehand - tried to run around her backhand and got jammed. 40/15. Deep serve induced Stosur to net a forehand return. Held.

Stosur serving 3-4: Henin hit a deep forehand onto the baseline, forcing Stosur to net a forehand. 0/15. Stosur hit a backhand long, and Henin celebrated the unforced error with a long shout of "allez". Stosur looked upset. 0/30. Henin netted a forehand return. 15/30. Deep first serve out wide forced Henin to hit an off-forehand return wide. 30/30. Stosur hit a crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Henin to stretch wide and hit a forehand wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Second serve: forehand return wide. Held.

Henin serving 4-4: The match disappeared from BBC Red Button - replaced with a "coming up shortly" screen. I guess the Australians must not have taken kindly to the BBC stealing its feed. Stosur broke Henin while the BBC was faffing around trying to restore coverage of the match.

Stosur serving 5-4: Stosur's backhand drop-volley forced Henin to net a backhand. 15/0. Henin dumped a cheap backhand into the net. 30/0. Henin crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner. 30/15. Henin dumped a backhand into the net. 40/15 (MP #1 for Stosur). Double fault (second serve just long). 40/30 (MP #2 for Stosur). Big first serve out wide forced a short return; Stosur's off-forehand forced Henin to hoist a high defensive lob, which Stosur dispatched with a forehand smash-winner. Stosur won 2-6 6-1 6-4 at 16:06 CEST (third set 45m, match 1h45m).

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5. Fourth-round TV-report: Hantuchová v Janković (Monday 31st May 2010)
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- DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 4-6 2-6

Daniela made a brilliant start, but couldn't get a break, then Janković raised her level to get a scoreline that is a very poor reflection of Daniela's current form.

Daniela started the match like she was going to blow Janković away. By the time she held her opening service-game, we had already seen her flairsome power, a great spreading rally, a delectable crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner, and an ace down the middle.

Daniela made Janković struggle in Janković's opening service-game, pegging her back from 40/15 with a pinpoint backhand return-winner down the line, and saving another GP with a brilliant crosscourt forehand winer onto the sideline. But a couple of backhand errors let Janković off the hook.

At *1-1, Daniela held to love with a forehand smash-winner and another ace down the middle, then gave Janković another tough service-game.

Against the run of play, Daniela had to save a BP at *2-2 (30/40), which she did with a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline, and held for 3-2*.

When Janković held easily for *3-3, I could sense the momentum shifting to her, but then Daniela held easily, and had a BP at 4-3* (40/30*). Janković saved it with an error-forcing foray to the net, then held for 4-4* after Daniela had saved one GP with a down-the-line backhand winner.

Daniela found herself in trouble at *4-4 (0/40). She saved those BPs - one with a backhand winner down the line - but after three deuces, a time-violation, and an emergency-siren that may have distracted her at Deuce #3, she was finally broken when she sprayed a wild forehand long.

Janković at *5-4 served out the first set to love, and won seven games in a row to lead 6-4 4-0*. Daniela wasn't playing that badly, but Janković, as an aggressive counterpuncher, was very solid and also hit plenty of winners of her own.

Daniela was getting very frustrated, but she channelled her anger into an incredibly risky crosscourt forehand winner onto the baseline, followed by a down-the-line backhand winner to hold for 4-6 1-4*!

Daniela fought to the bitter end, saving MP at 4-6 *1-5 (Ad) with an off-backhand winner, and holding for 2-5* with a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. But Janković was in no mood to surrender her lead, and sealed her victory with a hold to 15.

Daniela's defeat means that the exodus of my Eternal Fanship from the French Open 2010 is complete, and that she has failed once more to complete a 'Career Grand Slam' of Major quarter-finals to go with her Career Grand Slam of Major Mixed Doubles titles.

But I loved watching Daniela play so brilliantly (albeit without reward) in the first set, and I note that she has been doing a lot of fitness-work to improve her movement. She could have a very good Wimbledon if she plays anything like this.

As for Janković, I'm beginning to appreciate why some people consider her a title-contender here. Today, she played like a chess-grandmaster: very solid and error-free, and yet very effective when she took the initiative.

As usual for the televised matches of my Eternal Fanship, I want to extract a lot more detail than I could manage in a single take, so I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.


First set
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JANKOVIĆ _*_*_*_*@* 6
HANTUCHO *_*_*_*___ 4

The match was fourth on Court Philippe Chatrier, and started at 18:15 CEST.

Hantuchová serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Janković serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Janković (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Janković (GP #4). Held.

Hantuchová serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Janković serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Janković (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Janković (GP #4). Held.

Hantuchová serving 2-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Hantuchová (GP #1). Held.

Janković serving 2-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Hantuchová serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Janković serving 3-4 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Janković (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Janković (GP #2). Held.

Hantuchová serving 4-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Hantuchová (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Janković (BP #4). Deuce #3. Ad Janković (BP #5). Broken.

Janković serving 5-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (SP #1 for Janković). Janković won the first set 6-4 at 19:04 CEST (49m).


Second set
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JANKOVIĆ @*@*_*_* 6
HANTUCHO ____*_*_ 2

Hantuchová serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Janković serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Hantuchová serving 0-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Janković (BP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Janković (BP #2). Broken.

Janković serving 3-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Hantuchová serving 0-4: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Janković serving 4-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Hantuchová serving 1-5 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Janković (MP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Hantuchová (GP #3). Held.

Janković serving 5-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #2 for Janković). Janković won 6-4 6-2 at 19:40 CEST (second set 36m, match 1h25m).

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6. Quarter-final draw
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* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (go Sam!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (davai Yaroslava!)
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17] (kom sĺ Caro!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v NADIA PETROVA [19] (davai Elena!)

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7. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 9)
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7.1 Semi-final wishes
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+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]
+ CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]


7.2 Final-wish
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+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3]

Yaroslava is already the most famous person I have ever met, if by "meeting" I mean "ever said a single word to me personally," and by "most famous", I mean "the most results returned by a Google-search for her name".

By these definitions, Stefanie Vögele is the second-most famous person I have ever met, with Tom Kilburn (who invented the world's first stored-program computer) in third place.

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8. Order of play for Tuesday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 14:00 CEST = 12:00 GMT = 13:00 BST)
1. WS qf: CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
2. MS qf: ROGER FEDERER [1] v ROBIN SÖDERLING [5]
3. MD 4r: Marc López/Pere Riba v (WESLEY MOODIE/DICK NORMAN)[4]

The BBC plans to show the first two matches on Chatrier.

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


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ITF WOMEN'S CIRCUIT (Tiro a Volo, Rome, Italy; clay; ITF $50k)
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First-round draw
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* JELENA DOKIĆ [3,EF] v Anna Tatishvili (GO JELENA!!)

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Andrew's TV-report for Day 10

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Quarter-final results
3. Quarter-final TV-report: Woźniacki v Schiavone
6. Quarter-final draw
7. Andrew's wishes
8. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 10:
* wozniacki
* dementieva

Various players including Yaroslava Shvedova, Caroline Woźniacki, Elena Dementieva:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

Various players including Caroline Woźniacki and Elena Dementieva:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8715955.stm

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2. Quarter-final results (Tuesday 1st June 2010)
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What rocked:
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. NADIA PETROVA [19], 2-6 6-2 6-0

What sucked:
- CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] lt. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17], 2-6 3-6

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17896521

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3. Quarter-final TV-report: Woźniacki v Schiavone (Tuesday 1st June 2010)
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- CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] lt. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17], 2-6 3-6

Schiavone is an excellent clay-court player, and in a match played in constant drizzle, she handled the cold, damp, heavy conditions much better than Caro, and became the first Italian in the Open Era to reach a Major semi-final (in Women's Singles).

As BBC commentator John Lloyd put it: "She absolutely gave the #3 seed a lesson in clay-court tennis: how to manoeuvre the ball around."

Caro has been struggling since spraining her right ankle at Charleston in April. She came onto court with her right ankle strapped, and also her left thigh: an injury sustained in her fourth-round match. She was moving at probably about 80% of what she can, and Schiavone took full advantage with some spreading rallies.


First set
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SCHIAVONE *_*@_@*@ 6
WOŹNIACKI _*__@___ 2

The match was first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and started at 14:12 CEST.

Schiavone serving 0-0: Schiavone went to the net and hit a backhand volley-winner down the line. 15/0. Schiavone forehand wide. 15/15. Schiavone went to the net behind a moonball and hit an off-forehand drive-volley winner. 30/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/30. Second serve out wide + off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/30 (GP #1). Schiavone hit an off-forehand winner, but Caro was right there and didn't move for it.

Did Caro misread that last ball, or is one of her injuries bothering her? Well, the commentators in her first-round match said that her ability to read the game was what made her a top-five player, while she has struggled with her movement in the tournaments since injuring her ankle.

Caro serving 0-1: Double fault (second serve long). 0/15. A long baseline-rally ended with Caro hitting a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Schiavone forehand long. 30/15. Schiavone spread Caro, her crosscourt forehand inducing her to hit a forehand long. 30/30. Ace out wide: just inside the sideline. 40/30 (GP #1). Backhand return long. Held.

Schiavone serving 1-1: Caro went to the net and, after several attempts, put a forehand smash away for a winner. 0/15. Schiavone went to the net, and picked off a dipping ball with a forehand half-volley dropshot-winner. 15/15. Schiavone off-forehand winner. 30/15. Schiavone forehand winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Schiavone forehand long. 40/30 (GP #2). Caro hit a wild down-the-line backhand wide. Held.

It's starting to rain: steady drizzle.

Schiavone is 29 years old, but apparently the Italians regard that as young for a sportsperson! She's very fit, and Sam Smith predicted that she would play until she's 35.

Caro serving 1-2: Caro hit a wild backhand drive-volley long. 0/15. Caro went to the net, but Schiavone ran down her crosscourt backhand drive-volley and ripped a crosscourt backhand pass-winner just inside the sideline. 0/30. Caro went to the net, but Schiavone hit a backhand lob-winner - and not a very deep one, either. When Schiavone did that against Maria Kirilenko in the previous round, Maria ran it down to the baseline and got it back! 0/40 (BP #1). Schiavone broke with an off-forehand return-winner.

Schiavone serving 3-1: Schiavone went to the net, but Caro hit a perfect backhand lob-winner just inside the baseline. 0/15. Schiavone hit a down-the-line forehand just wide. 0/30. Caro backhand long. 15/30. Schiavone backhand winner down the line. 30/30. Caro at the net picked off a dipping ball with a backhand half-volley dropshot-winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Schiavone went for a forehand down Caro's right sideline, but it was just wide. Broken.

Caro asked for the match to be suspended, but it's not raining heavily enough. Sam Smith suggested that she wanted time out to nurse her injured thigh.

Caro serving 2-3: Schiavone's crosscourt forehand deep into the corner forced Caro to net a forehand. 0/15. Caro hit an off-forehand winner back behind Schiavone: just inside the sideline. 15/15. Schiavone's forehand pass clipped the netcord and jumped over Caro, but Caro was unable to run it down. 15/30. Caro forehand just long. 15/40 (BP #1). Caro unforcedly hit a forehand long. Broken.

Schiavone serving 4-2: Caro netted a forehand. 15/0. Big first serve down the middle - right in the corner - forced Caro to bunt a forehand return wide. 30/0. Schiavone hit a down-the-line backhand wide. 30/15. Schiavone went to the net and hit a forehand volley-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Schiavone spread Caro, her crosscourt backhand forcing her to bunt a backhand lob wide. Held.

Sam Smith: "Schiavone loving these heavy conditions."

Caro serving 2-5: Caro forehand long. 0/15. Caro's deep crosscourt backhand induced Schiavone to hit a backhand long. 15/15. Schiavone forced a weak ball, but went for a forehand winner unnecessarily close to Caro's right sideline and put it wide. 30/15. Caro netted a forehand and yelled in frustration. 30/30. Schiavone forehand just long. 40/30 (GP #1). Schiavone ran down a dropshot and hit a backhand winner down the line. Deuce #1. Schiavone's crosscourt forehand caught the sideline for a winner. Ad Schiavone (SP #1). Caro went to the net behind a deep forehand down the line, forcing Schiavone to net a backhand. Deuce #2. Double fault #2 (Caro hit a second-serve ace out wide onto the sideline, but it was called wide). Ad Schiavone (SP #2). Caro went to the net, but Schiavone ripped a crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline. Schiavone won the first set 6-2 at 14:50 CEST (38m).


Second set
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SCHIAVONE *@_@__*@* 6
WOŹNIACKI __@_@*___ 3

Schiavone serving 0-0: Schiavone's crosscourt backhand onto the sideline induced Caro to hit a backhand long. 15/0. Caro hit a wild forehand long. 30/0. Caro hit an off-backhand just inside the sideline, forcing Schiavone to net a forehand. 30/15. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand forced Caro to hit a forehand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Schiavone ripped a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. Held.

Caro serving 0-1: Schiavone opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand to the sideline, and hit a down-the-line forehand winner - though Caro didn't run very hard. 0/15. Caro went to the net, her deep crosscourt backhand approach forcing Schiavone to net a backhand. 15/15. Caro dumped a backhand halfway up the net. 15/30. First serve out wide forced a short return, but Caro dumped a cheap forehand into the net. 15/40 (BP #1). Caro, driven wide by Schiavone's crosscourt forehand, netted a forehand and threw her racket to the ground in disgust. Broken (the serve, not the racket).

Schiavone serving 2-0: Schiavone netted a backhand dropshot. 0/15. Caro hit an off-forehand smash-winner onto the sideline. 0/30. Caro, driven wide, hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner to the sideline. 0/40 (BP #1). Schiavone hit a down-the-line backhand winner back behind Caro. 15/40 (BP #2). Schiavone crosscourt backhand winner.

'Miss Backhand', as Sam Smith likes to call Caro, has only hit one backhand winner so far.

Caro serving 1-2: Schiavone's deep off-forehand forced Caro to hit a backhand long. 0/15. Caro, driven wide, hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Schiavone went to the net, but Caro hit a crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 30/15. Caro went to the net but netted a forehand volley, and grimaced like she'd just taken a mouthful of battery-acid. 30/30. Double fault (second serve wide). 30/40 (BP #1). Schiavone went to the net behind a penetrating crosscourt forehand to the sideline, forcing Caro to hit a lob, which she dispatched with a forehand smash-winner. Broken.

Schiavone serving 3-1: Schiavone netted a forehand. 0/15. Schiavone hit a down-the-line forehand just wide, and mutted in Italian. 0/30. Caro's deep forehand forced Schiavone to hit a backhand wide. 0/40 (BP #1). Caro hit a crosscourt backhand dropshot just wide, and there was a look of pain on her face. 15/40 (BP #2). Schiavone forced a short floater and hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/40 (BP #3). Caro ran down a dropshot and hit a crosscourt backhand - very risky, as she left a huge gap to her right - but it was sufficiently fast that Schiavone netted a backhand. Broken.

Caro serving 2-3: Schiavone spread Caro, forcing a floater, which she dispatched with a forehand smash-winner down Caro's right sideline. 0/15. A long baseline-rally ended with Schiavone hitting a backhand just long. 15/15. Schiavone was running Caro ragged, but Caro recovered with a deep backhand lob just inside the baseline, and hit a backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Caro went to the net, but her sliced backhand approach sat up nicely for Schiavone to hit a forehand pass-winner down the line. 40/30 (GP #2). Caro's off-forehand induced Schiavone to net a backhand. Held.

Schiavone serving 3-3: Schiavone's deep forehand approach forced Caro to hit a backhand long. 15/0. Schiavone went to the net, and Caro hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner just wide. 30/0. Caro, driven wide, hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Caro went to the net, but didn't get her position right for a crosscourt forehand volley, hitting it wide. Held.

Caro serving 3-4: Caro backhand long. 0/15. A long baseline-rally ended with Caro netting a forehand and emitting a long scream. 0/30. Schiavone forehand long. 15/30. Caro went to the net and hit an off-forehand drop-volley, but Schiavone ran it down and hit a backhand pass-winner down the line. 15/40 (BP #1). Caro forced a forehand lob, and hit an off-forehand smash-winner. 30/40 (BP #2). Schiavone's depth forced Caro to hit a backhand lob long. Broken.

Schiavone serving 5-3 (new balls): Caro forehand just long. 15/0. Caro's deep off-forehand return forced Schiavone to net a backhand. 15/15. Deep second serve forced Caro to hit a backhand return long. 30/15. Schiavone's deep forehand forced Caro to hit a forehand long. Schiavone emitted a loud battle-cry. 40/15 (MP #1). Schiavone sealed her victory with an off-forehand smash-winner just inside the sideline. Schiavone won 6-2 6-3 at 15:31 CEST (second set 41m, match 1h20m).

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6. Quarter-final draw
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* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (go Sam!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (davai Yaroslava!)
* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17] won
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] won

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7. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 10)
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7.1 Semi-final wishes
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+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]
+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]


7.2 Final-wish
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+ Yaroslava Shvedova d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5]

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8. Order of play for Wednesday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 14:00 CEST = 12:00 GMT = 13:00 BST)
1. WS qf: SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1]
2. MS qf: NICOLAS ALMAGRO [19] v RAFAEL NADAL [2]
3. XD 4r: (KATARINA SREBOTNIK/NENAD ZIMONJIĆ)[6] v (NURIA LLAGOSTERA VIVES/OLIVER MARACH)[3]

Although the OoP wasn't out by the time the BBC ended its Tuesday transmission, I'm quite sure that it will televise the first two matches on Chatrier again.

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


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First-round result (Tuesday 1st June 2010)
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- JELENA DOKIĆ [3,EF] lt. Anna Tatishvili, 7-6 (7/1) 4-6 0-6

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Andrew's TV-report for Day 11

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Quarter-final results
3. Quarter-final TV-report: Stosur v S.Williams
4. Semi-final draw
5. Andrew's analysis of the semi-finalists
6. Andrew's wishes
7. Order of play for Thursday

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 11:
* shvedova
* jankovic
* stosur

Various players including Yaroslava Shvedova, Mary Pierce, Samantha Stosur, Kristina Mladenović, Jelena Janković:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

Various players including Jelena Janković and Samantha Stosur:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8719033.stm

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2. Quarter-final results (Wednesday 2nd June 2010)
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What rocked:
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 6-2 6-7 (2/7) 8-6

What sucked:
- Yaroslava Shvedova lt. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 5-7 4-6

I don't know which is the bigger disappointment: that Yaroslava lost, or that Daniela Hantuchová won fewer games against Janković in the previous round (despite starting the match on blistering form).

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17905060

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3. Quarter-final TV-report: Stosur v S.Williams (Wednesday 2nd June 2010)
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+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. SERENA WILLIAMS [1], 6-2 6-7 (2/7) 8-6

This was the most dramatic match of the French Open 2010 so far, as Stosur blew a 6-2 *5-3 lead, saved match-point at 1:1 *4-5 (30/40), and came up with two stunning passing-shots to break for *7-6.

Stosur was on absolute fire in the first set, winning 17 points in a row from *3-2 (30/30) to 6-2 1-0 (40/0*). I don't recall seeing Serena Williams overpowered like that since Maria Sharapova won their Wimbledon 2004 final!

Stosur served for the match at 6-2 *5-3, but double-faulted to go 0/30 down; she recovered to 30/30, but was broken by a Williams crosscourt forehand winner that left her on her hands and knees.

Suddenly, it was Williams being aggressive and Stosur passive. Williams played her best tennis of the match to take the second set on a 7/2 tiebreak.

After an exchange of breaks at the start of the third set, games went with serve. Williams looked and sounded tired to me, but her huge serve kept it competitive.

Williams had match-point at 1:1 5-4* (40/30*). Stosur went to the net, but Williams's down-the-line forehand went past her, looking like it would catch the baseline for a winner... it was one of those amazing sporting moments when time seems to go into slow motion... I didn't see it land because that's where the TV scoreboard-graphic was... didn't hear a call... so Williams had just won the match?

Apparently not. It was now Deuce, and Stosur hit a crosscourt forehand winner followed by an ace to hold for 5-5*.

Stosur played an amazing rally at 1:1 6-6* (30/15*), finishing with a short-angled crosscourt forehand pass-winner onto the sideline to bring up break-point (40/15*). She broke serve with another screaming pass-winner: this time a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner onto the other sideline. There was just a sense of destiny that she would make those passing-shots.

With Stosur serving for the match a second time at 1:1 *7-6, Williams hit a stunning backhand return-winner to make it 15/15, but Stosur remained calm, coming up with three deep service-winners to seal her place in the semi-finals for the second year in a row.


First set
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WILLIA _*_*____ 2
STOSUR *_*_*@*@ 6

The match was first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and started at 14:15 CEST.

Stosur serving 0-0: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. First serve out wide + pinpoint backhand winner down the line. 30/0. Double fault (second serve just long). 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Williams forced a floater and hit a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. 40/30 (GP #2). Williams crosscourt backhand return + backhand winner down the line. Deuce #1. Forehand return just long. Ad Stosur (GP #3). Ace down the middle. Held.

Sam Smith described Stosur as a very laid-back character, who could be too placid and passive on the court. This surprised me, because in previous years, Stosur was probably the biggest choker in the top 64.

Williams serving 0-1: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/15. Stosur crosscourt forehand winner. 15/30. Stosur mishit a crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/30. Stosur hit a deep forehand down the line: just inside the baseline, forcing Williams to bunt a backhand lob wide. 30/40 (BP #1). First serve: backhand return long. Deuce #1. Stosur netted a backhand. Ad Williams (GP #1). Williams forced a short return, but dumped a very cheap high forehand into the net, to "ooh"s and "aah"s from the crowd. Deuce #2. Second serve: Stosur nailed a deep crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. Ad Stosur (BP #2). Deep first serve forced Stosur to net a forehand return. Deuce #3. Williams's deep backhand forced Stosur to hit a forehand long. Ad Williams (GP #2). Ace down the middle. Held.

Williams's grunt is now at that cute Caroline-Woźniacki level.

Stosur serving 1-1: Williams forehand long. 15/0. Deep first serve forced Williams to hit a backhand return wide. 30/0. Deep second serve induced Williams to spray a forehand return long. Williams emitted a loud moan. 40/0 (GP #1). Williams forehand long. Held.

Williams serving 1-2: Ace out wide: just inside the sideline. 15/0. First serve forced a floater; Williams forehand smash-winner down the line. 30/0. Williams went to the net, and stretched well to hit a forehand punch-volley winner down the line. 40/0 (GP #1). Williams forced a short ball but dumped a backhand halfway up the net, after hitting a ball long that wasn't called earlier in the rally. 40/15 (GP #2). Double fault (second serve into the net). 40/30 (GP #3). Stosur hit a couple of deep sliced backhands (the second looked long to me), then hit a venomous crosscourt forehand virtual winner into the corner. Deuce #1. Ace down the middle: 120 mph. Ad Williams (GP #4). Stosur netted an off-forehand. Held.

Stosur serving 2-2: First serve + crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Williams's deep crosscourt backhand return induced Stosur to dump a backhand into the bottom of the net. 15/15. Williams's deep forehand return induced Stosur to bunt a forehand lob long. 15/30. First serve out wide. 30/30. Stosur off-forehand wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams on the fourth stroke hit an off-forehand long. Deuce #1. Second serve out wide: Williams's down-the-line forehand return-winner left Stosur standing. Ad Williams (BP #2). Williams went to the net and hit a half-volley forehand dropshot; Stosur ran it down and hit an off-forehand pass-winner. Deuce #2. Williams went to the net behind an off-forehand, but Stosur squeezed pinpoint backhand pass-winner down the line. Ad Stosur (GP #1). Williams forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a violent off-backhand winner into the corner - accompanied by a loud roar! Deuce #3. Stosur hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Ad Stosur (GP #2). Second serve: deep forehand return virtual winner. Deuce #4. Deep second serve induced Williams to hit a forehand return long. Ad Stosur (GP #3). Williams backhand wide. Held.

What a game! Two BPs, but Stosur joins Stefanie Vögele as the only players to get this far in without Williams going a break up.

Williams serving 2-3: Stosur forehand long. 15/0. Williams, driven wide, netted a forehand. 15/15. Stosur hit a booming crosscourt forehand winner back behind Williams. 15/30. Deep first serve forced Stosur to hit a forehand return wide. 30/30. Williams on the third stroke dumped a cheap forehand into the net. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams played a cautious baseline-rally with precision rather than power until, driven wide by Stosur's crosscourt forehand, she blasted a crosscourt backhand just wide. Broken.

Stosur is just on awesome form at the moment. If she keeps this up, she could actually win the French Open! But there's still the question of whether she'll choke when it comes to the crunch.

Stosur serving 4-2: Stosur off-forehand winner. 15/0. Kick second serve induced Williams to net a return. 30/0. Deep first serve forced Williams to net a forehand. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Williams serving 2-5 (new balls): Williams forehand long. 0/15. Williams netted a cheap sliced backhand. 0/30. Another cautious baseline-rally by Williams ended with Stosur hitting a crosscourt forehand winner. 0/40 (SP #1). Williams on the third stroke netted a forehand. Williams won the first set 6-2 at 14:47 CEST (36m).

Ten points in a row for Stosur! Williams is playing very cautiously now, trying to play spreading rallies with precision rather than power, and Stosur is overpowering her!

I've never seen Serena Williams so afraid to go for her shots. She just can't find a pattern of play that works against Stosur.


Second set
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WILLIA _*_*_*__@*_*T 7
STOSUR *_*_*_*@__*__ 6

Stosur serving 0-0: Williams on the third stroke hit a backhand long. 15/0. Williams crosscourt backhand wide. 30/0. Williams backhand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Williams forehand long.

Williams looks very subdued now - not even grunting anymore. It's very strange to see. She's not used to being overpowered.

Williams serving 0-1: Double fault #3 (second serve long). 0/15. Stosur crosscourt forehand + down-the-line forehand virtual winner. 0/30. Double fault #4 (second serve long). 0/40 (BP #1). Williams's crosscourt forehand clipped the netcord for a winner, stopping a run of 17 points in a row that Stosur had won. 15/40 (BP #2). Double fault (second serve just long). But umpire Mariana Alves checked the mark and overruled it, so Williams got another first serve. Stosur netted a backhand. 30/40 (BP #3). Ace out wide: 110 mph, just inside the sideline. Deuce #1. Virtual ace out wide: on the sideline. Ad Williams. Williams went to the net, hit a weak forehand smash, but then hit a forehand drop-volley winner, and screamed "c'mon". Held.

A remarkable escape for Williams. Stosur would be 6-2 *2-0 up, but for the overrule at 15/40.

Stosur serving 1-1: Stosur off-forehand winner + forehand winner down Williams's right sideline. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. 30/0. Williams forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep second serve: forehand return long. Held.

Williams serving 1-2: First serve: forehand return long. 15/0. Williams on the third stroke netted a backhand. 15/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Stosur to net a backhand return. 30/15. Williams hit a down-the-line backhand long. 30/30. Williams netted a forehand off a moonball return. 40/30 (GP #1). Williams's off-forehand forced Stosur to hit a backhand just wide. Williams yelled. Deuce #1. Ace out wide. Williams shouted "yes!" Ad Williams (GP #1). Williams, driven outside the tramlines, went for a backhand down the line, but it was just wide. Deuce #2. Williams went to the net, and cut off Stosur's crosscourt forehand pass with an off-forehand punch-volley winner. Ad Williams (GP #3). Ace #6: down the middle. Held.

Stosur serving 2-2: Stosur forehand long. 15/0. Stosur off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/0. Stosur hit a down-the-line backhand just long. 30/15. Stosur's sliced backhand induced Williams to earth a sliced backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Williams went to the net, forcing Stosur to hit a backhand pass long. 40/30 (GP #2). Williams backhand long. Held.

Williams serving 2-3: Williams's crosscourt forehand forced Stosur into error. 15/0. Williams bizarrely hit an off-forehand right into Stosur's hitting-zone, giving Stosur an easy backhand winner down the line. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Williams's deep crosscourt forehand forced Stosur to hit a forehand long. 40/15 (GP #1). Double fault #5 (second serve just long). 40/30 (GP #2). Stosur netted a forehand. Held.

Williams's first service-game in five that she hasn't had to face a break-point.

Sam Smith: "A few years ago, Stosur used to walk around the court looking very anxious, like she'd been sent to the headmaster's office. Now she's much more confident."

Stosur serving 3-3: Stosur crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Stosur forehand long. 15/15. Williams netted a forehand drive-volley, and looked very upset. 30/15. Ace down the middle hit the service-line and jumped right over Williams's racket. 40/15 (GP #1). Virtual ace down the middle: just inside the centre-line. Held.

Williams serving 3-4: Williams's deep off-backhand forced Stosur to net a forehand. 15/0. Stosur forced a short ball and hit an easy off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/0. Stosur netted a backhand. 30/15. Double fault #6 (second serve into the net). 30/30. First serve out wide: Stosur hit a blazing pinpoint forehand return-winner down the line! 30/40 (BP #1). Deep first serve forced Stosur to hit a backhand return long. Deuce #1. Double fault #7 (second serve clipped the netcord and fell long). Ad Stosur (BP #2). Second serve out wide: Stosur tried to run around her backhand, and dumped a forehand return into the net. Mark Petchey: "That was far too ambitious - it was a good serve from Serena." Deuce #2. Williams off-backhand just wide. Ad Stosur (BP #3). Williams crosscourt backhand just wide. Broken.

Stosur serving 5-3 (new balls): Stosur netted a backhand. 0/15. Double fault #1 (second serve just long). 0/30. Stosur went to the net, forcing Williams to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. Mark Petchey said Williams looked tired, Stosur very nervous. 15/30. Williams blasted a crosscourt backhand return into the net. 30/30. Williams's crosscourt forehand forced Stosur to stretch wide and net a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams's crosscourt forehand winner left Stosur on her hands and knees. Broken.

Williams serving 4-5: Deep first serve out wide: crosscourt backhand return wide. 15/0. Williams caught her toss, and said "sorry, mate". Williams, driven wide, used the angle of Stosur's crosscourt forehand to hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner. 30/0. Williams off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Stosur serving 5-5: First serve down the middle forced Williams to hit a backhand return long. 15/0. Stosur off-forehand winner. 30/0. Williams slapped a forehand return into the net. 40/0 (GP #1). Second serve: Williams ran around her backhand to hit a forehand return-winner down Stosur's right sideline. 40/15 (GP #2). Stosur forehand just long. Held.

Williams serving 5-6: Virtual ace out wide. 15/0. Williams forced a short ball and hit an off-forehand winner. 30/0. Ace out wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Second serve: Stosur netted a sliced backhand return. Held.

Stosur has really gone off the boil now, and Williams has settled down and is now playing solidly.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Stosur/Williams): *0/0. Double fault (second serve just long). 0/1*. Service-winner out wide. Someone shouted out "good serving". 0/2*. Williams went to the net, forcing Stosur to net a backhand. *0/3. Service-winner out wide. *1/3. Williams's deep forehand forced Stosur to bunt a backhand lob long. Williams turned away from Stosur and shouted "c'mon". 1/4*. Service-winner out wide. 1/5*. Stosur's crosscourt forehand return forced Williams to stretch wide and net a forehand. *2/5. Williams's deep crosscourt backhand return forced Stosur to hit a backhand long. *2/6 (SP #1). Williams crosscourt backhand return + off-forehand winner back behind Stosur. Williams won the second set 7-6 (7/2) at 15:41 CEST (second set 53m, match so far 1h29m).

Now Stosur's the one being passive, Williams aggressive.


Third set
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WILLIA _@*_*_*_*_*___ 6
STOSUR @__*_*_*_*_*@* 8

Williams serving 0-0: Stosur snatched at a forehand, putting it halfway up the net. 15/0. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/15. Stosur went to the net behind a penetrating off-forehand, but Williams hit a backhand lob-winner - it looked long, but wasn't called (Mariana Alves checked the mark). 30/15. Williams netted a backhand. 30/30. Williams forehand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Double fault (second serve clipped the netcord and fell wide). Broken.

Two double faults in that game. Stosur must be feeling it's Christmas after that second set slipped away from her.

Stosur serving 1-0: Stosur mishit a crosscourt backhand wide (called by the umpire). 0/15. Stosur went to the net, but got jammed and dumped an ugly forehand volley into the net. 0/30. First serve out wide forced a short return, which Stosur dispatched with a deep forehand winner down the line. 15/30. Deep second serve down the middle forced Williams to stretch wide and hit a forehand return wide. 30/30. Stosur dumped a forehand halfway up the net. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams ran down a dropshot and hit a down-the-line forehand winner to break back.

Williams serving 1-1: Williams's deep crosscourt forehand forced Stosur to hit one wide. 15/0. Williams hit a deep forehand down the line back behind Stosur, forcing her to turn and bunt a one-handed backhand wide. 30/0. Williams on the third stroke hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 30/15. Williams netted a forehand. 30/30. Ace down the middle (just inside the service-line). 40/30 (GP #1). First serve out wide + down-the-line backhand winner just inside the baseline. Held.

Williams is getting angry. You'd have to be a very brave line-judge to foot-fault her now!

Stosur serving 1-2: Stosur hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. 15/0. Ace #3: out wide: just inside the sideline. 30/0. Stosur netted a forehand. 30/15. Williams went to the net, forcing Stosur to... squeeze a backhand pass-winner down the line? Mariana Alves checked the mark and called it wide. 30/30. Williams forehand long. 40/30 (GP #1). First serve out wide + pinpoint backhand winner down the line.

Sam Smith: "Williams is not playing well at the key moments. She's allowing Stosur to hang around in this match. Stosur just played her best game for a while."

Williams serving 2-2: Stosur's deep crosscourt forehand forced Williams to hit a forehand very long. Williams's grunting is conspicuous by its quietness. 0/15. Ace #9: out wide. 15/15. Ace #10: down the middle. 30/15. Ace #11: down the middle. 40/15 (GP #1). Stosur forehand return just long. Held.

Stosur serving 2-3: Stosur forehand long. 15/0. Williams went to the net behind a deep crosscourt forehand, forcing Stosur to net a forehand. 15/15. Stosur netted a forehand. 15/30. Second serve: Williams hit a pinpoint backhand return-winner down the line. 15/40 (BP #1). Williams netted a backhand, and sank to her haunches. 30/40 (BP #2). First serve out wide: crosscourt backhand return wide. Deuce #1. Williams netted a backhand. Ad Stosur (GP #1). First serve out wide forced Williams to net a backhand. Held.

Williams serving 3-3: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Williams hit a sloppy forehand long. 15/15. First serve out wide + off-forehand winner. 30/15. Stosur backhand long. 40/15. Stosur forehand long. Held.

I still get the impression that Williams is tired. She's grunting very quietly, and just not showing that much energy. If Stosur can just keep hanging in here without playing any bad service-games, she might win purely because of her superior fitness.

Stosur serving 3-4: Stosur stranded Williams with an off-forehand, and hit a stinging forehand winner into the huge gap to Williams's right. 15/0. Stosur forced Williams to hit two defensive backhand lobs, the second of which was wide. 30/0. Stosur's deep forehand forced Williams to bunt a backhand lob just long. 40/0 (GP #1). Williams's off-backhand forced Stosur to stretch wide and earth a forehand. 40/15 (GP #2). Stosur ran down a dropshot, but hit a wild forehand closer to the back fence than to the baseline. 40/30 (GP #3). Williams netted a backhand return. Held.

Williams serving 4-4: Williams hit a down-the-line forehand just wide. 0/15. Double fault (second serve just long) - but Mariana Alves overruled it, giving Williams another first serve, to loud boos from the crowd. 15/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Stosur to hit a forehand return long. 30/15. Ace out wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Stosur to hit a backhand return wide. Held.

Williams continues to serve huge. I get the feeling that that's all she's got going for her in this set - unless Stosur cracks again.

Stosur serving 4-5: Williams backhand just long. 15/0. Deep first serve forced Williams to hit a forehand wide. 30/0. Stosur sliced backhand long. 30/15. Stosur went to the net, but netted a backhand volley off a mildly awkward down-the-line forehand pass. 30/30. Stosur on the third stroke sprayed a WILD forehand very long. 30/40 (MP #1 for Williams). First serve down the middle forced a very short return, so Stosur went to the net to hit a forehand down Williams's right sideline; Williams hit a down-the-line forehand pass that landed just over baseline but was obscured by the scoreboard on our TV-screens; I didn't hear the call, so for a few seconds, I thought Williams had won. Deuce #1. First serve + crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Stosur (GP #1). Ace #5: down the middle, right in the corner.

One MP saved...

Williams serving 5-5: First serve: forehand return long. 15/0. First serve out wide - on the sideline - forced Stosur to hit a backhand return long. 30/0. Ace #14: out wide, just inside the sideline. 40/0 (GP #1). Williams hit a deep backhand onto the baseline, forcing Stosur to hit an off-backhand wide. Held.

Stosur serving 5-6: Stosur framed a forehand long. 0/15. Williams went to the net, forcing Stosur to hit a backhand wide. 0/30. First serve out wide forced Williams to hit a crosscourt forehand return wide. 15/30. Ace out wide. 30/30. Williams on the fourth stroke netted a backhand. 40/30 (GP #1). Stosur's deep crosscourt forehand forced Williams to hit one long. Held.

0/30 recovered. Is God on Stosur's side, after Williams swore to Him that she would shove a tennis-ball down that line-judge's throat at the US Open?

Sam Smith: "Is Stosur's belief stronger than we realised?"

Williams serving 6-6: Williams on the third stroke hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 0/15. Deep first serve down the middle forced Stosur to hit a backhand long. 15/15. Stosur's crosscourt backhand forced Williams to net a backhand. 15/30. Amazing rally: Stosur hit a thunderbolt of a short-angled crosscourt forehand onto the sideline + crosscourt backhand dropshot, forcing Williams to go to the net and bunt a one-handed backhand down the line - on the baseline - and Stosur hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand pass-winner onto the sideline! It just felt like destiny that she would make that. 15/40 (BP #1). Williams went to the net behind a crosscourt backhand to the sideline, but Stosur used the angle to hit another screaming pass-winner: this time a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline! Broken.

Two amazing passing-shots have given Stosur a second chance to serve for the match, after she failed at 6-2 *5-3.

Stosur serving 7-6: Williams backhand just long. 15/0. First serve out wide: Williams hit a stunning backhand return-winner down the line. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to earth a forehand return. 30/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Williams to spray a backhand return long and wide. 40/15 (MP #1 for Stosur). Deep first serve down the middle induced Williams to hit a backhand return long. Stosur won 6-2 6-7 (2/7) 8-6 at 16:35 CEST (third set 54m, match 2h24m).

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4. Semi-final draw
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* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (I'd prefer Stosur to win, because I feel that she deserves it more)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17] (davai Elena!)

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5. Andrew's analysis of the semi-finalists
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It's an intriguing semi-final line-up, as one of these four players will become the first first-time Women's Singles Major champion for two years!

I feel that they each have a chance around 25%, although I expect the champion to come from the Stosur v Janković semi-final, with Stosur having the best chance of going all the way, and Schiavone the worst chance of actually becoming a Major champion.


5.1 Stosur v Janković
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5.1.1 Samantha Stosur
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Stosur used to be one of the biggest chokers on the WTA Tour, but is having an amazing 2010, highlighted by her first Premier title at Charleston. She only won her first WTA singles-title in October 2009 (Osaka), when she was 25.

Stosur is a big-serving serve-and-volleyer, yet ironically clay is now her best surface, while she's always underachieved at Wimbledon. Now, it seems that she finally believes in herself.


5.1.2 Jelena Janković
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Janković was ranked #1 for 18 weeks in 2008, without ever having won a Major in Women's Singles. In 2009, she seemed to have fallen way below that level, but returned to form by winning Indian Wells 2010. Her results have been up and down since then, but she beat Venus and Serena Williams back-to-back to reach the Rome final, where she lost to María José Martínez Sánchez, but her win over Venus was 6-0 6-1!

As a fundamental counterpuncher who has added some aggressive groundstrokes to her game, Janković is very difficult to beat on clay, as Daniela Hantuchová found out after looking on blistering form early in their fourth-round match. She's like a master chess-player: it's very difficult to punch holes in her defences, while she's quick to exploit any holes in yours.


5.1.3 The match-up
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The head-to-head isn't pretty reading for Stosur, as Janković leads 3:1, her victories pretty one-sided straight-setters. But Stosur won their last meeting at Miami 2010 (6-1 7-6), and has transformed her form, confidence and self-belief this year.

Stosur's best results have come on clay (Charleston 2010 title and now two French Open semi-finals), and she seems to be walking with destiny, judging by the way she beat Serena Williams in her quarter-final!

Stosur in three (with Janković winning the second set).


5.2 Dementieva v Schiavone
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5.2.1 Elena Dementieva
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I believe that Elena Dementieva is the most successful active player never to have won a Major, even though Jelena Janković and Dinara Safina have been #1, while Dementieva's highest ranking has been #3 (April 2009).

Dementieva has reached two Major finals, both in 2004: at the French and US Opens. Back then, she couldn't crack an egg with her serve, but was always a prolific breaker with her heavy groundstrokes. She's a very solid, if unspectacular player.

Now, Dementieva has greatly improved her serve, and is still one of the fittest players on the WTA Tour at the age of 28. She won the Gold Medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, which I consider to be the biggest title in tennis outside of the four Majors.

Dementieva went into the Australian Open 2010 looking like the favourite, given her title-victory at Sydney, where she thrashed #1 Serena Williams 6-3 6-2 in the final. But she crashed out to unranked Justine Henin in the second round of the AO.

Dementieva won WTA Paris in February, but her results have deteriorated since a 6-3 6-2 loss to Alisa Kleybanova in the Kuala Lumpur final, until her run to this French Open semi-final.

Dementieva might have come into this French Open far from her best, but with the way all the existing Major champions have fallen by the wayside, Dementieva may never get a better opportunity to win one herself.


5.2.2 Francesca Schiavone
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Schiavone has proved herself an excellent clay-court player this year, winning Barcelona for the loss of just 13 games in five matches, then thrashing the brilliant but inconsistent Lucie Šafářová 6-0 6-2 in Italy's Fed Cup tie against Czechia.

So I'm not surprised that Schiavone has got this far at the French Open, especially as she has done so at the expense of Caroline Woźniacki [3], who hasn't been the same since spraining her ankle at Charleston.

Schiavone used to be a very traditional clay-court player, just trading topspin groundstrokes from way behind the baseline, but she's now very willing to go to the net, and that's what can separate the great clay-court players from the good ones, who aren't used to facing a net-rusher.

I have never thought of the 29-year-old Schiavone as a potential Major champion before this tournament, but with no existing Major champions left in the draw, she'll never have a better - or even another - opportunity to win a Major.


5.2.3 The match-up
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Dementieva leads Schiavone 6:4 head-to-head, though it's surprising that Schiavone's wins all came on hard or carpet, while Dementieva won their only clay-meeting (Fed Cup 2005). Dementieva has won all three of their meetings in 2008–2010, most recently 6-2 7-5 in the first round of Sydney 2010.

Given that Dementieva came into this French Open way below her best, and hasn't had to face a top-18 seed, Schiavone does have a fighting chance in this semi-final, but I believe that Dementieva's greater big-match experience would give her a much better chance in the final than Schiavone would have, and should also give Dementieva the edge over Schiavone.

Poor form going into a Major becomes much less relevant at this stage. The stragglers have been weeded off, and you don't get to the semi-finals unless you're playing pretty well. It's big-match experience that counts from here on in.

Dementieva in three (she'll drop the first set, but win the next two).

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6. Andrew's wishes (updated after Day 11)
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6.1 Final-wish
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+ ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [7]

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7. 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: ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
2. WS sf: SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4]
3. XD final: Yaroslava Shvedova/Julian Knowle [s] v (KATARINA SREBOTNIK/NENAD ZIMONJIĆ)[6]

Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. Women's Legends 1r: Iva Majoli [EF]/Nathalie Tauziat v Gigi Fernández/Natasha Zvereva
2. Legends' Over-45 Doubles 1r: Joakim Nyström/Mats Wilander v Pat Cash/Mikael Pernfors
Not Before 13:00 CEST:
3. MD sf: (WESLEY MOODIE/DICK NORMAN)[4] v (DANIEL NESTOR/NENAD ZIMONJIĆ)[2]
4. Legends' Over-45 Doubles 1r: Mansour Bahrami/Henri Leconte v Ilie Năstase/Emilio Sánchez

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

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Andrew's TV-reports for Day 12

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Semi-final results
3. Semi-final TV-report: Dementieva v Schiavone
4. Semi-final TV-report: Stosur v Janković
5. Final-draw
6. Mixed Doubles: Final scoreboard-report: Shvedova/Knowle v Srebotnik/Zimonjić
7. Women's Legends: Semi-final scoreboard-report: Majoli/Tauziat v G.Fernández/Zvereva

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1. Photos
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Recommended searches for Day 12:
* dementieva
* shvedova
* stosur
* jankovic
* srebotnik
* schiavone

Various players including Yaroslava Shvedova, Elena Dementieva, Samantha Stosur, Jelena Janković, Katarina Srebotnik, Francesca Schiavone:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

Various players including Elena Dementieva, Samantha Stosur, Jelena Janković, Francesca Schiavone:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8720620.stm

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2. Semi-final results (Thursday 3rd June 2010)
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What rocked:
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 6-1 6-2

What sucked:
- ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] lt. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17], 6-7 (3/7) 0-0 retired (left-calf strain)

Archive of point-by-point scores:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17912591

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3. Semi-final TV-report: Dementieva v Schiavone (Thursday 3rd June 2010)
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- ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] lt. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17], 6-7 (3/7) 0-0 retired (left-calf strain)

This was one of the most shocking retirements I have ever witnessed, as Dementieva didn't call the trainer or show any obvious signs of injury besides wearing a discreet tape on her left calf, but as soon as she lost the first set, she shook hands with Schiavone, and that was that.

Dementieva said: "I have a tear in the calf. It's really painful to walk. I suffered the injury in my second ronud, and I aggravated it. It was just too much. I won't play in Eastbourne, and I'm not sure if I can play Wimbledon."

The first six games of the match went with serve, with Dementieva saving BP at 30/40 in each of her first three service-games.

Dementieva broke for *4-3 with a pinpoint forehand winner, but with the wind suddenly rising, she blew a 40/15 lead with two double faults to give Schiavone the break back.

After two holds each, with Dementieva untroubled on serve at *4-5 and *5-6, Dementieva took a *2/0 lead in the tiebreak, but lost 6 points in a row to trail 2/6*. She saved one SP with a beautiful crosscourt backhand drop-volley winner, then hit a backhand long to end the first set - and, incredibly, the match.


First set
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SCHIAVONE *_*_*__@*_*_T 7
DEMENTIEV _*_*_*@__*_*_ 6

The match was first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and started at 14:11 CEST.

Schiavone serving 0-0: Dementieva's netcord drew Schiavone to the net; she hit a sliced off-forehand that forced a floater, which she dispatched with a forehand smash-winner. 15/0. Dementieva's deep off-forehand forced Schiavone to hit a backhand long. 15/15. Deep first serve: forehand return long. 30/15. Dementieva off-backhand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Schiavone forced a short ball and hit an off-forehand winner. Held.

Dementieva serving 0-1: Dementieva's deep backhand induced Schiavone to hit a backhand wide. 15/0. Schiavone went to the net, but netted a backhand volley. 30/0. Dementieva on the third stroke sprayed a down-the-line forehand long. 30/15. Dementieva on the third stroke hit a forehand long. 30/30. Deep second serve induced Schiavone to hit an off-backhand return wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Dementieva hit an off-forehand winner back behind Schiavone. Deuce #1. Dementieva went to the net and hit a forehand volley to Schiavone's feet, forcing her into error. Ad Dementieva (GP #1). First serve out wide: forehand return just wide. Held.

Schiavone serving 1-1: Dementieva off-backhand just wide. 15/0. Dementieva blasted a running forehand winner down the line. John Lloyd: "Certainly has the ability to flatten out that forehand: get a lot of pace on it." 15/15. First serve out wide + off-forehand winner. 30/15. Dementieva crosscourt forehand just wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Schiavone netted a backhand. 40/30 (GP #2). Schiavone forehand long. Deuce #1. Deep second serve induced Dementieva to hit an off-forehand return wide. Ad Schiavone (GP #3). Dementieva's deep forehand forced Schiavone to mishit a forehand wide. Deuce #2. Schiavone's crosscourt forehand forced Dementieva into error. Ad Schiavone (GP #4). Schiavone's deep forehand just inside the baseline forced Dementieva to bunt a forehand lob long.

Sam Smith said that Schiavone likes to hit crosscourt forehands until she opens up the court for a winner down the line, but that tactic plays into Dementieva's hands, as she has a very good crosscourt forehand herself.

Dementieva serving 1-2: Dementieva forced a floater and hit an off-forehand smash-winner. 15/0. Dementieva went to the net, but her weak backhand volley sat up nicely for Schiavone to rip a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 15/15. Dementieva off-backhand wide. 15/30. Dementieva's deep off-forehand forced Schiavone to hit a backhand long. 30/30. Schiavone outmanoeuvred Dementieva, opening up the court for a backhand winner down the line. 30/40 (BP #1). Dementieva's deep off-forehand rushed Schiavone into netting a backhand. Deuce #1. Ace out wide. Ad Dementieva (GP #1). First serve out wide: Schiavone netted a backhand return. Held.

Schiavone serving 2-2: Forehand return long. 15/0. Dementieva's deep off-forehand return forced Schiavone to net a backhand. 15/15. Schiavone netted a forehand dropshot. 15/30. Deep first serve out wide induced Dementieva to hit a backhand long. 30/30. Dementieva dumped a forehand halfway up the net, and howled. 40/30 (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Dementieva to lunge wide and earth a forehand return. Held.

A 30/15* opening goes begging for Dementieva with two unforced errors. How big a part will her nerves play in this match, given that she's the favourite, but has lived to 28 without having won a Major?

Dementieva serving 2-3: First serve out wide forced Schiavone to net a forehand return. 15/0. Schiavone ran down a dropshot, hit one of her own, and a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 15/15. Service-winner. 30/15. Schiavone's crosscourt backhand to the sideline forced a floater, which she dispatched with a crosscourt forehand punch-volley winner. 30/30. Dementieva on the third stroke snatched at a backhand, dumping it into the bottom of the net. 30/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide + huge backhand winner down the line. Deuce #1. Dementieva's off-forehand forced Schiavone to hit a backhand wide. Ad Dementieva (GP #1). First serve out wide + off-forehand winner deep into the corner. Held.

Once again, Dementieva survives a BP. Schiavone is beginning to bring her net-game to bear, while Dementieva is very nervous if that 30/30 point is any indication!

Schiavone serving 3-3: Dementieva's deep off-forehand forced Schiavone to stretch wide and hit a forehand wide. 0/15. First serve: backhand return long. 15/15. Schiavone forehand long. 15/30. Double fault #1 (second serve wide). 15/40 (BP #1). Dementieva hit a pinpoint forehand winner down Schiavone's right sideline. Broken.

Sam Smith: "Although Dementieva's the one who's been facing break-point in every service-game, you felt that this was coming."

Suddenly, it's very windy.

Dementieva serving 4-3: Schiavone netted a backhand. 15/0. Schiavone's sliced backhand induced Dementieva to net one - the wind blew a big cloud of red dust up into her face as she got down for that one. 15/15. Deep first serve out wide: forehand return just long. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Dementieva off-forehand wide. 40/30 (GP #2). Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). Deuce #1. Schiavone hit a cheap forehand return long. Ad Dementieva (GP #3). She hit an off-forehand just wide. Deuce #2. Dementieva forehand long. Ad Schiavone (BP #1). Double fault #2 (nervy second serve into the net). Broken.

Those were Dementieva's first double faults of the match, but she has served 34 in the tournament so far.

Schiavone serving 4-4: Dementieva's off-forehand just inside the sideline forced a floater, which she dispatched with an easy forehand winner into the huge gap to Schiavone's right. 0/15. Dementieva netted a forehand. 15/15. Second serve: Dementieva on the fourth stroke hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/30. Dementieva off-forehand just wide. 30/30. Dementieva netted a backhand. 40/30 (GP #1). Deep second serve induced Dementieva to hit a backhand return long, and Schiavone celebrated with a short, sharp shout. Held.

These windy conditions seem to be turning the set in Schiavone's favour, especially as Dementieva has the mental baggage of a blown *4-3 lead.

Dementieva serving 4-5: Dementieva hit a deep crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Schiavone netted a forehand. 30/0. Double fault #3 (second serve into the net). 30/15. First serve out wide forced Schiavone to net a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Dementieva's forehand was called long, but Schiavone checked the mark and sportingly rubbed it out, so they replayed the point. Double fault #4 (second serve into the net). Dementieva muttered. 40/30 (GP #3). Schiavone hit a down-the-line forehand just wide. Held.

Schiavone serving 5-5: Schiavone crosscourt backhand just wide. 0/15. Schiavone's deep off-forehand forced Dementieva to earth a running backhand. Sam Smith: "There's very few occasions when Schiavone has been able to get front-foot out here." 15/15. Double fault #2 (second serve into the net). 15/30. Service-winner out wide. 30/30. Schiavone's crosscourt forehand close to the sideline forced Dementieva to net a running forehand. 40/30 (GP #1). Second serve: Dementieva's deep crosscourt backhand return forced Schiavone into a backhand error. Deuce #1. Schiavone defended well, then forced a short ball and hit an off-backhand winner. Ad Schiavone (GP #2). Dementieva went for a crosscourt forehand winner to the sideline, but it was just wide. Held.

John Lloyd: "Schiavone is a scrapper, a road-runner. Her levels don't change as much as Dementieva's."

Dementieva serving 5-6: Dementieva's deep off-forehand forced Schiavone to mishit a backhand out of sight. 15/0. Dementieva hit a crosscourt forehand onto the sideline, forcing Schiavone to hit a down-the-line forehand into the tramlines. 30/0. Schiavone, driven wide, sliced a backhand into the net. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Dementieva/Schiavone): 0/0*. Schiavone forehand just long. Umpire Allison Lang checked the mark and overruled it, so they replayed the point. Schiavone forehand wide. *1/0. Dementieva ran down a dropshot and hit a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline! *2/0. Schiavone went to the net and hit a high forehand volley-winner crosscourt. 2/1*. Deep first serve induced Dementieva to hit a backhand return long. 2/2*. Dementieva drew Schiavone to the net with a backhand dropshot, but Schiavone's speed at the net forced Dementieva to hit a down-the-line forehand pass long. *2/3. Schiavone pounced on a poor dropshot with a crosscourt backhand that forced Dementieva to hit a backhand long. That dropshot was a sign of panic by Dementieva: that she can't put Schiavone away from the baseline. *2/4. Dementieva backhand just long. 2/5*. Ace #1: down the middle. 2/6* (SP #1 for Schiavone). Wild first serve very long. Dementieva went to the net and hit a beautiful crosscourt backhand drop-volley winner - such touch at such a time! *3/6 (SP #2 for Schiavone). Schiavone's deep off-forehand forced Dementieva to hit a backhand long. Schiavone won the first set 7-6 (7/3) at 15:19 CEST (1h08m).

And then Dementieva shocked everyone by shaking hands with Schiavone! There was no indication in her play that she couldn't continue, so she must have decided in advance that she couldn't play three sets.

John Lloyd: "She moved fine in the tiebreak - she was just missing balls. I cannot believe that she didn't have the trainer out there."

Sam Smith: "Schiavone was an irritant throughout the match. She came out here and decided to make herself impossible to beat, and that's exactly what happened."

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4. Semi-final TV-report: Stosur v Janković (Thursday 3rd June 2010)
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+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4], 6-1 6-2

Stosur swept the world #4 aside with stunning ease in a few seconds under an hour - 10m less than it had taken Schiavone to complete her single set against Dementieva.

Stosur served like a man, and played with great power and precision, frequently hitting groundstrokes just inside the lines to force Janković into error. The points were short, as was the time between them. Stosur played fast, and Janković couldn't keep up.

Janković was well below her solid best, with a W:UE ratio of 9:22. She did play very well at the start of the second set, taking a *2-0 (40/15) lead before Stosur snapped out of her complacency to win every game left in the match.

Surprisingly, given Stosur's usual style of play, she only went to the net five times - one fewer than Janković.


First set
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STOSUR *_*@*@* 6
JANKOV _*_____ 1

The match was second on Court Philippe Chatrier - with a slightly longer gap than usual between matches after Dementieva's abrupt retirement.

Stosur's pre-match interview: "I got to this point last year, so I'd love to go one better. I feel good today [after her long quarter-final the day before], so I'm ready to go, and I'll give it my best shot."

Janković's pre-match interview: "It is special. It's gonna be a great match, so I just hope I can do well."

Stosur won the toss and elected to serve, and the match started at 15:51 CEST.

Stosur serving 0-0: Stosur on the third stroke netted a forehand. 0/15. Janković's depth forced Stosur to hit a forehand long. 0/30. Ace #1: out wide, on the sideline. 15/30. Ace #2: down the middle. 30/30. Janković forehand just long. 40/30 (GP #1). Janković netted a forehand, and howled in frustration. Held.

Janković serving 0-1: Janković went to the net behind a deep crosscourt backhand, forcing Stosur to net a backhand pass. 15/0. Double fault #1 (second serve just long). 15/15. Stosur hit a deep forehand return down the middle: just inside the baseline, forcing Janković to net a forehand. 15/30. Deep second serve out wide induced Stosur to hit a backhand return wide. 30/30. Stosur forehand return just long. 40/30 (GP #1). Janković's deep backhand induced Stosur to mishit a crosscourt backhand wide. Held.

Stosur serving 1-1: Stosur forehand just long. 0/15. Janković backhand long. 15/15. Janković forehand long. 30/15. Stosur's crosscourt forehand induced Janković to net a forehand. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep service-winner down the middle. Held.

Janković serving 1-2: Stosur crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. Second serve: Stosur netted a sliced backhand return. 15/15. Janković forehand long. 15/30. Janković on the third stroke pulled a crosscourt forehand wide, and yelled "no". 15/40 (BP #1). Stosur hit a crosscourt forehand onto the sideline, but it was called wide (wrongly IMO). 30/40 (BP #2). Janković's deep backhand forced Stosur to bunt a forehand into the net. Deuce #1. Stosur's deep backhand return forced Janković to hit a backhand wide. Ad Stosur (BP #3). Stosur pounced on a floater with an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Broken.

Sam Smith: "No prizes for guessing who's got the early rhythm out here. Stosur waiting until she's got the right ball, then whacks it down the that line."

Stosur serving 3-1: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Janković off-forehand wide. 30/0. Ace down the middle. 40/0 (GP #1). Janković backhand long. Held.

Janković serving 1-4: Janković on the third stroke hit a backhand just long. 0/15. Stosur netted a forehand. 15/15. Janković went to the net, but Stosur's crosscourt forehand pass forced her to stretch wide and high and net a forehand volley. 15/30. Stosur's deep backhand return down the middle induced Janković to hit an off-forehand just wide. 15/40 (BP #1). Stosur's crosscourt backhand clipped the netcord and fell wide. 30/40 (BP #3). Stosur's deep off-forehand return induced Janković to hit a backhand long. Broken.

Well, it looks like Stosur is sweeping towards her first Major Women's Singles title. Janković isn't putting up much resistance, and Stosur should be far too strong for Schiavone in the final too.

Stosur serving 5-1: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Ace down the middle. 15/15. Service-winner. 30/15. Ace down the middle. 40/15 (SP #1 for Stosur). Double fault (second serve long). 40/30 (SP #2 for Stosur). Wild first serve wide of the doubles-sideline! But the second serve was good, and Stosur's deep backhand down the line forced Janković to bunt a forehand lob wide. Stosur won the first set 6-1 at 16:15 CEST (23m).

Janković is making plenty of unforced errors, even though she's just pushing the ball.


Second set
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STOSUR __@*@*@* 6
JANKOV *@______ 2

Janković serving 0-0: Stosur down-the-line backhand wide. 15/0. First serve out wide + backhand winner down the line. 30/0. First serve down the middle + deep off-forehand winner just inside the baseline. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Much, much better by Janković than in the first set.

Stosur serving 0-1: Janković's deep forehand return forced Stosur to net a backhand. 0/15. Janković's down-the-line backhand caught the outside edge of the sideline for a winner. 0/30. Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide: Janković hit a down-the-line backhand return just wide. 15/40 (BP #2). Stosur went to the net behind a short, weak crosscourt forehand; Janković hit a down-the-line forehand pass-winner, and said "ajde" to celebrate the break.

Mark Petchey: "Displaying good mental toughness here, the Serbian."

Janković is hitting the ball much harder and more precisely than in the first set, while Stosur has become a little complacent.

Janković serving 2-0: Janković hit a hard crosscourt forehand deep into the corner, forcing Stosur to hit a forehand long. 15/0. Stosur forehand long. 30/0. Stosur's deep backhand forced Janković to net a forehand. 30/15. Ace down the middle. 40/15 (GP #1). Stosur went to the net behind a deep backhand, forcing Janković to hit a forehand long. 40/30 (GP #2). Janković forehand long. Deuce #1. Stosur's deep forehand forced Janković to net a backhand. Ad Stosur (GP #3). Stosur hit a deep crosscourt backhand into the corner, forcing Janković to hit a backhand wide. Broken.

Stosur realised she was getting complacent, and started going to the net again at 15/40* there. And they're taking so little time between points now - I'm barely getting a breather between writing one point-description and having to write the next.

Stosur serving 1-2: Deep service-winner. 15/0. Janković went to the net, and picked off a dipping pass with an excellent low off-forehand volley-winner - got down so well with her knees. 15/15. Stosur hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. 30/15. Stosur netted a forehand. 30/30. First serve out wide + deep crosscourt backhand winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Janković hit an off-forehand return deep into the corner, forcing Stosur to net a backhand. Deuce #1. Stosur forehand just long. Ad Janković (BP #1). Deep service-winner. Deuce #2. Second serve: Janković off-backhand return-winner. Ad Stosur (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Janković to bunt an off-forehand wide. Deuce #3. Ace down the middle... but the umpire checked the mark and called it long. Double fault (second serve long). Ad Janković (BP #2). Second serve: forehand return long. Deuce #3. Janković hit a down-the-line backhand just wide. Ad Stosur (GP #2). Service-winner out wide. Held.

Sam Smith suggested that Janković was feeling pressure to win, and that she would be playing better if her opponent were Serena Williams.

Janković serving 2-2: Stosur hit a short-angled off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. Stosur forced a short ball and hit a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline, even though the gap to Janković's left was much wider than the one to her right - a clear indication that Stosur loves that crosscourt forehand. 0/30. Janković ran down a dropshot in plenty of time, but mishit a backhand long. 0/40 (BP #1). Janković went to the net, but Stosur's dipping backhand forced Janković to hit a crosscourt forehand half-volley dropshot that sat up nicely for Stosur to hit a forehand pass-winner down the line. Broken.

Stosur serving 3-2: Virtual ace down the middle: on the service-line. 15/0. Stosur netted a forehand. 15/15. After a longer rally than most in this match, Stosur netted a sliced backhand. 30/15. Ace down the middle. 30/30. Deep first serve down the middle forced Janković to net a backhand return. 40/30 (GP #1). Ace down the middle. Held.

Stosur is serving like a man, especially in that particular game.

Janković serving 2-4: Stosur netted a forehand. 15/0. Stosur mishit a topspin forehand very long. 30/0. Janković's backhand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. 30/15. Stosur appeared to hit a forehand long, but it wasn't called; the rally continued until Janković hit a forehand long. 30/30. Second serve out wide: acute-angled crosscourt forehand return-winner just inside the sideline. 30/40 (BP #1). Stosur crosscourt backhand just wide. Deuce #1. Janković backhand long. Ad Stosur (BP #2). Second serve: backhand return long. Deuce #2. Janković off-forehand just wide. Ad Stosur (BP #3). Stosur's deep off-forehand forced Janković to dump a backhand halfway up the net. Held.

Stosur serving 5-2: First serve: deep forehand return down the line forced Stosur to earth a backhand. 0/15. Janković went to the net, but Stosur hit a deep sliced backhand down the line, forcing Janković to retreat and hit a forehand long. 15/15. First serve + forehand winner down the line. 30/15. Second serve: Janković blasted a wild off-forehand return wide. 40/15 (MP #1). First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. Stosur won 6-1 6-2 at 16:51 CEST (second set 35m, match 59m).

A very calm finish, in contrast to her failed attempt to serve out the match at 6-2 *5-3 against Serena Williams in their quarter-final.

Sam Smith: "Janković just wasn't at the races today. It's such a shame - she's a better player than that. I don't think she handled the occasion; I don't think she handled herself; and most of all, she couldn't handle Sam Stosur."


Stosur's on-court interview
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Cédric Pioline: "This is a really special moment, to reach your first Grand Slam [sic] final."

Stosur: "It's amazing. I can't believe I'm there, and I just can't wait for Saturday."

Pioline: "Last year, you reached the semi-final, and this year, you said, 'I will try to do better.' You did it!"

Stosur: "Yeah, I did. It was not easy to get here, but just so happy that I could have even better memories from last year.

Pioline: "You gonna play Schiavone in the final. What do you think about this match?"

Stosur "It's going to be tough: it's both our first Grand Slam [sic] final. We're both gonna be out there to enjoy it, and try to play our best, so I'm sure it'll be a good match, and we'll see who wins on the day."

Pioline: "You feel ready? You feel ready? You feel ready? You feel feel ready to win your first Grand Slam [sic]?"

Stosur: "Yeah, I think so, why not? Saturday will be no better day than any other one. I've been playing well, and if I keep this form going, then I think I've got a good shot."

Taken literally, Stosur said there that Saturday would be the worst day of her life! I think she meant to say: "Saturday will be no WORSE day than any other one."

Stosur may look like a muscular monster when she's playing, but as Sam Smith said, behind the sunglasses there's a lovely girl.

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5. Final-draw
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* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17] (go Sam!)

I'll post my preview tomorrow.

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6. Mixed Doubles: Final scoreboard-report: Shvedova/Knowle v Srebotnik/Zimonjić (Thursday 3rd June 2010)
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- Yaroslava Shvedova/(Julian Knowle [s]) lt. (KATARINA SREBOTNIK/NENAD ZIMONJIĆ)[6], 6-4 6-7 (5/7) [9/11]

Sexy Yaroslava, who reached her first Major Women's Singles quarter-final earlier this week, came tantalisingly close to making me someone who has met a Major-champ-to-be, as she and her Selesian partner led *4/0 in the match-tiebreak, had championship-point at 9/8*, but lost the last 3 points.

It's good to see that Srebotnik has recovered from the injuries that sidelined her for the first eight months of 2009. She also won the French Open Mixed Doubles in 1999 and 2006, and the US Open in 2003.


First set
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SHVEDO/KNOWLE @__*_*@*_* 6
SREBOT/ZIMONJ _@*_*___*_ 4

The match started at 17:18 CEST.

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 1-0: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). 40/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 1-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 2-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). 40/40 (BP #4). Held.

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 3-3: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 4-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 3-5: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 5-4: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (SP #1 for Shvedova/Knowle). Shvedova/Knowle won the first set 6-4 at 17:51 CEST (32m).


Second set
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SHVEDO/KNOWLE _*__@_@*_*_*_ 6(5)
SREBOT/ZIMONJ *_*@_@__*_*_T 7(7)

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 1-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 3-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). 40/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 2-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/40 (BP #1). 40/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 4-2 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 3-4: 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 4-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 4-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Srebotnik/Zimonjić serving 5-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Shvedova/Knowle serving 5-6: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores (Shvedova/Knowle)/(Srebotnik/Zimonjić)): 0/0*. *0/1. *0/2. 1/2*. 1/3*. *1/4. *1/5. 2/5*. 3/5*. *3/6 (SP #1 for Srebotnik/Zimonjić). *4/6 (SP #2 for Srebotnik/Zimonjić). 5/6* (SP #3 for Srebotnik/Zimonjić). Srebotnik/Zimonjić won the second set 7-6 (7/5) at 18:38 CEST (second set 46m, match so far 1h19m).


Third set
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Match-tiebreak (all scores (Shvedova/Knowle)/(Srebotnik/Zimonjić)): *0/0. 1/0*. 2/0*. *3/0. *4/0. 4/1*. 4/2*. *4/3. *5/3. 6/3*. 6/4*. *6/5. *6/6. 7/6*. 8/6*. *8/7. *8/8. 9/8* (CP #1 for Shvedova/Knowle). *9/9. *9/10 (CP #1 for Srebotnik/Zimonjić). Srebotnik/Zimonjić won 4-6 7-6 (7/5) [11/9] at 18:52 CEST (third set 14m, match 1h33m).

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7. Women's Legends: Semi-final scoreboard-report: Majoli/Tauziat v G.Fernández/Zvereva (Thursday 3rd June 2010)
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+ Iva Majoli [EF]/Nathalie Tauziat d. Gigi Fernández/Natasha Zvereva, 4-6 6-3 [10/8]

13 years after Iva won her first French Open final by overpowering Martina Hingis 6-4 6-2, she has reached her second by beating the pair who won 14 Major Women's Doubles titles together!

Fernández/Zvereva led 6-4 *1-0 before 'Majoliat' took over, dominating the rest of the second set and the match-tiebreak, although it got tight towards the end as 8/3* became 8/7*, and Majoliat needed 2 MPs.


First set
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MAJOLI/TAUZIA _@_@*@____ 4
FERNÁN/ZVEREV @_@___@*@* 6

The match started at 11:15 CEST.

Majoli/Tauziat serving 0-0: 0/15. 0/30. Broken.

Fernández/Zvereva serving 1-0: 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). 40/40 (BP #3). Broken.

Majoli/Tauziat serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). 40/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Fernández/Zvereva serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Majoli/Tauziat serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Fernández/Zvereva serving 2-3: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. Broken.

Majoli/Tauziat serving 4-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Fernández/Zvereva serving 3-4 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Majoli/Tauziat serving 4-4: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). 40/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Fernández/Zvereva serving 5-4: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. Fernández/Zvereva won the first set 6-4 at 11:46 CEST (30m).


Second set
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MAJOLI/TAUZIA _@*_*@_@* 6
FERNÁN/ZVEREV @__*__@__ 3

Majoli/Tauziat serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. Broken.

Fernández/Zvereva serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Majoli/Tauziat serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Fernández/Zvereva serving 1-2: 15/0. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). 40/40 (BP #2). Held.

Majoli/Tauziat serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Fernández/Zvereva serving 2-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Majoli/Tauziat serving 4-2 (new balls): 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). 40/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Fernández/Zvereva serving 3-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Majoli/Tauziat serving 5-3: 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Majoli/Tauziat won the second set 6-3 at 12:17 CEST (second set 31m, match so far 1h02m).


Third set
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Match-tiebreak (all scores (Majoli/Tauziat)/(Fernández/Zvereva)): 0/0*. *0/1. *1/1. 2/1*. 2/2*. *3/2. *4/2. 5/2*. 6/2*. *7/2. 8/3*. 8/4*. *8/5. *8/6. 8/7*. 9/7* (MP #1 for Majoli/Tauziat). *9/8 (MP #2 for Majoli/Tauziat). Majoli/Tauziat won 4-6 6-3 [10/8] at 12:28 CEST (third set 11m, match 1h13m).


Final-draw
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* Iva Majoli [EF]/Nathalie Tauziat v Martina Navrátilová/Jana Novotná

Navrátilová/Novotná thrashed Mary Joe Fernández/Conchita Martínez 6-1 6-2 in the other semi-final on Wednesday.

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Andrew's report for Day 13

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Final-preview
3. Quotes from Jelena Dokić
4. Quotes from Vera Zvonarëva
5. Women's Doubles: Final scoreboard-report: Srebotnik/Peschke v Williams×2
6. Order of play for Saturday

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1. Photos
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Various players including Katarina Srebotnik, Květa Peschke, and off-court photos of Samantha Stosur and Francesca Schiavone:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

Various players including off-court photos of Samantha Stosur and Francesca Schiavone:
* http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8722635.stm

Early rounds: Ana Ivanović [DF], Stefanie Vögele [DF], Aravane Rezaď, Caroline Woźniacki, Elena Dementieva, Simona Halep, Alisa Kleybanova, and a stunning Vera-Zvonarëva lookalike:
* http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/g...256674_2058678

First week: Maria Kirilenko [DF], Marion Bartoli [DF,S], Yanina Wickmayer [DF], Alyona Bondarenko, Caroline Woźniacki, Elena Dementieva, Zheng,Jie, Shahar Pe'er, Samantha Stosur, Andrea Petković, Barbara Schett:
* http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/g...256674_2061890

Second week: Maria Sharapova [EF], Lucie Šafářová [EF], Yaroslava Shvedova, Caroline Woźniacki, Elena Dementieva, Shahar Pe'er, Samantha Stosur, Chanelle Scheepers:
* http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/g...256674_2064462

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2. Final-preview
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* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]

Stosur goes into this final as the overwhelming favourite, mainly because of the amazing form that she showed in beating Serena Williams in the quarter-finals, and in her clinical destruction of Jelena Janković in the semi-finals.

History is also firmly in Stosur's favour, as she leads Schiavone 4:1 head-to-head - and all those matches came before Stosur's amazing transformation of 2010:
- 2005 Hasselt qf: Schiavone won 6-3 6-2
+ 2007 Rome 1r: Stosur won 6-3 6-4
+ 2009 Indian Wells 1r: Stosur won 6-1 6-4
+ 2009 French Open 1r: Stosur won 6-4 6-2
+ 2009 Osaka final: Stosur won 7-5 6-1

Stosur is serving like a man: with a huge first serve and kick second serve. Her groundstrokes are hard and precise, she has a good net-game, and most importantly, her confidence and self-belief are at an all-time high.

Schiavone is an excellent clay-court player, who is very quick around the court, despite being just 18 days shy of her 30th birthday. She too likes to go to the net, but it's hard to see her troubling Stosur on current form.

Schiavone's only chance of victory is if Stosur either gets injured, or chokes horribly in her first Major Women's Singles final. Stosur used to be one of the biggest chokers on the WTA Tour, but now she's playing with such self-belief that her choking seems to be confined to the past, even though she let slip a 6-2 *5-3 lead against Serena Williams.

If Stosur does choke, then Schiavone can be very solid and make herself impossible to beat, but my feeling after watching the semi-finals is that Stosur will be far too strong for Schiavone's defences, and will win in two easy sets.

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3. Quotes from Jelena Dokić
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3.1 Pretournament quotes
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Before her first-round match against Lucie Šafářová, the following quotes appeared on Jelena's official website <http://jelenadokic.net/>:
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Obviously, coming onto Roland Garros, it is not an ideal scenario. I only played my first match back last week, so it is not great, but I have been working hard since then. I have done a lot of rehab, and been playing well, especially the past two weeks; I have been doing a lot of practice-sets.

Maybe things won't go fantastically well here, but hopefully I can stay healthy for the rest of the year, and I can start playing well in a couple of weeks.

Especially on clay, she played semis in Rome and Madrid, so it is not the best draw for me, but at least I know I am playing a top-25 player, and I will see how I go. If I play well, it is a good sign for the rest of the year.
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3.2 Jelena's first-round press-conference (Monday 24th May 2010)
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+ LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] d. Jelena Dokić [EF], 6-2 6-2

Q. Just didn't feel like you could get anything going out there today.

JELENA DOKIĆ: Yeah, I was nervous at the beginning, so, yeah, she got a head start. About three games flew past before I could get into some rallies.

Yeah, outside of top five, this is one of the worst match-ups for me at the moment, because I haven't played any matches, and she's done so well on clay this year, and just in general she's done well this year. It was always gonna be tough. She's just more consistent than me right now.

Yeah, you know, there's nothing really to be disappointed about. You know, I've played four tournaments this year [sic], and I only played, you know, a 50,000 [ITF Prague] coming into the Grand Slam [sic]. So I think I'm probably one of the least-prepared players in the draw at the moment.

I can't be disappointed. I just have to move on from this and go to the next tournament.

Q. It's your first WTA tournament [sic] in a while. Do you feel like now you're ready to play at this level, or do you still need some time?

JELENA DOKIĆ: Obviously I need some time and some matches. No doubt about that. But, you know, it will be good now to continue. I'm already playing a tournament next week. Just need to keep on playing and practising, and keep on playing matches, I think. I actually only started hitting three weeks ago. So, yeah, while everyone else has been playing, I only just started hitting. The week before here was actually my first real, you know, hard practice-week.

So, you know, like I said, the score today looks, you know, pretty easy for her. But, you know, in the second set, if I could hold that game at 3-2, maybe I could get a little bit more into the match.

But, you know, it's all right. I just to have keep on going now.

Q. So physically you're 100% now?

JELENA DOKIĆ: Yeah.

Q. What are your plans?

JELENA DOKIĆ: Next week playing a 50,000 [ITF Rome - Tiro a Volo] and a 100,000 [ITF Marseille], and then Wimbledon.

Q. Is your coaching-situation the same, or has something changed?

JELENA DOKIĆ: I'm alone.

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4. Quotes from Vera Zvonarëva
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4.1 Vera's second-round press-conference (Thursday 27th May 2010)
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- VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] lt. Anastasia Rodionova, 4-6 4-6

Q. Just wondering how you felt the match went.

VERA ZVONARËVA: You know, I think she played a good match. I think I was just very inconsistent. I was not able to play my game, so I let her dominate a lot. Then every time I would try to play my game, I had just too many unforced errors.

Q. Did she surprise you by how well she played? I think she's been past the first round here before.

VERA ZVONARËVA: No, I was not surprised. I knew her pretty well. I just, I think I didn't play good tennis today, and I think that I was I started to play a little bit better [by] the end of the match.

I think she got, you know, got a tight game. You know, I could have turned the match around many times, and I just didn't use any of the opportunities. I was up 30/0 in a lot of games in the first set; I had the chance to break her also in the first set, and then early in the second set, and I didn't do it. So, yeah, just didn't take my chances.

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5. Women's Doubles: Final scoreboard-report: Srebotnik/Peschke v Williams×2 (Friday 4th June 2010)
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- (KATARINA SREBOTNIK/KVĚTA PESCHKE)[12] lt. (SERENA WILLIAMS/VENUS WILLIAMS)[1], 2-6 3-6

Srebotnik has won four Major Mixed Doubles titles, but is now 0:4 in Major Women's Doubles finals, while the Williams-sisters have now completed a non-calendar-year Grand Slam of Major Women's Doubles titles, of which they have now won 12 in total.


First set
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PESCHKE/SREBOTN ____@*__ 2
WILLIAM/WILLIAM *@*@__*@ 6

The match started at 15:14 CEST.

Williams/Williams serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Peschke/Srebotnik serving 0-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Williams/Williams serving 2-0: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Peschke/Srebotnik serving 0-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Williams/Williams serving 4-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Peschke/Srebotnik serving 1-4: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Peschke/Srebotnik (GP #1). Held.

Williams/Williams serving 4-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Peschke/Srebotnik serving 2-5 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #1 for Williams/Williams). Williams/Williams won the first set 6-2 at 15:46 CEST (32m).


Second set
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PESCHKE/SREBOTN _*@__*___ 3
WILLIAM/WILLIAM *__@*_*@* 6

Williams/Williams serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Peschke/Srebotnik serving 0-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). Held.

Williams/Williams serving 1-1: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Peschke/Srebotnik (BP #1). Broken.

Peschke/Srebotnik serving 2-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Williams/Williams (BP #3). Broken.

Williams/Williams serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Williams/Williams (GP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Peschke/Srebotnik (BP #1). Deuce #3. Ad Williams/Williams (GP #4). Held.

Peschke/Srebotnik serving 2-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). 40/15 (GP #2). 40/30 (GP #3). Held.

Williams/Williams serving 3-3: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Peschke/Srebotnik serving 3-4: 15/15. 15/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Williams/Williams serving 5-3 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (CP #1 for Williams/Williams). Williams/Williams won 6-2 6-3 at 16:27 CEST (second set 41m, match 1h13m).

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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: SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
2. MD final: (LUKÁŠ DLOUHÝ/LEANDER PAES)[3] v (DANIEL NESTOR/NENAD ZIMONJIĆ)[2]

Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. Legends' Over-45 Doubles: Andrés Gómez/John McEnroe v Joakim Nyström/Mats Wilander
2. Women's Legends: Iva Majoli [EF]/Nathalie Tauziat v Martina Navrátilová/Jana Novotná
3. Legends' Under-45 Doubles: Yevgeny Kafelnikov/Andrei Medvedev v Michael Chang/Albert Costa
4. Legends' Under-45 Doubles: Goran Ivanišević/Michael Stich v Arnaud Boetsch/Cédric Pioline

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

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