French Open

  • Former champion Ostapenko sends second seed Pliskova out from French Open
    PARIS, October 1  (Reuters): Former champion Jelena Ostapenko ousted second seed Karolina Pliskova from the French Open with a 6-4 6-2 win in the second round of the French Open on Thursday after an error-ridden performance from the Czech player. Latvian Ostapenko, who won the 2017 title as an unseeded player, played aggressively from the start and hit 27 winners as a strangely subdued Pliskova struggled to rein in her unforced errors under the closed roof of Court Philipp
  • Top seed Halep beats Begu to extend winning run to 16
    PARIS, September 30 (Reuters): French Open top seed Simona Halep put in a disciplined performance to tame big-hitting compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3 6-4 in the second round on Wednesday, extending her winning run to 16 matches. Halep had won all the previous seven meetings with her 73rd-ranked opponent and jumped to a 3-0 lead on Court Suzanne Lenglen. But Begu got the set back on serve before the 2018 champion broke again in the eighth game before holding serve to win the s
  • Nadal breezes into French Open third round
    PARIS, September 30 (Reuters): Rafa Nadal continued his quest for a record-extending 13th French Open title with a 6-1 6-0 6-3 crushing of American Mackenzie McDonald to advance into the third round on Wednesday. The Spanish second seed, also looking to equal Roger Federer's men's record of 20 singles Grand Slam titles, was never bothered on court Philippe Chatrier. The claycourt master played deep, using his forehand to devastating effect to set up a meeting with Ja
  • Third seed Svitolina survives Mexican qualifier Zarazua
    PARIS, September 30 (Reuters): Third seed Elina Svitolina recovered from a mid-match meltdown to defeat fearless Mexican qualifier Renata Zarazua 6-3 0-6 6-2 and advance to the third round of the French Open on Wednesday. The 178th-ranked Zarazua, who became the first Mexican woman to win a Grand Slam main draw match in more than 20 years during her first round, came into the contest having never facing a top-20 player in her career. She understandably made a nervous start u
  • Serena pulls out of French Open with Achilles injury
    PARIS, September 30 (Reuters): Serena Williams' search for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title will extend into another year after an Achilles tendon injury forced her to withdraw from the French Open on Wednesday. The American, who turned 39 this week, had been due to play Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round later but after a warm-up decided the injury was too severe. Williams, a three-time former champion at Roland Garros, said she may not play again
  • Verdasco to sue French Open after positive COVID-19 test saga
    MADRID, September 30 (Reuters): Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco has announced his intention to sue the French Open organisers after he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a positive coronavirus test which he insists was not accurate. Verdasco, the world number 59, pulled out of the final Grand Slam of the year in Paris on Thursday, along with five other players including Canada's Milos Raonic and Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, after giving a po
  • Djokovic crushes Ymer to start French Open campaign
    PARIS, September 29 (Reuters): Novak Djokovic got his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title back on track as he commenced his French Open campaign with a drama-free 6-0 6-2 6-3 victory over Mikael Ymer on Tuesday. Little over three weeks since Djokovic was defaulted in the U.S. Open fourth round for hitting a line judge with a ball, he was a model of self-control as he outclassed the young Swede. Had Court Philippe Chatrier been packed with fans rather than just a smattering on
  • Kvitova sails past Dodin into second round in Paris
    PARIS, September 28 (Reuters): Czech seventh seed Petra Kvitova put in a power-packed show to beat Oceane Dodin 6-3 7-5 on Monday and breeze into the second round of the French Open. The 30-year-old twice Wimbledon champion lost only two points on serve in the opening set in her first clash with the French player, who has not got past the first round of a Grand Slam event since 2017. Donin found her feet under the closed roof of Court Philippe Chatrier in the second set
  • Murray needs to stop thinking about himself, says Wilander
    Reuters Andy Murray should consider whether he has the right to accept wild cards into major tournaments at the expense of emerging young players, seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander said after the Briton crashed out of the French Open. Murray, a former world number one, was given a wild card into the French Open but dropped out in the opening round on Sunday with a 6-1 6-3 6-2 loss to Stan Wawrinka -- his joint-worst loss at a Grand Slam. "I keep getting a littl
  • Nadal gears up for 'most difficult' French Open title defence
    Reuters Rafa Nadal will look to continue his Paris love affair when he begins the defence of his French Open title and his quest for a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam against Belarusian Egor Gerasimov on Monday. Nadal needs seven victories to bring up a century of wins at Roland Garros and collect a record-extending 13th title but the Spaniard knows he will face unprecedented tests over the next two weeks hitting an unfamiliar heavy ball in the biting cold. "Conditions h
  • Tennis: Rublev stuns Tsitsipas to lift Hamburg title
    (Reuters): Andrey Rublev will arrive at the French Open having secured his third ATP title of the season after the Russian youngster defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 3-6 7-5 in the Hamburg European Open final on Sunday. As the year's last Grand Slam began in Paris, Rublev and Tsitsipas were almost 900 kilometres away in northern Germany, battling for the ATP 500 crown at Am Rothenbaum. After sharing the first two sets, second seed Tsitsipas looked in control with a 5-3 le
  • Birthday girl Halep sails through after slow start
    PARIS, September 27 (Reuters): Romanian top seed Simona Halep started slowly before hitting top gear against Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo to celebrate her 29th birthday with a breezy 6-4 6-0 win in the French Open first round on Sunday. The former world number one, who won her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2018, took her winning streak to 15, dating back to her Dubai victory in February shortly before the professional circuit shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Tennis: Frosty Azarenka powers through in Paris
    PARIS, September 27 (Reuters): Former world number one Victoria Azarenka complained about the playing conditions at the French Open amid light drizzle and low temperatures during her 6-1 6-2 first-round victory on Sunday. The U.S. Open runner-up, who entered court Suzanne Lenglen wearing a thick pink puffer jacket, and her opponent Danka Kovinic walked off the court after play was suspended with Belarusian Azarenka leading 2-1. "No, it's eight degrees, I live in Flo
  • Murray forced to wait for hip checkup after COVID-19 test result delay
    Reuters Andy Murray said a delay in receiving his COVID-19 test result on his return to Britain made him wait to seek treatment for a pelvic issue, but he was fit ahead of the French Open, which begins on Sunday. Murray reached the second round at the U.S. Open this month in his first Grand Slam after hip surgery last year, but after developing a pelvic issue at Flushing Meadows the 33-year-old had to wait for a few days at home before meeting his doctor. The BBC reported a sc
  • Osaka withdraws from French Open with hamstring injury
    Reuters Japan's Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury, she said on Thursday. The 22-year-old had her left hamstring taped when she battled back against Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open final in New York on Saturday to win her third Grand Slam title. "Unfortunately, I won't be able to play the French Open this year," the world number three wrote on social media in a message she also posted in Japanese. "My ha
  • Frenchman Tsonga ruled out for rest of 2020 due to back injury
    (Reuters): A lingering lower back problem has forced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out of his home Grand Slam at the French Open and the rest of 2020, the former world number five said on Wednesday. The 35-year-old Tsonga has not played since lower back pain forced him to retire from his first-round match at the Australian Open in January against Alexei Popyrin while trailing 6-7(5) 6-2 6-1. Tsonga, the 2008 finalist in Melbourne, said the problems still persist and he will have to mis
  • Serena heads to French Open with time running out for No. 24
    NEW YORK, September 11 (Reuters): Serena Williams will have just two weeks to shake off the disappointment of a semi-final loss in the U.S. Open and resume her pursuit of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title on the claycourts at the French Open. The American great has remained one title behind Margaret Court's all-time record since bagging her 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy at the Australian Open in January 2017. Williams has lost four Grand Slam finals since returni
  • Nick Kyrgios says 'slim to no chance' of playing French Open
    MELBOURNE, August 6 (Reuters): Australia's Nick Kyrgios said on Thursday he is unlikely to play at the French Open due to concerns about COVID-19. Kyrgios, who on Sunday announced his withdrawal from the U.S. Open, told Australian television he planned to wait until it was safer to return to the tour. "It's a very slim chance I'll play in Europe. Almost slim to none, to be honest," the 25-year-old told Channel Nine. "I'm going to use th