2009 French Open at Roland Garros WTA Singles Results     Svetlana Kuznetsova, Champion

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#7 Svetlana Kuznetsova
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2nd Grand Slam Title
11th WTA Singles Title

French great Suzanne Leglen, shown in 1920, was reknowned for her mobility on court     On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2009 French Open, the 2004 US Open champion, 23-year-old 7th-seeded # 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), won her second Grand Slam singles title by defeating last year's French Open finalist, 23-year-old top-seeded # 1 Dinara Safina of Russia (who also resides in Monte Carlo), 6-4, 6-2 (photos shown).

    Svetlana's prize is €1,060,000 (US $1,443,827); Dinara's is €530,000 (US $721,913).

    Svetlana struck 12 winners; Dinara 11, and both players hit 22 unforced errors.

    But Svetlana outserved Dinara, putting 78% of her 1st serves in the box (Dinara 61%) and winning 67% of her 1st serve points (Dinara 53%) with only 1 double fault (Dinara: 7 DFs). Sveta also scored on 6 of 6 net approaches (Dinara: 3 of 6) and converted 5 of 7 break point opportunities (Dinara: 2 of 4). match stats - BBC as it happened - Eurosport comments

    Svetlana said: "I came on the court and I just played the match. It was just one more match. If it was first match, it was last match, I just did my best. Definitely it was a lot of emotions inside of me, but I control it. I still cannot open it yet to go out.

    "But the most important thing happened, and finally I won here. My favorite tournament is New York [the US Open] and here. It's very big for me...

    "[Dinara is an] amazing athlete. She works very hard. One day she'll make it here. I respect her a lot, and she plays with too much pressure... she work hard, and she's No. 1 because she deserve to be there." postmatch interview

    Dinara said: "Pressure I put on myself because I really wanted to win. I just didn't handle it... I was a little bit desperate on the court, and didn't do the things that I I had to do." postmatch interview

    Both Svetlana and Dinara received their basic tennis training on red clay courts in Spain. Dinara still leads Svetlana 8-6 in career matches, and has won 5 of their last 7 meetings. In their previous match, last month on red clay in the Rome final, Dinara won 6-3, 6-2. Svetlana defeated Dinara a week earlier, on red clay in the Stuttgart final, 6-4, 6-3. Svetlana now leads Dinara 5-4 in career matches on clay courts.

    Barcelona-trained 2004 US Open champion Svetlana is now 11-18 in WTA singles finals; she won this year at Stuttgart, and reached the final at Rome. Svetlana is 28-7 in matches this year; her 2009 record on red clay is 16-3.

    Valencia-trained 2009 Australian Open and 2008 French Open finalist Dinara is now 11-11 in WTA singles finals; she won big titles this year in Rome and Madrid, and reached the final in Stuttgart, all on red clay. Dinara has a 34-7 match record this season, and has won 18 of her last 20 matches on red clay.


  2009 Major Skirmishes, Top Half


4th Round:
# 1 Dinara Safina d # 79 Aravane Rezai 6-1, 6-0
# 9 Victoria Azarenka d # 8 Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-3
# 20 Dominika Cibulkova d #30 Agnes Szavay 6-2, 6-4
# 126 Maria Sharapova d # 26 Na Li 6-4, 0-6, 6-4

Quarterfinals:
# 1 Dinara Safina d # 9 Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
# 20 Dominika Cibulkova d # 126 M Sharapova 6-0, 6-2

Semifinal:
# 1 Dinara Safina d # 20 Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3

  2009 Major Skirmishes, Bottom Half


4th Round:
# 2 Serena Williams d # 24 A Wozniak CAN 6-1, 6-2
# 40 Sorana Cirstea d # 5 Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 6-0, 9-7
# 7 S Kuznetsova d # 12 A Radwanska 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
# 31 Samantha Stosur d # 34 Virginie Razzano 6-1, 6-2

Quarterfinals:
# 7 S Kuznetsova d # 2 S Williams 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-5
# 31 Samantha Stosur d # 40 Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 6-3

Semifinal:
# 7 S Kuznetsova d # 31 S Stosur 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-3


  Top 10 Players 2009 Match Records through May 23, 2009

  Player

#1 s1 Dinara Safina RUS
#2 s2 Serena Williams USA
#3 s3 Venus Williams USA
#4 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS
#5 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB
#6 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS

#7 s7 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
#8 s8 Ana Ivanovic SRB
#9 s9 Victoria Azarenka BLR
#10 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN

   

  All Matches  

28-6   
21-6   
19-5   
31-8   
23-8   
20-4   
21-7   
15-6   
28-5   
35-11   
   

  On Clay  

14-1   
0-3   
4-3   
8-3   
14-3   
1-1   
9-3   
2-1   
5-3   
17-4   
   

  All Finals  

2-3   
1-1   
2-0   
2-1   
1-0   
2-0   
1-1   
0-1   
3-0   
1-3   
   

  Recent Injuries or Illness?  


right knee, left thigh, ongoing left leg troubles     lost to Safina, QF
—     lost to Szavay, rd3
—     lost to Stosur, rd3
respiratory illness     lost to Cirstea, rd4
tore l ankle ligaments in Charleston, withdrew from FO on May 24


right knee pain & inflammation     lost to Azarenka, rd4
right shoulder     lost to Safina, QF
low back strain     lost to Cirstea, rd3


Men's Final: s2 Roger Federer SUI d s23 Robin Soderling SWE 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4

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2009: Players practicing at Roland Garros on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 21-23, included the 2008 finalist, top-seeded # 1 Dinara Safina, recently returned from injury Maria Sharapova, and 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic... row 2: On Friday, Ana took part in the main draw ceremony, and players including Serena Williams, Dinara & Ana alerted the media...
French Open, 1st Round Sun-Tue May 24-26 11am
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#1 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #56 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-0, 6-0 Mon

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Dinara driving a forehand and after match point, and Anne congratulating Dinara

    Dinara said: "I came on the court expecting a good match and tough one because [Anne] had been playing good in Warsaw. She made semis. But then I started to play, and I started to feel good. I felt very good on the court, and I think I played a solid game." postmatch interview
    "After I shake her hand she said 'At least you could give me one game.' [Anne said this with a big smile.] I could imagine it's not nice to feel on the court, but I was... playing point by point, game by game. It ended up like that."

#2 s2 Serena Williams USA d #116 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-4 Tue

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Serena serving to Klara, Klara's backhand drive, Klara serving to Serena, and Serena's backhand

    Serena held 5 match points while serving at 5-3 in the 2nd set, but Klara successfully fended off all of them. In the 3rd set, after Klara broke Serena's serve early, Serena broke Klara's serve twice and took a 5-2 lead. But Klara broke Serena again, and reached 4-5, on serve. As Klara served at 4-5 to level the match, Serena broke Klara one more time, winning on her 9th match point.

    Klara had defeated an injury-slowed Serena in their previous meeting, in the 1st round at Marbella early last month, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

    Serena was unavailable for the usual post-match interview because she had a doubles match to play.

    Klara said: "I never played before a crowd like this. For me, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I would like to thank all the people near Paris because it was unbelievable...
    "I think Serena will be playing better and better each round, so it was the best chance to at least play with her or beat her." LA Times story

#3 s3 Venus Williams USA d #45 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 Mon

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Venus serving, Bethanie about to connect with a backhand, and Venus following one

    Venus said: "It's always exciting the first round. Obviously I'm happy to win and play well in the first set and also in the third. I'm definitely a third set player. Once I get to the third set, I feel a new level coming. So it's good for me." postmatch interview

#4 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #148 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-4, 6-3 Tue

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Chanelle following a forehand, Elena following a backhand, and after match point

#5 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #82 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-2, 6-3 Tue

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Three views of Jelena serving, and Jelena's backhand drive

    Jelena said: "I thought that I started quite well today, especially in the first set. I was controlling points and was finishing a lot of the points at the net, as well. I tought that I did quite good.
    Then I had to stop because of the rain. It's not really easy to come back. I felt a little bit slow after the rain delay when I came back on court again. But I managed to finish the job in two sets, so I'm happy to get through." postmatch interview

#7 s7 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #237 wc Claire Feuerstein FRA 6-1, 6-4 Tue

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Claire and Svetlana driving forehand and backhand

#8 s8 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #44 Sara Errani ITA 7-6(3), 6-3 Sun

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Alona and Maria driving forehand and backhand, Alona lining up another forehand, and after match point

    Ana said: "I expected a tough match. I knew I had to work hard for my points today, and I'm very happy I did that. And I kept my composure even when I was making a few mistakes. I had a few opportunities to come in when I didn't. But I knew I just had to work my way... slowly into the match." postmatch interview

    About the right knee injury which caused her to withdraw from the Madrid Open two weeks ago, Ana said: "Obviously [I'm] going to feel it here and there, there is still a little bit residue, like feeling of uncomfortness. It's nothing that can stop me from doing what I have to do on the court."

#9 s9 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #53 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-4 Sun

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Roberta following a flying forehand, and Vika following a backhand

#10 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #54 Vera Dushevina RUS 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 Mon-dark-Tue

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Vera tossing the ball for her serve, Caroline driving a backhand, and after winning a point

#11 s11 Nadia Petrova RUS d #631 wc Lauren Embree USA 6-1, 6-2 Sun

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Lauren and Nadia driving forehand and backhand

#12 s12 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #101 Rossana de Los Rios PAR 6-3, 6-1 Mon
#13 s13 Marion Bartoli FRA d #77 Pauline Parmentier FRA 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 Mon

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Marion lightly tapping a her two-handed forehand, and Pauline following her one-hander

*#117 Alexa Glatch USA d #14 s14 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-1, 6-1 Mon
#15 s15 Jie Zheng CHN d #127 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA 6-1, 6-3 Mon

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Jie driving a backhand

*#50 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #16 s16 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 6-4, 6-3 Sun

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Anna-Lena serving, and Amelie driving a forehand

*#65 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #17 s17 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#18 s18 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #37 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 Tue

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Ekaterina running down a forehand, and Anabel's backhand drive

*#96 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d #19 s19 Kaia Kanepi EST 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 Sun

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Yaroslava and Kaia following backhands

#20 s20 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #39 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Mon

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Dominika and Alona following forehand and backhand

#21 s21 Alize Cornet FRA d #135 Maret Ani EST 6-4, 7-5 Tue-dark-Wed

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Alize after match point

    Alize said: "I really play well when I practice. I have good feelings with the ball and everything, and when I start playing a match, everything goes down one level. I don't know why... I have to play a bit better to win tomorrow." postmatch interview

#22 s22 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #78 Edina Gallovits ROU 6-1, 6-4 Mon
*#163 q Polona Hercog SLO d #23 s23 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 Mon
#24 s24 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #59 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Tue
#26 s25 Na Li CHN d #92 Marta Domachowska POL 6-4, 6-2 Sun
*#122 LL Mariana Duque Marino COL d #27 s26 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 Mon
#28 s27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #106 Iona Raluca Olaru ROU 6-3, 6-2 Sun

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Iona Raluca and Anastasia driving backhands

#29 s28 Sybille Bammer AUT d #63 Nathalie Dechy FRA 6-3, 7-6(1) Tue
#30 s29 Agnes Szavay HUN d #156 q Corinna Dentoni ITA 6-3, 6-4 Mon
#31 s30 Samantha Stosur AUS d #41 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*#43 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP d #32 s31 Shuai Peng CHN 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 Tue
#33 s32 Iveta Benesova CZE d #87 Julia Goerges GER 7-5, 4-1 retired Sun
#34 Virginie Razzano FRA d #36 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*#79 Aravane Rezai FRA d #35 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-3, 6-2 Mon

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Ai and Aravane driving forehands

*#46 Lucie Safarova CZE d #38 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 Mon

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Lucie and Sabine driving backhands

#40 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #136 q Carly Gullickson USA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#42 Gisela Dulko ARG d #60 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-1, 6-3 Sun

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Gisela following a forehand, and after winning a point

*#260 wc Olivia Rogowska AUS d #47 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-4, 6-4 Mon
#49 Elena Vesnina RUS d #89 Severine Bremond FRA 6-3, 6-3 Sun

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Elena serving, and Severine following a forehand

#51 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #109 Camille Pin FRA 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 Mon
#52 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d #338 wc Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-1, 2-6, 8-6 Tue
*#133 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #57 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 6-4, 6-3 Tue
*#93 Jill Craybas USA d #58 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-5, 6-2 Mon
#61 Melinda Czink HUN d #125 q Anastasija Sevastova LAT 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Tue
#62 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #81 Urszula Radwanska POL 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 Tue
*#126 Maria Sharapova RUS d #64 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Maria serving, Anastasiya launching a forehand on the run, Maria driving a forehand, and after winning a point

    Maria said: "I started pretty lousy. Even though I was up a break, I was just not doing the right things, and letting [Anastasiya] play really well. She got a lot of balls back. She made me hit a lot of balls. I was just a little sloppy. But I totally changed it around, and I started playing a lot better and more aggressive." postmatch interview

*#151 q Vitalia Diatchenko RUS d #66 Mathilde Johansson FRA 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 Sun

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Vitalia driving her two-handed forehand, Mathilde following her one-hander, and Vitalia tossing the ball for her serve

#67 Julie Coin FRA d #86 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 7-5, 6-2 Sun

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Nuria driving a backhand, and Julie following one

#68 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #73 Ayumi Morita JPN 7-5, 7-5 Mon
#69 Olga Govortsova BLR d #111 LL Katie O'Brien GBR 6-1, 6-1 Mon
*#90 Mariya Koryttseva UKR d #70 Patricia Mayr AUT 6-1, 6-1 Mon
#71 Jarmila Groth SVK d #312 wc Kinnie Laisné FRA 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#72 Jelena Dokic AUS d #88 Karolina Sprem CRO 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 Tue

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Jelena following a backhand, after winning a point, and her backpack "entourage" as she departs after the match

#74 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #94 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 6-3 Sun
*#83 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d #75 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-1, 4-6, 9-7 Mon
#76 Kristina Barrois GER d #489 sr95 Maria Emilia Salerni ARG 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 Sun
#84 Lucie Hradecka CZE d #130 q Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-1, 6-2 Mon
*#95 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d #91 Sania Mirza IND 6-4, 7-6(3) Tue
#97 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d #118 wc Emilie Loit FRA 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 Sun

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Timea following a forehand, and Emilie about to swat a backhand

#99 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d #103 Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 Mon

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Stephanie about to fire a forehand, and Kirsten fielding a backhand

#100 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB d #254 wc Irena Pavlovic FRA 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*#187 q Petra Martic CRO d #108 Mara Santangelo ITA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#115 Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR d #192 q Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*#132 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d #121 Melanie South GBR 0-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 Mon
#143 q Arantxa Rus NED d #223 wc Olivia Sanchez FRA 6-1, 6-1 Sun

French Open, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu May 27-28 11am
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#1 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #151 q Vitalia Diatchenko RUS 6-1, 6-1 Wed

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Dinara and Vitalia driving forehand and backhand

    Dinara said: "I just played good game today, good enough to win. [Vitalia is] still young, and I think she respects me too much." postmatch interview

#2 s2 Serena Williams USA d #133 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-2, 6-0 Thu

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Virginia and Serena preparing to swat one and two-handed backhands, and Vivi congratulating Serena after match point

    This may have been the last singles match of Virginia's career. She reached a career high rank of # 28 in singles in 1999, and has won 3 WTA singles titles. She is not yet finished in doubles; she has won 41 WTA doubles titles during her career while amassing, so far, $5.6 million in prize money.
    Revision, June 9: Although Vivi did not enter Wimbledon singles qualifying, she is an alternate on the singles entry lists for both the Bad Gastein and Portoroz tourneys in July.

#3 s3 Venus Williams USA d #46 Lucie Safarova CZE 6(5)-7, 6-2, 7-5 Wed-dark-Thu

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Venus and Lucie delivering righty and lefty forehands, and Lucie congratulating Venus after match point

    Lucie held a match point while Venus served trailing 4-5 in the 3rd set, but could not convert it.

Venus said: "It was a well-played match. Yesterday I think I did too many things wrong. [Lucie] just was firing for every shot and making them. Obviously with the delay was a lot of things to think about what I could do different, and just tried to be as aggressive as I could. The last two sets, you know, it was close. But these kind of matches are really rewarding, and she was playing well." postmatch interview - AP story

#4 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #72 Jelena Dokic AUS 2-6, 4-3 retired—back injury Thu

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Jelena serving, Elena following a backhand, and Elena consoling Jelena after she could not continue

    Jelena injured her low back while making a return at 2-2 in the 2nd set. After an injury timeout, she managed to break Elena's serve and take a 3-2 lead. But she was clearly in much pain, and after Elena won the next two games, Jelena retired from the match.

    Jelena said: "I went for a return and I just went down and couldn't get back up...
    "It's very painful. I hope it's not too serious. It's very disappointing because I felt as if I had the match in my hands." ABC story

#5 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #52 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-1, 6-2 Thu

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Jelena serving, Magdalena fielding a low backhand, and Jelena driving a high one

    Jelena said: "I think I'm coming back. This is the most important thing for me, especially when you saw me playing a few months ago. It was really disastrous. I was moving terrible. I was making so many errors. My game was completely off, as well as my confidence.
    "Now I think I'm on the right track, and I'm trying to get into my form again, the form that made me win a lot of matches last year. It made me the player I was before. So I think I'm doing well at this moment. I hope to continue.
    "I'm back to my normal weight, as well. I lost some muscle, and I wasn't used to my body before, I had maybe 7 kilos more than I have now, which is a lot for me. When you put that kind of weight on and you are not used to it, it's tough to move around.
    "Now I'm back to the position that I used to be in almost all my career, so my game is getting back together. I'm trying to, little by little, play more aggressive and move into the net as much as I can, and try to improve my serve." postmatch interview

#7 s7 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #95 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-0, 6-2 Thu

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Svetlana's backhand drive

#8 s8 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #51 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-1, 6-2 Wed

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Ana serving, Tammy driving a backhand, Ana following one, and after match point

    Ana said: "It wasn't an easy match. I mean we had lots of close games. I think conditions today were alot tougher than the first day. It was much slower. It took some time for me to adjust, but I was in the moment and trying to play each point." postmatch interview

#9 s9 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #76 Kristina Barrois GER 7-6(1), 7-5 Wed
#10 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #93 Jill Craybas USA 6-1, 6-4 Thu

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Jill's running backhand, Caroline following a forehand, and after match point

    Caroline said: "I actually felt like I was playing pretty well. I don't have any problems when I'm hitting the balls, and so I was feeling pretty good out there...
    "I was there from the first point. I started to attack [Jill], and I got the advantage from the beginning. I felt like it was my game." postmatch interview

*#126 Maria Sharapova RUS d #11 s11 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-2, 1-6, 8-6 Wed

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Maria serving, Nadia running down a forehand, and Maria after match point

    Maria said: "I got off to a really good start. I kind of started stumbling away. Things went in the wrong direction. I was just glad I could pick myself up and keep fighting and do the right things, and end the match with a win...
    "Obviously I am spending a little bit more time out there than I want to, but I think I'm learning so many new things, as well. I think this was a great match where I had to fight my way through many, many challenges. And I did." AP story

    Maria is now 6-1 in career matches against Nadia. Nadia said: "It's been another tough match, and [Maria] really showed, even though she has been out for a while, she's willing to compete till the end. I'm disappointed with me, because I just didn't finish it off when I had everything in my hands." postmatch interview

#12 s12 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #90 Mariya Koryttseva UKR 6-1, 6-4 Thu
*#68 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #13 s13 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 7-5 Thu

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Tathiana preparing to launch a backhand, Marion about to connect with one, and Tathiana after match point

*#132 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d #15 s15 Jie Zheng CHN 6-4, 6-3 Wed

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Jie driving a backhand, Michelle following one, and after match point

*#34 Virginie Razzano FRA d #18 s18 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-2, 6-2 Thu

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Anabel and Virginie following forehand and backhand

#20 s20 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #99 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-1, 6-0 Wed

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Dominika's backhand drive

*#40 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #21 s21 Alize Cornet FRA 6-3, 6-2 Thu

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Sorana serving, Alize driving a backhand, and Sorana after reaching a Grand Slam 3rd round for the first time

    Alize said: "[Sorana] played well. I don't think she played 'the' match of her life. I think she played at her standard level, but I think I really gave her many points at the end of the first set, and for free.
    "So she didn't try and play more than she needed to. I would make mistakes easily. I was trying to find my bearings. I didn't know what to do, if I had to get in the court, to wait from the baseline, be active or passive. And I did a bit of everything, which means a bit of nothing.
    "I think I improved at the beginning of the second set, but then my serve betrayed me. It's unacceptable to lose that many service games. I don't know what happened, really." postmatch interview

#22 s22 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #84 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-2, 6-4 Wed
#24 s24 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #187 q Petra Martic CRO 6-3, 6-3 Thu
#26 s25 Na Li CHN d #97 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-1, 6-4 Wed
#28 s27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #67 Julie Coin FRA 6-2, 7-6(2) Wed
*#61 Melinda Czink HUN d #29 s28 Sybille Bammer AUT 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 Thu

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Lefties Sybille and Melinda driving backhand and forehand

#30 s29 Agnes Szavay HUN d #49 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 6-0 Wed

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Agnes after winning a point

#31 s30 Samantha Stosur AUS d #62 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Thu
#33 s32 Iveta Benesova CZE d #74 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-1, 6-2 Wed
#42 Gisela Dulko ARG d #50 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 7-6(5), 0-6, 6-2 Wed

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Gisela and Anna-Lena driving backhands, and Gisela after winning a point late in the match

#43 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP d #115 Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Thu
#65 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #260 wc Olivia Rogowska AUS 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 Thu
#69 Olga Govortsova BLR d #100 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-3, 6(3)-7, 7-5 Wed
#71 Jarmila Groth SVK d #122 LL Mariana Duque Marino COL 6-2, 7-6(9) Thu

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Mariana and Jarmila driving backhands

#79 Aravane Rezai FRA d #163 q Polona Hercog SLO 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Wed

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Aravane after match point

#83 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d #117 Alexa Glatch USA 7-6(0), 7-5 Thu
#96 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d #143 q Arantxa Rus NED 6-0, 6-2 Wed

French Open, 3rd Rd Fri-Sat May 29-30 11am
loser's prize: €40,600 = US $55,301; points: 160
#1 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #28 s27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-2, 6-0 Fri

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Dinara serving, and Anastasia and Dinara driving backhands

    Dinara said: "I didn't know exactly what to expect from [Anastasia], how she plays. One thing, you watch her on TV; and the second thing, you play against her.
    "I think she started very good, the match. It was like few very tough games. When I broke her I feel I started to play much more aggressive, and then I was dominating." postmatch interview

#2 s2 Serena Williams USA d #43 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Sat

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Serena serving, Maria Jose launching a backhand on the run, and Serena driving one

*#30 s29 Agnes Szavay HUN d #3 s3 Venus Williams USA 6-0, 6-4 Fri

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Agnes following a backhand, Venus driving one on the run, and Agnes after match point

    Venus said: "I had a tough day, and I didn't get the ball in the court, and that didn't help me at all. It was just a day where they didn't go in. So it was a little difficult to recover from that first set. I'm used to beating people 6-0. I'm not used to my shot not going in and losing a set 6-0. So it completely was foreign ground for me...
    "[Agnes] hung in there. She played really well, but I definitely have to attribute that loss to me not being able to execute what I wanted to on the court." postmatch interview

*#31 s30 Samantha Stosur AUS d #4 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 Sat

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Samantha and Elena driving forehands, Samantha driving a backhand, and after match point

#5 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #71 Jarmila Groth SVK 6-1, 6-1 Sat

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Jelena about to fire a forehand, Jarmila following one, and Jelena's backhand drive

#7 s7 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #61 Melinda Czink HUN 6-1, 6-3 Sat

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Melinda serving, Svetlana driving a backhand, and after match point

    Svetlana said: "I never play [Melinda] before, so it was very unpredictable for me to be there. I was just doing my thing. I was depending on myself and not on her. I saw the court pretty well. I see the empty spots on the court, and I played there. I think I controlled all of the match...
    "I love to play on clay. My game is very effective to play on clay." postmatch interview

#8 s8 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #33 s32 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-0, 6-2 Fri

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Ana serving to Iveta, Iveta and Ana driving forehand and backhand, and Ana after match point

    Ana said: "It was a pretty good match. I was really happy. You know, still, the score doesn't indicate how hard I had to work for some points. [Iveta] started playing much, much better in the second set, and started hitting the ball much heavier. I just played really good and stayed in the moment and did what I had to do out there." postmatch interview

#9 s9 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #22 s22 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 Fri-dark-Sat

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Victoria and Carla driving two-handed and one-handed backhands, and Vika following a forehand

*#40 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #10 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 7-6(3), 7-5 Sat

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Caroline serving to Sorana, Sorana and Caroline following forehands, Sorana serving to Caroline, and after match point

#12 s12 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #65 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 6-4 Sat

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Agnieszka's forehand drive, and Kateryna and Agnieszka driving backhands

#20 s20 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #42 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-4, 6-2 Fri

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Gisela and Dominika driving forehands, and Dominika after match point

#24 s24 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #83 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Sat

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Aleksandra driving a forehand, Lourdes following one, and Aleksandra's backhand drive

#26 s25 Na Li CHN d #69 Olga Govortsova BLR 7-5, 6-1 Fri

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Olga and Na driving forehand and backhand, and Na after match point

#34 Virginie Razzano FRA d #68 Tathiana Garbin ITA 7-5, 7-5 Sat

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Virginie serving, Tathiana driving a forehand, Virginie fielding a backhand, and after winning a point

    Virginie said: "It was not easy for me today, because the conditions were more difficult. The wind was swirling. Sometimes you would have the wind with you, sometimes against you. Yes, it was blowing quite hard. Maybe the people out there, the crowd on the stands, didn't realize. But then if you're down there on the court, I can tell you that it's difficult for both of us.
    "So today, that was it. I had to be more patient, and I had to better negotiate these points, because I played against a player who played really well, and I said, Be careful." postmatch interview

#79 Aravane Rezai FRA d #132 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR 7-6(3), 6-2 Fri

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Aravane serving, Michelle following a backhand, Michelle serving, and Aravane following a backhand

    Aravane said: "I did play [Michelle] on hard surfaces before, and it was different. I took the ball early. I managed to manage the game more. This time it was more difficult. I had trouble adjusting in the first set, and I could not really apply my sort of game. And it was difficult.
    "She has improved. She runs better around the court. She defends better. So yes, it was a match between two hard hitters, and I tried to vary my game. I did it better in the second set." postmatch interview

*#126 Maria Sharapova RUS d #96 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 Fri

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Maria serving to Yaroslava, Yaroslava driving a backhand, Yaroslava serving to Maria
Maria's backhand drive, Maria after match point, and Yaroslava congratulating Maria

    Maria said: "I dug a nice pothole for myself there... so many errors and so many mistakes. Then, got rid of those errors and started playing better." AP story

French Open, 4th Rd Sun-Mon May 31-Jun 1 11am
loser's prize: €68,400 = US $93,168; points: 280
#1 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #79 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-1, 6-0 Sun

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Dinara serving, Aravane driving a backhand, Dinara following a forehand, and after match point

    Dinara has lost only 5 games in the first 4 rounds at Roland Garros. Dinara said: "It feels good getting into the quarterfinals like this. Because I remember Australia, and I don't know how many hours I spent there before I go to the quarters. I'm feeling very good right now... Since I became No. 1. I think I'm playing better and better." postmatch interview

    Aravane said: "[Dinara] played really well. I did not feel helpless. I didn't think it's impossible to defeat her, but she is the world's No. 1. She deserves it. She deserves to be in that ranking.
    "There were solutions, except that I wasn't capable of finding solutions to put her in a difficult position. Today I did not play well... She managed to put me off balance immediately ever since we started rallying, and that made the difference." postmatch interview

#2 s2 Serena Williams USA d #24 s24 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Serena serving, Aleksandra driving a backhand, Serena following a forehand, and after match point

    Serena said: postmatch interview video transcript not available as of this writing

    Aleksandra said: "I was really tight. I was like a rock. I couldn't let go on my shots and play my game... [Serena] didn't make any mistakes. She was playing clean tennis today... All I can do is learn from this experience and get stronger for next time... It's my first time on [Court] Philippe Chatrier. Emotions get involved and you just get tight and you can't play really your game, so it's tough." postmatch interview

*#40 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #5 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB 3-6, 6-0, 9-7 Mon

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Sorana serving, Jelena and Sorana driving backhands, and Sorana after match point

    Sorana was struggling this year before Roland Garros; her match record for 2009 was 5-11. Now she has won 4 straight, and her last two wins were over top 10 players.

    Sorana said: "Most important is that I'm happy with my game and the way I'm playing. I hope I can keep up like this, and hope it's just the beginning...
    "Maybe I wanted too much in the first set and I wasn't playing the right way. I was a little nervous. But then after I lose the first set, I said, 'I have nothing to lose. I just need to relax.' I did that until the end of the third set when I started to get again nervous because it was an important match for me and was the first time I was playing fourth round. I really wanted to win, but I think I was trying to take control of all the points and just stay aggressive." postmatch interview

    Jelena said: "It was a long match. To be honest, I kind of let down in the second set... Of course in the third set. I serve at 6-5. I had 30-Love, and that's when I should have went more for my shots and reached a little more and tried to finish off the match point by point...
    "I didn't know how well [Sorana] could play, but I know how well I can play. I'm not producing that game... Qbviously I'm not playing the same game and not same style as I used to play last year, end of the year when I was winning a lot of matches and was the No. 1 player in the world." postmatch interview

#7 s7 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #12 s12 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 Mon

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Svetlana driving a forehand, Agnieszka and Svetlana driving backhands, and Sveta after match point

    Svetlana said: " I was really nervous today. I don't know why. And I saw [Agnieszka] also was. But first set, it was not very great game from both of us, but she did more unforced errors and I won. I served well. Second set, I played little bad and I did a lot of mistakes. I wasn't moving that much.
    "After I went to change the clothes, I been thinking, I relax a little bit, just to play my game. I started to do much better. Started to move her around, not doing many unforced errors from my side." postmatch interview

*#9 s9 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #8 s8 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-2, 6-3 Sun

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Victoria serving, Ana driving a backhand, Vika driving a forehand, and after match point

    Victoria said: "I was very consistent today and very aggressive. I didn't let [Ana] play her game, which she normally does. I was just being I think too aggressive...
    "She's the champion, and it was obvious that the crowd would be for her. But I hope they will be a little bit more for me now." postmatch interview

    Ana was troubled by dizziness during the match. Ana said: "I started really well, and I felt really good in the beginning. Then after the third game, actually after first point in the fourth game, I just suddenly started feeling so dizzy, and I completely lost my balance.
    "Ever since then it was really hard. I struggled with like looking up. I started feeling very dizzy, and I was struggling a little bit to find my balance. It was really hard. [Victoria] played well." postmatch interview

#20 s20 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #30 s29 Agnes Szavay HUN 6-2, 6-4 Sun

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Dominika serving, Agnes driving a backhand, Dominika following one, and after match point

    Dominika said: "I was really, really prepared for this match. I was not going on the court like, 'It will be easy,' and I was not going on the court like, 'It will be tough.' I was not expecting anything, and I just wanted to play my game. I think I did well." postmatch interview

*#126 Maria Sharapova RUS d #26 s25 Na Li CHN 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 Sun

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Maria serving, Na's running forehand, Na serving, Maria's running forehand, and after match point

    Maria said: "[Na] knows how to play the game, and she plays it really well. She's really aggressive. I think she's improved her serve a lot. It was really important for me to return well today. I think in the end, that and serving really well helped me win the match." postmatch interview

    Na said: "The match was tough... I lost the first set, win second set easy, and then maybe I lose a little bit concentration.
    "{Maria} never give up. She was like fighting every point on the court... Yeah, she's tough. I mean, I would say she's top player in all the world." postmatch interview

#31 s30 Samantha Stosur AUS d #34 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Samantha serving, Virginie following a forehand, Samantha driving a backhand, and after match point

    Samantha is the first Australian to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros in 21 years.

    Virginie said: "This was an excellent match for [Samantha]. Unfortunately there's nothing I could do on the court. For me, it was a tough match. As I had said before, I said this player is a tough player. I had to be careful about the match... To me, her match was perfect. I felt I was powerless on the court. I couldn't find the solutions to win...
    "I'd say that she serves even better than Serena or Venus, because she can do all types of serves. She can vary her serves. That is, hit a very strong first serve, or she would give spin to the ball so that the ball is inside out... She has two weapons: her big serve and big forehand." postmatch interview

    About her quarterfinal opponent, Sorana Cirstea, Samantha said: "We've never played. I've never practiced with her, never hit a ball against her. It will be something completely new, but I'm going to try and talk to a couple of people. I think my coach watched a few games of her match today. We'll have a chat about it tomorrow, I guess, and work out what to do, but probably focus more on my game than worry too much about hers." postmatch interview

French Open, QFs, Tue-Wed Jun 2-3 2pm
loser's prize: €132,500 = US $180,478; points: 500
#1 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #9 s9 Victoria Azarenka BLR 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 Tue

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Dinara and Victoria following forehands, Dinara driving a backhand, and after match point

    Dinara said: "[In the 1st set, Victoria] was playing well, and basically I was not doing anything to complicate it. I was playing exactly in her zone: everything to the middle, and I was running forehand, backhand. I just lost the set. At least I should hold my serve and put a little bit pressure on the return.
    "I started to fight point by point just trying to change a little bit... [In the 2nd and 3rd set] she started to miss much more. I think she was missing way too much today...
    "In third set, every time I was break up, but I was always struggling to hold my serve. I had couple times like love-30. I don't know. I'm not really happy with my game today." postmatch interview

    Victoria said: " I think I just didn't take mychances, which I had. I had a lot of chances, but [Dinara] definitely stepped it up and played some good points on the key moments, which I have to give her all the credit. I think I just missed a lot of my chances today...
    "I just have to learn how to play better in these moments. It's all experience, which I have to learn from, and hopefully I'll do better next time." postmatch interview

*#7 s7 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #2 s2 Serena Williams USA 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-5 Wed

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Svetlana serving, Serena and Svetlana driving backhands, and Sveta after match point

    Svetlana said: "It was very tough match. It was difficult to me. And if I would say about first set, I was 3-love up and then [Serena] start to play better and better and it was equal. I would say normally I would think that she would win first set and I'll have to win second set. So it was very confusing.
    "But as match was going on, I had chances in the second set and I didn't use them. That game that I twisted my feet, I was more concentrate of my feet don't hurt. Thinking about it I lost my serve, and she start to play better.
    "It was same scenario as Australian Open [Serena defeated Sveta in the quarterfinals, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1]. It was identically. In second set, third set I was pushing myself to fight, and still she was break up. With her it's a big difference. She started to serve great, and I'm very proud that I push myself and I could fight still for the third set. This brought me the victory, because I still fight until the end." postmatch interview

    Serena said: "It was definitely close. I had chances to win... I made it hard for myself a lot, too, more than anything. Honestly I think I lost because of me and not because of anything [Svetlana] did." postmatch interview

#20 s20 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #126 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-0, 6-2 Tue

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Dominika following a forehand, Maria and Dominika following backhands, and Dominika after match point

    Dominika said: "Today I was playing really solid. I was playing very solid from the baseline. I think I made really just not a lot of unforced errors. I was returning well, and my serve was like so-so today. It was not the best, but I knew if I played solid, and if I make her move, and if I play well, then I have this chance...
    "It was my tactic to play close to the baseline, and to make her move, and not to be scared of her first, two, three, fast shots. I knew that if I managed to put it back, then I have my chances." postmatch interview

    Maria's first four matches had all gone three sets. Maria said: "Everything fell a little short today. The pace wasn't there on my strokes, and I was five steps slower today. I think everything kind of combines. [Dominika] played really solid and made me hit a lot of balls, and I came up short today...
    "I was very appreciative of the way [the French fans] were rooting for me, asking for me to fight and to keep working and find a way to turn things around. Yeah, definitely. I've had a really great last few weeks here, and I can only tell them that I'll be back next year." postmatch interview

    About her right shoulder, which had kept her from playing for over nine months, Maria said: "It's fine. It's good."

#31 s30 Samantha Stosur AUS d #40 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-1, 6-3 Wed

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Samantha serving, Sorana and Samantha driving backhand and forehand, and Sam after match point

    Samantha said: "I think the first four or five games [Sorana] had game points in every single one, but I was 4-1 up. I'm just really pleased that even though I may have been down in the game, I could hang in there and fight my way back. If she was going to win the game she had to earn it from me. I wasn't going to give anything away today.
    At 6-1, 4-1 I was feeling pretty good, but I knew it certainly wasn't over. Serving at 4-3, just went for a little bit more and got that game. And then again, 40-15 down in that last game, and just kept my head down and made her earn it and I ended up breaking." postmatch interview

French Open, SFs, Thu Jun 4 2pm
loser's prize: €265,000 = US $360,956; points: 900
#1 s1 Dinara Safina RUS d #20 s20 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-3, 6-3

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Dinara serving, Dominika and Dinara driving forehand and backhand, and Dominika congratulating Dinara after match point

    Dinara said: "I think I didn't play aggressive, I mean, when I had to from the beginning of the match. Once I was down I started to play better, but I think still I have to be much more dominant on the court." postmatch interview

    Dominika said: "I knew how [Dinara was] going to play. She didn't surprise me with anything. She played a lot of cross, good backhand. I played a lot to her backhand and I didn't make her move a lot, because I was scared to play on the lines, just to miss the ball. I didn't move her enough, and I didn't return well at all. I was returning terrible...
    "I was planning to serve better, and to make pressure with the return. But today I was just standing so far from the baseline, and I couldn't do anything. I was just there and just running and she was making the pressure." postmatch interview

#7 s7 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #31 s30 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-3

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Svetlana serving, Samantha driving a forehand and Svetlana following a backhand, and Sam congratulating Sveta after match point

    Svetlana said: "I thank my coach, Larisa [Savchenko Neiland], so much, because she stays all match positive. Doesn't matter what happens, she just stays calm. 'It's okay. Play, play.' To me it's important. I can't stand when people make me nervous, say, 'How you do this? How you do that?' I say, 'Guys, just go and play yourself if you want to do better [laughter.]' It's very important for me. She supports me all the way, and it's really great.
    "[Samantha has] been playing great, so I expected very tough match. She serves great. I mean, I been playing ball from the second floor up here [due to the high bounce from the spin Samantha puts on the ball]. It was not very comfortable. I had to play two meters behind [the baseline]... The spin which Sam puts on the ball is really difficult." postmatch interview

    Samantha said: "At the start [of the 3rd set], we were both holding serve pretty easy those first four games. I had that one break point, I think it was 30-40 at 2-all, and probably maybe should have backed myself a little bit more and tried to run around it rather than taking a backhand.
    "But I hit a good serve, and then lost serve, and then I felt like the match was still pretty even but I was 4-2 down. You know, I tried to the last point, but you go a break down in the third, it's not as easy to try and get it back." postmatch interview

French Open, Final, Sat Jun 6 3pm (9am EDT 6am PDT NBC-TV)
loser's prize: €530,000 = US $721,913; points: 1400
winner's prize: €1,060,000 = US $1,443,827; pts: 2000
*#7 s7 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #1 s1 Dinara Safina RUS 6-4, 6-2

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Svetlana serving, Dinara fielding a forehand, Svetlana driving a backhand,
Dinara driving a forehand, Svetlana following one, and Dinara congratulating Sveta after match point

French Open, Doubles Final, Fri Jun 5
losers' prize: €156,000 = US $212,488
winners' prize: €312,000 = US $424,975
cdr10 s3 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP & Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP
    d cdr58 s12 Victoria Azarenka BLR & Elena Vesnina RUS 6-1, 6-1

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Anabel & Vivi, and Vika & Elena

    It is Anabel's second Grand Slam doubles title; she and Virginia also won last year at Roland Garros. 35-years-young Vivi has won ten Grand Slam doubles titles; her other eight were all with now-retired Paola Suarez: four at Roland Garros, three at the US Open, and one at the Australian Open.

    Anabel said: "We make a beautiful team because we understand each other. Vivi is a very good player when she comes to the net, and from the baseline I have powerful shots. With the Spanish style, the high balls, she has a beautiful strategy. This is something we use when we play together."

    Vivi said: "Last year I said that after the Olympics I would probably retire, but I did not do it, because I love tennis. Sometimes when you win, you feel you should stop when you're at the height of your career. It's a very special moment for me today. I always said I might retire, and maybe on a beautiful victory like this. But maybe now I'll keep playing." WTA story

French Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Thu Jun 4
losers' prize: €50,000 = US $68,105
winners' prize: €100,000 = US $136,210
s1 Liezel Huber USA & Bob Bryan USA d Vania King USA & Marcelo Melo BRA 5-7, 7-6(5), (10-7)


French Open, Girls Singles Final, Sun Jun 7 c2 m2
s9 wta#338 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d wta#463 Daria Gavrilova RUS 6-3, 6-2

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Daria and Kristina about to swat forehands, and Kristina with the hardware after the match

French Open, Girls Doubles Final, Sat Jun 6 11am c2
s2 Elena Bogdan ROU & Noppawan Lertcheewakarn THA d s3 Timea Babos HUN & Heather Watson GBR 3-6, 6-3, (10-8)

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Elena and Noppawan


French Open, Qualifying Finals Fri May 22 11am Q-1st losers: €2,080 = US $2,833 ; 2 points
    Q-2nd losers: €3,950 = US $5,380; 40 points     Q-Final losers: €7,350 = US $10,011; 50 points;     qualifier: 60 points

#96 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d #124 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-2, 6-2
#143 Arantxa Rus NED d #111 Katie O'Brien GBR 6-4, 7-6(8)
*#130 Yvonne Meusburger AUT d #114 Tatjana Malek GER 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-1
*#163 Polona Hercog SLO d #122 Mariana Duque Marino COL 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-1
#125 Anastasija Sevastova LAT d #219 Nina Bratchikova RUS 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
#132 Michelle Larcher De Brito POR d #150 Ekaterina Ivanova RUS 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
*#187 Petra Martic CRO d #134 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 6-4, 6-4
#136 Carly Gullickson USA d #165 Lauren Albanese USA 6-4, 6-3
#148 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d #149 Kathrin Woerle GER 6-3, 6-1
#151 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS d #210 Irina Begu ROU 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
#156 Corinna Dentoni ITA d #200 Youlia Fedossova FRA 6-2, 7-5
*#192 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE d #191 Carmen Klaschka GER 6-4, 6-1

French Open, Withdrawals
#6 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS tore ankle ligaments in Charleston
#25 Katarina Srebotnik SLO left achilles injury
#48 Petra Kvitova CZE ankle injury
#55 Shahar Peer ISR right foot injury
#80 Marina Erakovic NZL left hip injury
#85 Yung-Jan Chan TPE left foot injury
#112 Casey Dellacqua AUS left shoulder
#139 Jelena Kostanic Tosic CRO neck injury
#994 sr61 Meghann Shaughnessy USA left knee injury

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    2009 prize money is listed above; although the prize money in Euros has increased, in dollars it is less than in 2008. In May, 2008, one Euro was worth about $1.56 US; this year €1 is worth about $1.36.

The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:
TOP HALF
s1 Cara Black ZIM & Liezel Huber USA SF
Melinda Czink HUN & Natalie Grandin RSA r1
Jelena Dokic AUS & Alisa Kleybanova RUS r2 w/o
Petra Cetkovska CZE & Carla Suarez Navarro ESP r1
Kinnie Laisne FRA & Stephanie Vongsouthi FRA r1
Maret Ani EST & Kaia Kanepi EST r2
Raquel Kops-Jones USA & Abigail Spears USA r1
s13 Vania King USA & Monica Niculescu ROU r3
s10 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA & Nadia Petrova RUS QF
Ayumi Morita JPN & Magdalena Rybarikova SVK r1
Sophie Lefevre FRA & Aurelie Vedy FRA r1
Alona Bondarenko UKR & Kateryna Bondarenko UKR r2
Maria Elena Camerin ITA & Anna Chakvetadze RUS r1
Gisela Dulko ARG & Agnes Szavay HUN r2
Andrea Hlavackova CZE & Lucie Hradecka CZE r1
s5 Serena Williams USA & Venus Williams USA r3

s3 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP & Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP
Dominika Cibulkova SVK & Virginie Razzano FRA r1
Ekaterina Dzehalevich BLR & Andreja Klepac SLO r2
Eva Hrdinova CZE & Nicole Vaidisova CZE r1
Stephanie Foretz FRA & Camille Pin FRA r1
Lucie Safarova CZE & Vladimira Uhlirova CZE r2
Vera Dushevina RUS & Anastasia Rodionova AUS r3
s15 Nathalie Dechy FRA & Mara Santangelo ITA r1
s11 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER & Patty Schnyder SUI QF
Kristina Barrois GER & Anne Keothavong GBR r1
Mathilde Johansson FRA & Pauline Parmentier FRA r2
Violette Huck FRA & Laura Thorpe FRA r1
Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ & Tamarine Tanasugarn THA r1
Jill Craybas USA & Carly Gullickson USA r2
Sorana Cirstea ROU & Caroline Wozniacki DEN r1
s8 Maria Kirilenko RUS & Flavia Pennetta ITA r3

BOTTOM HALF
s6 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP r1
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS & Francesca Schiavone ITA r3
Iveta Benesova CZE & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE r2
Sybille Bammer AUT & Janette Husarova SVK r1
Sarah Borwell GBR & Maria Kondratieva RUS r1
Severine Bremond FRA & Julie Coin FRA r2
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA & Alize Cornet FRA r1
s12 Victoria Azarenka BLR & Elena Vesnina RUS F
s16 Zi Yan CHN & Jie Zheng CHN QF
Edina Gallovits ROU & Olga Govortsova BLR r1
Mervana Jugic-Salkic BIH & Tatiana Poutchek BLR r1
Klaudia Jans POL & Alicja Rosolska POL r2
Akgul Amanmuradova UZB & Alla Kudryavtseva RUS r1
Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP & Sara Errani ITA r2
Tsvetana Pironkova BUL & Selima Sfar TUN r1
s4 Samantha Stosur AUS & Rennae Stubbs AUS r3
s7 Daniela Hantuchova SVK & Ai Sugiyama JPN r3
Emilie Loit FRA & Kristina Mladenovic FRA r1
Ekaterina Makarova RUS & Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP r2
Mariya Koryttseva UKR & Galina Voskoboeva KAZ r1
Jarmila Groth AUS & Renata Voracova CZE r1
Olga Savchuk UKR & Tiantian Sun CHN r2
Liga Dekmeijere LAT & Aleksandra Wozniak CAN r1
s9 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE & Shuai Peng CHN SF
s14 Chia-Jung Chuang TPE & Sania Mirza IND r2
Ipek Senoglu TUR & Yanina Wickmayer BEL r1
Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR & Aravane Rezai FRA r1
Agnieszka Radwanska POL & Urszula Radwanska POL QF
Julie Ditty USA & Maria-Emilia Salerni ARG r2
Marta Domachowska POL & Tamira Paszek AUT r1
Tathiana Garbin ITA & Roberta Vinci ITA r1
s2 Kveta Peschke CZE & Lisa Raymond USA r3

Withdrawals: Patricia Mayr AUT & Anastasiya Yakimova BLR

    All sets in doubles at Roland Garros are tiebreak sets (unlike singles where a final set—3rd for women, 5th for men—must be won by two games).
    The no-ad rule applies to mixed doubles competition at Roland Garros in 2009: the first point won after 40-40 wins the game. Also, the 10-point tiebreaker is used in mixed doubles instead of a third set.

  From the 2009 Roland Garros Players' Guide

    15% of players' prize money is witheld from their checks for French taxes. US taxes are also witheld from the checks of players who reside in the US. Racquet stringing and personal match video costs can be deducted from prize money.

    Main draw players receive €240 per diem for accomodations (ending 2 days after elimination). Rates at recommended hotels range from €155/day to €365/day (as of May 14, 2009, 1 euro (€) is $1.36 US; €240 is $326.18). Qualifiers per diem: €120.

    Players in main draw singles receive a maximum of 3 guest badges, one for their official coach, and two for family or friends (permanent, nominally non-tranferable; if in doubles only, only 1 badge for family/friends). Those playing on Court Philippe Chatrier are entitled to 14 reserved seat invitations for that match; on Court Suzanne Lenglen 12 reserved seat invitations. Invites include access to players lounges and restaurants.

    There are 3 players’ lounges reserved for competitors, their family and coaches. The main players’ lounge at Court Philippe-Chatrier is reserved for main draw and "legends" players, and their families. The lounge upstairs at Court Philippe Chatrier is also accessible to badges with the letter "Y". The lounge at Court Suzanne Lenglen is accessible to all players, including qualifying, junior, and wheelchair events, and to their guests and badges with the letter "Y".

    Each player has €31 "credited to their badge" for meals each day, until 2 days after their elimination from the draw. This can be spent at the restaurants located at Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne Lenglen.

    For some strange reason, "a large number of towels get lost."

    Sunday start: In 2007, 6 matches in the French Open women's draw were moved from the usual Monday schedule to Sunday, with 3 matches from the 2nd half of the draw to be shifted from Tuesday to Monday. Then rain made a mess of everything.

    The plan for 2009 was the same as in 2008: 16 matches, half of the normal Monday schedule, were moved to Sunday, and 12 "Tuesday matches" were moved to Monday, leaving only 20 women's singles matches for Tuesday(—in 2008 rain then made a mess of everything again).
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    The top half of the draw played first in 2009. The bottom half of the draw played first in 2008, instead of the more usual top half first.

ESPN.com: 6 Tennis Writers' 2009 French Open Predictions - CNNSI.com: Jon Wertheim Evaluates the Seeds Note: Wertheim says Venus lost to Bartoli this Spring. Venus is 19-5 this year with losses to Suarez Navarro, Serena, Lisicki, Safina, & Kleybanova. She has not lost to Bartoli.

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