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Jun 5, 2014

Sharapova scraps into final showdown with Halep

PARIS (Reuters) – She once posed for a photograph with an eight-year-old Eugenie Bouchard but that friendly touch was not on show on Thursday as Maria Sharapova wiped the smile off the Canadian’s face to set up a French Open final with Simona Halep.

While a 2002 photo of a statuesque Sharapova wrapping her arm around a pixie-like Bouchard has gone viral over the past 48 hours, the Russian hogged the limelight at Roland Garros as she grunted and shrieked her way to her third successive Paris final with a 4-6 7-5 6-2 win.

Jun 5, 2014

Tennis-Sharapova scraps into final showdown with Halep

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – She once posed for a photograph with an eight-year-old Eugenie Bouchard but that friendly touch was not on show on Thursday as Maria Sharapova wiped the smile off the Canadian’s face to set up a French Open final with Simona Halep.

While a 2002 photo of a statuesque Sharapova wrapping her arm around a pixie-like Bouchard has gone viral over the past 48 hours, the Russian hogged the limelight at Roland Garros as she grunted and shrieked her way to her third successive Paris final with a 4-6 7-5 6-2 win.

Jun 5, 2014

Nadal and Djokovic eager to renew hostilities

PARIS (Reuters) – Andy Murray will draw on the experience of being a grand slam champion and Ernests Gulbis is to rely on his “unhealthy diet full of ketchup” as they attempt to prevent a Rafa Nadal-Novak Djokovic French Open final.

The last time Murray faced eight-times champion Nadal at Roland Garros, in the 2011 semi-finals, the Briton was still one of the many also-rans on the tour.

Jun 5, 2014

Tennis-Nadal and Djokovic eager to renew hostilities

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – Andy Murray will draw on the experience of being a grand slam champion and Ernests Gulbis is to rely on his “unhealthy diet full of ketchup” as they attempt to prevent a Rafa Nadal-Novak Djokovic French Open final.

The last time Murray faced eight-times champion Nadal at Roland Garros, in the 2011 semi-finals, the Briton was still one of the many also-rans on the tour.

Jun 4, 2014

Nadal and Murray beat fading light to set up semi-final

PARIS (Reuters) – There is not much that spooks Rafa Nadal at the French Open but David Ferrer managed to do just that – for 49 bewitching minutes – before watching in despair as his fellow Spaniard turned into a man possessed to set up a semi-final with Andy Murray.

Facing a rival who had beaten him the last time they had met, Nadal could barely believe his eyes on Wednesday when he dropped his first set of the tournament at 7:36 p.m. local time.

Jun 4, 2014

Tennis-Nadal and Murray beat fading light to set up semi-final

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – There is not much that spooks Rafa Nadal at the French Open but David Ferrer managed to do just that – for 49 bewitching minutes – before watching in despair as his fellow Spaniard turned into a man possessed to set up a semi-final with Andy Murray.

Facing a rival who had beaten him the last time they had met, Nadal could barely believe his eyes on Wednesday when he dropped his first set of the tournament at 7:36 p.m. local time.

Jun 4, 2014

Petkovic and Halep set up surprise semi-final showdown

PARIS (Reuters) – ‘Twisted soul’ Andrea Petkovic joyously planted a kiss on her racket frame after she battled through drizzle and swirling winds on Wednesday to set up an unlikely French Open semi-final showdown with Romanian Simona Halep.

The 28th seeded German came close to turning her back on tennis a year ago after being hobbled by back, ankle and knee injuries but 12 months on she was getting up close and personal with her racket after blowing Italy’s Sara Errani off court with a 6-2 6-2 win.

Jun 3, 2014

Sharapova lives to fight another day, Gulbis powers on

PARIS (Reuters) – There was no Serena Williams standing in her way but the absence of her American nemesis did not stop Maria Sharapova from almost fluffing her lines on Tuesday before she set up a semi-final date at the French Open with Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

At 6-1 5-4 down, the Russian was on the verge of being toppled by the same Spanish gale force that had blown away Williams in the second round.

Jun 3, 2014

Tennis-Sharapova lives to fight another day, Gulbis powers on

PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) – There was no Serena Williams standing in her way but the absence of her American nemesis did not stop Maria Sharapova from almost fluffing her lines on Tuesday before she set up a semi-final date at the French Open with Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

At 6-1 5-4 down, the Russian was on the verge of being toppled by the same Spanish gale force that had blown away Williams in the second round.

Jun 2, 2014

Nadal shows no sign of relinquishing King of Clay crown

PARIS (Reuters) – Concerns that Rafa Nadal’s reign as king of Roland Garros might be in jeopardy due to an aching back proved wide of the mark on Monday as the world number one led a Spanish charge into the French Open quarter-finals.

On the day that Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicated his throne, there was no danger of his compatriot doing the same in Paris as the eight-times champion produced a 6-1 6-2 6-1 demolition job on Serbian Dusan Lajovic.