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Jun 9th, 2019 11:09 AM
Qalahari
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Originally Posted by Mateo Mathieu View Post
Xhaka!

I'll shout you a drink!
Jun 9th, 2019 09:15 AM
Mateo Mathieu
Re: Roland Garros 2019 | Draws & Results - EVERBODY NEEDS TO SEND IN NEW POINTS!

Xhaka!

I'll shout you a drink!
Jun 8th, 2019 06:49 PM
Kris Thx for the live scores. Great idea
Jun 8th, 2019 06:48 PM
Kris Wow, this is so great. Thanks Fleri for helping me through this tournament after my singles loss. We had a tough final today. In Fed Cup Bianka plays doubles with me so we know both our style. It was an amazing final.
Jun 8th, 2019 06:47 PM
S-T-E-V-E
Re: Roland Garros 2019 | Draws & Results - EVERBODY NEEDS TO SEND IN NEW POINTS!

I had a feeling Xhaka would beat me in two sets....congratulations Xhaka! A great tournament for you and looks like you will be one of the very few players who have the chance for a career Grand Slam - that's very special!! I also hope you'll be back in FWTT - but not with any those bitchy and (let's be honest) stupid posts you made a couple of days ago about Fleri and the age of the players; it only created trouble, unnessesary discussions, etc. If you want to critizise something, do it, but do it differently - nobody needs trouble in this game, especially not the people who keep this game doing - and your definitely not in the position to post something like that. As I have said it before many times - you might be a bitchy player, which spices up the game, but your one hell of an annoying player as well, when you act like that; and I've known you for so many years now....


Congratulations Fleri and Sabine definitely the best doubles team of the last two years; a Grand Slam in the making?


Bianka and Anastasia



Bianka another mixed doubles title for your!!!

Josephine and Tommy
Jun 8th, 2019 06:15 PM
Qalahari
Re: Roland Garros 2019 | Draws & Results - EVERBODY NEEDS TO SEND IN NEW POINTS!

"The princess is back. But now she is a warrior mum"



After hitting her 28th volley winner past 2009 winner Jennifer Casanova, Xhakalinda Saikikimbondwe lifts her hands to the sky, the same hands that a few minutes later would lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen for the first time.
The Swede, who had already won the doubles title in Paris in 2013 (with Anastidis) and in 2016 (with Frost), excelled in her first tournament back after a four month hiatus from professional tennis. She survived three incredibly long three-setter during the fortnight against Piper Elliot in round two (9-7 in the third), against Nastia Korobkina in the quarter final (11-9 in the third) and most notably against two-time runner-up Bianka Harlow in the semi-final (12-10 in the third). Despite the exhausting matches, Saikikimbondwe recovered to defeat Casanova 6-1, 7-5. This marks the third grand slam trophy of her career, having previously lifted the Wimbledon and US Open trophies in 2015, and also the end of an unlucky drought, after losing three Wimbledon finals in a row the last three years, all of them to the current FWTT Queen Fleri Hingisafrilia.

The newly-crowned Roland Garros champion sat down with the press after her victory:

What was your plan today going into this match?
Just enjoy. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Take it all in. It felt so great being out there. I've started the week with no expectations, you all know that Roland Garros was not my best slam by far in the past, not by far. So I was already so pleased with my first round victory. And from there, it just kept going. Also, *chuckles*, I know myself. This might be my last time on a big stage for a while. After a success, I usually lose early. So I really just wanted to enjoy.

Thanks for that. But I meant, what was your strategy for this match?
To be honest, yesterday after that endless match against Bianka, I just wanted to sleep. So I did not watch any of Jen's matches and had no real plan. But all week, I've just tried to play my own game, which apparently is not suited for clay. But it worked. A lot of serve and volley, a lot of chip and charge, trying to keep the points short and advance to the net. I just played grass court tennis basically.

Do you think it was an advantage to go in without preparation?
I was prepared. Not tennis-wise. I put my racket down after my failed Fed Cup blip in April and only picked it back up two days before my round one match. But I've been on my feet, with two kids running around. Also, I did a lot of running, because that used to be my strength as a young player. I may not look it, but I have a lot of stamina. These legs don't come from nothing. That also showed in my three set victories. It all comes down to stamina and focus.

Any words on your opponent?
Oh, Jen. Such a role-model. Such power tennis off both wings, and such great touch. I guess it just wasn't really her day today. Maybe it was hard for her because our last clay match was back in 2013, but other than that, there really are no secrets between us tennis wise. But she is such a fighter on and off court. I have huge respect for her. And you know we have this connection, her and me. We have both brought each other back from retirement and both times, it turned into a great success story.

What are your plans for the grass season?
Well, the situation is very different now, isn't it? From going unprepared, without any pressure into a tournament on your worst surface to being the one to beat on your favoured ground. But I am looking forward. I have a great record on this surface, but I've only ever won one grass tournament (Wimbledon 2015). All the other seven finals turned out to be losses (Eastbourne 2013+2015, Birmingham 2017, Nottingham 2018, Wimbledon 2016-2018).
Then again, I've made at least one final every year since 2015, so I should be optimistic. I am taking my family along, which should help. Another final would be nice. But the dream is to beat Fleri once on grass.

Speaking of Fleri, any comments on your rivalry?
She beats me at Wimbledon. That is the story. Rivalry is not the right word if you lose every year. But I have two kids who love me. I would not trade them in for anything in the world. Winning that Wimbledon title in 2015 was the fourth happiest day of my life. At best. In 2016, I had just given birth to Eleni Miranda. One year later came Mapeu Magnus. And now I have Suzanne *sticks out her tongue*. This is actually my first slam title as a mum. The princess is back. But now she is a warrior mum. Today is Mapeu's second birthday. He will get Suzanne to play with.


Xhakalinda Saikikimbondwe with her children Eleni (3) and Mapeu (2).

You have been seen with your ex-husband Elias again. Are you two back together?
We are not, but we are good friends now, and we are both taking care of our kids that we love. That is the most important thing in both of our lives right now. I want Eleni and Mapeu to have a good relationship with their dad and he loves them.

What about the rumours of your lesbian affair? Are you and Miranda dating?
I do not want to talk about my personal love life here. Thank you for understanding. *gets up and leaves the room*

Jun 8th, 2019 04:12 PM
Buitenzorg
Re: Roland Garros 2019 | Draws & Results - EVERBODY NEEDS TO SEND IN NEW POINTS!

Lucky #8

Ash Barty and Xhaka Saikikimbondwe both winning RG Women's Singles Champion 2019
Jun 8th, 2019 02:34 PM
Qalahari
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Originally Posted by bud887 View Post
Wonderful comeback, Xhakalinda! Congrats on the title!
Also, well done Harlow/Paire and Graf/Hingisafrilia

Runners-up

And big thanks to the ones making the tournament possible, it was amazing. Steve, disco_rage, Broseghini and Nikarock.
Jun 8th, 2019 01:21 PM
Broseghini
Re: Roland Garros 2019 | Draws & Results - EVERBODY NEEDS TO SEND IN NEW POINTS!

Two GS finals in singles, three GS finals in doubles and no titles (at least I won mixed here last year)
Congrats all winners It was the best FWTT tournament in a while!

@disco_rage
Jun 8th, 2019 11:51 AM
bud887
Re: Roland Garros 2019 | Draws & Results - EVERBODY NEEDS TO SEND IN NEW POINTS!

Wonderful comeback, Xhakalinda! Congrats on the title!
Also, well done Harlow/Paire and Graf/Hingisafrilia

Runners-up

And big thanks to the ones making the tournament possible, it was amazing. Steve, disco_rage, Broseghini and Nikarock.
Jun 8th, 2019 11:51 AM
Buitenzorg
Re: Roland Garros 2019 | Draws & Results - EVERBODY NEEDS TO SEND IN NEW POINTS!

Excellent comeback indeed, Xhaka
Jun 8th, 2019 11:17 AM
Qalahari
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Originally Posted by Drimal View Post
Amazing comeback from Xhaka!
Jun 8th, 2019 11:15 AM
Drimal
Re: Roland Garros 2019 | Draws & Results - EVERBODY NEEDS TO SEND IN NEW POINTS!

Amazing comeback from Xhaka!
Jun 8th, 2019 11:10 AM
Qalahari
Re: Roland Garros 2019 | Draws & Results - EVERBODY NEEDS TO SEND IN NEW POINTS!

Sadly, RG was not my worst slam even before 2019. I made a QF here some 1000 years ago. My Australian Open results have been even worse
Will be tough to ever get that Career Grand Slam.
Jun 8th, 2019 11:09 AM
Qalahari
Re: Roland Garros 2019 | Draws & Results - EVERBODY NEEDS TO SEND IN NEW POINTS!

Also, some of the best match reporting ever.
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