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French Open: Post-Draw Women’s Preview

The women’s singles draw for the 2015 French Open has been announced. What stands out about a bracket that features so many delicious (or perilous, depending on your viewpoint) uncertainties? You can debate which item is the second most important one on your list, but there should be no discussion about the top story to emerge from the women’s draw in Paris: Serena Williams received...
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Vinci and Knapp to meet in Nuremberg Cup final

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Roberta Vinci advanced to the Nuremberg Cup final on Friday after second-seeded Angelique Kerber withdrew because of a back injury. Vinci will face sixth-seeded Karin Knapp in an all-Italian final. Knapp defeated 98th-ranked Lara Arruabarrena 6-0, 6-2. Kerber's participation in the French Open, which starts Sunday, was left in doubt following her injury,...
Via AP on Fox
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

French Open draw: More bad news for slumping Nadal

  Rafael Nadal could face top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals, the toughest draw the nine-time champion has faced since becoming the "King of Clay." Nadal has fallen to No. 7 in the ATP rankings since coming back from injuries, making him the sixth-seeded player at Roland Garros. He has lost five times on clay this season. At the French Open, the Spaniard...
Via AP on Fox
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nadal could face Djokovic in French Open quarterfinals

PARIS (AP) Rafael Nadal could face top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals, the toughest draw the nine-time champion has faced since becoming the ''King of Clay.'' Nadal has fallen to No. 7 in the ATP rankings since coming back from injuries, making him the sixth-seeded player at Roland Garros. He has lost five times on clay this season. At the French Open, the...
Via AP on Fox
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Serena's bid for 20, other things to know about French Open

The very day that Serena Williams won this year's Australian Open for her 19th Grand Slam championship, she was thinking ahead. ''I would love,'' Williams said then, ''to get to 22.'' Her next chance to move closer to that goal - equaling Steffi Graf's Open era record for major singles titles - comes at the French Open, which begins Sunday. Another trophy at Roland Garros would allow...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Andy Murray in High Spirits Ahead of Grand Slam Double-Header

They say that behind every good man there’s a good woman, and in Andy Murray’s case that certainly seems to be true. The Scottish star married his long-term partner Kim Sears in April in a ceremony in his hometown of Dunblane. The holy matrimony has coincided with Murray’s best ever form on clay, and not content with picking up his first ever trophy on the surface in April’s...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

No. 6 Milos Raonic to miss French Open after foot surgery

  Sixth-ranked Milos Raonic will miss the French Open after having surgery on his right foot. The Canadian announced his withdrawal Thursday, a day before the draw for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. Raonic was forced to retire from a match at Monte Carlo in April and skip the tournament in Rome last week. The French Open begins Sunday. Raonic says his rehabilitation work...
Via AP on Fox
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

No. 6 Raonic of Canada out of French Open after foot surgery

PARIS (AP) Sixth-ranked Milos Raonic will miss the French Open after having surgery on his right foot. The Canadian announced his withdrawal Thursday, a day before the draw for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. Raonic was forced to retire from a match at Monte Carlo in April and skip the tournament in Rome last week. The French Open begins Sunday. Raonic says his rehabilitation...
Via AP on Fox
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Isner reaches Open de Nice semifinals; defending champ Gulbis ousted

  Second-seeded John Isner of the United States beat Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the Open de Nice semifinals on Thursday, while defending champion Ernests Gulbis lost 6-2, 6-4 against Austria's Dominic Thiem. Isner, who had eight aces and saved both break points he faced, next plays Thiem, who broke the third-seeded Latvian's serve twice in each set in their quarterfinals...
Via AP on Fox
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Isner reaches Open de Nice semifinals; Gulbis goes out

NICE, France (AP) Second-seeded John Isner of the United States beat Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the Open de Nice semifinals on Thursday, while defending champion Ernests Gulbis lost 6-2, 6-4 against Austria's Dominic Thiem. Isner, who had eight aces and saved both break points he faced, next plays Thiem, who broke the third-seeded Latvian's serve twice in each...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 French Open doubles champ Julien Benneteau withdraws with injury

Reigning French Open men's doubles champion Julien Benneteau is pulling out of this year's tournament because he has not fully recovered from a sports hernia. The French tennis federation announced Benneteau's withdrawal from both singles and doubles Thursday, a day before the draw. He has been bothered by the injury since March. France's Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin teamed...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 French Open doubles champ Julien Benneteau withdraws

PARIS (AP) Reigning French Open men's doubles champion Julien Benneteau is pulling out of this year's tournament because he has not fully recovered from a sports hernia. The French tennis federation announced Benneteau's withdrawal from both singles and doubles Thursday, a day before the draw. He has been bothered by the injury since March. France's Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin...
Via AP on Fox
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FRENCH OPEN 2015: Nadal's slump could open way for Djokovic

For years and years - a full decade, in fact - Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open the way no one had ever dominated any Grand Slam tennis tournament, winning 66 of 67 matches and collecting nine championships, including the last five in a row. This year, his far-poorer-than-usual results on red clay and acknowledged crisis of confidence are generating talk that his reign at Roland...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 FRENCH OPEN: Capsules on men to watch

Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday: NOVAK DJOKOVIC Ranked: 1 Age: 27 (Turns 28 on Friday) Country: Serbia 2015 Match Record: 35-2 2015 Singles Titles: 5 Career Singles Titles: 53 Major Titles: 8 - Australian Open ('08, `11, `12, `13, `15), Wimbledon ('11, `14), U.S. Open ('11) Last 5 French Opens: `14-Lost in Final, `13-SF, `12-F, `11-SF, `10-QF Topspin: Carries...
Via AP on Fox
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 FRENCH OPEN: Capsules on women to watch

Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday: SERENA WILLIAMS Ranked: 1 Age: 33 Country: United States 2015 Match Record: 25-1 2015 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 66 Major Titles: 19 - French Open ('02, `13), Wimbledon ('02, `03, `09, `10, `12), U.S. Open ('99, `02, `08, `12, `13, `14), Australian Open ('03, `05, `07, `09, `10, `15) Last 5 French Opens: ...
Via AP on Fox
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 FRENCH OPEN: Tournament at a glance

A glance at the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament: Site: Roland Garros in Paris. Surface: Red clay. Schedule: Play begins Sunday on all courts at 11 a.m. local time (5 a.m. EDT). The 15-day tournament closes with the women's singles final June 6, and the men's singles final June 7. 2014 Men's Singles Champion: Rafael Nadal of Spain. 2014 Women's Singles...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kerber cruises past Doi to reach Nuremberg Cup semifinals

NUREMBERG, Germany -- Second-seeded Angelique Kerber reached the semifinals of the Nuremberg Cup with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi on Thursday. The German next faces the fourth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy, who beat seventh-seeded Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Sixth-seeded Karin Knapp defeated Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-4 for a...
Via AP on Fox
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kerber defeats Doi to reach Nuremberg Cup semifinals

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Second-seeded Angelique Kerber reached the semifinals of the Nuremberg Cup with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi on Thursday. The German next faces the fourth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy, who beat seventh-seeded Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Sixth-seeded Karin Knapp defeated Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-4 for...
Via AP on Fox
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

French Open Men’s Preview, Part I: Before The Draw

In the Southwestern United States, Cox Communications has been running a series of commercials for a number of years. The point is rather simple: Cox guarantees its products in ways that competitors are prohibited from making certain statements: This is what a lot of tennis journalists and commentators (though not all of them) are doing right now. They want to use terms that rhyme...
Via Bloguin Best
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

French Open Men’s Preview, Part I: Before The Draw

In the Southwestern United States, Cox Communications has been running a series of commercials for a number of years. The point is rather simple: Cox guarantees its products in ways that competitors are prohibited from making certain statements: This is what a lot of tennis journalists and commentators (though not all of them) are doing right now. They want to use terms that rhyme...
Via Attacking The Net
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

US Open champ Cilic loses straight sets in Geneva quarters

GENEVA -- U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic lost in the Geneva Open quarterfinals on Thursday, beaten 7-5, 6-3 by Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. Cilic, who has been troubled by a shoulder injury this year, has advanced to only one tournament semifinal since winning his first Grand Slam title last September. The second-seeded Croatian had nine aces on the clay-court surface but failed...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

US Open champion Cilic loses in Geneva Open quarterfinals

GENEVA (AP) U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic lost in the Geneva Open quarterfinals on Thursday, beaten 7-5, 6-3 by Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. Cilic, who has been troubled by a shoulder injury this year, has advanced to only one tournament semifinal since winning his first Grand Slam title last September. The second-seeded Croatian had nine aces on the clay-court surface but failed...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Simon withdraws from Open de Nice, might not play at French

NICE, France -- Top-seeded Gilles Simon of France withdrew from the Open de Nice on Wednesday, casting doubts on his French Open participation. Simon, who retired from his second-round match in Rome this month, said the pain in his upper back was "too strong." The French Open starts on Sunday. The 13th-ranked Simon was set to face James Duckworth of Australia for a quarterfinal spot...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top-seeded Simon withdraws from Open de Nice

NICE, France (AP) Top-seeded Gilles Simon of France withdrew from the Open de Nice on Wednesday, casting doubts on his French Open participation. Simon, who retired from his second-round match in Madrid this month, says ''I'm extremely sorry to withdraw from the Nice Open. The pain is too strong.'' The French Open starts on Sunday. The 13th-ranked Simon was set to face James Duckworth...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cilic saves match point to beat teen Rublev at Geneva Open

  U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic saved a match point against 17-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev before winning 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1 in the Geneva Open second round on Tuesday. The second-seeded Croatian trailed 6-5 in the second-set tiebreaker to No. 229 Rublev, who is the French Open junior champion. Cilic dropped only four points on serve in the decider to set up a quarterfinals match...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss
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