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Roland Garros Day 10: Radwanska and Halep Are Out

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May 31, 2016

  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 […]

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

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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!

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May 29, 2016

  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 […]

Roland Garros Day 7: Serena Through But Gives Rivals Hope

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May 28, 2016

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

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May 27, 2016

  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 […]

Nadal Achieves Special Landmark

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May 26, 2016

  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 […]

Roland Garros Day 4: Radwanska And Halep March On

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May 25, 2016

  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 […]

Roland Garros Day 3: Murray Scrapes Through In Epic

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May 24, 2016

  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. […]

Roland Garros Day 2: Wawrinka and Muguruza Survive Big Scares

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May 23, 2016

  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, […]

Roland Garros Day 1: Nishikori Must Wait, Kyrgios Erupts

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May 22, 2016

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 […]

Who Will Win Roland Garros This Year?

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May 20, 2016

  On the face of it, Roland Garros 2016 should be all about Novak Djokovic completing his Career Slam. But it isn’t that simple any more. For a start, the resurgent Rafael Nadal is in Novak’s half of the draw. So the Serb could face a bruising semi-final challenge from the former King of Clay […]

Federer Saving Himself For Wimbledon

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Roger Federer has indicated that he is saving himself for Wimbledon by pulling out of Roland Garros. His decision to miss the French Open – the first Grand Slam this century that Federer hasn’t played – seems to say as much about his love for Wimbledon as anything else. GRASS COURT SEASON Federer explained the […]

Is It Time To Introduce An Asian Slam?

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May 18, 2016

You know how we enjoy that tingle of anticipation in Europe just before Roland Garros and Wimbledon? It’s the same in New York a few weeks later, or indeed Melbourne when the year is still young. There’s nothing like a Grand Slam tournament for getting the juices flowing. We’re lucky, aren’t we? So why shouldn’t […]

How Big Is Murray’s Win Over Novak?

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May 16, 2016

Finally, Andy Murray has beaten Novak Djokovic again – and in some style. Coming just before Roland Garros, the timing could hardly be better. And Murray’s serve has rarely looked stronger. The Brit’s 6-3, 6-3 win was emphatic and extraordinary, given that Djokovic had claimed no fewer than twelve of their last thirteen encounters, going […]

Novak Reigns, Murray Splits From Mauresmo

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May 9, 2016

Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak over Andy Murray in a hugely entertaining but ultimately predictable three-set victory in Madrid. And the Brit runner-up promptly split from his coach, Amelie Mauresmo less than twenty-four hours later. Although the two events are not thought to be specifically related, Murray fans who have questioned his self-belief against […]

Lucy Shuker Tour Update: Tennis Stages And Shark Cages!

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May 4, 2016

Tennis Stages and Shark Cages! The Lucy Shuker Blog Twelve inches away from a fifteen-foot Great White shark! Yes, it was a phenomenal experience, and a highlight of my recent time in South Africa, which also included wonderful encounters with white lions, rhino and cheetah…and of course some nail-biting tennis too! The shark dive was […]