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Welcome to Paris, home of the French Open and the 2nd Grand Slam of the season. Anything can happen at a slam so upsets could come and matches could last forever.

(1) Martina Hingis vs Bye
Nicole Vaidisova vs (6) Venus Williams
(8) Anastasia Myskina vs Elena Dementieva
Alina Jidkova vs (4) Serena Williams

(3) Ana Ivanovic vs Bye
Justine Henin-Hardenne vs (5) Lindsay Davenport
(7) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Marta Domachowska
Bye vs (2) Kveta Peschke


POINTS DUE: Tuesday February 28, 2006 at 4:00 PM EST

Schedule of Play
Tuesday- Points Due; Round of 16
Wednesday- Quarterfinals/Doubles Quarterfinals
Thursday- Semifinals/Doubles Semifinals
Friday- Finals/Doubles Finals​
 

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(1) Domachowska/Vaidisova vs Bye
Dementieva/Radwanska vs (4) Clijsters/S Williams

(3) Ivanovic/V Williams vs Myskina/Peschke
Henin-Hardenne/Jidkova vs (2) Davenport/Hingis


(1) Peschke/Nadal vs Bye
Jidkova/Davydenko vs (4) Radwanska/Kubot

(3) Domachowska/Ferrero vs Ivanovic/Djokovic
Myskina/Safin vs (2) Dementieva/Robredo
 

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Tournament Preview

The French Open has arrived and many different players could win it, as it is extremely open.


Martina Hingis is currently ranked #1 and only has won the Australian Open, but has made 2 finals and 2 semifinals. Martina has been quite consistant this season and you can almost expect her to win early matches. Martina will enjoy her bye in the 1st round and then will get right to work. Martina has nearly a 300 point lead over #2 Peschke and #3 Ivanovic, but with a good performance from either, it could be taken away. Martina has done well on clay so expect her to win her matches.


Ana Ivanovic started out the season great, winning her 1st 8 matches. Her 1st 5 events, she had made the finals, winning 3 of them and losing in her 1st match in only 1. The problem was that one was the Australian Open, where Ana needed wins to dominate the rankings. Ana lost in the semifinals in Berlin and the quarterfinals (her 1st match) in Rome. That means she is 0-2 in big tournament play, and currently not winning all her match. Ana needs wins here to still prove she is one of the best, even though she has 2 titles. She can win the title, but will need to be at her best without any nerves.


Anastasia Myskina made her debut in Rome last week and what a debut it was. She won the 2nd biggest title of the season so far and was amazing throughout the tournament. She made tough oponents look bad and looked as if she owned the tour. It may have been beginners luck but it is not easy to beat the top players at a high tiered event, especially a Tier 1a. Anastasia will be trying to continue her success in Paris and she is a contender for the title.

Justine Henin-Hardenne and Agnieszka Radwanska also won titles on clay so they could be contenders also, but the title for Agnieszka is nearly the only thing she has on her resume. She played well in the final against Ivanovic, but has won only 1 match since. She can win matches in Paris if she is in form. Justine Henin-Hardenne won Berlin in her debut and may also be a contender, though she got stopped last week against Martina Hingis. If she is also in form, she will be a threat.

World #2 Kveta Peschke is a contender recently bumping Ana Ivanovic down in the rankings. Kveta recently made the final in Rome and made the semifinals in Melbourne, so she will be a threat for the title. Others to watch are Serena Williams, Melbourne finalist, Elena Dementieva, talented up-and-comer, and doubles specialists Nicole Vadisova and Marta Domachowska.

Projected Draw

1st Round
Nicole Vaidisova def (6) Venus Williams
(8) Anastasia Myskina def Elena Dementieva
(4) Serena Williams def Alina Jidkova
Justine Henin-Hardenne def (5) Lindsay Davenport
(7) Agnieszka Radwanska def Marta Domachowska

Quarterfinals
(1) Martina Hingis def Nicole Vaidisova
(8) Anastasia Myskina def (4) Serena Williams
(3) Ana Ivanovic def Justine Henin-Hardenne
(2) Kveta Peschke def (7) Agnieszka Radwanska

Semifinals
(1) Martina Hingis def (8) Anastasia Myskina
(2) Kveta Peschke def (3) Ana Ivanovic

Finals
(2) Kveta Peschke def (1) Martina Hingis
 

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Congratulations to Anastasia Myskina for winning the Article Title and to Alina Jidkova for getting 2nd place

Anastasia will receive $4,000 in spending money and Alina will receive $1,000 in spending money​
 

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Preview Updated!!! OOP Coming Out!

Also every make Mixed Doubles Teams!!!!
 

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Tuesday Order of Play


Philippe Chatrier
Women's Singles 1st Round
(8) Anastasia Myskina vs Elena Dementieva
Followed by
Women's Singles 1st Round
Justine Henin-Hardenne vs (5) Lindsay Davenport

Night Session
Women's Singles 1st Round
Alina Jidkova vs (4) Serena Williams

Suzanne Lenglen Court
Women's Singles 1st Round
Nicole Vaidisova vs (6) Venus Williams
Followed by
Women's Singles 1st Round
(7) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Marta Domachowska
 

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Results Coming!
 

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Tuesday Results


Philippe Chatrier
Women's Singles 1st Round
Elena Dementieva def (8) Anastasia Myskina 1-7, 8-6, 7-3
Women's Singles 1st Round
Justine Henin-Hardenne def (5) Lindsay Davenport 7-3, 7-5

Suzanne Lenglen Court
Women's Singles 1st Round
(6) Venus Williams def Nicole Vaidisova 7-5, 9-7
Women's Singles 1st Round
Marta Domachowska def (7) Agnieszka Radwanska 7-3, 7-2
 

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Tuesday Results Night Session


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Women's Singles 1st Round
Alina Jidkova def (4) Serena Williams 7-9, 7-5, 7-5
 

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Congrats Winners!
 

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Anastasia. :sad:
Lindsay. :sad: :hug: We'll do better in doubles.
Justine. :yeah: :p
 

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Anastasia :sad:

well... can Anastasia join mixed doubles with Safin?

congrats Elena!
 

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Alina :banana: Sweet revenge for Berlin :devil:

Mixed doubles.... Alina Jidkova/Nikolay Davydenko? :)
 

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French Open Day 1 Recap

Day 1 of the French Open already brought many upsets to the tournament with only 1 of the seeded players surviving.


The 1st match began with Elena Dementieva taking on fellow Russian Anastasia Myskina, recent Rome champion and #8 seed. Anastasia came out on fire, while Elena looked confused during the 1st tiebreak. After losing the 1st tiebreak 7-1, Dementieva picked up her game to battle through a tight 2nd tiebreak and win it 8-6. Looking more relaxed and flowing, Elena won the 3rd tiebreak 7-3 and moved on to the quarerfinals. Meanwhile on court Suzanne Lenglen, #6 seed Venus Williams was playing well against Nicole Vaidisova. Venus was in total control winning the 1st tiebreak 7-5 and in the 2nd, she got a bit tight closing out. She eventually won it on her 3rd match point and moved on to the quarterfinals.

The 2nd match on each stadium went by quickly as Justine Henin-Hardenne trounced over #5 seed and Melbourne semifinalist 7-3, 7-5, while Marta Domachowska crushed Agnieszka Radwanska 7-3, 7-2 sending the Charleston champ packing. Justine and Marta both played solid today and rall looked determined to win. Marta did lead 5-0 in the 2nd tiebreak but after a slight scare, she held Agnieszka off for the win.

Match of the Day
Alina Jidkova def (4) Serena Williams 7-9, 7-5, 7-5


This match was a very exciting night match for all the spectators as it held ups-and-downs and close calls for and against both players. The 1st tiebreak began with Jidkova coming out firing. She was dictating play and making Serena run. After leading 6-3 in the 1st tiebreak, Alina got very tight and could barely keeping a ball in play in the last 7 points. After wasting 4 setpoints, Alina lost the 1st tiebreak.

Alina played better in the last 2 tiebreaks as she won the 2nd one 7-5, leaving not much pressure on herself. The 3rd tiebreak made Alina have to dig from a big hole, as Serena jumped up to a 5-0 lead. Serena seemed to have gotten nervous as she lost the last 7 points. Alina just went for every shot the last 7 points because she knew she had nothing to lose; being a newcomer and having to play the #4 seed and Melbourne finalist. It was a great match and hopefully more are to come.
 
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