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Jun 4, 2015

Tennis-Serena behaviour not a problem, says Bacsinszky

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – Serena Williams’s health and gamesmanship were the subjects on everyone’s lips at the French Open after the ailing world number one beat Timea Bacsinszky in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Williams prevailed 4-6 6-3 6-0, recovering from a set and a break down despite looking unwell throughout, wrapping iced towels around her neck and ending the post-match on-court interview because of a coughing fit.

Jun 4, 2015

Ailing Serena beats Bacsinszky to reach French Open final

PARIS (Reuters) – An ailing Serena Williams stayed on course for a 20th grand slam singles title as she came back from the brink to reach the final of the French Open with a 4-6 6-3 6-0 win against Swiss power hitter Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday.

The American, who looked unwell throughout the match, putting iced towels around her neck and against her forehead at changeovers, fell a set and a break down as the 23rd-seeded Bacsinszky peppered the court with backhand winners.

Jun 4, 2015

Tennis-Ailing Serena beats Bacsinszky to reach French Open final

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – An ailing Serena Williams stayed on course for a 20th grand slam singles title as she came back from the brink to reach the final of the French Open with a 4-6 6-3 6-0 win against Swiss power hitter Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday.

The American, who looked unwell throughout the match, putting iced towels around her neck and against her forehead at changeovers, fell a set and a break down as the 23rd-seeded Bacsinszky peppered the court with backhand winners.

Jun 4, 2015

Djokovic still faces rocky road to French glory

PARIS (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic’s muted celebrations after ending Rafa Nadal’s reign as claycourt king were partly out of respect for his Spanish victim but mainly due to the fact the his French Open mission is far from accomplished.

In beating nine-times champion Nadal, Djokovic scaled what had previously been an insurmountable barrier at Roland Garros.

Jun 4, 2015

Preview: Djokovic still faces rocky road to French glory

PARIS (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic’s muted celebrations after ending Rafa Nadal’s reign as claycourt king were partly out of respect for his Spanish victim but mainly due to the fact the his French Open mission is far from accomplished.

In beating nine-times champion Nadal, Djokovic scaled what had previously been an insurmountable barrier at Roland Garros.

Jun 4, 2015

Tennis-Djokovic still faces rocky road to French glory

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic’s muted celebrations after ending Rafa Nadal’s reign as claycourt king were partly out of respect for his Spanish victim but mainly due to the fact the his French Open mission is far from accomplished.

In beating nine-times champion Nadal, Djokovic scaled what had previously been an insurmountable barrier at Roland Garros.

Jun 4, 2015

France hope experience will pay off at World Cup

PARIS (Reuters) – France are gearing up for a pivotal Women’s World Cup, hoping their recent club and country failures will help them to their maiden title in Canada.

Les Bleues, who finished fourth at both the 2011 World Cup and 2012 London Olympics, enter the June 6-July 5 competition in Canada among the top favourites with a backbone of players from Olympique Lyonnais and Paris St Germain.

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-France hope experience will pay off at World Cup

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – France are gearing up for a pivotal Women’s World Cup, hoping their recent club and country failures will help them to their maiden title in Canada.

Les Bleues, who finished fourth at both the 2011 World Cup and 2012 London Olympics, enter the June 6-July 5 competition in Canada among the top favourites with a backbone of players from Olympique Lyonnais and Paris St Germain.

Jun 3, 2015

I had it coming, Nadal admits after French Open defeat

PARIS (Reuters) – It was only his second defeat in 11 years and 72 matches at Roland Garros, yet it came as little surprise for Rafa Nadal as the nine-times champion admitted he had his French Open quarter-final defeat to Novak Djokovic coming.

The Spaniard lost 7-5 6-3 6-1, being overwhelmed in straight-sets by the world number one who is looking to clinch the only grand slam missing from his collection.

Jun 3, 2015

Djokovic not getting carried away after breakthrough win

PARIS (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic is keeping his feet firmly planted on the ground after his awe-inspiring quarter-final victory over nine-times champion Rafa Nadal at the French Open on Wednesday.

The world number one from Serbia handed the Spaniard only his second defeat at Roland Garros in 11 years to book a last-four meeting with British third seed Andy Murray.

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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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