Federer Survives Fall and Simon to Gain 36th Straight Grand Slam Quarterfinal

(June 2, 2013) Roger Federer was pushed to five sets on Sunday and had to recover from a fall on the clay, as well as a loss of focus in rallying to defeat Frenchman Gilles Simon, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round of the French Open. “I … [Read more...]

“Comeback Kid” Tommy Robredo Escapes Again for Five-Set Win

  (June 2, 2013) So far this fortnight Spain’s Tommy Robredo has earned the name “The Comeback Kid.” On Sunday at the French Open he became the first man since 1927 to win three consecutive Grand Slam matches, having to rally from two sets to … [Read more...]

Serena Williams Breezes Through Vinci, Sets Up Quarterfinal with Kuznetsova

By Ros Satar (June 2, 2013) PARIS - Serena Williams notched another straight sets victory over Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3, before trying out more French on the Court Phillipe Chatrier crowd, although, to be fair, many of the games were well fought and … [Read more...]

Kuznetsova Wins the Battle of the Grinders, Advances to Quarterfinals

By Ros Satar (June 2, 2013) PARIS - A  former winner of Roland Garros showed what took her to the title, as the 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. It may not have been the … [Read more...]

Jankovic Slays Semifinal Demons in a Three-Set Thriller

By Ros Satar (June 1, 2013) PARIS -With so many competitive matches on the schedule on Saturday, the Roland-Garros site had hyped up the Jelena Jankovic – Sam Stosur contest as their one to watch – and they were not wrong. Three years ago, many … [Read more...]

Haas Beats Isner on Lucky 13th Match Point at French Open

( June 1, 2013) No. 12 seed Tommy Haas resisted a comeback from  19th seed John Isner to squeak past the American on match point number 13, 7-5, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-7 (10), 10-8 in four hours and 37 minutes. Haas recovered from going down a break in the … [Read more...]

Hampton Upsets Kvitova, Joins Countrywomen Williams, Stephens and Mattek-Sands in Round of 16

(June 1, 2013) American Jamie Hampton upset 2011 Wimbledon champion and seventh seed Petra Kvitova 6-1, 7-6 (7) at the French Open on Saturday to reach the fourth round of a major for the first time. “I think I caught her a little off guard,” said … [Read more...]

Nishikori Becomes First Japanese Man in French Open Fourth Round since 1938

(June 1, 2013) With his 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1 victory over No. 24 Benoit Paire of France on Saturday, 13the seed Kei Nishikori became the first man from Japan to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros since 1938 when Nakano Fumiteru accomplished the … [Read more...]

Sharapova, Azarenka Advance to Roland Garros Fourth Round

(June 1, 2013) After and easy first set defending champion Maria Sharapova had to fight to close out the match in two sets 6-1, 7-5 over Zheng Jie on Saturday at Roland Garros. For the No. 2 seed it was the third straight day on the court due to her … [Read more...]

Sloane Stephens Triumphs in the Bullring at Roland Garros

By Ros Satar (June 1, 2013) PARIS - USA’s Sloane Stephens came through a tight three-setter, against Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3. In a court that looked more like a bull-ring with two gladiatrices battering the fluff of innocent … [Read more...]