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May 25, 2015

Sharapova back in groove, Berdych powers through

PARIS (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground with the Russian opening her bid for a third French Open title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi on Monday.

The claycourt convert, champion last year and in 2012 and runner-up in 2013, went through her usual routines to great effect to ease through into the second round with few alarms.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova back in groove, Berdych powers through

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground with the Russian opening her bid for a third French Open title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi on Monday.

The claycourt convert, champion last year and in 2012 and runner-up in 2013, went through her usual routines to great effect to ease through into the second round with few alarms.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Berdych begins title quest, Cornet survives

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Tomas Berdych’s long march in search of a maiden grand slam title continued with a straightforward first-round victory at Roland Garros on Monday as the French Open moved up a gear after Sunday’s opening skirmishes.

The 29-year-old Czech powerhouse, boasting a top-four seeding at a major for the first time in his career, brushed aside Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0 7-5 6-3 — so avoiding a sixth first-round fall at the French Open.

May 25, 2015

Berdych begins title quest, Cornet survives

PARIS (Reuters) – Tomas Berdych’s long march in search of a maiden grand slam title continued with a straightforward first-round victory at Roland Garros on Monday as the French Open moved up a gear after Sunday’s opening skirmishes.

The 29-year-old Czech powerhouse, boasting a top-four seeding at a major for the first time in his career, brushed aside Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0 7-5 6-3 — so avoiding a sixth first-round fall at the French Open.

May 25, 2015

Suarez Navarro lurking as dark horse at Roland Garros

PARIS (Reuters) – When potential dark horses were being discussed before this year’s French Open the name of Carla Suarez Navarro cropped up frequently and she looked every bit a serious challenger with an easy first round win on Monday.

The diminutive Spaniard with a classical claycourt game and killer single-handed backhand dismissed Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-2 to continue her recent hot streak.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Suarez Navarro lurking as dark horse at Roland Garros

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – When potential dark horses were being discussed before this year’s French Open the name of Carla Suarez Navarro cropped up frequently and she looked every bit a serious challenger with an easy first round win on Monday.

The diminutive Spaniard with a classical claycourt game and killer single-handed backhand dismissed Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-2 to continue her recent hot streak.

May 24, 2015

Colourful Federer’s mood darkened despite easy win

PARIS (Reuters) – Roger Federer enlivened a routine day at the office with a violet and pink outfit and a several dabs of brilliance to launch another French Open quest but his mood darkened after a security breach on Sunday.

The evergreen Swiss was in full control against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, marking the start of his 62nd consecutive appearance at a grand slam tournament with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory on court Philippe Chatrier.

May 24, 2015

All roads lead to Rafa for Djokovic, says Courier

PARIS (Reuters) – Favourite Novak Djokovic will not be unduly alarmed by the prospect of facing defending champion Rafa Nadal in the quarter-final of the French Open, according to twice winner Jim Courier.

Serb Djokovic has been virtually unplayable this year, amassing a 35-2 win-loss record including the Australian Open title and Masters 1000 triumphs at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, and has a golden chance to complete his career grand slam in Paris.

May 24, 2015

Tennis-Colourful Federer’s mood darkened despite easy win

PARIS, May 24 (Reuters) – Roger Federer enlivened a routine day at the office with a violet and pink outfit and a several dabs of brilliance to launch another French Open quest but his mood darkened after a security breach on Sunday.

The evergreen Swiss was in full control against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, marking the start of his 62nd consecutive appearance at a grand slam tournament with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory on court Philippe Chatrier.

May 24, 2015

Tennis-All roads lead to Rafa for Djokovic, says Courier

PARIS, May 24 (Reuters) – Favourite Novak Djokovic will not be unduly alarmed by the prospect of facing defending champion Rafa Nadal in the quarter-final of the French Open, according to twice winner Jim Courier.

Serb Djokovic has been virtually unplayable this year, amassing a 35-2 win-loss record including the Australian Open title and Masters 1000 triumphs at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, and has a golden chance to complete his career grand slam in Paris.