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May 29, 2014

Stephens lifts U.S. spirits at French Open, Ferrer powers on

PARIS (Reuters) – In the absence of the Williams sisters, 15th seed Sloane Stephens raised American morale at the French Open by easing past Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1 6-3 on Thursday to reach the third round.

Last year’s runner-up David Ferrer of Spain, the fifth seed, bulldozed his way into the last 32 by demolishing Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-3 6-2.

May 29, 2014

Tennis-Stephens lifts U.S. spirits at French Open, Ferrer powers on

PARIS, May 29 (Reuters) – In the absence of the Williams sisters, 15th seed Sloane Stephens raised American morale at the French Open by easing past Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1 6-3 on Thursday to reach the third round.

Last year’s runner-up David Ferrer of Spain, the fifth seed, bulldozed his way into the last 32 by demolishing Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-3 6-2.

May 28, 2014

Federer kept on his toes in French Open second-round win

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer was kept on his toes before he eventually subdued Argentine journeyman Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round of the French Open on Wednesday.

The 17-times grand slam champion from Switzerland, was kept under pressure throughout by the world No. 109, who never gave up and even broke serve in the first set.

May 28, 2014

Tennis-Federer kept on his toes in French Open second-round win

PARIS, May 28 (Reuters) – Roger Federer was kept on his toes before he eventually subdued Argentine journeyman Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round of the French Open on Wednesday.

The 17-times grand slam champion from Switzerland, was kept under pressure throughout by the world No. 109, who never gave up and even broke serve in the first set.

May 28, 2014

Youngsters crash Williams party in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – It was meant to be a grown-up event for the Williams family at the French Open but now it will be more of a kids’ party after two youngsters showed the American sisters to the door on Wednesday.

Slovakian teenager Anna Schmiedlova caused an upset when she beat Venus 2-6 6-3 6-4, but jaws dropped when Spain’s Garbine Muguruza knocked out world No.1 and defending champion Serena 6-2 6-2, depriving the sisters of a third-round meeting.

May 28, 2014

Tennis-Youngsters crash Williams party in Paris

PARIS, May 28 (Reuters) – It was meant to be a grown-up event for the Williams family at the French Open but now it will be more of a kids’ party after two youngsters showed the American sisters to the door on Wednesday.

Slovakian teenager Anna Schmiedlova caused an upset when she beat Venus 2-6 6-3 6-4, but jaws dropped when Spain’s Garbine Muguruza knocked out world No.1 and defending champion Serena 6-2 6-2, depriving the sisters of a third-round meeting.

May 28, 2014

Serena’s love of Paris turns sour after Open defeat

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris lover Serena Williams, the world No.1 and defending champion, suffered heartache at the French Open when she was sent packing after a shock 6-2 6-2 defeat by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday.

The 17-times grand slam champion from the United States never got into her stride against the 20-year-old world No.35 who claimed the greatest victory of her young life.

May 27, 2014

Mladenovic goes back to childhood to move career forwards

PARIS (Reuters) – After a promising start to her career, Kristina Mladenovic looked set to join the long list of talented French tennis players who failed to make it to the top – until a shock French Open win against Li Na put her back on the launchpad.

The 21-year-old kept her composure in a 7-5 3-6 6-1 first-round defeat of the 2011 champion from China, also this year’s Australian Open winner, which cleared her path to a possible grand-slam breakthrough as she returned to her childhood support to make progress.

May 27, 2014

Tennis-Mladenovic goes back to childhood to move career forwards

PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) – After a promising start to her career, Kristina Mladenovic looked set to join the long list of talented French tennis players who failed to make it to the top – until a shock French Open win against Li Na put her back on the launchpad.

The 21-year-old kept her composure in a 7-5 3-6 6-1 first-round defeat of the 2011 champion from China, also this year’s Australian Open winner, which cleared her path to a possible grand-slam breakthrough as she returned to her childhood support to make progress.

May 27, 2014

Li downed by French youngster in Paris first round

PARIS (Reuters) – Australian Open champion Li Na, of China, was knocked out of the French Open in the first round when she suffered a 7-5 3-6 6-1 defeat against France’s Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday.

Second seed Li, who won at Roland Garros in 2011, looked impotent on court Suzanne Lenglen on another chilly day in Paris, following men’s Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka to the Roland Garros exit door.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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