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Jun 5, 2015

Tennis-Djokovic-Murray kept hanging for final date with Wawrinka

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray’s French Open final hopes were on a knife edge on Friday after a thunderstorm left the pair facing an uneasy night wondering who will face Swiss Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s showpiece contest.

A battle between the Serbian and British heavyweights had promised much, got off to bit of a false start but was then building towards a rousing finale when an approaching storm brought a halt to proceedings at Roland Garros.

Jun 5, 2015

Ill Serena faces race against time to get fit for final

PARIS (Reuters) – Illness prevented Serena Williams from practicing on the eve of the French Open final and the world number one admitted she faces a race against time to get fit for Saturday’s showpiece against Lucie Safarova.

The American looked completely out of sorts during her three-set semi-final win over Swiss outsider Timea Bacsinszky and said she “collapsed” once she walked off court on Thursday.

Jun 5, 2015

Tennis-Ill Serena faces race against time to get fit for final

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – Illness prevented Serena Williams from practising on the eve of the French Open final and the world number one admitted she faces a race against time to get fit for Saturday’s showpiece against Lucie Safarova.

The American looked completely out of sorts during her three-set semi-final win over Swiss outsider Timea Bacsinszky and said she “collapsed” once she walked off court on Thursday.

Jun 5, 2015

Wawrinka scorches Tsonga to reach French Open final

PARIS (Reuters) – Stan Wawrinka took on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 15,000 of his most passionate fans and silenced them all to reach the French Open final for the first time with a 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 6-4 victory on Friday.

Tsonga’s hopes of becoming the first Frenchman to win the title since Yannick Noah in 1983 melted away on the hottest day of the championships — with the mercury hitting 33 degrees Celsius — as Wawrinka won the points that mattered.

Jun 5, 2015

Tennis-Wawrinka scorches Tsonga to reach French Open final

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – Stan Wawrinka took on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 15,000 of his most passionate fans and silenced them all to reach the French Open final for the first time with a 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 6-4 victory on Friday.

Tsonga’s hopes of becoming the first Frenchman to win the title since Yannick Noah in 1983 melted away on the hottest day of the championships — with the mercury hitting 33 degrees Celsius — as Wawrinka won the points that mattered.

Jun 4, 2015

Sick Serena battles on to set up Safarova final

PARIS (Reuters) – Serena Williams did not smile, celebrate or even acknowledge the roaring standing ovation from the jubilant crowd as she watched Timea Bacsinszky’s backhand float out on match point at the French Open on Thursday.

Instead, the pained expression on the ailing American’s face spoke volumes about what she must have been thinking — ‘Thank Jehovah it’s over’ to coin her usual phrase.

Jun 4, 2015

Tennis-Sick Serena battles on to set up Safarova final

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – Serena Williams did not smile, celebrate or even acknowledge the roaring standing ovation from the jubilant crowd as she watched Timea Bacsinszky’s backhand float out on match point at the French Open on Thursday.

Instead, the pained expression on the ailing American’s face spoke volumes about what she must have been thinking — ‘Thank Jehovah it’s over’ to coin her usual phrase.

Jun 4, 2015

Safarova silences Ivanovic to reach first slam final

PARIS (Reuters) – Lucie Safarova became the first Czech woman in 34 years to reach the French Open final after she fought back to topple 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic 7-5 7-5 on Thursday.

Just when it looked as if her title aspirations were floundering, the 13th seed shook off her jitters and unleashed her A Game to pummel Ivanovic into submission.

Jun 4, 2015

Tennis-Safarova silences Ivanovic to reach first slam final

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – Lucie Safarova became the first Czech woman in 34 years to reach the French Open final after she fought back to topple 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic 7-5 7-5 on Thursday.

Just when it looked as if her title aspirations were floundering, the 13th seed shook off her jitters and unleashed her A Game to pummel Ivanovic into submission.

Jun 4, 2015

Analysis – Nadal a spent force? No! say his rivals

PARIS (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal’s brutal French Open defeat at the hands of Novak Djokovic on Wednesday provoked the predictable question of whether the Spaniard’s career is in terminal decline.

Those in the know, however, his fellow players, believe the 29-year-old remains a force to be reckoned with.