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Jun 4, 2014

Diminutive Halep has all the angles covered

PARIS (Reuters) – So why not Simona Halep? After all, the diminutive Justine Henin won the French Open four times.

The Romanian is not a hard hitter and her height (1.68m) does not allow her to serve big – just like the 1.67m seven-times grand slam champion from Belgium.

Jun 4, 2014

Halep eases into maiden grand slam semi-final in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep outfoxed former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2 6-2 to reach her first grand slam semi-final on Wednesday.

Halep, junior champion at Roland Garros in 2008, will face Andrea Petkovic for a place in Saturday’s final after the German beat former runner-up Sara Errani, of Italy.

Jun 4, 2014

Tennis-Halep eases into maiden grand slam semi-final in Paris

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep outfoxed former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2 6-2 to reach her first grand slam semi-final on Wednesday.

Halep, junior champion at Roland Garros in 2008, will face Andrea Petkovic for a place in Saturday’s final after the German beat former runner-up Sara Errani, of Italy.

Jun 3, 2014

Gulbis and Djokovic make semi-final odd couple

PARIS (Reuters) – It is fair to say that Novak Djokovic and Ernests Gulbis have long held different approaches on how to become a top tennis player, yet the Serbian world number two and the reformed Latvian playboy will meet in the semi-finals of the French Open.

Gulbis lived on junk food and partied through the night, Djokovic, meanwhile, adopted a gluten-free diet and took training seriously.

Jun 3, 2014

Tennis-Gulbis and Djokovic make semi-final odd couple

PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) – It is fair to say that Novak Djokovic and Ernests Gulbis have long held different approaches on how to become a top tennis player, yet the Serbian world number two and the reformed Latvian playboy will meet in the semi-finals of the French Open.

Gulbis lived on junk food and partied through the night, Djokovic, meanwhile, adopted a gluten-free diet and took training seriously.

Jun 3, 2014

Tennis-Dynamic Djokovic marches into last four in Paris

PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic proved too hot to handle for Canadian outsider Milos Raonic as the Serb qualified for the French Open semi-finals for the sixth time with a clinical 7-5 7-6 (5) 6-4 victory on Tuesday.

The world number two, chasing the only grand slam title to elude him, next meets 18th-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

Jun 3, 2014

Dynamic Djokovic marches into last four in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic proved too hot to handle for Canadian outsider Milos Raonic as the Serb qualified for the French Open semi-finals for the sixth time with a clinical 7-5 7-6 (5) 6-4 victory on Tuesday.

The world number two, chasing the only grand slam title to elude him, next meets 18th-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

Jun 3, 2014

Composure comes as second nature to Sharapova

PARIS (Reuters) – Been there, done that. Maria Sharapova had just too much experience for the talented, yet still green, Garbine Muguruza at the French Open on Tuesday.

The Russian ice queen was 6-1 5-4 down against the up-and-coming Spaniard in their quarter-final on center court but used all her experience to come through 1-6 7-5 6-1.

Jun 3, 2014

Tennis-Sharapova grinds into last four in Paris

PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova again showed her resilience when she recovered from a poor start to down up-and-coming Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 1-6 7-5 6-1 on Tuesday and reach the French Open semi-finals.

The 2012 champion and last year’s runner-up, who will meet Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the last four, lost the first four games as she conceded the first set before regaining her composure against a player who knocked holder Serena Williams out in the second round.

Jun 3, 2014

Sharapova grinds into last four in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova again showed her resilience when she recovered from a poor start to down up-and-coming Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 1-6 7-5 6-1 and reach the French Open semi-finals on Tuesday.

The 2012 champion and last year’s runner-up, who will meet Eugenie Bouchard after the Canadian beat Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets, lost the first four games as she conceded the first set before regaining her composure against a player who knocked holder Serena Williams out in the second round.

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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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