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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.

Jun 2, 2014

Tennis-Nadal shows no sign of relinquishing King of Clay crown

PARIS, June 2 (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.

Jun 2, 2014

Petkovic pens dream Roland Garros return by reaching quarters

PARIS (Reuters) – Andrea Petkovic’s decision to hold off trading in her tennis racket for a career in journalism paid off on Monday as she reached a grand slam quarter-final for the first time in three years with a 1-6 6-2 7-5 win over Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens.

Hobbled by back, ankle and knee injuries that forced her out of the tour for several months over the past two years, the 27-year-old German considered quitting tennis in 2013 to try her luck as a magazine journalist – and even successfully applied for internships.

Jun 2, 2014

Tennis-Petkovic pens dream Roland Garros return by reaching quarters

PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) – Andrea Petkovic’s decision to hold off trading in her tennis racket for a career in journalism paid off on Monday as she reached a grand slam quarter-final for the first time in three years with a 1-6 6-2 7-5 win over Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens.

Hobbled by back, ankle and knee injuries that forced her out of the tour for several months over the past two years, the 27-year-old German considered quitting tennis in 2013 to try her luck as a magazine journalist – and even successfully applied for internships.

Feb 24, 2014

Figure skating: Russians dominate endless drama

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – An ageing, moody leading man, a doomed little girl in a red coat, a shocking cliff-hanger finale – figure skating at the Olympics had the melodrama to rival a soap opera.

Add in the international outrage over judging that followed the surprise gold for Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova and you have a plot that will live long in the memory.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Russians dominate endless drama

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – An ageing, moody leading man, a doomed little girl in a red coat, a shocking cliff-hanger finale – figure skating at the Olympics had the melodrama to rival a soap opera.

Add in the international outrage over judging that followed the surprise gold for Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova and you have a plot that will live long in the memory.