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Jun 7, 2015

Great shots, crazy shorts — Wawrinka’s Roland Garros legacy

PARIS (Reuters) – Forget the breathtaking backhands, formidable forehands and astonishing aces that Stanislas Wawrinka produced during his magnificent run to the French Open title — it was his bizarre red and white checked shorts that stole the limelight on Sunday.

Where did he get the design? A pair of pyjamas tucked away in his father’s wardrobe, or was it from a 1970′s wallpaper still hanging on an old relative’s house?. Perhaps it was from a blanket handed down in the family over generations.

Jun 7, 2015

Tennis-Great shots, crazy shorts — Wawrinka’s Roland Garros legacy

PARIS, June 7 (Reuters) – Forget the breathtaking backhands, formidable forehands and astonishing aces that Stanislas Wawrinka produced during his magnificent run to the French Open title — it was his bizarre red and white checked shorts that stole the limelight on Sunday.

Where did he get the design? A pair of pyjamas tucked away in his father’s wardrobe, or was it from a 1970′s wallpaper still hanging on an old relative’s house?. Perhaps it was from a blanket handed down in the family over generations.

Jun 7, 2015

Triumphant Wawrinka dashes Djokovic’s Paris dream

PARIS (Reuters) – As his blazing backhand skidded off from inside the baseline, Stanislas Wawrinka sent his racket rocketing skywards after dashing Novak Djokovic’s French Open dreams with a victory barely anyone expected on Sunday.

It was a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 triumph only Wawrinka’s nearest and dearest saw coming as the Swiss was facing a player who had looked destined to join the all-time greats by becoming the eighth man to complete a career grand slam.

Jun 7, 2015

Tennis-Triumphant Wawrinka dashes Djokovic’s Paris dream

PARIS, June 7 (Reuters) – As his blazing backhand skidded off from inside the baseline, Stanislas Wawrinka sent his racket rocketing skywards after dashing Novak Djokovic’s French Open dreams with a victory barely anyone expected on Sunday.

It was a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 triumph only Wawrinka’s nearest and dearest saw coming as the Swiss was facing a player who had looked destined to join the all-time greats by becoming the eighth man to complete a career grand slam.

Jun 6, 2015

Forget calendar slam, Williams eyes second Serena Slam

PARIS (Reuters) – Serena Williams is a five-times Wimbledon champion but the American surprisingly declared on Saturday that she has “never really liked grass”.

To complete the ‘Serena Slam’ for the second time in her career, the U.S. Open champion will need to conquer the lush green lawns of the All England Club from June 29-July 12.

Jun 6, 2015

Tennis-Forget calendar slam, Williams eyes second Serena Slam

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – Serena Williams is a five-times Wimbledon champion but the American surprisingly declared on Saturday that she has “never really liked grass”.

To complete the ‘Serena Slam’ for the second time in her career, the U.S. Open champion will need to conquer the lush green lawns of the All England Club from June 29-July 12.

Jun 6, 2015

Tennis-No stopping Serena as she hoists 20th major trophy

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – Nothing, absolutely nothing could stop Serena Williams from completing the magnificent TWO-O on Saturday and the American joyously bounced around as she hoisted a grand slam singles trophy for the 20th time with victory at the French Open.

It was a victory that seemed unlikely 24 hours earlier as she battled the debilitating effects of the flu.

Jun 6, 2015

No stopping Serena as she hoists 20th major trophy

PARIS (Reuters) – Nothing, absolutely nothing could stop Serena Williams from completing the magnificent TWO-O on Saturday and the American joyously bounced around as she hoisted a grand slam singles trophy for the 20th time with victory at the French Open.

It was a victory that seemed unlikely just 24 hours earlier as she battled the from the debilitating effects of the flu.

Jun 6, 2015

Murray’s honeymoon on clay ended by Djokovic

PARIS (Reuters) – With his glinting gold wedding band looped around the black laces of left shoe, Andy Murray had been an unstoppable force on clay this season.

So unstoppable that players of the caliber of nine-times French Open champion Rafa Nadal or seasoned campaigner David Ferrer tried and failed to ruin the newlywed’s honeymoon period on clay.

Jun 6, 2015

Tennis-Murray’s honeymoon on clay ended by Djokovic

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – With his glinting gold wedding band looped around the black laces of left shoe, Andy Murray had been an unstoppable force on clay this season.

So unstoppable that players of the calibre of nine-times French Open champion Rafa Nadal or seasoned campaigner David Ferrer tried and failed to ruin the newlywed’s honeymoon period on clay.