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#13 Lucie Safarova
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Roland Garros:

#1 Serena Williams
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    On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2015 French Open, the 2013 & 2002 RG champion (and 2015 Australian Open & Miami champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2015 champion at Doha, 28 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #11) Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-2 (Lucie is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is €1,800,000 (about $2,031,383 US); Lucie's prize is €900,000 (about $1,015,691 US).

    Serena said: "It got really complicated today. I was getting a little bit nervous, and Lucie was just playing great. She was a magificent opponent. She was playing very aggressive and she had no fear...

    "To win my 20th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros is very special for me because I haven't always had the most success here. I want to thank all of the fans. It's just a dream that I've won this title." WTA story

    Serena now leads Lucie 9-0 in career matches. Their previous meeting was last year on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 2nd round at Beijing, when Serena defeated Lucie 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.

    20-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena is now 67-17 in WTA singles finals, and has a 32-1 match record this season. Lucie was playing in her first Grand Slam singles final. She is now 6-8 in WTA singles finals, and has a 22-11 match record this year.

    Sunday men's final: s8 Stan Warwinka SUI d s1 Novak Djokovic SRB 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4


 
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  2015 Late Rounds, Top Half

4th Round:
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n41 Sloane Stephens USA 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
n23 s23 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
n17 s17 Sara Errani ITA d n68 Julia Goerges GER 6-2, 6-2
n88 Alison van Uytvanck BEL d n99 Andreea Mitu ROU 6-1, 6-3

Quarterfinals:
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n17 s17 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 6-3
n23 s23 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n88 Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6-4, 7-5

Semifinal:
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n23 s23 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

  2015 Late Rounds, Bottom Half

4th Round:
n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS 7-6(3), 6-4
n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n9 s9 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
n19 s19 Elina Svitolina UKR d n29 s29 Alize Cornet FRA 6-2, 7-6(9)
n21 s21 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n28 s28 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6-4

Quarterfinals:
n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n19 s19 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-3, 6-2
n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n21 s21 Garbine Muguruza ESP 7-6(3), 6-3

Semifinal:
n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB 7-5, 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.
    Main draw play begins on Sunday. Early round play at Roland Garros begins at 11am local time.
 

  Roland Garros, Boulogne-Billancourt - Latitude: 48.846975 Longitude: 2.248002

   
2014: On Thursday, May 22 at the Eiffel Tower player's party, 2013 & 2002 French Open champion Serena Williams did the selfie thing with Frenchwoman Alize Lim (on Friday Alize was drawn to play Serena in the 1st round) while 2008 champ Ana Ivanovic posed with Donna Vekic...
On Friday, 2012 RG champ Maria Sharapova gave the press her slant on this year's tourney...
French Open, 1st Round Sun-Tue 11am
loser's prize: €27,000; points: 10
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n191 q Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Serena serving

    Serena said: "I was really happy to get through that and see how my elbow was going to do. Not 100%, but I was able to serve okay. I didn't serve as many aces as I normally do. The good thing is that it gets better every day. Another day off tomorrow, and hopefully if I can win another round it will be better." WTA story

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n49 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-2, 6-4 Mon

Maria firing a forehand on the run

    Maria won in straight sets despite being slowed by a cold. Maria said: "I'm getting over it, and hopefully it will pass by soon. But obviously it was such a big occasion for me to be back out on center court, and I had a tough opponent ahead of me. And the conditions were pretty difficult as well. So I knew it wasn't just going to depend on the tennis today. Overall I'm just happy I got through it and have a day off tomorrow. I should be better by then... I mean, unless I'm in my coffin, I'm going to be out there." WTA story

n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU d n91 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 7-5, 6-4 Sun

Simona driving a backhand

    Simona said: "It was a tough match, not just because first rounds are always tough, but [Evgeniya] also played well. I made some easy mistakes, but that's normal and I accept that. Next round I will be better." WTA story

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n82 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 Tue

Petra fielding a forehand

n5 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n48 Karin Knapp ITA 6-3, 6-0 Tue

Caro serving

*n54 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n6 s6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-4, 6-4 Tue

 
Genie and Kristina driving backhands

    It was Kristina's 4th career win over a top 10 player, and all of those victories have come in Paris.

    Kristina said: "I wasn't even aware of that statistic. I remember I've played good matches against good players elsewhere, but it's even more special to be playing at Roland Garros. You get more satisfaction from it. It's more difficult, mentally, to manage the pressure here, because people expect so much. But I think I know how to manage that pressure...
    "It wasn't easy to finish this match. It wasn't easy on my nerves. But I'm very happy I was able to serve well in the last game, because otherwise it could have been 5-all, and much more complicated." WTA story

    Genie's match record this season is now 7-10. Genie said: "I felt I was in the match. But tennis-wise, I still knew I was far off from how well I can play. But, you know, I was in there. It's been kind of the same as how I have been feeling recently on the court. Just not like myself. I have been trying to work on what's been going wrong, and I feel like I've been making progress, so to still have matches like this is disappointing. But at the same time it's just a tennis match. Life is still good, everyone has highs and lows in their careers, and this is just a little bit of a low point for me."

n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n65 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 Sun

Ana's backhand drive

    Ana said: "It was a little bit of a tough start. I didn't have many matches coming into this tournament, so I was really happy that in the second set I managed to sort of play a little bit deeper and put a little bit more pressure on her. In the third set I felt like, 'Okay, I'm playing my game.'

    "I worked really hard last week. I was really trying to rely on that. I knew I'd put the work I had to put in, so that gave me confidence. Even after the first set I really tried to look for my game. I was really happy I was able to turn it around today." WTA story

n8 s8 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n69 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-2, 6-2 Mon

    Carla said: "I took this match very seriously. First round matches are always difficult. They can get complicated. Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to get into the tournament, and I think there might also be a little bit more pressure. And today was very challenging from beginning to end." WTA story

n9 s9 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n114 wc Lousia Chirico USA 6-4, 6-2 Sun

Kate driving a backhand

n10 s10 Andrea Petkovic GER d n80 Shelby Rogers USA 6-2, 6-1 Tue

Petko following a forehand

n11 s11 Angelique Kerber GER d n83 Timea Babos HUN 6-0, 6-1 Mon

Angelique driving a forehand

n12 s12 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n126 Shuai Zhang CHN 7-6(4), 6-4 Mon
n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n38 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-6(6), 7-6(9) Sun
*n81 Annika Beck GER d n14 s14 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 Mon

    Agnieszka said: "It was a really strange match. I started pretty slowly, and it was too late in that first set. Things went much better in the second set, and I really felt like I was playing my game. In the third set things just went too fast the other way." WTA story

*n41 Sloane Stephens USA d n15 s15 Venus Williams USA 7-6(5), 6-1 Mon

 
Venus driving a backhand, and Sloane serving

    After the match Venus declined the usual press interview, a violation of WTA rules for which she might be fined.

    Sloane said: "I knew I was just going to have to get out there and do my best. Obviously I've never played [Venus] in a real match, so I didn't know if she was going to boss me off the court, or how that was going to go. But I knew that if I just stayed in there and played my game that it would be a good match."

n16 s16 Madison Keys USA d n34 Varvara Lepchenko USA 7-6(3), 6-3 Tue

Madison driving a forehand

n17 s17 Sara Errani ITA d n46 Alison Riske USA 7-6(1), 2-6, 6-0 Mon

Sara's backhand drive

n18 s18 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n90 Kiki Bertens NED 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 Tue
n19 s19 Elina Svitolina UKR d n79 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-2, 6-2 Mon
n20 s20 Sabine Lisicki GER d n57 Monica Puig PUR 6-3, 6-2 Mon

Sabine driving a backhand

n21 s21 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n155 q Petra Martic CRO 6-2, 7-5 Sun

Garbi's forehand drive

    About her 2nd round opponent, Camila Giorgi, Garbine said: "I lost two times with her. Both were tough matches. She has a very strong game, very explosive, so you never know how the match is going to go. But I'm just looking forward to play. Nothing else. It will be difficult." WTA story

*n47 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n22 s22 Barbora Strycova CZE 7-6(5), 6-2 Mon

Tsveti driving a forehand

n23 s23 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n98 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n76 Polona Hercog SLO d n24 s24 Shuai Peng CHN 6-0, 2-0 retired—back injury Sun
*n104 q Sesil Karatantcheva BUL d n25 s25 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n26 s26 Samantha Stosur AUS d n36 Madison Brengle USA 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n27 s27 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n132 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 6-2, 6-1 Mon

Vika ready to swat a forehand

    Vika said: "It's never easy to play the first round of a Grand Slam, no matter what your ranking is or your position, but it's important to start the tournament well. I had an opponent who I didn't know about and never played against her. For me it was important to just really try to get into the rhythm, get into the tournament, and really try to stay focused throughout the whole match." WTA story

n28 s28 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n100 Magda Linette POL 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 Sun

Flavia driving a backhand

n29 s29 Alize Cornet FRA d n42 Roberta Vinci ITA 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 Mon

Alize after winning a point

n30 s30 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n164 sr52 B Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 7-6(6) Mon
*n165 Donna Vekic CRO d n31 s31 Caroline Garcia FRA 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Sun

    Donna said: "It was an important match for me, for my confidence, for my season. I hope I can turn things around from now on. I've been working hard and practicing well, but it just hasn't been there in my matches, so I hope winning this match can be a good start to moving forward the rest of the year."

n32 s32 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n138 q Dinah Pfizenmayer GER 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*n68 Julia Goerges GER d n33 CoCo Vandeweghe USA 6-2 5-7 6-1 Tue
n35 Belinda Bencic SUI d n59 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-3, 6-3 Tue

Belinda driving a backhand

n37 Camila Giorgi ITA d n75 Tatjana Maria GER 7-5, 6-3 Sun
*n162 q Paula Kania POL d n39 Mona Barthel GER 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 Mon
n43 Heather Watson GBR d n224 wc Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-4, 7-5 Mon

Heather delivering a forehand

*n63 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO d n44 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-2 6-2 Mon
n45 Daria Gavrilova RUS d n53 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-1, 7-6(3) Mon
n50 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n97 Nicole Gibbs USA 6-3, 6-1 Mon
*n88 Alison van Uytvanck BEL d n51 Anna K Schmiedlova SVK 7-6(4), 7-6(7) Tue
*n261 wc Amandine Hesse FRA d n52 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 2-6 6-3 6-2 Mon
*n113 q Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d n55 Christina McHale USA 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 Tue
n56 Kurumi Nara JPN d n138 wc Oceane Dodin FRA 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 Sun

 
Kurumi serving, and Oceane following a forehand

n58 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n196 q Olivia Rogowska AUS 0-6, 7-5, 6-2 Sun
n60 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n67 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 1-6, 6-1, 6-0 Sun
n61 Carina Witthoeft GER d n72 Katerina Siniakova CZE 6-3, 7-5 Mon
n62 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n66 Saisai Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-0 Mon
*n70 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n64 Lauren Davis USA 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Sun
n71 Tereza Smitkova CZE d n130 Taylor Townsend USA 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n95 Elena Vesnina RUS d n73 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Sun
n74 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d n94 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n77 q Teliana Pereira BRA d n326 wc Fiona Ferro FRA 6-3, 6-2 Sun

Teliana launching a forehand

*n87 Danka Kovinic MNE d n78 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-3, 7-6(4) Tue
n84 Irina Falconi USA d n275 wc Manon Arcangioli FRA 6-2, 6-0 Tue
*n105 Yulia Putintseva KAZ d n85 Aleksandra Krunic SRB 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n86 Denisa Allertova CZE d n144 q Johanna Konta GBR 7-6(17), 4-6, 6-2 Mon
n89 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS d n96 Stefanie Voegele SUI 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Mon

Vitalia's backhand drive

n92 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n106 Qiang Wang CHN 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n93 Ana Konjuh CRO d n117 q Margarita Gasparyan RUS 6-1, 6-4 Mon
n99 Andreea Mitu ROU d n285 wc Alize Lim FRA 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n103 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER d n184 q Alexa Glatch USA 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Tue
n112 Misaki Doi JPN d n147 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-3, 6-2 Sun

Misaki driving a backhand

*n251 wc Virginie Razzano FRA d n174 q Veronica Cepede Royg PAR 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Mon

French Open, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: €50,000; points: 70
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n103 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 Thu

Serena serving

    Serena struck 52 unforced errors in the match (with 39 winners). Serena said: "I'm probably more frustrated than relieved, but I know I'm capable of playing great tennis. Just haven't seen it yet. But I don't really want to reflect too much on it. One thing Venus always tells me: 'A win is a win, and as long as you live to survive the next day, you can always improve.'" WTA story

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n89 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS 6-3, 6-1 Wed

Maria driving a forehand

    Maria leads her next opponent, Samantha Stosur, 14-2 in career matches. Maria said: "[Samantha] has a very heavy ball, and I think on clay specifically it just really penetrates through the court. The spin she's able to create from her forehand and her serve, she has one of the best kick serves in the game. She's really able to put that power into it and kick. She also slices a lot. There are a lot of untraditional things she does, but I guess I enjoy the challenge of playing her." WTA story

*n70 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU 7-5, 6-1 Wed

Mirjana serving

    Mirjana said: "It's incredible. Simona is such a great champion... so I knew if I wanted to win I had to go for my shots, and that's my game anyway, so I just tried to keep going for it and tried to keep my unforced errors down, as well." WTA story

    Simona said: "[Mirjana] played well. I couldn't play my best today, but she started to hit the ball very strong at the beginning of the match, and she was better than me today. I just have to go forward."

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n74 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-2 Thu
*n68 Julia Goerges GER d n5 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4 7-6(4) Thu

Julia's forehand drive

    Julia is now 3-0 against Caroline on clay courts, and 4-4 overall. Julia said: "I don't play the typical women's game on clay. I play a little bit more spin, a little bit higher over the net than some of the other girls. When Caroline gets the ball in her striking zone, she doesn't miss any ball, but if you give her different balls, it's tougher for her to bring the ball back with good quality. So you really have to mix it up a lot. That's what I've always tried to do against her. It's never a guarantee you're going to win the match, but that's mainly what I did well today.." WTA story

    Caroline said: "There are just some players who are a tough match-up for you, no matter the rankings, and some of them are easy match-ups no matter the rankings. Obviously Julia has given me trouble in the past and she gave me trouble again today."

n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n112 Misaki Doi JPN 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Wed

Ana following a backhand

n8 s8 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n251 wc Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 1-0 retired Wed
n9 s9 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n77 q Teliana Pereira BRA 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 Wed
n10 s10 Andrea Petkovic GER d n113 q Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Thu

Andrea watching her backhand fly

n11 s11 Angelique Kerber GER d n63 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-3, 6-2 Wed

Angelique following a serve

    Angelique said: "Clay was not always my favorite surface, but right now I think I'm playing very well. I have a lot of confidence from the last week, so I'm really happy about my performance here. I'm looking forward to playing my next matches." WTA story

*n99 Andreea Mitu ROU d n12 s12 Karolina Pliskova CZE 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 Thu

Andreea driving a backhand

n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n56 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 6-0 Wed
n16 s16 Madison Keys USA d n35 Belinda Bencic SUI 6-0, 6-3 Thu

Madison's backhand drive

    Madison said: "Obviously it's not easy first round playing Varvara, and Belinda is also a great player. So I knew it was going to be tough. I knew I was going to have to be playing well and kind of in my best form in order to get past them. Just really happy with kind of how I managed to fight through the first one. I thought I played really well today." WTA story

n17 s17 Sara Errani ITA d n61 Carina Witthoeft GER 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Thu
*n92 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n18 s18 S Kuznetsova RUS 6(11)-7, 7-5, 10-8 Thu

Francesca serving

    The match lasted 3 hours and 50 minutes. About match point 2009 French Open champion Svetlana said: "[2010 French Open champ Francesca] went for it. She played an unbelievable shot. I played a good angle, and to hit a one-handed backhand like that down the line, she totally went for it and all credit to her. It was unbelievable. There was nothing I could do." WTA story

n19 s19 Elina Svitolina UKR d n105 Yulia Putintseva KAZ 1-6, 7-5, 9-7 Wed
n20 s20 Sabine Lisicki GER v n45 Daria Gavrilova RUS 6-1, retired—abdominal strain Wed
n21 s21 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n37 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-1, 6-4 Wed

Garbi's backhand drive

n23 s23 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n71 Tereza Smitkova CZE 6-2, 6-0 Thu
n26 s26 Samantha Stosur AUS v n261 wc Amandine Hesse FRA 6-0, 6-1 Wed

    About her 3rd round match against Maria Sharapova, Samantha said: "I feel like I'm playing well. I've had a good lead-up, and now I've played another really good match here, and hopefully it's all going to help me going into this next one."

n27 s27 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n62 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-2, 6-3 Thu
n28 s28 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n58 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-2, 6-0 Wed
n29 s29 Alize Cornet FRA d n50 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-2, 7-5 Wed

Alize delivering a forehand

n30 s30 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n93 Ana Konjuh CRO 6-2, 6-0 Thu
*n88 Alison van Uytvanck BEL d n32 s32 Zarina Diyas KAZ 0-6, 6-1, 6-4 Thu
n41 Sloane Stephens USA d n43 Heather Watson GBR 6-2, 6-4 Thu

Sloane about to slice a backhand

n47 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n86 Denisa Allertova CZE 6-3, 7-6(2) Thu
n54 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n87 Danka Kovinic MNE 6-3, 7-5 Thu
*n165 Donna Vekic CRO d n60 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 6-3 Wed
*n95 Elena Vesnina RUS d n76 Polona Hercog SLO 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 Wed
n81 Annika Beck GER v n162 q Paula Kania POL 6-2, 6-2 Wed
n84 Irina Falconi USA d n104 q Sesil Karatantcheva BUL 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 Thu

French Open, 3rd Rd Fri-Sat 11am
loser's prize: €85,000; points: 130
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n27 s27 Victoria Azarenka BLR 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Sat

 
Serena and Vika driving backhands

    Serena said: "I was really disappointed with my last match, and I knew I couldn't play like that against someone like Vika. It would be impossible to win. Even though I lost the first set, I told myself, 'Well at least you're playing better than in your second round match.' I would have lost so easily if I played that same way. It was definitely better today. It's definitely a step in the right direction. And I just really want to be here." WTA story

    Vika said: "The level of the match was pretty high quality from both players, and [Serena] really stepped it up. She went for a lot of shots that landed right on the line, and she really just stayed aggressive. Looking back at it, I've got to learn from that and maybe stay a little bit more aggressive and go a little bit more for my shots too. But there wasn't much wrong that I've done, I don't think. She just played a good match and I have to give her credit for that."

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n26 s26 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-3, 6-4 Fri

Maria's backhand drive

    Maria, who is now 15-2 against Samantha, was holding back tears after match point. Maria said: "I was just really happy to win this one. I knew it was going to be a tough one going into the match. I just wanted to be as ready as I could, and I was really happy I was able to win it. Against Sam I know I have to take care of my service games because she's capable of serving really well. I'm also a tall girl, so the kick she's able to give on the second serve maybe doesn't bother me as much as other players. I quite like that ball. But we've had many tough matches despite my record, and it's not something I look at very lightly when I go up to that match. I know I have to beat a good player. She's been playing really well and loves playing here. So I thought it was a great result for me." WTA story

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n30 s30 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-3, 6-2 Sat

Petra delivering a backhand

    Petra said: "I think it was for sure the best match that I've played here so far. It's the third round, which I didn't pass here last year, so I was really motivated by it. I'm really glad I'm through. And I will try to start playing even better, because the opponents are only going to get tougher." WTA story

n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n165 Donna Vekic CRO 6-0, 6-3 Fri

Ana serving

    Ana was pushed to three sets in both of her previous two matches. Ana said: "After the first two matches I really started to get a little bit of feeling and groove, and I had an easy day yesterday. Today I really had a strict game plan. I had an idea what I wanted to do, and obviously the confidence from the first two matches helped me in today's performance, as well. Those first two matches I really felt like I had kind of a slow start, and it was something I really wanted to change today. I was happy I did that. I was really happy that I was able to change that." WTA story

*n28 s28 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n8 s8 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-4 Fri

Flavia firing a forehand

    Carla said: "Flavia played really well today. Of course it's disappointing to lose, but Flavia is a really good player. She works really hard and is playing really good tennis. She's playing good matches here and could go through to the quarterfinals or semifinals." WTA story

n9 s9 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n95 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 6-4 Fri

Kate's forehand drive

*n17 s17 Sara Errani ITA d n10 s10 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-3, 6-3 Sat

Sara after match point

    Andrea said: "[Sara] played great. She really didn't give me anything. I knew it would be a tough one today, especially against somebody you have to work really hard against in the rallies. I hoped she would give me more presents but she didn't. She played a great match." WTA story

*n21 s21 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n11 s11 Angelique Kerber GER 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Fri

Garbi serving

    Garbine was 0-4 against Angelique before this match. Garbine said: "Kerber and I had very tough matches before, and finally I could beat her in a Grand Slam. So for me it's very special. I think it was 3-0, 4-0 down with her. They were very tough matches, like 7-5 in the third or 6-4, 7-something. I'm so happy with this match."

n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE v n20 s20 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 7-6(2) Fri

Lucie following a forehand

*n23 s23 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n16 s16 Madison Keys USA 6-4, 6-2 Sat

Timea driving a backhand

n19 s19 Elina Svitolina UKR d n81 Annika Beck GER 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 Fri

Elina's backhand drive

n29 s29 Alize Cornet FRA d n70 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 Fri

Alize after match point

    It is the first time that Alizé has reached the 4th round at Roland Garros. Alizé said: "The crowd was amazing once more today. They really helped me get through the tough times on the court," Cornet said. "Mirjana was playing very aggressively and I had to play with all my heart, and the crowd behind me like that was helping me a lot, giving me a lot of energy to keep going and not let go. I owe them a lot today, because I think I went over my limits." WTA story

n41 Sloane Stephens USA d n47 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-4, 6-1 Sat

Sloane fielding a forehand

*n88 Alison van Uytvanck BEL d n54 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-4, 6-1 Sat
n68 Julia Goerges GER d n84 Irina Falconi USA 6-4, 6-1 Sat
*n99 Andreea Mitu ROU d n92 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-5, 6-4 Sat

Andreea serving

French Open, 4th Rd Sun-Mon 11am
loser's prize: €145,000; points: 240
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n41 Sloane Stephens USA 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 Mon

 
Serena serving, and Sloane fielding a forehand

    Serena said: "I felt like if I had made a shot here or made a shot there, then maybe the first set could have been different. But today I started out slowly, even though I was really warmed up and really ready. But it's not how you start, I guess it's how you finish. That's kind of how I'm looking at it. Obviously I'm disappointed. Usually I'm winning in straight sets, and I'm business both on and off the court. Now I'm just winning, and that's a good thing too, but there's always room for improvement." WTA story

*n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS 7-6(3), 6-4 ppd-Mon

 
Maria serving, and Lucie's forehand drive

    Lucie said: "The last few times I played Maria we had really long battles. I remember they were really close, and I almost beat her in Stuttgart, but I always lost. Yesterday I was really pumped, and really ready, and I just wanted to take this match. I was just excited to be there. It was a beautiful day, a beautiful day to play."

    Maria said: "I feel like I had small openings, and I just wasn't able to play a good few points. I just wasn't able to keep that level up today. [Lucie] was able to do that for a longer period of time. She was the much more aggressive player, took the time away from me, created her angles. And I didn't. That was the difference today, in my opinion. My opponent was at a much higher level than I was, and more consistent than I was, and that results in a bad day at the office. It was just a tough day." WTA story

*n23 s23 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 Mon
n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n9 s9 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 Sun

Ana ready to slice a backhand

    Ana said: "he conditions were very tough. It was very gusty, and rain was coming at times. I was really happy I managed to keep composed when we got back on court after the rain delay. Even though I didn't play very well in the first game, I served well the next game. I was happy about that. In the third I knew I had to step up my level, because [Kate is] a very dangerous opponent. She gets a lot of balls, and she was very aggressive on her down-the-line shots. I tried to take that away from her." WTA story

n17 s17 Sara Errani ITA d n68 Julia Goerges GER 6-2, 6-2 Mon

Sara driving a backhand

n19 s19 Elina Svitolina UKR d n29 s29 Alize Cornet FRA 6-2, 7-6(9) Sun

 
Alize and Elina driving backhands

    Elina was unable to finish off Alizé until her 6th match point. Elina said: "I was expecting this from her, because she's obviously a great fighter. I have seen a lot of matches when she won after being a long way down. I was trying to stay calm and just play my game. Of course, it was tough with the wind, the crowd against me and she was making no mistakes. She was fighting. I think she gave her best, and, yeah, I was really happy when that ball went long on the last point." WTA story

n21 s21 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n28 s28 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6-4 ppd-Mon

Garbi serving

    Garbine said: "I think that in big tournaments I feel more motivated, and I can play my best tennis. I'm just really happy to be in the quarterfinals again here in Roland Garros. I think it's going to be my favorite Grand Slam. I'm just really excited." WTA story

n88 Alison van Uytvanck BEL d n99 Andreea Mitu ROU 6-1, 6-3 Mon

French Open, QFs, Tue-Wed 2pm
loser's prize: €250,000; points: 430
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n17 s17 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 6-3 Wed

Serena about to swat a forehand

    Serving eight times, Serena was only broken once. Serena said: "I wasn't able to serve well in my first couple of matches here because I hurt my arm in Madrid, and in Rome I had to pull out. In my first few matches I thought maybe I shouldn't serve too big, but now I'm feeling a little better. It's obviously a big part of my game. I really missed it a lot." WTA story

n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n19 s19 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-3, 6-2 Tue

 
Ana serving, and Elina driving a backhand

    Ana said: "Today was a very, very tough match, even though the score doesn't indicate that. It was tough conditions, obviously for both of us. It was very, very gusty. I really tried to just execute my game plan and tried to move my feet more, because in windy conditions that's what you have to do. I was very happy that I managed to do that so well and put pressure on her throughout the match." WTA story

    About her semifinal opponent, Lucie Safarova, Ana said: "[Lucie is] a great player. She showed that many times. Yesterday she had a great match against Maria, and she won Doha beating Azarenka. She's had so many Top 10 or Top 5 victories. And last year I lost in straight sets to her here. She's doing great, and she obviously deserves her spot here. So it's going to be a tough match-up for me."

n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n21 s21 Garbine Muguruza ESP 7-6(3), 6-3 Tue

 
Garbi serving, and Lucie's backhand drive

    Lucie said: "It was a battle. In the first set the tie-break was very close and we had some great rallies. I had an early break and lost it in the second, and managed to keep it together and played strong." WTA story

    About the final, Lucie said: "[Ana is] a tough opponent, but it will be exciting."

n23 s23 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n88 Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6-4, 7-5 Wed

Timea serving

French Open, SFs, Thu 3pm
loser's prize: €450,000; points: 780
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n23 s23 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

   
Timea serving, and Serena about to swat a forehand, and after match point

    Serena was visibly ill during the match. Serena said afterward that she had come down with the flu after her 3rd round win on Saturday, and was not yet feeling any better.

    Serena did not do a post-match interview, but in a statement Serena said: "I'm so sorry I couldn't make it to press this evening. I have been feeling unwell for a few days, and after this tough match against Timea, I needed to see the tournament doctor. I... am determined to be 100 percent ready for the final against Lucie on Saturday." WTA story

*n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB 7-5, 7-5

   
Lucie following a forehand, Ana driving a backhand, and Lucie after match point

    Lucie said: "I started a little bit slower in the match and wasn't swinging as much as I should. I was a little slow on my feet. Ana was playing well right away and going for her shots, too, but I slowly started getting into the rhythm, into the game. Then right away I took the set, took the momentum.

    "In the second set, when I realized I could finally be in the finals, I got a little bit tense there. And the game at 5-4, I was really overthinking and couldn't really concentrate to be there in that moment. But when I lost serve, I shook it off and started to play aggressive again, and I served it out." WTA story

French Open, Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: €900,000; points: 1300
winner's prize: €1,800,000; pts: 2000
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n13 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-2

     
     
Lucie serving, and Serena fielding a backhand, Lucie driving one, Serena launching a forehand,
Serena serving, Lucie following a forehand, Serena driving a backhand, and after match point

French Open, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: €225,000
winners' prize: €450,000
s7 Lucie Safarova & B Mattek-Sands d s12 Casey Dellacqua & Yaroslava Shvedova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

French Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Thu
losers' prize: €57,000
winners' prize: €114,000
s2 Bethanie Mattek-Sands & M Bryan d Lucie Hradecka & M Matkowski 7-6(3), 6-1

French Open, Girls Singles Final, Sat
s12 Paula Badosa Gibert ESP d s16 Anna Kalinskaya RUS 6-3, 6-3

French Open, Girls Doubles Final, Sat
s1 Marketa Vondrousova & Miriam Kolodziejova CZE d s6 Caroline Dolehide & Katerina Stewart USA 6-0, 6-3

French Open, Qualifying Finals Fri May 22 10am
Q-1st losers: €3,000; 2 points     Q-2nd losers: €6,000; 20 points
    Q-Final losers: €12,000; 30 points;     qualifier: 40 points

n77 Teliana Pereira BRA d n205 Laura Pous-Tio ESP 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
n104 Sesil Karatantcheva BUL d n195 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-1, 6-3
n113 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d n119 Shahar Peer ISR 6-2, 6-2
n117 Margarita Gasparyan RUS d n141 Maryna Zanevska UKR 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-4
n138 Dinah Pfizenmayer GER d n1100 Vera Dushevina RUS 0-6, 6-3, 6-1
*n184 Alexa Glatch USA d n139 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
n144 Johanna Konta GBR d n315 Clothilde de Bernardi FRA 6-2, 6-1
*n174 Veronica Cepede Royg PAR d n145 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-1, 6-3
n155 Petra Martic CRO d n185 Tereza Mrdeza CRO 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
n162 Paula Kania POL d n381 Jessica Pegula USA 7-5, 6-2
*n191 Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n166 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-2, 6(5)-7, 6-3
*n196 Olivia Rogowska AUS d n167 Beatriz Haddad Maia BRA 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3

French Open, Withdrawals & Non-entries
n101 Kateryna Kozlova UKR
nNR sr58 Laura Robson GBR


The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:
TOP HALF
HINGIS SUI & MIRZA IND [1] QF
GOERGES GER & KREJCIKOVA CZE R1
BOGDAN ROU & UHLIROVA CZE R1
FORETZ FRA & HESSE FRA (W) R2
MARTIC CRO & VANDEWEGHE USA R1
GROENEFELD GER & PANOVA RUS R2
LIM FRA & THORPE FRA (W) R1
KNAPP ITA & VINCI ITA [14] R3
KUDRYAVTSEVA RUS & PAVLYUCHENKOVA RUS [10] R2
LISICKI GER & PETKOVIC GER R1
PUIG PUR & ROGERS USA R1
BENCIC SUI & SINIAKOVA CZE R3
LEPCHENKO USA & S ZHENG CHN R2
MCHALE USA & NARA JPN R1
RAMIALISON FRA & SIBILLE FRA (W) R1
MATTEK-SANDS USA & SAFAROVA CZE [7]
HSIEH TPE & PENNETTA ITA [4] QF
DE BERNARDI FRA & REIX FRA (W) R1
BRENGLE USA & MARIA GER R2
WANG CHN & WICKMAYER BEL (A) R1
GAJDOSOVA AUS & TOMLJANOVIC AUS R1
PLISKOVA CZE & PLISKOVA CZE R2
HUSAROVA SVK & KANIA POL R3
JANS-IGNACIK POL & KLEPAC SLO [16] R1
HLAVACKOVA CZE & HRADECKA CZE [9] SF
DUSHEVINA RUS & MARTINEZ SANCHEZ ESP R1
BACSINSZKY SUI & CHUANG TPE R2
NICULESCU ROU & PARRA SANTONJA ESP R1
HC CHAN TPE & MEDINA GARRIGUES ESP R3
KRUNIC SRB & TSURENKO UKR R1
BONAVENTURE BEL & SCHMIEDLOVA SVK R2
KOPS-JONES USA & SPEARS USA [6] R1
BOTTOM HALF
GARCIA FRA & SREBOTNIK SLO [8] R3
JOVANOVSKI SRB & LIANG CHN R1
ARRUABARRENA ESP & BEGU ROU R2
ARCANGIOLI FRA & PAQUET FRA (W) R1
AOYAMA JPN & VORACOVA CZE R1
CORNET FRA & LINETTE POL R2
CHAN TPE & DAVIS USA R1
DELLACQUA AUS & SHVEDOVA KAZ [12] Final
KRAJICEK NED & STRYCOVA CZE [13] QF
COIN FRA & PARMENTIER FRA (W) R1
ALLERTOVA CZE & CETKOVSKA CZE R1
DATE-KRUMM JPN & SCHIAVONE ITA R2
KALASHNIKOVA GEO & PIRONKOVA BUL R1
HANTUCHOVA SVK & STOSUR AUS R3
ERAKOVIC NZL & WATSON GBR R1
BABOS HUN & MLADENOVIC FRA [3] R2
MUGURUZA ESP & SUAREZ NAVARRO ESP [5] R1
SOLER-ESPINOSA ESP & TORRO-FLOR ESP QF
DULGHERU ROU & RYBARIKOVA SVK R2
BARTHEL GER & MINELLA LUX R1
KOUKALOVA CZE & SMITKOVA CZE R1
BECK GER & PEER ISR R2
DABROWSKI CAN & ROSOLSKA POL R1
YJ CHAN TPE & J ZHENG CHN [11] R3
RODIONOVA AUS & RODIONOVA AUS [15] R3
JURAK CRO & RISKE USA R1
DIYAS KAZ & XU CHN R2
KICHENOK UKR & OLARU ROU R1
BERTENS NED & LARSSON SWE R1
KICHENOK UKR & SAVCHUK UKR R2
JOHANSSON FRA & RAZZANO FRA (W) R1
MAKAROVA RUS & VESNINA RUS [2] SF

    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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