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May 26, 2015

Tennis-Forehand could be better, says Nadal after win

PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) – Chasing a record-extending 10th French Open crown on the back of his worst claycourt season since prevailing for the first time, Rafa Nadal acknowledged another weakness on Tuesday — his best shot is not that solid.

The Spaniard, who before this year had always claimed a claycourt title in Europe on his way to Paris, eased past French teenager Quentin Halys with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 first-round win.

May 26, 2015

Kvitova struggles to reach second round in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova, not a natural mover on clay, dug deep to reach the French Open second round by laboring to a 6-4 3-6 6-4 win over New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic on Tuesday.

The double Wimbledon champion looked nothing like the player who defeated world number one Serena Williams en route to the Madrid Open claycourt title earlier this month as she put in a shaky performance on court Philippe Chatrier.

May 26, 2015

Tennis-Kvitova struggles to reach second round in Paris

PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) – Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova, not a natural mover on clay, dug deep to reach the French Open second round by labouring to a 6-4 3-6 6-4 win over New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic on Tuesday.

The double Wimbledon champion looked nothing like the player who defeated world number one Serena Williams en route to the Madrid Open claycourt title earlier this month as she put in a shaky performance on court Philippe Chatrier.

May 26, 2015

Stephens downs Venus to advance into round two of French Open

PARIS (Reuters) – Former world number one Venus Williams suffered another early French Open exit when she was beaten 7-6(5) 6-1 by fellow American Sloane Stephens in the first round on Monday.

It was not a major surprise though as Stephens has reached the fourth round of the claycourt grand slam in the past three years. She will face Briton Heather Watson next.

May 25, 2015

Stephens downs Venus to advance into Paris round two

PARIS (Reuters) – Former world number one Venus Williams suffered another early French Open exit when she was beaten 7-6(5) 6-1 by fellow American Sloane Stephens in the first round on Monday.

It was not a major surprise though as Stephens has reached the fourth round of the claycourt grand slam in the past three years. She will face Briton Heather Watson next.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Stephens downs Venus to advance into Paris round two

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Former world number one Venus Williams suffered another early French Open exit when she was beaten 7-6(5) 6-1 by fellow American Sloane Stephens in the first round on Monday.

It was not a major surprise though as Stephens has reached the fourth round of the claycourt grand slam in the past three years. She will face Briton Heather Watson next.

May 25, 2015

Outsider Berdych still knocking on door 10 years on

PARIS (Reuters) – Tomas Berdych has been seeded in grand slams for 10 years, yet the Czech, ranked fourth at the French Open, is rarely discussed as a potential champion.

Hardly helped by the era in which is playing in, Berdych has reached only one grand slam final, at Wimbledon in 2010, but has been ever-present in the world’s top 10 for five years.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Outsider Berdych still knocking on door 10 years on

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Tomas Berdych has been seeded in grand slams for 10 years, yet the Czech, ranked fourth at the French Open, is rarely discussed as a potential champion.

Hardly helped by the era in which is playing in, Berdych has reached only one grand slam final, at Wimbledon in 2010, but has been ever-present in the world’s top 10 for five years.

May 24, 2015

Security breach as fan attempts selfie with Federer

PARIS (Reuters) – A security breach marred Roger Federer’s first-round win at the French Open on Sunday when a fan walked on to Court Philippe Chatrier and attempted to take a selfie with the 17-times grand slam champion.

The Swiss appeared startled as the fan appeared on court as Federer walked off having defeated Alejandro Falla in straights sets. Security staff then whisked the offender away.

May 24, 2015

Tennis-Security breach as fan attempts selfie with Federer

PARIS, May 24 (Reuters) – A major security breach marred Roger Federer’s first-round win at the French Open on Sunday when a fan walked on to Court Philippe Chatrier and attempted to take a selfie with the 17-times grand slam champion.

The Swiss appeared startled as the fan appeared on court as Federer walked off having defeated Alejandro Falla in straights sets. Security staff then whisked the offender away.

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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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