A tweet has been posted to your Twitter account. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Sharapova calls for Hawkeye, even on French Open clay Douglas Robson, USA TODAY Sports4:57 p.m. EDT June 1, 2013 Maria Sharapova shows a bit of frustration. (Photo: Susan Mullane, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights There's now Hawkeye at the French Open because the ball leaves a mark Even so, mistakes can be made, as happened Saturday against Maria Sharapova "Why don't we have a system like this?" Sharapova asked PARIS — The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament without Hawkeye, the electronic-line calling system that has become a mainstay in the sport.
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French Open 2013: Serena Williams vs Roberta Vinci Match Preview
The 31 year-old perished at the quarterfinal stage in Melbourne earlier in the year as Sloan 'new Serena' Stephens defeated her idol, by playing the match of her life at the Rod Laver Arena. Never one to give in, one of Serena's underrated assets is her resilience on court. The American refocused and was back before one knew, and has now got five titles under her belt already, out which four she won after the debacle in Melbourne. The American has since won 2 WTA Premier Mandatory events in Miami and Madrid, following which she won a Premier 5 event in Rome. The World No.1 once again has all the odds in her favour as she prepares for a 16th Grand Slam title, her only problem however is the fact that clay isn't her most favored surface, and there are others in the WTA who prefer it more than Serena does. Arch rival and reigning champion Maria Sharapova is herself in stunning form at the moment.
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Maria Sharapova sees off battling Zheng Jie at French Open
"I was lucky to get through that second set. I was a break down so I am happy to pull it through in straight sets," she said. "It's not over until the last point is played and I felt like I was playing with a lot of energy out there." Sharapova, playing in her 11th French Open, had reached the third round for the loss of just nine games and seemed on course for another routine win on Saturday. Four breaks of serve helped her to the first set as her 43rd-ranked opponent failed to hold serve once while winning only nine points off the Russian's serve. However, two breaks took the 29-year-old from Chengdu out to a 4-1 lead in the second before Sharapova turned up the heat again. The champion pulled level at 4-4, pumping up the volume levels at the same time, only to hand Zheng the initiative again as the Chinese player broke for 5-4.
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French Open: Four American Women in Round of 16
Once again, no American men made it to the Round of 16 on clay. Women's Player 1 2 68% Californians would need to stay up until 2 a.m. while New Yorkers will need to get up very early to see the match between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Angelique Kerber, who both barely survived in the last round by winning only 57 percent (6-4, 7-6) and 55 percent (6-4, 6-7, 6-4) of their games respectively in the Round of 32. Williams match will start next. Williams has been as dominant as ever in rolling through the early rounds, and is considered a heavy favorite to go all the way. Sara Errani plays after Williams.
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