2011 French Open at Roland Garros WTA Singles Results    

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French great Suzanne Leglen, shown in 1920, was reknowned for her mobility on court     On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2011 French Open, this year's champion at Sydney (and Australian Open finalist), 29-year-old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #6—and all-time Chinese #1) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, defeated the 2010 French Open champion, 30-year-old 5th seeded #5 (career high: #4) Francesca Schiavone from Milan, Italy, 6-4, 7-6(0) (Francesca is shown during the match; Na is shown with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen afterward).
    The win made Na the first Chinese player ever to win a Grand Slam singles title. Na's prize is €1,200,000 (about $1,778,639); Francesca's prize is €600,000 (about $889,320).

    New Li Na wallpaper is now available in 1366x768 and 1024x600 sizes. In addition to her French Open trophy photo, the wallpaper includes 8 additional photos of Na winning big matches this year.

    Na struck 34 winners (including 3 aces) with 24 unforced errors (including 1 double fault) while scoring on 2 of the 8 break points she reached against Francesca and totaling 73 points in the match. Francesca hit only 12 winners (no aces) with 16 errors (no DFs) while converting 1 of the 2 break points she reached against Na and totaling 65 points in the match. Both players made 12 trips to the net: Na scored on 10 of her approaches; Francesca on 6. match stats

    Francesca served to start the match. Both players held serve until the 5th game of the 1st set, when Na broke Francesca to take a 3-2 lead. The next break came in the first game of the 2nd set, Na again breaking Francesca's serve. But Francesca broke back in the 8th game to level the score at 4-4. Both players then held serve to bring about the tiebreaker, in which Na won 7 straight points.
    French Open Final game by game: BBC - Roland Garros

    The win will move Na up to a career high #4 in Monday's WTA rankings, the highest rank ever achieved by a Chinese player, and tying Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm as the highest ranked Asian player of all time.

    Na said: "Today is the dream come true. Not so many players can win a Grand Slam... I was nervous, but I didn’t want to show to my opponent. I was a little bit shaking...
    "Francesca is a clay court player—she hits topspin and slice so well—so I just tried to play my tennis and keep her running. She's a top player so you never know what will happen and when she will come back in the match, but when we went into the tie-break I told myself it was my chance to do it." postmatch interview video - AP story - WTA story

    Francesca said: "I couldn't really push forward from the baseline. [Na] deserved to win. One has to lose, one has to win. She deserves everything... She [kept] me really far away from the net or inside the court, so I was always too [defensive]. With the slice, [it] was not easy because she has good timing and she has good preparation with [her] legs." postmatch interview video

    Na now leads Francesca 3-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting, and only prior meeting on clay, was last year in the 3rd round at Roland Garros, when Francesca defeated Na, 6-4, 6-2.

    2011 Australian Open finalist Na is now 5-5 in WTA singles finals; she won at Sydney this year, at Birmingham last year, at Gold Coast in 2008, and at Guangzhou in 2004. Na has a 26-8 singles match record this year.

    2010 French Open champion Francesca is now 4-11 in previous WTA singles finals; she won at Bad Gastein in 2007, at Moscow in 2009, and at Barcelona and Roland Garros last year. Francesca has a 23-13 singles match record in 2011.

    Men's final: #1 Rafael Nadal d #3 Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-1


 
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  2011 Major Skirmishes, Top Half     italics=advanced by upset

4th Round:
#14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d #3 Vera Zvonareva 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2
#5 Francesca Schiavone d #10 Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
#11 Marion Bartoli d #52 Gisela Dulko 7-5, 1-0 retired—2cm left thigh adductor tear
#13 Svetlana Kuznetsova d #30 Daniela Hantuchova 6(6)-7, 6-3, 6-2

Quarterfinals:
#5 Francesca Schiavone d #14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
#11 Marion Bartoli d #13 Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6(4), 6-4

Semifinal:
#5 Francesca Schiavone d #11 Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-3

  2011 Major Skirmishes, Bottom Half     italics=advanced by upset

4th Round:
#4 Victoria Azarenka d #35 Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-3
#6 Na Li d #9 Petra Kvitova 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
#7 Maria Sharapova d #12 Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6(4), 7-5
#15 Andrea Petkovic d #26 Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Quarterfinals:
#6 Na Li d #4 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-2
#7 Maria Sharapova s #15 Andrea Petkovic 6-0, 6-3

Semifinal:
#6 Na Li d #7 Maria Sharapova 6-4, 7-5

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    Roland Garros: The 128-player main draw for the French Open has 32 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 12 qualifiers and 8 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Friday.
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2011: On Wednesday, May 18 at Roland Garros, players winning their 1st round qualy matches included Anastasia Pivovarova, Vitalia Diatchenko, and Petra Cetkovska... 2011 Italian Open champ Maria Sharapova practiced at RG on Wednesday... row 2: on Friday, May 20, Maria, 2010 Madrid champion Aravane Rezai, and 2011 Australian Open champ Kim Clijsters did the Meet the Press thing in Paris...

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2011: Also on Friday, players winning their qualifying finals included Sabine Lisicki, Yung-Jan Chan, and Corinna Dentoni...
French Open, 1st Round Sun-Tue May 22-24 11am Mon AFP story - Tue WTA story
loser's prize: €15,000 = US $22,233 ; points: 5
#1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #60 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-0, 6-2 Mon

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Kimiko driving a forehand, Caroline following a backhand, and after match point

    Caroline struck 12 winners (including 2 aces) with only 9 unforced errors (no double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 9 break points she reached against Kimiko and totaling 60 points in the match. Kimiko hit 15 winners (no aces), but with 28 errors (3 DFs) while failing to convert either of the two break points she reached against Caroline and totaling 31 points in the match. match stats

    Caroline said: "It was a good start to the tournament for me. The last time I played Kimiko it was a bit of a longer match, at Wimbledon [in 2009; Caro won 5-7, 6-3, 6-1]. She plays a different kind of tennis so it was difficult to play as I wanted to. But a win is a win, so I'm happy to be through to the next round. Physically, I'm feeling good and ready to play this tournament." AFP story

#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #100 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 6-2, 6-3 Tue

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Kim serving, and Anastasiya and Kim driving backhands

    Kim struck 22 winners (including 1 ace) though with 33 unforced errors (5 double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 11 break points she reached against Anastasiya and totaling 74 points in the match. Anastasiya hit 8 winners (no aces), with 15 errors (4 DFs) while converting 3 of the 12 break points she reached against Kim and totaling 56 points in the match. match stats

    Kim said: "There were a few little things that will have to be better every match I play—like I felt I was moving aggressively but didn't go to the lines as much as I would like to. I was trying, but I was just not on target. A few deciding moments at the end as well, I made some easier mistakes. So those are obviously details I have to try to reduce going forward."
    Kim had been sidelined for almost two months by an ankle injury. Kim said: "It feels steady and good. It's important now when I get back to the hotel that I ice it and take good care of it, then tomorrow make sure I keep mobilizing it so I don't get any more inflammation than I already have." WTA story

#3 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #43 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-3, 6-3 Mon

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Lourdes serving, and Vera driving a backhand

#4 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #97 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-3, 6-3 Tue

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Victoria serving, Andrea following a backhand, and Vika firing a forehand on the run

#5 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #89 Melanie Oudin USA 6-2, 6-0 Mon

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Melanie and Francesca driving forehands, and Francesca after match point

    Francesca struck 25 winners (including 3 aces) with only 16 unforced errors (including 2 double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 10 break points she reached against Melanie and totaling 55 points in the match. Melanie hit only 6 winners (no aces) with 8 errors (1 DF) while reaching break point against Francesca only once (and converting it) and totaling 30 points in the match. match stats

    Francesca said: "[There was] a lot of adrenaline. I felt really happy to be there. That court is fantastic, because it is compact. The court is perfect. Everything is going around you and it is like when you go home and your Mum does everything for you and you feel comfortable. I felt like this." RG match report

    Melanie said: "[Francesca] is serving well, she's moving well, she pretty much doesn't have a weakness on the clay. I can see how she won the French Open last year."

#6 s6 Na Li CHN d #48 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 6(6)-7, 6-3 Tue

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Barbora ready to swat a backhand, and Na following one

    Na said: ""First match is either easy or tough, nothing between—and in a Grand Slam everyone is fighting a lot. When I played [Barbora] in Melbourne it was an easy win, but that didn't mean anything this time. It was a tough match—I was actually cramping at the end of it and hoping she couldn't see that."

#7 s7 Maria Sharapova RUS d #106 Mirjana Lucic CRO 6-3, 6-0 Tue

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Maria serving, Mirjana and Maria driving forehands, and Maria after match point

    Maria struck 9 winners (including 1 ace) with 9 unforced errors (including 3 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 8 break points she reached against Mirjana and totaling 56 points in the match. Mirjana hit only 5 winners (3 aces) with 24 errors (5 DFs) and was unable to reach a break point against Maria while totaling 24 points in the match. match stats

    The score reached 2-3 in the 1st set, then Maria won the last 10 games. Maria said: "It was a tough beginning, because [Mirjana] started off serving really big and I didn't get too many looks on second serves. Once I got a good rhythm I felt like I started playing better and better. It was a good start—first rounds are tricky, especially when you don't know your opponent too well." WTA story - RG match report

#8 s8 Samantha Stosur AUS d #53 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-2, 6-3 Sun

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Samantha and Iveta driving forehands, and Sam following a backhand

    Samantha said: "I thought I played really quite well today. I served quite well. The conditions weren't always so easy, with some gusts of wind and whatever else, but overall, very happy." RG match report

#9 s9 Petra Kvitova CZE d #40 Greta Arn HUN 6-2, 6-1 Mon

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Petra driving a backhand

#10 s10 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #75 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 6-1 Sun

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Jelena serving, Alona driving a backhand, and Jelena watching her forehand fly

    Jelena said: "It's never easy, especially in the first round. You have to get your rhythm and get used to the conditions. Today was a little bit windy so the ball was swirling around. I just played the best I could and did my job...
    "I really love playing at Roland Garros. Hopefully I can do well here again. Obviously my dream is to one day win it. I will always try my best." BBC story

#11 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #107 Anna Tatishvili GEO 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 Mon

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Anna and Marion driving backhands

    Marion said: "It was an absolutely catastrophic start. Even in my worst nightmares, I couldn't have imagined a start like that. But in the second set I started from zero, forgot about the first set, and it started to get better."

#12 s12 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #112 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Agnieszka driving a forehand

#13 s13 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #61 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-2, 6-3 Sun

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Magda serving, and Sveta driving a forehand

#14 s14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #54 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 7-5, 6-3 Sun
#15 s15 Andrea Petkovic GER d #51 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 7-6(3) Tue

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Bojana and Andrea driving backhands

#16 s16 Kaia Kanepi EST d #76 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 7-5, 6-1 Mon
#18 s17 Julia Goerges GER d #71 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-1, 6-4 Sun

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Julia driving a forehand, Mathilde launching one on the run, and Julia driving a backhand

*#85 Varvara Lepchenko USA d #19 s18 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Sun

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Flavia and Varvara following forehands

*#87 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP d #20 s19 Shahar Peer ISR 7-6(4) 6-1 Sun

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Maria Jose and Shahar driving backhands

*#66 Johanna Larsson SWE d #21 s20 Ana Ivanovic SRB 7-6(3), 0-6, 6-2 Tue

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Johanna serving, Ana driving a forehand, Johanna following a backhand, and after match point

    Johanna said: "Even though I lost the second set 6-0, we were still at the same pace, so to speak. I had one set and [Ana] had one set. I just tried to forget about it quickly and think positively. I was thinking about how nice it was to play in that big court with such a nice crowd. I was trying to get help from them."

    Ana said: "I felt like I was running out of power in the end, and couldn't dominate with my forehand. I couldn't really put that extra zip on the ball. It's tough, but that's how it is sometimes. I'm very upset I lost."

#22 s21 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #45 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*#94 Vania King USA d #23 s22 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6(10)-7, 6-3, 6-2 Tue

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Dominika about to connect with a forehand, and Vania following one

#25 s24 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d #93 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 6-1 Tue

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Virginie serving, and Jarmila watching her backhand fly

    Virginie was playing despite the death of her coach and fiancé, Stéphane Vidal, from brain cancer on May 16; Vidal had insisted that she play. Virginie said: "He wanted me to continue my life. He wanted me to play here and keep fighting on the court. With my family and friends here and the public, I tried my best to keep my emotions and play for him... It was painful, it was hard, but I did it for Stéphane." WTA story

    Jarmila said: "[Virginie] stood on the court, held her head up high, and tried her best."

#26 s25 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #90 Coco Vandeweghe USA 7-6(5), 6-2 Mon

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Maria following a forehand

*#73 Anastasia Rodionova AUS d #27 s26 Nadia Petrova RUS 6(5)-7, 6-3, 6-4 Mon

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Nadia ready to swat a forehand, and Anastasia's backhand drive

#28 s27 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d #84 Laura Pous-Tio ESP 6-3, 6-4 Tue
#30 s28 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #79 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-3, 6-3 Mon

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Daniela serving, Shuai driving a forehand, and Daniela's backhand drive

    Daniela said: "I know I could have played much better. At the same time, I just did what I needed to do today. It was a good test for me. I'm feeling very good, especially in practice, and also last week I was playing some good tennis. Hopefully my form can just go higher." RG match report

#31 s29 Shuai Peng CHN d #86 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-3, 6-2 Mon
#32 s30 Roberta Vinci ITA d #64 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Mon
*#129 q Yung-Jan Chan TPE d #33 s31 Klara Zakopalova CZE 7-5, 6-1 Mon

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Klara and Yung-Jan driving forehand and backhand

#34 s32 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #429 wc Casey Dellacqua AUS 7-5, 6-3 Sun

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Tsvetana driving a forehand

#35 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d #77 Romina Oprandi ITA 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 Tue
#36 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d #92 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 Sun
#37 Lucie Safarova CZE d #96 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-1, 6-1 Sun

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Lucie's backhand drive

#38 Sara Errani ITA d #81 Christina McHale USA 6(4)-7, 6-2, 9-7 Mon
*#158 q Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d #39 Elena Vesnina RUS 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*#125 q Olga Govortsova BLR d #41 Agnes Szavay HUN 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Mon
*#102 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d #42 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-3, 6-3 Mon

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Irina-Camelia serving, and Aravane driving a backhand

    Aravane said: "I'm really disappointed to have lost. I would have liked to win this match but to me it's a great victory to be on the court and to fight the way I fought today and to stay positive from A-Z and throughout my practice as well." RG match report

#44 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #147 q Corinna Dentoni ITA 7-5, 7-5 Tue

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Anabel driving a forehand, and Corinna dispatching a no-look backhand

*#49 Lucie Hradecka CZE d #46 Anastasija Sevastova LAT 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 Tue
#47 Jie Zheng CHN d #103 Sandra Zahlavova CZE 6-4, 6-3 Mon

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Jie after match point

#52 Gisela Dulko ARG d #116 wc Irina Falconi USA 6-3, 6-4 Sun

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Gisela spinning a forehand, with way out western grip

#55 Polona Hercog SLO d #143 wc Olivia Sanchez FRA 6-0, 6-1 Sun

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Polona ready to swat a backhand

#57 Ayumi Morita JPN d #251 wc Kristina Mladenovic FRA 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 Tue

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Kristina driving a forehand, and Ayumi eyeing a backhand

*#99 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #58 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-1, 6-3 Tue

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Sorana and Patty driving backhand and forehand

    It was reported that Patty announced her retirement from the WTA Tour after the match; she is not quite finished, however, as she is in the Roland Garros doubles draw partnered with Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

    Patty, who turned pro in 1994, played in 27 WTA singles finals, winning 11 titles from Hobart in 1998 to Bali in 2008. She also won 5 WTA doubles titles in 16 finals. She finishes with a 555-369 pro career singles won-lost record. She finished 6 seasons ranked in the top 20, reaching a career high of #7 in 2005, and won $8,441,344 in prize money.

*#74 Sania Mirza IND d #59 Kristina Barrois GER 6-3, 6-3 Mon

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Sania and Kristina driving forehand and backhand, and Sania after match point

#62 Rebecca Marino CAN d #113 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 6-3 Sun

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Rebecca driving a backhand

    Rebecca said: "I felt I served really well, and that always helps me play pretty confidently. I don't think there was anything special I did today. It's probably my first win at Roland Garros apart from the juniors, so I'm really pleased." WTA story

#63 Vera Dushevina RUS d #65 Jelena Dokic AUS 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Sun

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Vera lining up a forehand, and Jelena driving a backhand

#67 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d #976 sr99 Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Mon
#69 Simona Halep ROU d #72 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 6-1 Sun

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Simona's forehand drive

*#131 Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU d #70 Angelique Kerber GER 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 Mon

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Edina driving a forehand

*#123 q Sabine Lisicki GER d #78 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-0, 6-4 Mon

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Sabine at ready

#80 Alizé Cornet FRA d #122 Renata Voracova CZE 6-4, 6-2 Sun

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Alizé driving a backhand

#139 wc Iryna Bremond FRA d #82 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 Mon

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Evgeniya serving, and Iryna reaching for a backhand

#83 Elena Baltacha GBR d #138 q Sloane Stephens USA 7-5, 6-2 Tue

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Elena serving, and Sloane reaching for a forehand

#105 wc Pauline Parmentier FRA d #88 Ksenia Pervak RUS 7-6(5), 6-4 Tue
*#188 wc Caroline Garcia FRA d #91 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Tue

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Caroline ready to lightly tap a backhand

*#111 q Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #95 LL Anastasia Pivovarova RUS 6-3, 6-0 Mon
#101 Vesna Dolonts RUS d #108 Anne Keothavong GBR 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 Mon

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Anne serving, and Vesna driving a forehand

#104 Jill Craybas USA d #153 q Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-3, 6-3 Mon
#114 Arantxa Rus NED d #167 q Marina Erakovic NZL 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*#187 q Mona Barthel GER d #118 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-1, 7-5 Sun
#119 q Heather Watson GBR d #140 wc Stephanie Foretz-Gacon FRA 7-6(6), 6-1 Mon

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Stephanie driving a forehand, and Heather following one

*#162 q Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #120 Junri Namigata JPN 6-1, 6-1 Mon

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Alexsandra and Junri driving forehand and backhand

French Open, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu May 25-26 11am
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#1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #162 q Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-3, 7-6(6) Wed

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Caroline serving, Aleksandra ready to fire a forehand, Caro driving a backhand, and after match point

    Caroline said: "Thankfully I finished it in two sets. It could easily have been three...
    "I'm more comfortable on hardcourts, but at the same time I think I play well on clay, and I've shown that with the results I've done on clay so far this season. I'm just going to take it one match at a time here and we'll see how it goes. Next match will be a tough one [against Daniela Hantuchova]... hopefully I can pull through." WTA story

*#114 Arantxa Rus NED d #2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 Thu

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Arantxa serving, Kim and Arantxa driving backhands, and Kim congratulating Arantxa after match point

    Arantxa struck 8 winners (including 1 ace) with 22 unforced errors (including 3 double faults) while scoring on 7 of the 13 break points she reached against Kim and totaling 101 points in the match. Kim hit 28 winners (3 aces) but with a whopping 65 errors (10 DFs) while converting only 5 of the 17 break points she reached against Arantxa while totaling 93 points in the match. match stats

    Arantxa said: "This is for sure my biggest win. [Kim is] a real hero. Played fantastic tennis. I always liked to see her playing and to watch her matches, and it was really, really nice that I played against her." RG match report

    Kim injured her right ankle badly offcourt in April and had not played since then. However, she said her ankle was fine in the match.

    Kim said: "I felt kind of in control, I felt like I was she was missing quite a lot in the beginning of the rallies, and I felt that I was moving [Arantxa] around well from side to side. Then I started doubting a little bit. I think on clay is something that for me is definitely the wrong attitude to have...
    "[Arantxa] obviously started building up more confidence, started playing a lot better and was really kind of putting me on my back foot all the time. I couldn't really play my aggressive tennis anymore in that third set...
    "I'm happy that I gave myself the opportunity [to play at Roland Garros this year]. It's better to try than not to try. That's kind of the attitude of a real loser. I gave it the best that I had and with my abilities that I had. So I definitely don't regret it." postmatch interview video

#3 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #123 q Sabine Lisicki GER 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 Wed

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Vera and Sabine following backhands, and Vera consoling a distraght Sabine after the match

    Sabine held a match point while leading 5-2 in the 3rd set, but failed to convert it. She called for the trainer twice due to cramping, but completed the match though in pain. After the match she was taken from the court on a stretcher.
    Sabine reached a career high of #22 before a bad ankle injury sidelined her; her recovery from the injury was very slow, and only recently has she shown signs of returning to her earlier form.

    Sabine said: "I started cramping at the end of the second set, and this continued in the third. From 4-2 in the third set, I began to feel dizzy and had problems seeing the ball clearly. At no point did I think of retiring and I kept fighting until the end." AP story

    Vera said: "I got a little bit lucky. I heard [Sabine is] feeling okay now. I think she is still seeing the doctor... That’s what happens sometimes. It’s part of the sport. No matter what, I had to keep doing my job." Reuters story

#4 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR v #105 wc Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-0, 6-1 Thu

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Pauline and Vika driving backhands

#5 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #101 Vesna Dolonts RUS 6-1, 6-2 Wed

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Francesca serving, Vesna driving a forehand, and Francesca running one down

#6 s6 Na Li CHN d #158 q Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-4, 7-5 Thu

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Silvia and Na driving backhands

#7 s7 Maria Sharapova RUS d #188 wc Caroline Garcia FRA 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 Thu

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Maria serving, Caroline driving a forehand, Maria waiting to chipmunk a backhand, and Caroline congratulating Maria after match point

    Maria trailed 1-4 in the 2nd set, down two breaks of serve. But she the last 11 games to finish the match.

    Maria said: "I relaxed and just let things happen... [I had been] way too concerned about the conditions, wasn't moving my feet and was really slow, and Caroline was playing aggressively and hitting great shots—I felt flat-footed in the beginning, and I just hit the ball finally." postmatch interview video

    Maria struck 19 winners (including 1 ace) with 31 unforced errors (6 double faults) while scoring on 8 of the 13 break points she reached against Caroline and totaling 83 points in the match. Caroline hit 21 winners (no aces), with 34 errors (10 DFs) while converting 5 of the 7 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 72 points in the match. Maria had 16 errors in the 1st set, 10 in the 2nd set, and 5 in the 3rd set; Caroline had 11 errors in the 1st set, 10 in the 2nd set, and 13 in the 3rd set. match stats

#8 s8 Samantha Stosur AUS d #69 Simona Halep ROU 6-0, 6-2 Wed

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Samantha serving, Simona driving a forehand, and Sam after match point

    Samantha struck 21 winners (including 2 aces) with 13 unforced errors (including 1 double fault) while scoring on 6 of the 12 break points she reached against Simona and totaling 62 points in the match. Simona hit only 12 winners (1 ace) with 17 errors (4 DFs) while converting 1 of the 4 break points she reached against Sam while totaling 35 points in the match. match stats

    Samantha said: "I am capable of changing up the pace, hitting a bit more spin, hitting a bit flatter, and maybe doing some other things that some other players don't like to do and are a bit more one dimensional. So I think I've got all these different attributes. I've just got to be able to use them in the right time and in the right way." RG match report

#9 s9 Petra Kvitova CZE d #47 Jie Zheng CHN 6-4, 6-1 Thu

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Petra ready to launch a forehand, and Jie following one

#10 s10 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #63 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-3, 6-2 Wed

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Vera driving a forehand, Jelena following one, and after match point

    Jelena struck 19 winners (including 4 aces) with 16 unforced errors (3 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 10 break points she reached against Vera and totaling 63 points in the match. Vera hit 15 winners (2 aces), with 22 errors (2 DFs) while converting 2 of the 3 break points she reached against Jelena and totaling 46 points in the match. match stats

#11 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #125 q Olga Govortsova BLR 6-4, 6(1)-7, 6-2 Wed

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Marion serving, and Olga and Marion driving backhands

#12 s12 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #74 Sania Mirza IND 6-2, 6-4 Thu

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Agnieszka and Sania following forehand and backhand

#13 s13 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #102 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-1, 6-1 Wed

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Svetlana and Irina-Camelia driving forehand and backhand

    After the match, Svetlana announced that 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina will join Sveta's coaching team.

    Svetlana said: "Just tomorrow Anastasia should arrive in Paris. The idea belongs to Larissa [Savchenko-Neyland Svetlana's current coach], but I strongly supported this option... Larissa can not always go with me to tournaments. There is another point—sometimes a player and coach have difficulty to reaching an understanding, even if they have a very good relationship. In this situation you need somebody else with a different perspective. Nastya is suitable for this role, and could not be better, because she is a very good friend and mine and Larissa." Sports Express story

#14 s14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #187 q Mona Barthel GER 6-0, 7-6(5) Wed
#15 s15 Andrea Petkovic GER d #49 Lucie Hradecka CZE 7-6(2), 6-2 Thu

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Andrea after match point

#16 s16 Kaia Kanepi EST d #119 q Heather Watson GBR 6-1, 6-3 Thu

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Heather serving, and Kaia about to fire a forehand

#18 s17 Julia Goerges GER d #37 Lucie Safarova CZE 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 Wed

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Julia following a forehand, Lucie watching her lob fly, Julia driving a backhand, and after match point

#22 s21 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #57 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-4, 7-5 Thu

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Yanina driving a forehand, and Ayumi driving her 2-hander

#25 s24 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d #44 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 7-6(4), 6-4 Thu

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Anabel and Jarmila following backhands

#26 s25 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #67 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-1, 6-4 Thu

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Chanelle following a forehand, and Maria about to swat one

*#99 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #28 s27 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-2, 7-5 Thu

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Alexandra driving a forehand, and Sorana following one

#30 s28 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #38 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 6-2 Wed

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Daniela and Sara about to swat forehands, and Daniela after match point

#31 s29 Shuai Peng CHN d #55 Polona Hercog SLO 7-5, 6-1 Wed

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Shuai's forehand drive with backhand grip

#32 s30 Roberta Vinci ITA d #139 wc Iryna Bremond FRA 6-3, 6-4 Thu

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Roberta and Iryna after match point

*#52 Gisela Dulko ARG d #34 s32 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-4, 6-2 Wed

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Tsevtana tilting a forehand, and Gisela driving a backhand

#35 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d #66 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 7-6(5) Thu
#36 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d #85 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Wed

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Bethanie and Varvara driving forehand and backhand

    Bethanie said: "In the middle of the second set [Varvara] played two of the best games she had all match. There was a little bit of a momentum shift. It was tough, but in the third set I came out and wanted to be aggressive. I noticed she was struggling when I hit hard and deep, so it was my goal to do that more." WTA story

#62 Rebecca Marino CAN d #87 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Wed
#73 Anastasia Rodionova AUS d #131 Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Anastasia's backhand drive

*#111 q Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #80 Alizé Cornet FRA 6-0, 6-2 Wed

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Alizé and Nuria driving forehands, and Nuria after match point

*#94 Vania King USA d #83 Elena Baltacha GBR 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Thu

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Vania driving a backhand

*#129 q Yung-Jan Chan TPE d #104 Jill Craybas USA 6-1, 6-4 Thu

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Yung-Jan after winning a point

French Open, 3rd Rd Fri-Sat May 27-28 11am
loser's prize: €42,000 = US $62,252 ; points: 160
*#30 s28 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-1, 6-3 Fri

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Daniela serving, Caroline following a forehand, Daniela driving a backhand, and after match point

    Daniela struck 26 winners (including 2 aces) with only 16 unforced errors (including 2 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 6 break points she reached against Caroline and totaling 59 points in the match. Caroline hit only 8 winners (no aces) with 14 errors (1 DF) while converting 1 of the 3 break points she reached against Daniela and totaling 36 points in the match. match stats

    It was Daniela's first career win over a current #1 player. Daniela said: "I felt really good on the court today. I felt like I stuck to my gameplan and did exactly what I had to do, what I discussed with my coach before the match. When [Caroline] came back in the second set I just tried to stick to what was working for me during the match and focused on my service games, making sure I served well and was staying aggressive. I think that was the key. I have to say today was probably one of my best matches." WTA story

    Caroline said: "[Daniela] played very well. She played very, very well today. She knew what she was going to go out there and do. She was just too good. I just need to get back on the court and practice, and come back stronger." postmatch interview video

#3 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #73 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-2, 6-3 Fri

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Vera serving, Anastasia driving a forehand, and Vera following a backhand

#4 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #32 s30 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 6-2 Sat

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Roberta serving, Victoria driving a backhand, and after match point

    Victoria struck 20 winners (including 2 aces) with only 10 unforced errors (1 double fault) while scoring on 4 of the 6 break points she reached against Roberta and totaling 58 points in the match. Roberta hit 18 winners (1 ace), with 14 errors (1 DF) while converting 1 of the 2 break points she reached against Vika and totaling 39 points in the match. match stats

    Victoria said: "[Roberta] started really well and it took me a few games to adjust, because she has a little bit of an unusual game but very, very solid for clay. I think I adjusted really well and really started to dominate. I'm happy." WTA story - postmatch interview video

#5 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #31 s29 Shuai Peng CHN 6-3, 1-2 retired—illness Fri

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Francesca's service toss, Shuai and Francesca driving backhands, and Shuai feeling ill

    Shuai said: "I've been just sick for three or four days. So it's tough for me to play. I was really tired. I was really sick so my body could not really handle that." AP story

#6 s6 Na Li CHN d #99 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 6-2 Sat

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Na serving, Sorana and Na driving backhands, and Na after winning a point

#7 s7 Maria Sharapova RUS d #129 q Yung-Jan Chan TPE 6-2, 6-3 Sat

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Maria serving, Yung-Jan fielding a backhand, Maria about to swat a lefty forehand, which she sometimes does
on balls out wide on the backhand side (using her backhand grip with right hand removed), and after match point

    Maria struck 25 winners (including 1 ace) with 25 unforced errors (including NO double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 7 break points she reached against Yung-Jan and totaling 73 points in the match. Yung-Jan hit 15 winners (1 ace) with 22 errors (5 DFs) while converting 1 of the 3 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 50 points in the match. match stats

    Maria said: "I felt like I was in control most of the match. I only got broken once, in the 2nd set, and I served really well throughout the match, and took my chances when I had them. I was quite pleased after playing a three set match [in the 2nd round] that I had a quicker one today." postmatch interview video

    Maria will play Agnieszka Radwanska in the 4th round on Monday. Maria leads Agnieszka 6-1 in career matches, and has won their last 5 meetings. Their most recent meeting was last year on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 3rd round in Cincinnati, when Maria defeated Agnieszka 6-2, 6-3. Their only prior encounter on clay was in the quarterfinals at Istanbul in 2007, when Maria defeated Agi, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.

    Maria said: "It will be a really tough match. This is one of [Agnieszka's] best surfaces; she's a really good mover, moves well on clay, gets a lot of balls back. It will be important to be agressive and look for my opportunities to move forward."

*#52 Gisela Dulko ARG d #8 s8 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 Fri

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Gisela serving, Samantha and Gisela driving forehands, and Samantha congratulating Gisela after match point

    Gisela struck 25 winners (including 4 aces) with 27 unforced errors (3 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 15 break points she reached against Samantha and totaling 96 points in the match. Sam hit 19 winners (no aces), with 35 errors (3 DFs) while converting 5 of the 9 break points she reached against Gisela and totaling 87 points in the match. match stats

    Gisela said: "Sam is a very powerful player, so if I wasn't that aggressive, it was going to be really difficult. It was key for me to start well and win the first set, and after a few ups and downs, I played good tennis at the end of the match." WTA story

    Samantha said: "There were times I felt I was right in the match and definitely had chances to get ahead. After I won that second set I felt I had the momentum and got a break up, and things turned around again. [Gisela] seemed to be out ahead dictating points; pretty much right from the first game she set that tone." postmatch interview video

#9 s9 Petra Kvitova CZE d #94 Vania King USA 6-4, 6-2 Sat

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Vania and Petra driving forehand and backhand

#10 s10 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #36 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-2, 6-2 Fri

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Jelena and Bethanie driving forehands, Jelena driving a backhand, and after match point

#11 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #18 s17 Julia Goerges GER 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Fri

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Marion serving, Julia driving a forehand, Marion's 2-handed forehand with backhand grip, and after match point

#12 s12 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #22 s21 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-4, 6-4 Sat

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Agnieszka serving, Yanina driving a backhand, and Agnieszka running down a forehand

#13 s13 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #62 Rebecca Marino CAN 6-0, 6-4 Fri

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Svetlana serving, Rebecca driving a forehand, and Sveta's backhand drive

#14 s14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #111 q Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Fri

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Anastasia and Nuria driving forehand and backhand

#15 s15 Andrea Petkovic GER d #25 s24 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Sat

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Andrea serving, Jarmila following a forehand, Andrea driving one, and after match point

    Andrea said: "I managed to compose myself and keep fighting in the third set. I had a few chances—I think three or four break chances—in the second set, and it could have been done by now already. I missed just by a few centimeters, three or four forehands. After that [Jarmila] relaxed her arm and played incredibly for a couple of games." postmatch interview video - WTA story

*#35 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d #16 s16 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-4, 7-5 Sat

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Kaia and Ekaterina driving forehands, and Katya after match point

#26 s25 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #114 Arantxa Rus NED 6-1, 6-1 Sat

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Maria serving, Arantxa driving a backhand, Maria following a forehand, and after match point

French Open, 4th Rd Sun-Mon May 29-30 11am
loser's prize: €75,000 = US $111,165 ; points: 280
*#14 s14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #3 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2 Sun

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Anastasia serving, Vera chasing a forehand, Anastasia driving a backhand, and after match point

    Anastasia said: "This will be my first Grand Slam quarterfinal so it really means a lot to me, especially beating Vera in only the second time playing against each other. I knew it would be tough and she would fight until the end, but I just believed until the end and tried my best every point. What else could I do? I wanted to win so badly, I really did everything to do it." WTA story - postmatch interview video

    Vera said: "I tried my best. I had chances in the first set and chances in the third set but couldn't take them. I know what I have to work on and what I have to improve. But for sure [Anastasia] played a great match." postmatch interview

#4 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #35 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-2, 6-3 Mon

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Victoria serving, Katya and Vika driving backhands, and Victoria after match point

    Victoria said: "I'm improving from match to match. I had a tough opponent today and we've always had very long matches, but I came out playing really well. I was very strong from the beginning—a little bit of a slack after 2-0, but then I came back strong."

    About her next opponent, Na Li, Victoria said: "[Na is] one of the best strikers on the Tour, and has a good serve. The key is to really play my game, be aggressive, and try to take that domination away from her. She's very strong. You can never see emotions from her. But I'm really looking forward to get revenge from the Australian Open." postmatch interview video

#5 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #10 s10 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 Sun

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Francesca serving, Jelena following a backhand, Francesca driving a forehand, and after match point

    Francesca struck 33 winners (including 6 aces) with 44 unforced errors (4 double faults) while scoring on 5 of her 20 break points against Jelena and totaling 108 points in the match. Jelena hit 23 winners (3 aces), with 41 errors (6 DFs) while converting 5 of her 12 break points against Francesca and totaling 107 points in the match. match stats

    Francesca said: "I think the key was when I came back in the 3rd set, and I really was much more consistent than before. And with my spin I could control a little bit more than [Jelena]." postmatch interview video

#6 s6 Na Li CHN d #9 s9 Petra Kvitova CZE 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 Mon

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Na serving, Petra driving a backhand, Na following one, and after match point

    Na struck 15 winners (including 2 aces) with 19 unforced errors (5 double faults) while scoring on 5 of her 15 break points against Petra and totaling 87 points in the match. Petra hit 21 winners (6 aces), with 33 errors (2 DFs) while converting 3 of her 5 break points against Na and totaling 76 points in the match. match stats

    Na said: "I didn't believe I could come back from 3-0 down in the final set, because [Petra] has a huge serve. But I just tried to think it was only one break. If I came back I would still have a chance...
    "I don't like clay courts, but I'm in the quarterfinals here, so I can't say that anymore. In China we have many hardcourts. But for a professional player, if you don't like the air or weather, you still have to play the match." postmatch interview video - WTA story

#7 s7 Maria Sharapova RUS d #12 s12 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 7-6(4), 7-5 Mon

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Maria serving, Agnieszka launching a forehand on the run, Maria driving a backhand, and after match point

    Maria struck 47 winners (including 7 aces) with 44 unforced errors (including 7 double faults) while scoring on 4 of the 10 break points she reached against Agnieszka and totaling 92 points in the match. Agnieszka hit 13 winners (1 ace) with 12 errors (0 DF) while converting 3 of the 11 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 80 points in the match. match stats - RG match report

    Maria said: "I played smart when I needed to be smart and was patient at the right times. This tournament is one I've always said would be the most challenging for me to win, but I've always worked really hard on trying to get myself prepared as well as I could for it, physically and mentally, knowing sometimes you have to be more patient than in points in other tournaments." WTA story

    About her quarterfinal opponent, Andrea Petkovic, Maria said: "[Andrea is] a tough opponent and she's also quite good on this surface. Every match for me is different. I'll look back at a few things that helped me, or maybe changed things around if I was down. I lost that first set in Miami, so maybe I'll look back at those things there. But it's really a new match."

#11 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #52 Gisela Dulko ARG 7-5, 1-0 retired—2cm left thigh adductor tear Sun

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Marion serving, Gisela following a forehand, Marion driving a backhand, and Gisela in pain as she awaits treatment on her injured leg

    The set completed before Gisela's injury was very close. Marion struck 17 winners (including 3 aces) with 9 unforced errors (including 3 double faults) while scoring on 3 of the 7 break points she reached against Gisela and totaling 37 points in the set. Gisela hit 18 winners (3 aces) with 6 errors (1 DF) while converting 2 of the 5 break points she reached against Marion and totaling 35 points in the set. set stats

    The win made Marion the first French player to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros since 2005.

    Gisela and Flavia Penneta are the top seeds in doubles at Roland Garros, and are scheduled to play against Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina in the quarterfinals on Monday. Late Sunday, Gisela tweeted: "Lamentable [that I] could not finish the match today, thanks to everyone for their support and concern. I am doing my best to be well and play the doubles tomorrow." Gisela Dulko at Twitter

    On Monday, Gisela's left adductor "strain" was found to be a 2cm tear in the muscle. But she played the doubles QF despite the injury. Sania and Elena defeated Gisela and Flavia 6-0, 7-5. Afterward, Gisela said she will have to rest her leg for at least 10 days, and tweeted "Grateful for all the messages the support sent me during this Roland Garros ... THANKS!"

#13 s13 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #30 s28 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6(6)-7, 6-3, 6-2 Sun

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Svetlana serving, Daniela following a backhand, Sveta driving one, and after match point

    Daniela tweeted: "I wasn't able to beat Sveta today. It was a very high level match and she was playing very well, so steady... congratulations to her. I felt I could have gone further here, but on the other hand it was nice to be in that position. I had a positive tournament overall! I love Paris and I love coming back. Beating No.1 [Caroline Wozniacki in the 3rd round] was very special and it gives me lots of hope moving forward :)" Daniela Hantuchova at Twitter

#15 s15 Andrea Petkovic GER d #26 s25 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 Mon

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Andrea's forehand, Maria following a backhand, Andrea driving one, and doing the "moonwalk" (which has replaced the "Petko Dance") after match point

    Andrea said: "I've been tested in the past four matches and today was the toughest of them all. I had two or three games where I really lost control of my mental structure, my mental toughness. I'm really happy I gained it back and was able to strike back and lift my game to another level to hit the ball again." WTA story

    About her quarterfinal opponent, Maria Sharapova, Andrea said: "I have a lot of respect for [Maria]. I really admire her not only as a player, but as an athlete and how she handles herself. She does a great job and I've always thought she represents women's tennis really well. I feel honored to be in the quarterfinals at all, and even more playing such a champion."

French Open, QFs, Tue-Wed May 31-Jun 1 2pm
loser's prize: €150,000 = US $222,330 ; points: 500
*#6 s6 Na Li CHN d #4 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR 7-5, 6-2 Wed

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Na serving, Vika and Na driving backhands, and Na after match point

    Na struck 21 winners (1 ace) with 18 unforced errors (including 1 double fault) while scoring on 5 of the 11 break points she reached against Victoria and totaling 72 points in the match. Vika hit 11 winners (2 aces) but with 23 errors (4 DFs) while converting 2 of the 5 break points she reached against Na and totaling 55 points in the match. match stats

    Na said: "After I won I realized I was in the semifinals.. I never thought I could be in the semis of Roland Garros. I thought I could do it at the other three, but never here. Asian players play flat, and to do well on clay you have to slide a lot and hit topspin. But after this I think all Asian people will have more confidence on clay courts. I'm really happy to do so well here." WTA story - postmatch interview video

    Victoria said: "[Na] was the better player today. She was playing very well in the important moments. I don't think I was playing my best tennis today, but I was trying really hard to get the momentum going. She was very solid."

    Na now leads Victoria 4-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was on a Plexipave hardcourt this year in the 4th round at the Australian Open, when Na defeated Vika 6-3, 6-3. They, too, had never before met on red clay.

#5 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #14 s14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 Tue

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Francesca serving, Anastasia driving a backhand, Francesca driving a forehand, and after match point

    Francesca struck 32 winners (including 4 aces) with 39 unforced errors (including 3 double faults) while scoring on 6 of her 16 break points against Anastasia and totaling 100 points in the match. Anastasia hit 25 winners (2 aces), with 40 errors (4 DFs) while converting 7 of her 13 break points against Francesca and totaling 104 points in the match. match stats

    After winning the 1st set, Anastasia led 4-1 in the 2nd. Francesca said: "I started too slow, absolutely too slow. The key was to hit three, four, five, six, seven balls, but I couldn't arrive at three, four. That was the way to win—if I went to the net in one shot, there was no way to win. From 4-1 down I played two really good games then [Anastasia] went a little bit down... She played really well but today I used my 30 years. We were both ready to do something great, I think I just played better in the end." WTA story - postmatch interview video

#7 s7 Maria Sharapova RUS d #15 s15 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-0, 6-3 Wed

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Maria serving, Andrea and Maria driving forehands, and Maria after match point

    Maria struck 16 winners (no aces) with 20 unforced errors (including 4 double faults) while scoring on 7 of her 14 break points against Andrea and totaling 67 points in the match. Andrea hit 16 winners (1 ace), with 25 errors (no DFs) while converting 2 of her 5 break points against Maria and totaling 46 points in the match. match stats

    Maria said: "Even though the first set was 6-0, we played it for quite a bit of time because of some long games at the beginning. I did really well in the important points in the first set. I think that was the difference in the beginning—then there was a little bit of an up and down in the second set." WTA story - postmatch interview video

    Maria now leads Andrea 3-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was on a Laykold hardcourt this year in the semifinals at Miami, when Maria defeated Andrea, 3-6 6-0 6-2. They had never before met on red clay.

#11 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #13 s13 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 7-6(4), 6-4 Tue

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Marion driving a forehand, Svetlana and Marion driving backhands, and Marion after match point

    The win made Marion only the fourth French player to reach the semifinals at Roland Garros in the Open era, after Francoise Durr, Brigitte Simon and Mary Pierce. Marion has lost in the first or second round at Roland Garros 8 times; she reached the 3rd round last year, and the 4th round in 2007.

    Marion said: "I never felt that excited after a match... I thought 'My god, I'm in the semifinal of my home Grand Slam—finally I can play well here!' It was a big relief." postmatch interview video

    Marion struck 20 winners (no aces) with 21 unforced errors (including 1 double fault) while scoring on 5 of the 9 break points she reached against Svetlana and totaling 81 points in the match. Svetlana hit 27 winners (2 aces) but with 33 errors (6 DFs) while converting 4 of the 6 break points she reached against Marion and totaling 72 points in the match. match stats

French Open, SFs, Thu Jun 2 2pm BBC game by game (both semifinals)
loser's prize: €300,000 = US $444,660 ; points: 900
#6 s6 Na Li CHN d #7 s7 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-4, 7-5

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Maria serving, Na driving a forehand, Maria's backhand drive, Na lining up another forehand,
Na serving, Maria and Na driving forehand and backhand, and Na after match point

    Na struck 24 winners (1 ace) with 23 unforced errors (including 3 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 8 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 77 points in the match. Maria hit only 12 winners (no aces) with 28 errors (10 DFs) while converting 3 of the 11 break points she reached against Na and totaling 66 points in the match. match stats

    Na said: "It's always tough against Maria. She's always fighting every point. I have match point, I don't know if I can win the match or not. She never gives up. Always tough." postmatch interview video - WTA story

    Double faults have plagued Maria since she changed her service motion to avoid shoulder injuries. At Rome and Roland Garros, her frequency of double faults had dropped—until today.

    The high winds added to Maria's troubles with her serve. Maria said: "I was rushing more than maybe I had to. Considering the conditions, maybe I was just trying to go for too big of second serves, especially... [Na] certainly played a lot better than I did, and a lot more solid. And she played the crucial points better." AP story postmatch interview video

    Maria still leads Na 5-3 in career matches, but Na's three wins came the last three times that they played. Their previous meeting was last year on a chlorophyll court in the final at Birmingham, when Na defeated Maria, 7-5, 6-1. Their only prior meeting on clay was in 2009 in the 4th round at Roland Garros, when Maria defeated Na, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.

#5 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #11 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 6-3

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Marion serving, Francesca running down a forehand, Marion and Francesca driving backhands,
Francesca serving, Marion and Francesca driving forehands, and Francesca after match point

    Francesca struck 22 winners (no aces) with 16 unforced errors (including 2 double faults) while scoring on 4 of her 6 break points against Marion and totaling 61 points in the match. Marion hit 11 winners (3 aces), with 18 errors (2 DFs) while reaching break point against Francesca only once (she did convert it), and totaling 47 points in the match. match stats

    Francesca said: "[The courts here] are good for for me. For spin, for the kind of balls; I like to play high and then stop short... I love it." postmatch interview video - WTA story

    Marion said: "Francesca played extremely well today, with the conditions—it was extremely windy... She really played smart tennis, and at the end she was a bit too tough... I thing I didn't play a bad match, but she played a bit too good today." postmatch interview video

    Francesca now leads Marion 5-1 in career matches. All of their previous meetings were on fast surfaces, where Marion would have her best chance against Francesca. Their previous meeting was on grass in 2009, in the 3rd round at Wimbledon, when Francesca defeated Marion, 7-6(5), 6-0. Marion's win over Francesca came earlier the same year on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 2nd round in Dubai, when she defeated Francesca 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3.

    About the final, Francesca said: "Saturday I will go on the court enjoying, breathing, saying thanks for everything, because for me to arrive in the final is fantastic. And then I will play tennis. Sometimes we forget to play tennis—we go inside ourselves and break everything and we're upset. But it's just tennis. It's fantastic.
    "When I was young I always dreamed of this tournament, so my inspiration comes from a long, long time ago. When I come here, I feel something special."

French Open, Final, Sat Jun 4 3pm (9am EDT 6am PDT NBC-TV)
loser's prize: €600,000 = US $889,320 ; points: 1400
winner's prize: €1,200,000 = US $1,778,639 ; pts: 2000
#6 s6 Na Li CHN d #5 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 7-6(0)

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Francesca serving, Na driving a forehand return, Francesca spinning one, Na reaching for a backhand,
Na serving, Francesca and Na driving backhands, and Na after match point

French Open, Doubles Final, Fri Jun 3 3pm
losers' prize: €165,000 = US $244,563
winners' prize: €330,000 = US $489,126
*Andrea Hlavackova & Lucie Hradecka d s7 Sania Mirza & Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-3

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Lucie (10th WTA doubles title) and Andrea (8th WTA doubles title), their 5th title as a team WTA story


French Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Thu Jun 2
losers' prize: €50,000 = US $74,110
winners' prize: €100,000 = US $148,220
Casey Dellacqua & Scott Lipsky d s1 Katarina Srebotnik & Nenad Zimonjic 7-6(6), 4-6, (10-7)

French Open, Legends Doubles Final, Sun Jun 5
Martina Hingis & Lindsay Davenport d Martina Navratilova & Jana Novotna 6-1, 6-2

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Martina and Lindsay


French Open, Girls Singles Final, Sun Jun 5 c2 m2
s9 Ons Jabeur TUN d s5 Monica Puig PUR 7-6(8), 6-1

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Monica and Ons


French Open, Girls Doubles Final, Sat Jun 4 noon c2
s2 Irina Khromacheva RUS & Maryna Zanevska UKR d Victoria Kan RUS & Demi Schuurs NED 6-4, 7-5

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Maryna and Irina


French Open, Qualifying Finals Fri May 20 10am Q-1st losers: €2,500 = US $3,705 ; 2 points
    Q-2nd losers: €4,000 = US $5,929; 40 points     Q-Final losers: €8,000 = US $11,857; 50 points;     qualifier: 60 points

*#138 Sloane Stephens USA d #95 Anastasia Pivovarova RUS 6-3, 6-4
*#167 Marina Erakovic NZL d #98 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-4, 6-2
#111 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #146 Stephanie Dubois CAN 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-1
#119 Heather Watson GBR d #160 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-4, 6-4
#123 Sabine Lisicki GER d #202 Elena Bogdan ROU 6-3, 6-3
*#162 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #124 Jamie Hampton USA 7-5, 6-3
#125 Olga Govortsova BLR d #171 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
#129 Yung-Jan Chan TPE d #191 Liana Ungur ROU 6-4, 6-0
#147 Corinna Dentoni ITA d #215 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-3, 6-2
*#153 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #148 Mandy Minella LUX 7-6(6), 6-3
*#158 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d #159 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS 6-4, 6-3
*#187 Mona Barthel GER d #163 Regina Kulikova RUS 7-5, 6-3

French Open, Withdrawals
#17 Serena Williams USA foot injury and pulmonary embolism
#24 s23 Alisa Kleybanova RUS illness
#29 Venus Williams USA hip injury
#50 Anna Chakvetadze RUS fainting/dizziness, inner ear inflammation now under treatment
#56 Timea Bacsinszky SUI left foot surgery May 9
#68 Dinara Safina RUS low back injury
#127 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP

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The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:
TOP HALF
s1 Gisela Dulko ARG & Flavia Pennetta ITA QF
Su-Wei Hsieh TPE & Coco Vandeweghe USA r1
Eleni Daniilidou GRE & Darija Jurak CRO r1
Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER & Patty Schnyder SUI r2
Sandra Klemenschits AUT & Romina Oprandi ITA r1
Mirjana Lucic CRO & Aravane Rezai FRA r2
Edina Gallovits-Hall & Angelique Kerber GER r1
s15 Sara Errani ITA & Roberta Vinci ITA r3
s11 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP & Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP r3
Greta Arn HUN & Jill Craybas USA r1
Bojana Jovanovski SRB & Varvara Lepchenko USA r1
Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP & Laura Pous-Tio ESP r2
Kristina Barrois GER & Johanna Larsson SWE r2
Raquel Kops-Jones USA & Abigail Spears USA r1
Vera Dushevina RUS & Ekaterina Makarova RUS r1
s7 Sania Mirza IND & Elena Vesnina RUS Final
s4 Liezel Huber USA & Lisa Raymond USA SF
Alona Bondarenko UKR & Kateryna Bondarenko UKR r1
Caroline Garcia FRA & Aurelie Vedy FRA r1
Sofia Arvidsson SWE & Kaia Kanepi EST r2
Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN & Shuai Zhang CHN r2
Olga Savchuk UKR & Anastasija Sevastova LAT r1
Casey Dellacqua AUS & Rennae Stubbs AUS r3
s14 Chia-Jung Chuang TPE & Olga Govortsova BLR r1
s12 Daniela Hantuchova SVK & Agnieszka Radwanska POL r1
Michaella Krajicek NED & Lucie Safarova CZE r3
Maria Kondratieva RUS & Sophie Lefevre FRA r1
Kristina Mladenovic FRA & Pauline Parmentier FRA r2
Renata Voracova CZE & Galina Voskoboeva KAZ r2
Tamira Paszek AUT & Tsvetana Pironkova BUL r1
Alexandra Panova RUS & Tatiana Poutchek BLR r1
s5 Victoria Azarenka BLR & Maria Kirilenko RUS QF
BOTTOM HALF
s6 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA & Meghann Shaughnessy USA r2
Victoria Larriere FRA & Alize Lim FRA r1
Julia Goerges GER & Andrea Petkovic GER r3
Akgul Amanmuradova UZB & Darya Kustova BLR r1
Audrey Bergot FRA & Iryna Bremond FRA r1
Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP & Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP r2
Alberta Brianti ITA & Petra Martic CRO r1
s9 Nadia Petrova RUS & Anastasia Rodionova AUS QF
s13 Yung-Jan Chan TPE & Monica Niculescu ROU r3
Claire Feuerstein FRA & Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA r1
Simona Halep ROU & Polona Hercog SLO r1
Jarmila Gajdosova AUS & Klara Zakopalova CZE r2
Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS & Vera Zvonareva RUS r2
Klaudia Jans POL & Alicja Rosolska POL r1
Vitalia Diatchenko RUS & Mariya Koryttseva UKR r1
s3 Vania King USA & Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ SF
s8 Iveta Benesova CZE & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE r1
Andrea Hlavackova CZE & Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-4, 6-3
Sorana Cirstea ROU & Ayumi Morita JPN r1
Alla Kudryavtseva RUS & Jasmin Woehr GER r2
Jelena Dokic AUS & Melanie Oudin USA r1
Alexandra Dulgheru ROU & Magdalena Rybarikova SVK r3
Julie Coin FRA & Mathilde Johansson FRA r1
s10 Shuai Peng CHN & Jie Zheng CHN r2
s16 Natalie Grandin RSA & Vladimira Uhlirova CZE r3
Rebecca Marino CAN & Ipek Senoglu TUR r1
Alize Cornet FRA & Virginie Razzano FRA r1
Jelena Jankovic SRB & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS r2
Irena Pavlovic FRA & Laura Thorpe FRA r1
Liga Dekmeijere LAT & Agnes Szavay HUN r2
Kai-Chen Chang TPE & Chanelle Scheepers RSA r1
s2 Kveta Peschke CZE & Katarina Srebotnik SLO QF
Withdrawals: Kirsten Flipkens BEL & Yanina Wickmayer BEL

    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 was applied 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.

    (May 13, 2011) Former WTA #1s Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Dinara Safina have withdrawn from the 2011 French Open. Serena is still recovering from a foot injury incurred last year, and a pulmonary embolism; she hopes to be ready to play at Wimbledon. Venus is not yet ready to play due to a hip injury that has kept her offcourt since January; she hopes to be ready to play at Eastbourne, a week before Wimbledon (Tennis.com ticker). Dinara is taking an indefinite break from tennis due to recurring low back injuries.

    Serena tweeted: "My thanks to all of you guys for the love and support. I will miss Paris, however, I am working hard to make my return unforgettable." Serena Williams at Twitter - AP story

    Dinara said: "At the moment I can't do anything tennis-wise. When I can do certain moves without feeling lots of pain, then I would consider resuming my training...
    "Right now I don't care when I might return—this summer during the American hardcourt series, towards the end of the season or next year. I'll take as much time as I need." Reuters story

  From the 2011 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 €250 per diem for accomodations (ending 3 days after elimination). Rates at recommended hotels range from €170/day to €355/day (as of May 6, 2011, 1 euro (€) is $1.43 US; €240 is $344.06). Qualifiers per diem: €125 (until 2 days after loss). Per diem payments are included in prize money checks, but players can obtain a cash advance up to €6,000.

    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 at Court Suzanne Lenglen is accessible to all players, including qualifying, junior, and wheelchair events.

    Each player has €32 "credited to their badge" for meals each day, until 2 days after their elimination from the draw (1 day for qualifying 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..."
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