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May 31, 2015

Ivanovic rolls back years to reach French last eight

PARIS (Reuters) – When a 20-year-old Ana Ivanovic won the French Open in 2008 and the number one ranking followed shortly afterwards the world appeared to be at her feet.

Photogenic and with a sweet smile she was already a poster girl for the WTA Tour and sponsors queued up for her signature.

May 31, 2015

Tennis-Ivanovic rolls back years to reach French last eight

PARIS, May 31 (Reuters) – When a 20-year-old Ana Ivanovic won the French Open in 2008 and the number one ranking followed shortly afterwards the world appeared to be at her feet.

Photogenic and with a sweet smile she was already a poster girl for the WTA Tour and sponsors queued up for her signature.

May 30, 2015

Serena survives as Djokovic, Murray down young guns

PARIS (Reuters) – Serena Williams’s survival instincts dug her out of trouble against a familiar foe on Saturday after Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray slapped down pesky Australian upstarts on day seven of the French Open.

With the sun sinking behind Court Philippe Chatrier, world number one Williams swaggered out to face Victoria Azarenka of Belarus — a heavyweight clash befitting a final.

May 30, 2015

Tennis-Serena survives as Djokovic, Murray down young guns

PARIS, May 30 (Reuters) – Serena Williams’s survival instincts dug her out of trouble against a familiar foe on Saturday after Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray slapped down pesky Australian upstarts on day seven of the French Open.

With the sun sinking behind Court Philippe Chatrier, world number one Williams swaggered out to face Victoria Azarenka of Belarus — a heavyweight clash befitting a final.

May 30, 2015

Tennis-Williams finds fire just in time to beat Azarenka

PARIS (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams needed all her fighting qualities to beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6 6-4 6-2 and reach the last 16 of the French Open on Saturday.

The American, champion at Roland Garros in 2002 and 2013, spent most of the late evening match on Court Philippe Chatrier trailing, but flicked the switch just in time, to reel off the last six games of the match with a flurry of winners.

May 30, 2015

Williams finds fire just in time to beat Azarenka

PARIS (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams needed all her fighting qualities to beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6 6-4 6-2 and reach the last 16 of the French Open on Saturday.

The American, champion at Roland Garros in 2002 and 2013, spent most of the late evening match on Court Philippe Chatrier trailing, but flicked the switch just in time, to reel off the last six games of the match with a flurry of winners.

May 30, 2015

Lone American Jack ready to Sock it to Nadal

PARIS (Reuters) – Jack Sock flew the Stars and Stripes as the lone American male into the last 16 of the French Open after a convincing win against rising Croatian teenager Borna Coric on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Nebraskan played brilliantly to win 6-2 6-1 6-4 and post his best grand slam performance.

May 30, 2015

Tennis-Lone American Jack ready to Sock it to Nadal

PARIS, May 30 (Reuters) – Jack Sock flew the Stars and Stripes as the lone American male into the last 16 of the French Open after a convincing win against rising Croatian teenager Borna Coric on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Nebraskan played brilliantly to win 6-2 6-1 6-4 and post his best grand slam performance.

May 30, 2015

Tennis-Nadal making all the right noises as form surges

PARIS, May 30 (Reuters) – Listen closely and you can hear the difference, defending champion Rafa Nadal said on Saturday as the Spaniard continued his upsurge in form to reach the last 16 of the French Open.

The old fizz definitely seems to have returned to the champion’s groundstrokes this week with the 28-year-old producing a note-perfect display to crush unseeded Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1 6-3 6-2.

May 30, 2015

Nadal crushes Kuznetsov to reach last 16 in style

PARIS (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal’s attempt to win the French Open for a 10th time picked up pace with a 6-1 6-3 6-2 third round demolition of unseeded Russian Andrey Kuznetsov at Roland Garros on Saturday.

The Spanish defending champion, seeded a lowly sixth this year after a run of patchy form, showed the quality that has made him the dominant force on clay for a decade, brushing aside his opponent with relative ease.