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Sharapova begins French Open title defence with a win, Radwanska ousted

Tennis fans in Paris are known to be a fickle lot and defending champion Maria Sharapova appears to have offended a large number of them as she was booed off court following her 6-2, 6-4 win against Estonian veteran Kaia Kanepi in the opening round of the French Open today.

Sharapova wasn't anywhere near her best today and struggled a bit, particularly in the second set in blustery conditions, before prevailing in straight sets against an opponent who tends to reserve her best for her trips to Wimbledon. Maria raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening set before suffering a slight blip as Kanepi closed in to 3-2. However, the Russian ace rattled off three games in a row to wrap up the first set.


Federer, Wawrinka cruise into Second Round at Roland Garros

World no.2 Roger Federer began his quest for a second French Open title today with a comfortable straight sets win against Colombia's Alejandro Falla.

The Swiss legend, a winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, including a solitary crown here at Roland Garros, started a little sluggishly, but improved as the match progressed to ease past Falla 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.


Bouchard draws Mladenovic at Roland Garros, Raonic withdraws

The singles main draws were made early Friday morning in Paris for Roland-Garros, the second Grand Slam event of the tennis season. Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil earned direct entry while Milos Raonic was forced to withdraw from the tournament yesterday.

Seeded sixth in the women’s draw, Bouchard will face a stiff test out of the gate against world no. 54 Kristina Mladenovic of France. The two players met in 2013 at the National Bank Cup in Quebec City and the Canadian won 6-3, 6-2.


Raonic and Bouchard advance to French Open Quarter-finals

For the first time in history, there will be two Canadians in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam after Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic cruised to fourth round victories on Sunday at Roland-Garros.

Bouchard was virtually flawless from start to finish to earn an impressive 6-1, 6-2 triumph in 52 minutes over world no. 9 Angelique Kerber of Germany. It is her third Top 10 victory of the season and ninth win a row. She dominated her opponent from the back of the court, hitting 30 winners compared to just eleven unforced errors.


Djokovic, Federer battle into last 16 at Roland Garros, Sharapova on cruise control

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer dropped a set each, but advanced to the fourth round of the French Open with hard earned wins at Roland Garros on Friday. Djokovic slugged it out with 25th seed Marin Cilic for over 3 hours before eventually prevailing 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4 while Federer was made to work a little harder at the start of his match with 31st seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov before advancing courtesy of a 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-4 scoreline.

The one lady who didn't put in too long a shift was the new favourite for the French Open title, Maria Sharapova, who delivered a double bagel to Paula Ormaechea of Argentina, recording an easy 6-0, 6-0 win. Sharapova's run to the title in Paris was made even easier yesterday with the third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland falling to Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia, 6-4, 6-4.


Serena crashes out of French Open, Federer and Djokovic progress

Serena Williams was the big name casualty on Day 4 of what has been a topsy turvy French Open with the defending champion and world no.1 crashing out in the second round at the hands of world no.35 Garbine Muguruza. Williams was completely off her game, making 3-4 errors in virtually every game, and yet not being able to compensate her usually high error count with the free points she would normally win off her serve and by hitting her opponent off the court.

Muguruza is not a complete no-name on the tennis circuit, having made the fourth round at the Australian Open earlier this year and definitely seen as a player with enormous ability at just 20 years of age.


Cirstea battles back from matchpoint down to beat Wozniak, Jankovic beats Fichman

After rain interrupted play on Monday at Roland-Garros, Aleksandra Wozniak was granted an extra day of rest after winning three qualifying matches to reach the main draw.

Wozniak, who reached the fourth round of the French Open in 2009, was back in Paris after being forced to miss last year’s tournament because of a shoulder injury. It didn’t take long for the Canadian to find her bearings at her most successful Grand Slam. She won the first set in a tiebreak against Sorana Cirstea and had two break points to lead 5-3 in the second. Again at 5-4, Wozniak held a match point on Cirstea’s serve, but was unable to convert. The Romanian went on to win nine of the last twelve games to earn a 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2 victory.


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