2012 French Open at Roland Garros WTA Singles Results    

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  WTA: May 27-Jun 10   French Open

Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam
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Roland Garros:

#23 Sara Errani
5'4¼" 132lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

1st French Open Title
Completes "Career Slam"

French great Suzanne Leglen, shown in 1920, was reknowned for her mobility on court     On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2012 French Open, the 2012 champ at Rome and Stuttgart, 25 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA & Bradenton, FL), defeated this year's champ at Barcelona, 25 year old 21st seeded #23 (high: #23) Sara Errani from Bologna, Italy, 6-3, 6-2 (both ladies are shown during the match, and Maria with Coupe Suzanne Lenglen afterward).

    Maria struck 37 winners (6 aces) with 29 unforced errors (5 double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 13 break points she reached against Sara and totaling 71 points in the match. Sara hit 12 winners (no aces) with 11 errors (1 DF) while scoring on 2 of the 5 break points she reached and totaling 50 points. match stats - BBC: As it Happened

    Sara's fastest serve in the match was 95mph. Maria's average 2nd serve speed was 93mph.

    Maria's prize is €1,250,000 (about $1,588,336 US); Sara's prize is €600,000 (about $794,168 US).

    By winning in her first French Open final, Maria completed a "career slam," having already won at Wimbledon in 2004, Flushing Meadows in 2006, and Melbourne in 2008.

    Maria said: "I never thought I would have that. When I won Wimbledon at 17, I thought that would be the most treasured moment of my career. But when I fell down on my knees today I realized that this was extremely special, and even more so...
    [Sara] moves so well on the clay and uses her hands so well; I tried to take time away from her so she couldn't create as much as she likes to, and I think that was the key today." postmatch interview - video - French TV interview with Maria, Justine Henin & Tatiana Golovin

    Sara said: "[Maria] played very good, I think... She won many points with the serve, with the receive in the first two or three shots, so for me was difficult. I couldn't arrive to play long points like I want to play, so was difficult for me." postmatch interview

    2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria is now 4-3 in Grand Slam finals. Maria is 27-16 in WTA singles finals; she won this year at Stuttgart and Rome and last year at Rome and Cincinnati. Maria is 19-1 on clay courts this year, and 16-0 on red clay. Maria had a 43-14 singles match record last season; she is 36-5 in 2012, losing only to Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka (twice), Agnieszka Radwanska, and Angelique Kerber.
    Due to right shoulder rotator cuff tendon tears, Maria played only one match (a doubles match) between August, 2008, and May, 2009. Now, Maria has overtaken Victoria Azarenka in points, and Maria will again be #1 in Monday's WTA singles rankings for the first time since 2008.

    Sara is now 5-4 in WTA singles finals; she won this year at Budapest, Barcelona and Acapulco, and at Palermo and Portoroz in 2007. Sara's 2012 singles match record is 35-11. Sara is 17-3 on clay courts this year, and 16-2 on red clay. Sara will be ranked in the top 10 on Monday for the first time in her career. Sara, who reportedly paid $30,000 to buy out her previous racquet contract with Wilson, has attributed her improvement this year to her new Babolat bat. Sara, partnered with Roberta Vinci, also reached Friday's doubles final, where they defeated Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

    Maria and Sara had never before met on the field of combat—that is, in pro singles. Sara told the media that they did meet once, at the Bollettieri Academy when Sara they were 12, and Maria defeated Sara 6-0, 6-1.

    Sunday-Monday men's final: #2 Rafael Nadal ESP d #1 Novak Djokovic SRB 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 7th RG title for Nadal


 
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  2012 Major Skirmishes, Top Half     italics=advanced by upset

4th Round:
n16 Dominika Cibulkova d n1 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 7-6(4)
n6 Samantha Stosur d n79 Sloane Stephens 7-5, 6-4
n10 Angelique Kerber d n50 Petra Martic 6-1, 7-5
n23 Sara Errani d n28 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0, 7-5

Quarterfinals:
n6 Samantha Stosur d n16 Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-1
n23 Sara Errani d n10 Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-6(2)

Semifinal:
n23 Sara Errani d n6 Samantha Stosur 7-5, 1-6, 6-3

  2012 Major Skirmishes, Bottom Half     italics=advanced by upset

4th Round:
n2 Maria Sharapova d n42 Klara Zakopalova 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-2
n4 Petra Kvitova d n61 Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1
n142 Yaroslava Shvedova d n7 Na Li 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
n25 Kaia Kanepi d n97 Arantxa Rus 6-1, 4-6, 6-0

Quarterfinals:
n2 Maria Sharapova d n25 Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-3
n4 Petra Kvitova d n142 Yaroslava Shvedova 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Semifinal:
n2 Maria Sharapova d n4 Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3

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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.
    Main draw play begins on Sunday. Early round play at Roland Garros begins at 11am local time.
 

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2012: On Wednesday, May 23 at Roland Garros, 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic happily practiced for this year's event... on Friday, 2011 champ Li Na did the main draw thing... on Saturday, 2002 RG champ Serena Williams attended charity day events, which included Sabine Lisicki taking court (for an exhibition versus Vera Zvonareva)... also on Saturday, 2012 Rome champion Maria Sharapova practiced on court 2, and top seed Victoria Azarenka visited a tall iron structure of little or no apparent use except as an iconographic tourist attraction...
French Open, 1st Round Sun-Tue May 27-29 11am Sun WTA story - Mon WTA story - Tue WTA story
loser's prize: €16,000 = US $20,331 ; points: 5
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n103 Alberta Brianti ITA 6(6)-7, 6-4, 6-2 Mon

   
Alberta serving, and Victoria running down a forehand

    Victoria struck 32 winners (including 1 ace) with 60 unforced errors (including 6 double faults) while scoring on 9 of the 17 break points she reached against Alberta and totaling 109 points in the match. Alberta hit 18 winners (no aces) with 44 errors (2 DFs) while converting 6 of the 11 break points she reached against Victoria and totaling 92 points in the match. match stats

    Victoria said: "Bad days happen. Unfortunately today I had way more mistakes than I usually do, but, you know, it happens sometimes. The first match, they're not easy. But in the end of the day I still won the match, I manage to go through those 60 mistakes and still win the match. I think that's pretty good statistics." postmatch interview

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n75 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-0, 6-0 Tue

   
Maria serving, Alexandra launching a forehand on the run, and Maria after match point

    Maria struck 18 winners (including 1 ace) with 13 unforced errors (including 4 double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 9 break points she reached against Alexandra and totaling 51 points in the match. Alexandra hit no winners (no aces) with 16 errors (4 DFs) while converting none of the 3 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 18 points in the match. match stats

    Maria said: "I'm really happy with the way my preparation has been coming into this tournament. I feel like with every year I've improved and enjoy it much more. Every year I learn a lot more about the game and point construction. I feel like I'm moving a lot better than I did years previously, which has helped me a lot in the recovery process within the point. All of that gives me a lot of confidence for this tournament."

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n111 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-1, 6-0 Mon
n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n330 wc Ashleigh Barty AUS 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*n115 Virginie Razzano FRA d n5 s5 Serena Williams USA 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 Tue

   
Serena and Virginie driving forehand and backhand, and Virginie after match point

    It was the first time Serena has ever lost in the 1st round of a Grand Slam tourney; she was 46-0 in previous Slam 1st rounds.

    Serena was two points from winning the match, leading 5-1 in the 2nd set tiebreaker, but Virginie then won six consecutive points to take the 2nd set. After that Virginie went on to take a 5-0 lead in the 3rd set against a very unhappy Serena. Then Serena got back into the match, reaching 3-5. The 9th game of the 3rd set, with Virginie serving, lasted 24 minutes, during which Serena failed to convert 5 break points before Virginie won the match on her 8th match point. match stats

    Virginie, who has now won four of her last six matches against players ranked in the top 5, won despite suffering from leg cramps during much of the 3rd set.

    Virginie said: "I knew this was going to be a very tough match. I did my job today... I really did my job!... I had beaten top 10 players before. I knew how to play Serena. I believed I could win. If you don't, there's no need to go on court."

    Serena said: "I just felt I couldn't get a ball in play. I just felt like I was hitting late and, I mean, how can you hit late on a clay court?" postmatch interview

n6 s6 Samantha Stosur AUS d n67 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-4, 6-0 Sun

Samantha about to connect with a forehand

    Samantha said: "I'm overall happy with the way I played and the scoreline and everything else. It's good to be on these courts again. It's obviously a beautiful court to play on. The ball definitely gets up high—you can use your kick serve and topspin groundstrokes well. It's nice to be back." postmatch interview video

n7 s7 Na Li CHN d n41 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 6-1 Mon

   
Sorana and Na driving forehand and backhand

n8 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA d n121 q Karolína Plískova CZE 6-3, 6-3 Mon

Marion following a forehand

n9 s9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n68 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-0, 6-1 Tue

Caroline driving a backhand

n10 s10 Angelique Kerber GER d n167 q Shuai Zhang CHN 6-3, 6-4 Sun

   
Angelique and Shuai driving backhands

*n171 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n12 s12 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-4, 6-3 Mon
n13 s13 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n134 q Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino ESP 6-1, 6-1 Sun

   
Ana serving, Lara running down a forehand, and Ana after match point

    Ana struck 27 winners (including 5 aces) with 21 unforced errors (including 2 double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 12 break points she reached against Lara and totaling 61 points in the match. Lara hit only 4 winners (no aces) with 16 errors (1 DF) while converting 1 of the 2 break points she reached against Ana and totaling 33 points in the match. match stats

    About being a former #1, Ana said: "I think it's harder getting back than actually getting there in the first place... I feel like myself again, you know, and I'm enjoying competition. I'm just enjoying to be out there and to challenge top players and to be challenged as well. I think that's what it's all about." Sky Sports story

n14 s14 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n73 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-3, 6-1 Tue

   
Kimiko serving, and Francesca driving a forehand

    Francesca said: "I think Kimiko is an example for everybody. She works a lot, respects the other players and is a really fantastic athlete. I think we have many things to learn from her. She has a great career. Maybe on clay I have a better chance than her—she plays much better on fast surfaces. But it was a great match and it's great to play against her."

    41 year old Kimiko said: "I'm still enjoying playing tennis and I like the challenge. I don't know how many years I'll continue to play. Maybe this will be my last time here, maybe I'll play here for two more years or three more years." BBC quotes of the day

n16 s15 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n158 wc Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-2, 6-1 Mon

Domi about to swat a backhand

n17 s16 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n175 wc Victoria Larriere FRA 6-1, 6-2 Tue

Maria lining up a forehand

*n62 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n19 s17 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Mon

Sofia driving a backhand

n20 s18 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n64 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6(3)-7, 6-4, 6-2 Mon

   
Su-Wei and Flavia driving forehand and backhand

n21 s19 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n82 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 Mon

Jelena driving a forehand

n22 s20 Lucie Safarova CZE d n99 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 6-2, 6-0 Sun
n23 s21 Sara Errani ITA d n107 Casey Dellacqua AUS 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Sun
n24 s22 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n104 Greta Arn HUN 6-4, 6-4 Tue
n25 s23 Kaia Kanepi EST d n77 Alexandra Panova RUS 6-3, 6-3 Tue
n26 s24 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n49 Simona Halep ROU 6-1, 6-3 Mon

Petra's forehand drive

n27 s25 Julia Goerges GER d n60 Lucie Hradecka CZE 7-6(1), 6-4 Tue
n28 s26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n119 Mirjana Lucic CRO 6-1, 6-3 Sun

Svetlana serving

    Svetlana said: "Today I was playing pretty well, pretty focused. I did what I planned to do before the match with my coach. At some stage it turned around a little bit, but then I fought back from 3-all to win the second set."

n29 s27 Nadia Petrova RUS d n51 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n30 s28 Shuai Peng CHN d n55 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n31 s29 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n126 LL Laura Robson GBR 6-2, 6-1 Mon
*n169 q Lauren Davis USA d n32 s30 Mona Barthel GER 6-1, 6-1 Mon

Lauren watching her backhand fly

    Lauren said: "I feel really good. I mean, [Mona is] 30 in the world. I've seen her play on TV and she's a really good player. Her backhand is so sick, so I tried to keep away from it. She has a big serve too. I just went out there determined.
    "I'm playing well here in Europe on the red clay. I feel really, really comfortable on it. I knew I had to play my best to beat her, and I did that."

n33 s31 Jie Zheng CHN d n83 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-4 Mon

   
Jie driving a forehand, and Alize following a backhand

*n108 Nina Bratchikova RUS d n34 s32 Monica Niculescu ROU 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n35 Christina McHale USA d n89 q Kiki Bertens NED 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Mon

Christina serving

*n46 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n36 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 Tue

Tsvetana ready to swat a forehand

*n79 Sloane Stephens USA d n37 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-4, 7-6(6) Mon

Sloane following a backhand

    All 10 Americans in the main draw won their 1st round matches. Sloane said: "It's exciting. To everyone that got a win, that's really exciting. Everyone always says we're not good on clay. This'll prove 'em wrong"

*n88 Ayumi Morita JPN d n38 Polona Hercog SLO 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Tue

Ayumi driving her 2-handed forehand

*n61 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n39 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 6-2, 6(6)-7, 6-4 Mon
*n93 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP d n40 Marina Erakovic NZL 7-5, 7-5 Tue
n42 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n105 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-2, 6-1 Tue

Klara driving a backhand

n43 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n96 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-0, 6-3 Mon
n45 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n95 Laura Pous Tio ESP 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 Mon
n47 Maria Jose Martínez Sanchez ESP d n110 q Eva Birnerova CZE 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 Sun
*n56 Vania King USA d n48 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Vania driving a forehand

n50 Petra Martic CRO d n71 Michaella Krajicek NED 6-2, 7-5 Mon
n52 Venus Williams USA d n122 Paula Ormaechea ARG 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 Sun

   
Paula driving a backhand, and Venus following one

    Venus reached the quarterfinals two weeks ago in Rome before losing to eventual tourney champ Maria Sharapova. It was Venus's best performance since returning to play this year after being sidelined last September by Sjögren's Syndrome, which causes fatigue and joint pain.

    Venus said: "[Paula] played super well the first set. She did a lot of the right things and I have to congratulate her on that set. Thankfully the next two sets were better for me, but she played beautifully today. The thing I was most impressed with was her fight, determination. You can see she has a plan for this game."

n53 Shahar Peer ISR d n98 Stephanie Dubois CAN 6-2, 6-2 Sun

   
Shahar and Stephanie driving backhand and forehand

n57 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n183 q Heidi El Tabakh CAN 7-5, 6-2 Sun

   
Heidi and Alexandra driving forehand and backhand

n58 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n130 wc Aravane Rezai FRA 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 Tue
*n86 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA d n59 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 7-5 Mon
*n151 q Yung-Jan Chan TPE d n63 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-1, 7-6(8) Mon
*n90 Urszula Radwanska POL d n66 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-4, 6-3 Tue
*n74 Olga Govortsova BLR d n69 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n70 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n106 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-3, 4-1 retired—lumbar spine injury Tue
*n190 q Alexa Glatch USA d n72 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-3 5-7 6-4 Sun
*n116 Melinda Czink HUN d n76 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*n145 wc Claire Feuerstein FRA d n78 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-4, 6-1 Mon
*n109 q Heather Watson GBR d n80 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 6-4 Tue

   
Elena and Heather driving forehand and backhand

    Heather said: "I haven't had the best year so far, then suddenly in Miami I started to play a lot better, and I've just carried on working hard... I've ended up playing really well.
    "I've been working on my serve quite a lot. I've been working on my game to become a lot more aggressive, because I have the good defensive skills and I can move well, but I want to also use it to be aggressive. So we've worked on my serve, trying to get a lot more power and accuracy on it. It's working."

*n266 wc Melanie Oudin USA d n81 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 6-3 Sun

   
Melanie and Johanna driving forehand and backhand

    Melanie said: "I was a little bit nervous at the start. My feet weren't really moving. But after the first two games I definitely loosened up, and towards the end of the first set I think I won like 10 straight points in a row, just kind of like cruising. After that I was really feeling it. I started to relax and be really aggressive.
    "I played to win today. I played some really, really good points, better than I've played in a long time. I believe I can win these matches again." postmatch interview video

*n142 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n84 Mandy Minella LUX 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*n114 Irina Falconi USA d n85 Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 Sun
*n97 Arantxa Rus NED d n87 Jamie Hampton USA 6-4, 4-3 retired Tue
n92 Mathilde Johansson FRA d n101 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4 Sun

   
Anastasia serving, and Mathilde ready to lightly tap a backhand

*n189 wc Irena Pavlovic FRA d n102 Kai-Chen Chang TPE 6-4, 7-5 Sun

   
Kai-Chen ready to swat a a backhand, and Irena driving one

*n125 LL Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ d n65 Timea Babos HUN 6-1, 6-0 Mon

Sesil driving a backhand

*n194 q Dinah Pfizenmaier GER d n135 wc Caroline Garcia FRA 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Sun

   
Caroline following a forehand, and Dinah driving a backhand

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loser's prize: €28,000 = US $35,579; points: 100
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n194 q Dinah Pfizenmaier GER 6-1, 6-1 Wed

   
Vika serving, and Dinah fielding a forehand

    Victoria said: "It was a lot quicker. I didn't know [Dinah] that well, and it took me a few games to understand what kind of game she plays, but after a few games I started to find my rhythm. I definitely played better today...
    "I think she has big potential. She has good shots. I think she did really well today. She has a good game, so hopefully she has a good future."

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n88 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-1, 6-1 ppd-Fri

     
Ayumi serving, Maria following a forehand, Maria's vibe stopper: a rubber band tied on the strings, and after match point

    Maria said: "I was happy with the way I played today. I had never faced [Ayumi] before, and when she has time she really goes for her shots, so I wanted to get her on the move. I was aggressive and moved in when I had to.
    "With every round I'm going to be playing tougher opponents, and that's when you really want to raise your level. That's what I'll try to do in the next round."

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n52 Venus Williams USA 6-2, 6-3 Wed

   
Agnieszka serving, Venus driving a backhand, and Aga following one

    Venus suffers from Sjögren's Syndrome, which, inconsistently, causes fatigue and joint pain. Venus said: "I felt like I played. That pretty much sums it up."

    Agnieszka said: "Of course, when I saw the draw, I wasn't very happy, because Venus as a 2nd round opponent, it's not easy. Maybe she just had a bad day here." AP story

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n90 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-1, 6-3 Thu
n6 s6 Samantha Stosur AUS d n114 Irina Falconi USA 6-1, 6-4 Wed

Samantha delivering a serve

    About her 3rd round opponent, Nadia Petrova, Samantha said: "I've got to expect another tough one. Nadia can play great, she can have a huge serve, and she's been at the top of the game before, so you have to be ready for her to be on."

n7 s7 Na Li CHN d n86 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA 6-0, 6-2 Thu

   
Na and Stephanie driving forehand and backhand

    Na struck 14 winners (no aces) with 16 unforced errors (including 3 double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 7 break points she reached against Stephanie and totaling 54 points in the match. Stephanie hit 5 winners (no aces) with 22 errors (5 DFs) while converting the one break point she reached against Na and totaling 27 points. match stats

    Stephanie said: "The start of the match was tighter, but then [Na] became sort of mechanical, like a windshield wiper. She started hitting hard and deep and got better and better. It wasn't easy because the games started piling on and I wanted to stay on the court longer. But I'm still happy about my week."

    Na said: "I don't really think too much about being the defending champion or how far I can go. I'm just enjoying playing every day, every round."

*n50 Petra Martic CRO d n8 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Wed

   
Petra serving, and Marion launching a forehand on the run

    It was Petra's first win over a player ranked in the top 10.

    Petra struck 34 winners (including 7 aces) with 25 unforced errors (including zero double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 15 break points she reached against Marion and totaling 95 points in the match. Marion hit 21 winners (1 ace) with 34 errors (14 DFs) while converting 3 of the 7 break points she reached against Petra and totaling 81 points in the match. match stats

    Marion said: "I really tried my hardest, but [Petra] played better than me today. She deserves credit for that... I think I lost the match in the first set... I really started to play when I was down 6-2, 2-0, which is really, really late... So it's a bit disappointing for me right now."

n9 s9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n70 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-1, 6-4 Thu

Caro after match point

    Caroline will soon be coached by Thomas Johansson, a former ATP player. Caroline said: "I worked with him a couple weeks before. First of all, he's a great guy. We have a good connection. And he lives just underneath me [at Monte Carlo], which makes everything easy when you're going for practices and everything. He's played on the tour before, he's won a Grand Slam—won the Australian Open. He has experience and he knows the players, because he's been commentating. Also he's not soft... I want someone who is strict and tells me how it is."

n10 s10 Angelique Kerber GER d n74 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-3, 6-2 Wed-rain-Thu
n13 s13 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n53 Shahar Peer ISR 6-2, 6-2 Wed

   
Shahar driving a backhand, Ana following one, and after match point

    About her 3rd round opponent, Sara Errani, Ana said: "Sara's very tough... It's going to be a good challenge. It will be very important to play like today, really aggressive and coming in and taking the ball early, and taking time away from her."

n14 s14 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n46 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 Thu

   
Tsvetana and Francesca driving forehands

n16 s15 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n56 Vania King USA 6-0, 6-2 Wed

5' 3" Domi levitating to launch a forehand

*n42 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n17 s16 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Thu

   
Maria and Klara driving forehand and backhand

n20 s18 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n190 q Alexa Glatch USA 6-3, 6-1 Wed
*n61 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n21 s19 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4 Thu

   
Jelena driving a forehand, and Varvara about to smash one

    Varvara said: "After that last point I couldn't believe the match was over. I was still in the moment. I think I was able to play another couple of games, so that's why I was pretty shocked. At the same time I'm pretty happy, because this is the first time I'm through the second round at a Grand Slam...
    "I hit a day before with Patrick McEnroe and he told me, 'Wow, you're hitting your forehand amazing. You should use it during the match against Jelena.' I tried to execute that plan and play my forehand as much as I could. It did help... I have a lot of spin. A lot of the girls out there are hitting much flatter."

    Jelena said: "[Varvara] was spinning that forehand—off the ground she had a lot of rotation... She was very solid... I fought hard with what I had in the moment. Unfortunately it wasn't enough."

*n47 Maria Jose Martínez Sanchez ESP d n22 s20 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-4, 7-5 Wed
n23 s21 Sara Errani ITA d n266 wc Melanie Oudin USA 6-2, 6-3 Wed
n24 s22 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS v n116 Melinda Czink HUN 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Thu
n25 s23 Kaia Kanepi EST d n58 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-4, 6-1 Thu
*n92 Mathilde Johansson FRA d n26 s24 Petra Cetkovska CZE 7-6(1) 6-2 Wed

   
Petra serving, and Mathilde driving a forehand

    Mathilde said: "When I was down in the first set I started to realize I was losing the match more than [Petra] was winning it, so I thought I should take control. If I was going to lose the match, I would lose it playing my own tennis. The more I became aggressive, the more she started to go backwards; I took the opportunities."

n27 s25 Julia Goerges GER d n109 q Heather Watson GBR 6-3, 6-4 Thu
n28 s26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n151 q Yung-Jan Chan TPE 6-4, 7-6(4) Wed

Svetlana ready to lightly tap a forehand

n29 s27 Nadia Petrova RUS d n45 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-3, 6-3 Wed
n30 s28 Shuai Peng CHN d n93 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP 6-4, 6-3 Thu
n31 s29 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n189 wc Irena Pavlovic FRA 6-3, 6-2 Wed
*n57 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n33 s31 Jie Zheng CHN 6-2, 6-4 Wed

   
Jie and Aleksandra driving forehands

n35 Christina McHale USA d n169 q Lauren Davis USA 6-1, 6-3 Thu

   
Christina and Lauren driving forehand and backhand

n43 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n125 LL Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 Thu
*n142 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n62 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-1, 6-0 Thu

    2010 French Open quarterfinalist Yaroslava said: "The first two games were very close with break points both ways, and I was nervous. But I just stuck to my gameplan and played all the points solidly and didn't make any mistakes... It feels great to play so well again here in Paris."

n79 Sloane Stephens USA d n171 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-1, 6-1 Wed

Sloane after match point

n97 Arantxa Rus NED d n115 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 7-6(3) Thu

   
Arantxa and Virginie following forehands

n108 Nina Bratchikova RUS d n145 wc Claire Feuerstein FRA 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 Thu

French Open, 3rd Rd Fri-Sat June 1-2 11am Fri WTA story - Sat WTA story - Sat 2
loser's prize: €47,000 = US $59,721 ; points: 160
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n57 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-4, 6-4 Fri

   
Aleksandra serving, and Vika driving a backhand

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n30 s28 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 6-1 Sat

   
Shuai serving, Maria driving a backhand, and after match point

    Maria, who has lost only five games in her first three matches, struck 27 winners (4 aces) with only 8 unforced errors (1 double fault) while scoring on 6 of the 8 break points she reached against Shuai and totaling 59 points. Shuai hit 8 winners (no aces) with 11 errors (1 DF) while scoring on 1 of the 3 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 31 points. match stats

    Maria said: "[Shuai] can really play, and she hits the ball really well. I tried to get her on the run today, and really move her, stay aggessive, and I served well and returned well. I thought that was really important, especially against her." AP story

*n28 s26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-1, 6-2 Fri

   
Agnieszka and Svetlana driving backhands

    It was Svetlana's sixth straight win over Agnieszka, raising Sveta's career record against Aga to 10-3.

    Svetlana said: "I haven't played that well in a long time... When I feel in control of my moves and am not depending so much on my opponent, it brings me the best feelings. That's why I really enjoy tennis, that's why I love tennis. And I haven't had this feeling for quite some time...
    "I think Agnieszka is a great player and reads the game unbelievable. When you watch her play, she doesn't overpower you, but she counterattacks very well. I have to dictate against her and never let go."

    Agnieszka said: "[Svetlana] was doing everything right today and I really couldn't do anything. After a couple of minutes I was 5-0 down. She was playing very aggressive from both sides, and she had an answer for everything I was trying to do. I don't think I played badly, but she was just playing unbelievable. I didn't expect that good tennis. She was just too good."

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n108 Nina Bratchikova RUS 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 Sat

   
Petra driving a backhand, and Nina reaching for one

    Petra said: "[Nina] played much better after the first set. She was putting pressure on me from the first shot. In the second set I was the one running side to side, and that's not my game. So I had to change and be aggressive again and put her back a little bit. But I have to say, she played very well today."

n6 s6 Samantha Stosur AUS d n29 s27 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-3, 6-3 Fri

Samantha after match point

n7 s7 Na Li CHN d n35 Christina McHale USA 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 Sat

   
Christina serving, and Na driving a backhand

    Na said: "In the first set I was just following what [Christina] was doing. I felt like she was the champion on the court. But I changed a little bit at the beginning of the second set to play my way, and I'm happy I was able to do that today."

*n25 s23 Kaia Kanepi EST d n9 s9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-1, 6(3)-7, 6-3 Sat

   
Kaia serving, and Caro driving a backhand

    Kaia said: "My tactics going into the match were to play longer points and try to spin to her forehand. I didn't want to take too much of a risk on the first two shots. In the second set I got tight, and at one point I just totally lost the feeling for the ball. But I'm happy I found it again at the end of the second set and then in the third set I found my game and I had it all under control."

    Caroline said: "I was trying to win the match. I was going to fight until the end. I didn't give up. I tried to do everything I could to win."

n10 s10 Angelique Kerber GER d n20 s18 Flavia Pennetta ITA 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Fri

   
Flavia serving, and Angelique watching her forehand fly

*n23 s21 Sara Errani ITA d n13 s13 Ana Ivanovic SRB 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 Fri

   
Ana and Sara driving forehand and backhand

    2008 French Open champion Ana said: "I was really pleased the way I started. I was really aggressive and created a lot of opportunities for myself. Then in the second and third sets [Sara] started raising her level a lot and putting a lot more on the ball. I started getting flatfooted and hitting more unforced errors as the match went on.
    "At least I was going for my shots, being aggressive and doing the things I should be doing. It's my game, and I just have to be persistent with it."

*n61 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n14 s14 Francesca Schiavone ITA 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 Sat

   
Varvara driving a backhand, Francesca stalking the elusive forehand, and Varvara after match point

    The match was error-ridden, with Varvara striking 44 unforced errors (and 30 winners) and Francesca 37 UEs (31 winners). match stats

    Varvara said: "[Francesca] started out amazing. I was like, 'Oh, now I know why she won a Grand Slam.' I mean, she was playing unbelievable. I had to really pull it together and stay very aggressive and fight. Till the very end." postmatch interview

    Francesca said: "I could have imposed my will a little more. I don't think I played excellent tennis." AP story

n16 s15 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n47 María Jose Martínez Sanchez ESP 6-2, 6-1 Fri

Domi after winning a point

*n42 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n24 s22 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-3, 7-5 Sat

   
Klara driving a forehand, and Anastasia sbout to swat a backhand

*n97 Arantxa Rus NED d n27 s25 Julia Goerges GER 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2 Sat

   
Julia and Arantxa driving forehands, and Arantxa after match point

*n50 Petra Martic CRO d n31 s29 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-2, 6-1 Fri

   
Petra and Anabel driving forehand and backhand

*n142 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n43 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-4, 7-5 Sat
n79 Sloane Stephens USA d n92 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-3, 6-2 Fri

   
Sloane serving, Mathilde fielding a forehand, and Sloane driving a backhand

    Sloane said: "My goal coming into the French Open was just play hard. There's nothing else you can do. Play hard, fight hard, run every ball down. Winning or losing, really, it didn't matter. I was kind of like, 'I know, if I just do the right things, that good things will happen.'" AP story

    Mathilde said: "[Sloane] can hit winners on any type of ball. I didn't really know what to do to fight back. She didn't give me any easy points. I had to fight for each point, each game, and, frankly, I think she was a lot tougher than I was... She was quite impressive."

French Open, 4th Rd Sun-Mon June 3-4 11am WTA Sun story - Mon WTA story
loser's prize: €80,000 = US $101,654 ; points: 280
*n16 s15 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-2, 7-6(4) Sun

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

    Dominika struck 28 winners (3 aces) with 20 unforced errors (5 double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 11 break points she reached against Victoria and totaling 84 points in the match. Vika hit 19 winners (no aces) with 25 errors (3 DFs) while scoring on 4 of the 13 break points she reached against Domi and totaling 68 points. match stats

    Dominika said: "I have never been in the top 10, but I find it easier to play against them. I'm showing all the time my game is good enough to be there and hopefully this year I'll make it." WTA story

    Victoria said: "I think [Dominika] plays much better against the top players... She really has that desire... She has had big wins before, and it was no surprise she was playing that well today... My performance today... wasn't satisfying at all, and I can't even find a positive about it."

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n42 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-2

     
Maria watching her serve fly, Klara driving a backhand, Maria following one, and after match point

    Maria struck 38 winners (3 aces) with 53 unforced errors (12 double faults) while scoring on 12 of the 31 break points she reached against Klara and totaling 135 points in the match. Klara hit 44 winners (1 ace) with 48 errors (7 DFs) while scoring on 9 of the 17 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 126 points. match stats

    Maria said: "I thought [Klara] played extremely well. I've played her a few times already and that's the best she's ever played against me. She's dangerous.... some days she goes out there and just goes for it, and it seems like everything just goes in and stays so low over the net. I had chances to finish it in two sets and I didn't. But I came out strong in the third set, and that's what matters. It's nice to be in the quarterfinals again."

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n61 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-2, 6-1 Mon

   
Varvara (who suddenly grew an adidas contract after reaching the 4th round) driving a backhand, and Petra following a forehand

n6 s6 Samantha Stosur AUS d n79 Sloane Stephens USA 7-5, 6-4 Sun

   
Samantha serving, and Sloane and Sam following forehands

*n142 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n7 s7 Na Li CHN 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 Mon

     
Yaroslava serving, Na driving a backhand, Slava launching a forehand on the run, and after match point

    Slava struck 20 winners (no aces) with 21 unforced errors (4 double faults) while scoring on 7 of the 19 break points she reached against Na and totaling 99 points in the match. Na hit 32 winners (no aces) with 41 errors (3 DFs) while scoring on 4 of the 13 break points she reached against Yaroslava and totaling 88 points. match stats

    Yaroslava said: "I had a game plan today, it just didn't work very well in the first set because [Na] was playing very well. But I figured it out and changed my game from there. For now, I think this is the most incredible win I've had."

    Na said: "I couldn't put the ball back in the court today, but I didn't know why—but I will find out why. All I can do now is work hard and try to win next time."

n10 s10 Angelique Kerber GER d n50 Petra Martic CRO 6-1, 7-5 Sun

   
Angelique driving a backhand, Petra following a forehand, and Angelique after match point

    Angelique struck 21 winners (2 aces) with 14 unforced errors (1 double fault) while scoring on 4 of the 12 break points she reached against Petra and totaling 84 points in the match. Petra hit 38 winners (2 aces) with 48 errors (9 DFs) while scoring on 2 of the 3 break points she reached against Angelique and totaling 74 points. match stats

    Angelique said: "I just tried to play point by point, and at the end it was just two or three points that decided the match. I wasn't playing my best tennis, but I just tried to stay in it and tried to be aggressive whenever I could be."

    Petra said: "I don't see too many negative things about my result... it was a competitive match with a lot of good points."

n23 s21 Sara Errani ITA v n28 s26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-0, 7-5 Sun

   
Sara and Svetlana driving forehand and backhand

    Svetlana said: "I didn't play a good game, far away from it... In the second set I started to play better, playing the right shots at the right times, but from 5-3 I just didn't do the right things. Maybe I was rushing too much. But Sara, for her game, it's the best I've seen her play."

n25 s23 Kaia Kanepi EST d n97 Arantxa Rus NED 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 Mon

   
Arantxa and Kaia driving backhands

French Open, QFs, Tue-Wed Jun 5-6 2pm
loser's prize: €155,000 = US $196,954 ; points: 500
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n25 s23 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-2, 6-3 Wed

     
Maria serving, Kaia following a backhand, Maria driving one, and after match point

    Maria struck 21 winners (no aces) with 19 unforced errors (4 double faults) while scoring on 7 of the 12 break points she reached against Kaia and totaling 59 points in the match. Kaia hit 17 winners (5 aces) with 12 errors (5 DFs) while scoring on 3 of the 5 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 45 points. match stats

    Maria said: "After a tough match in the previous round, I really wanted to improve some things in this match, and I'm happy how I did that. It was really important today, because Kaia is someone who always competes and plays really well, against top players especially... The return is particularly important against her because she can serve very well, she has a big first serve. I think that was a big key today." WTA story

    Kaia said: "Maria was attacking all the time—I didn't have much time to do my shots. She was also putting a lot of pressure on my serve. It's not very comfortable to serve against her because you know you have to serve well."

    Maria will play Petra Kvitova in the second semifinal on Thursday. Maria leads Petra 3-2 in career matches and has won their last two meetings. Their most recent encounter was in April, on red clay in the semifinals in Stuttgart, when Maria defeated Petra 6-4, 7-6(3). It was their only previous match on clay. If Maria reaches the final, she will overtake Victoria Azarenka in points and again be #1 in Monday's WTA singles rankings.

    Maria said: "It's nice to be in this position again. It's my third time in the semifinals here. Petra's an extremely tough opponent, someone I have had good success against in our last couple of meetings, but they're always tough matches. The last one in Stuttgart was a tough two-setter for me. She had opportunities in that second set and when she's confident, she's dangerous. It's going to be another level. I hope I can raise my level, as well."

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n142 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Wed

     
Petra serving, Yaroslava and Petra driving backhands, and Petra after match point

    Petra struck 38 winners (5 aces) with 32 unforced errors (3 double faults) while scoring on 7 of the 16 break points she reached against Yaroslava and totaling 88 points in the match. Slava hit 14 winners (1 ace) with 22 errors (7 DFs) while scoring on 5 of the 10 break points she reached against Petra and totaling 79 points. match stats

    Petra said: "I was very nervous at the beginning and was making some easy mistakes. [Yaroslava] also started very well. But I knew I had to change my game and had to be the aggressive one going for the points. The games were close, but I'm happy I won the big points." WTA story

    Yaroslava said: "Petra is very precise—she hits very close to the lines, and a lot of times she hits the lines. Her game is to just keep attacking. Sometimes she makes mistakes, but she keeps going for it, which I think is a great thing."

    About playing Maria Sharapova in the semifinals, Petra said: "Maria has had a great year and she's playing really well, very fast. She has a big serve too. When I beat her at Wimbledon [in the 2011 final] it was something special for me... I hope I can remember some good things from my last few matches, and we'll see how it goes against Maria. It will be a tough match for sure."

n6 s6 Samantha Stosur AUS d n16 s15 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-4, 6-1 Tue

     
Samantha serving, Dominika following a backhand, Sam launching a forehand on the run, and after match point

    Samantha struck 30 winners (2 aces) with only 13 unforced errors (no double faults) while scoring on 5 of the 11 break points she reached against Dominika and totaling 72 points in the match. Domi hit 19 winners (2 aces) with 20 errors (2 DFs) while scoring on 1 of the 10 break points she reached against Sam and totaling 53 points. match stats

    Samantha said: "[Dominika] was giving me a little bit of court to use standing where she was to return my serve. Having said that, she still got the ball back pretty deep a lot of the time and hit some good, penetrating groundstrokes. But it still let me open up the court and go the other way to get her running off the first shot... I really did what I wanted to do." WTA story

    Samatha will play Sara Errani in the semifinals on Thursday. Sam leads Sara 5-0 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was last month on red clay in the 2nd round at Rome, when Samantha defeated Sara 6-3, 7-5.

    Samantha said: "I've had success against [Sara] in the past, but the semifinals of Roland Garros is a whole new ballgame. You can think about the past and the history of the matches, but if something changes when you're out on the court, you have to be aware of that and adjust, too. So I'm just going to try to play aggressive and play my game. I have to be ready."

*n23 s21 Sara Errani ITA d n10 s10 Angelique Kerber GER 6-3, 7-6(2) Tue

     
Sara serving, Angelique and Sara driving backhands, and Sara after match point

    Sara struck 28 winners (no aces) with only 14 unforced errors (no double faults) while scoring on 6 of the 12 break points she reached against Angelique and totaling 82 points in the match. Angelique hit 33 winners (4 aces) with 25 errors (1 DF) while scoring on 4 of the 7 break points she reached against Sara and totaling 70 points. match stats

    Sara said: "The second set was a really tough set... I was feeling a little bit tired. Even though I was behind I just tried to stay in there, because I knew the match would be long. I just wanted to keep fighting for every ball and every point out there." WTA story

    Angelique said: "Sara was playing very well from the first point. I was trying to fight back, and in the second set I think I played better than in the first set, but she played better in the important points and was more aggressive than me. She moves very well on clay and makes I don't know how many mistakes, I think just 10 today or something. I think that was the key today."

    About playing Samatha Stosur in the semifinals, Sara said: "[Sam is] an amazing player... But I'm here because I'm playing well—I just want to think about that. I will fight and try to play my best on Thursday."

French Open, SFs, Thu Jun 7 2pm
loser's prize: €310,000 = US $393,907 ; points: 900
Thursday: play completed after rain delays
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-3, 6-3

     
Maria serving, Petra driving a forehand, Maria driving a backhand, and after match point

    In windy conditions, Maria struck 15 winners (3 aces) with 17 unforced errors (3 double faults) while scoring on 4 of the 6 break points she reached against Petra and totaling 63 points in the match. Petra hit 10 winners (no aces) with 20 errors (2 DFs) while scoring on 1 of the 5 break points she reached against Maria and totaling 45 points. match stats

    It is the first time that Maria has reached the French Open final. The semifinal win guarantees that Maria will overtake Victoria Azarenka in points, and Maria will again be #1 in Monday's WTA singles rankings for the first time since 2008.

    Maria said: "It was tough to play a great match because of the wind. It was about playing a solid match. Patience was very important today, because no matter how well you're playing, so many things equal out. If you're frustrated by a few mistakes, it can get you down. And I was facing a tough opponent who has given me a lot of trouble. So I was really happy I won in two sets today." WTA story

    It was Maria's third straight win over Petra. Petra said: "Maria played very well today. She has improved a lot, not just on clay. It was a different match today compared to my matches before. But I don't think I played badly—she plays very fast, and it's tough to return against her, so she really deserved to win, and she's #1 in the world now. Next time I have to be in a different half [of the draw] than Maria."

*n23 s21 Sara Errani ITA d n6 s6 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-5, 1-6, 6-3

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

    Sara struck 22 winners (no aces) with 21 unforced errors (2 double faults) while scoring on 4 of the 11 break points she reached against Samantha and totaling 96 points in the match. Sam hit 46 winners (11 aces), but with 48 errors (3 DFs) while scoring on 4 of the 8 break points she reached against Sara and totaling 88 points. match stats

    Sara, who reportedly paid $30,000 to buy out her previous racquet contract with Wilson, has attributed her improvement this year to her new Babolat bat.

    Sara will be ranked in the top 10 on Monday for the first time in her career.

    Sara said: "I didn't think I could do this coming into the tournament. Never. This is just incredible for me. The first round here was difficult, this match was difficult, all the matches have been difficult, and I'm very happy how I've played. The most important thing for me is I'm just thinking about playing - I'm just playing my game without thinking of what I'm doing. But I'm not finished.." WTA story

    Samantha had been 5-0 against Sara in previous matches. Samantha said: "It was too up and down. I didn't do it at the times when it obviously mattered," Stosur said. "I got a little bit on the back foot, which kind of got me in that 3-0 hole in the third set, and I couldn't afford to do that. I paid the ultimate price. I'm capable of doing more, and I didn't for whatever reason."

French Open, Final, Sat Jun 9 3pm (9am EDT 6am PDT NBC-TV)
loser's prize: €600,000 = US $794,168 ; points: 1400
winner's prize: €1,250,000 = US $1,588,336 ; pts: 2000
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n23 s21 Sara Errani ITA 6-3, 6-2

     
     
Sara serving, Maria ready to lightly tap a backhand, Sara driving one, Maria driving another,
Maria serving, Sara fielding a forehand, Maria driving another backhand, and after match point

French Open, Doubles Final, Fri Jun 8 3pm
losers' prize: €170,000 = US $216,014
winners' prize: €340,000 = US $432,027
s4 Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci d s7 Maria Kirilenko & Nadia Petrova 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Sara and Roberta


French Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Thu Jun 7
losers' prize: €50,000 = US $63,533
winners' prize: €100,000 = US $127,067
s7 Sania Mirza & Mahesh Bhupathi d Klaudia Jans-Ignacik & Santiago Gonzalez 7-6(3), 6-1

Sania and Mahesh


French Open, Girls Singles Final, Sun Jun 10 c2 m2
s2 Annika Beck GER d Anna Schmiedlova SVK 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Anna and Annika


French Open, Girls Doubles Final, Sat Jun 9 noon c2
s2 Daria Gavrilova RUS & Irina Khromacheva RUS d s6 Montserrat Gonzalez PAR & Beatriz Haddad Maia BRA 4-6, 6-4, (10-8)

Daria and Irina


French Open, Qualifying Finals Fri May 25 10am Q-1st losers: €2,500 = US $3,177 ; 2 points
    Q-2nd losers: €4,000 = US $5,718; 40 points     Q-Final losers: €8,000 = US $11,436; 50 points;     qualifier: 60 points

n89 Kiki Bertens NED d n208 Madalina Gojnea ROU 6-2, 6-1
n109 Heather Watson GBR d n187 Anna Floris ITA 6-0, 6-1
n110 Eva Birnerova CZE d n173 Sandra Zaniewska POL 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
n134 Lara Arruabarrena Vecino ESP d n120 G Muguruza Blanco ESP 6-0, 7-6(7)
n121 Karolína Plískova CZE d n126 Laura Robson GBR 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
*n190 Alexa Glatch USA d n125 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 6-2, 6-4
*n169 Lauren Davis USA d n139 Julia Cohen USA 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
n142 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n200 Elena Bogdan ROU 6-1, 6-1
*n183 Heidi El Tabakh CAN d n146 Camila Giorgi ITA 6(5)-7, 6-4, 6-2
n151 Yung-Jan Chan TPE d n191 Veronica Cepede Royg PAR 6-1, 6-2
*n167 Shuai Zhang CHN d n163 Tatjana Malek GER 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-4
n194 Dinah Pfizenmaier GER v n207 Monica Puig PUR 5-7, 7-5, 6-2

French Open, Withdrawals
n11 s11 Vera Zvonereva RUS shoulder injury
n15 Andrea Petkovic GER torn right ankle ligaments
n18 Daniela Hantuchova SVK foot stress fracture
n44 Kim Clijsters BEL hip muscle tear
n54 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP torn ankle ligament
n112 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU recovering from surgery on both knees
n436 sr47 Timea Bacsinszky SUI abdominal injury
n1138 sr44 Agnes Szavay HUN

   

The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:
TOP HALF
s1 Liezel Huber USA & Lisa Raymond USA R1
Kaia Kanepi EST & Shuai Zhang CHN R3
Irena Pavlovic FRA & Aravane Rezai FRA R1
Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA & Kristina Mladenovic FRA R2
Casey Dellacqua AUS & Alexandra Panova RUS R2
Eva Birnerova CZE & Petra Cetkovska CZE R1
Irina-Camelia Begu ROU & Shahar Peer ISR R1
s14 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS & Anastasia Rodionova AUS QF
s12 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP SF
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik POL & Alla Kudryavtseva RUS R1
Janette Husarova SVK & Christina McHale USA R2
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS & Lucie Safarova CZE R1
Flavia Pennetta ITA & Francesca Schiavone ITA R3
Sorana Cirstea ROU & Ayumi Morita JPN R1
Angelique Kerber GER & Agnieszka Radwanska POL R2
s8 Iveta Benesova CZE & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE R1
s4 Sara Errani ITA & Roberta Vinci ITA
Alberta Brianti ITA & Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT R1
Timea Babos HUN & Su-Wei Hsieh TPE R2
Alize Cornet FRA & Virginie Razzano FRA R1
Caroline Garcia FRA & Mathilde Johansson FRA R1
Eleni Daniilidou GRE & Mandy Minella LUX R2
Nina Bratchikova RUS & Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU R3
s15 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA & Sania Mirza IND R1
s9 Natalie Grandin RSA & Vladimira Uhlirova CZE R2
Sofia Arvidsson SWE & Johanna Larsson SWE R1
Hao-Ching Chan TPE & Yung-Jan Chan TPE R3
Kiki Bertens NED & Katalin Marosi HUN R1
Dominika Cibulkova SVK & Saisai Zheng CHN R2
Claire Feuerstein FRA & Victoria Larriere FRA R1
Julia Goerges GER & Samantha Stosur AUS R1
s6 Ekaterina Makarova RUS & Elena Vesnina RUS QF
BOTTOM HALF
s7 Maria Kirilenko RUS & Nadia Petrova RUS F
Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP & Romina Oprandi SUI R1
Akgul Amanmuradova UZB & Kateryna Bondarenko UKR R2
Carla Suarez Navarro ESP & Anastasiya Yakimova BLR R1
Chia-Jung Chuang TPE & Vera Dushevina RUS R2
Polona Hercog SLO & Urszula Radwanska POL R1
Iryna Bremond FRA & Sophie Lefevre FRA R1
s11 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP & Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP R3
s16 Marina Erakovic NZL & Monica Niculescu ROU R2
Severine Beltrame FRA & Laura Thorpe FRA R1
Shuai Peng CHN & Jie Zheng CHN R3
Mona Barthel GER & Varvara Lepchenko USA R1
Simona Halep ROU & Aleksandra Wozniak CAN R2
Alexandra Cadantu ROU & Anne Keothavong GBR R1
Tamira Paszek AUT & Jasmin Woehr GER R1
s3 Vania King USA & Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ QF
s5 Andrea Hlavackova CZE & Lucie Hradecka CZE SF
Julie Coin FRA & Pauline Parmentier FRA R1
Greta Arn HUN & Tsvetana Pironkova BUL R1
Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER & Petra Martic CRO R2
Sloane Stephens USA & Yanina Wickmayer BEL R1
Liga Dekmeijere LAT & Tamarine Tanasugarn THA R3
Andreja Klepac SLO & Alicja Rosolska POL R1
s10 Raquel Kops-Jones USA & Abigail Spears USA R2
Gisela Dulko ARG & Paola Suarez ARG R2
Darya Kustova BLR & Anna Tatishvili GEO R1
Renata Voracova CZE & Klara Zakopalova CZE R3
Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN & Rika Fujiwara JPN R1
Ksenia Pervak KAZ & Lesia Tsurenko UKR R1
Olga Govortsova BLR & Galina Voskoboeva KAZ R2
Kristina Barrois GER & Darija Jurak CRO R1
s2 Kveta Peschke CZE & Katarina Srebotnik SLO QF
Withdrawals:s13 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS & Vera Zvonareva RUS (Zvonareva shoulder) Jamie Hampton USA & Chanelle Scheepers RSA (Hampton injury)

    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.

  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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