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Archive: May 2016

Roland Garros Day 10: Radwanska and Halep Are Out

The cold, rainy weather at Roland Garros created all kinds of problems for the big stars at the French Open – especially Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep. Number two seed Radwanska crashed out to the little-known Bulgarian, Tsvetana Pironkova. The popular Pole needed medical attention to a sore right hand and wrist at 0-3 in […]

The Lucy Shuker Blog: I’ve got a legend on my side

I’m about to play Roland Garros – and I’ve also officially qualified for Wimbledon as one of the world’s top seven ranked players – so it’s an exciting time for me, as you can imagine. Luckily, I’ve got one of the all-time British greats of wheelchair tennis working with me – Jayant Mistry. He won […]

Roland Garros Day 8: It’ll be Gasquet v Murray after many surprises!

Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic were knocked out of the French Open on a day of surprises at Roland Garros. Richard Gasquet produced some stunning tennis to down Nishikori 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in front of the ecstatic Parisian fans who had waited for the rain to clear. Now Gasquet plays Andy Murray, who beat […]

Roland Garros Day 7: Serena Through But Gives Rivals Hope

Serena Williams found a way,  as she usually does. But it took five match points and an awful lot of wasted break points earlier in the contest before she finally got it right. A marvellous tie-break, during which Kristina Mladenovic had a set point opportunity, ended 12-10 in Serena’s favour and she screeched with relief. […]

Nadal Pulls Out of Roland Garros With Wrist Injury

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of Roland Garros with a wrist injury – increasing the likelihood that Novak Djokovic could complete a Career Slam in Paris next week. Novak and Rafa both looked in good form and seemed on collision course for what promised to be an epic semi-final. One school of thought suggested that […]

Nadal Achieves Special Landmark

Rafael Nadal reached an incredible 200 wins in Grand Slams with his impressive victory over Facundo Bagnis by 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 at Roland Garros. The superb Spaniard became only the eighth player in history to reach that special landmark. Now he needs just four more wins to arrive at another milestone – 800 career victories. […]

Roland Garros Day 4: Radwanska And Halep March On

Agnieszka Radwanska looked impressive on the fourth evening of Roland Garros as she fought her way past  a decent opponent in Caroline Garcia. The Polish star needed three match points but was never in too much trouble as the number two seed defeated the underdog, 6-2, 6-4. A delighted Radwanksa said: ‘It was a little […]

Roland Garros Day 3: Murray Scrapes Through In Epic

What a relief for Andy Murray fans! Staring defeat in the face, he dug deep to keep his hopes of French Open glory alive. ‘I knew that potentially playing a fifth set, anything could happen. I fought extremely hard and now I get a chance to play tomorrow,’ he said with a tired sigh. To […]

Roland Garros Day 2: Wawrinka and Muguruza Survive Big Scares

Sometimes you just have to tough it out and hope your best tennis comes later. That’s what happened to Stan Wawrinka and Garbine Muguruza on Day Two of Roland Garros. They flirted with the exit door. But it wasn’t time to leave. Defending champion Wawrinka looked distinctly vulnerable against the dangerous Czech, Lukas Rosol, who […]

Roland Garros Day 1: Nishikori Must Wait, Kyrgios Erupts

Kei Nishikori’s  opening match against Simone  Bolelli was suspended before the Japanese star could finish the job. That made for a complicated  start to the Asian hero’s Roland Garros campaign. Rain made for a tricky first day at the French Open. Nishikori seemed to sense that opportunities for continuous play might be few and far […]