Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sharapova calls for Hawkeye, even on French Open clay

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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Friday, May 31, 2013

Roland Garros - Il programma di giovedì 30 maggio

Samantha Stosur (AUS) [9] Men's Singles - 2nd Round Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs. Guido Pella (ARG) Women's Singles - 2nd Round Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2] Men's Singles - 2nd Round Michal Przysiezny (POL) vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [7] Court Suzanne Lenglen Lucas Pouille (FRA)vs.Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [26] Women's Singles - 2nd Round Annika Beck (GER)vs.Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [3] Men's Singles - 2nd Round Rafael Nadal (ESP) [3]vs.Martin Klizan (SVK) Women's Singles - 2nd Round Francesca Schiavone (ITA)vs.Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [21] Court One Na Li (CHN) [6]vs.Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) Men's Singles - 2nd Round Benoit Paire (FRA) [24]vs.Lukasz Kubot (POL) Men's Singles - 2nd Round Fernando Verdasco (ESP)vs.Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) [8] Women's Singles - 2nd Round Marion Bartoli (FRA) [13]vs.Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) Court Two Grega Zemlja (SLO)vs.Kei Nishikori (JPN) [13] Women's Singles - 2nd Round Alize Cornet (FRA) [31]vs.Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) Women's Singles - 2nd Round Ashleigh Barty (AUS)vs.Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [12] Men's Singles - 2nd Round Tommy Haas (GER) [12]vs.Jack Sock (USA) Court Three Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [18]vs.Garbine Muguruza (ESP) Men's Singles - 2nd Round Lukas Rosol (CZE)vs.Fabio Fognini (ITA) [27] Women's Singles - 2nd Round Kaia Kanepi (EST)vs.Stefanie Voegele (SUI) Men's Singles - 2nd Round Ryan Harrison (USA)vs.John Isner (USA) [19] Court Five Melanie Oudin (USA)vs.Jie Zheng (CHN) Court Six Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)vs.Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [16] Women's Singles - 2nd Round Vania King (USA)vs.Sloane Stephens (USA) [17] Women's Singles - 2nd Round Petra Kvitova (CZE) [7]vs.Shuai Peng (CHN) Men's Singles - 2nd Round Denis Istomin (UZB)vs.Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) Court Seven Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [16]vs.Marina Erakovic (NZL) Men's Singles - 2nd Round Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [9]vs.Horacio Zeballos (ARG) Men's Singles - 2nd Round Robin Haase (NED)vs.Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [21] Court Eight Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)vs.Victor Hanescu (ROU) Court 17 Paula Ormaechea (ARG)vs.Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [27] Women's Singles - 2nd Round Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)vs.Jamie Hampton (USA) Men's Singles - 2nd Round Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [29]vs.Federico Delbonis (ARG) *** Non perdere le emozioni del Roland Garros in DIRETTA e in ESCLUSIVA su Eurosport: segui l'evento in tv (Canali 211-212 di Sky Sport), sul web e anche in Streaming su Eurosport Player . Segui Eurosport su Facebook e Twitter per rimanere aggiornato su tutte le news di sport 24 ore al giorno
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Roland Garros Weather: French Open 2013 Forecast and Updates

Module 1 focus moving forward.  Lucky for everyone involved in the 2013 French Open process, rain is expected to stay out of the forecast for the next few days of high-drama tennis action.  Here's a look at the 10-day forecast (nine-day, if you exclude the overnight Thursday numbers) for Paris, France, confirming that assertion (via ): Day 0 *Note: Weather forecasts subject to change.  The Paris weather is always something to look out for this time of year, and the 2013 French Open is no different. With players coming to France from all over the world in what's mainly a summer month in other countries, the frigid temperatures and unpredictable storms in Paris are quite the sight for a curious mind.  New York Times writer  Christopher Clarey , for one, noted that 15 days might not be enough to complete the entire French Open slate when he was en route to Paris earlier in the month: Back in Paris getting ready for another #FrenchOpen . Hope the weather improves otherwise 15 days may not be enough #tennis — Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) May 20, 2013 While all outdoor sports can be impacted by dangerous and limiting weather from time to time, playing tennis at Roland Garros in May can also be treacherous because of the playing surface.  Katie Fehlinger of took a look at why officials have to be quick with the decision for the tarp to cover up the clay courts at Roland Garros back in 2010.  Players are also aware of the weather, with practice sessions and sightseeing impacted by Mother Nature's wrath. Roger Federer was on the practice courts earlier in the week when he posted a picture on his personal Facebook page of hail on the practice courts at Roland Garros. via Roger Federer's Facebook With the tournament halted twice over the last few days, we've also been granted some majestic shots by those more worried about the weather than the match draw.  Roland Garros has been active on both Twitter and Instagram during these pauses, and has pictures of how the weather has forced fans to adapt to the chances in their seats and what the sky has looked like in the process.  This one from the match site's Instagram account was posted on Thursday during the midst of showers that halted play: via Roland Garros' Instagram Tuesday's Twitter post here shows a similar picture from a different angle: Working hard to get Chatrier started again #RG13 — Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 28, 2013 Another Instagram photo begged the sun to poke it's head through the clouds and start drying the courts at the second Grand Slam tournament of the season: via Roland Garros' Instagram All in all, the early weather has been a downer at the 2013 French Open, but dealing with the elements is just part of the process when you play in outdoor tennis tournaments like this Grand Slam.  With the weather expected to cease fire over the next few days and the highly anticipated matchups on both the men's and women's sides of the draw still to come, things are looking clearer than ever for shiny skies and high-quality tennis.  If you're heading to Roland Garros this week, though, you better check the forecast before leaving home without a poncho and an umbrella just in case of emergency.   
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