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  • Stan Wawrinka Beats Mischa Zverev to Llift Geneva Title in Front of French Open offer

    By Aditya Soni → Sunday, 28 May 2017

    Best seed Stan Wawrinka safeguarded his Geneva claycourt title on Saturday, energizing for a set down to see off German outcast Mischa Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

    The Swiss player's first trophy of the season gives the 32-year-old world number three a lift in front of the French Open - which he won in 2015 - and where he opens against Slovak Jozef Kovalik on Monday.

    "I'm greatly glad to win my second title in Switzerland. It implies a great deal to me. This is the first occasion when that my little girl is in the stadium when I win the title and that makes it significantly more unique," said Wawrinka.

    In the wake of losing the principal set to qualifier Zverev,the more established sibling of Alexander Zverev who shocked Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters last, three-time Grand Slam champ Wawrinka required 2 hours 20 minutes to seal triumph.

    "The level was incredible today, I think it was an awesome last. Mischa was playing exceptionally well and perhaps I was faltering a bit at the outset," said the Swiss player.

    "I'm glad that I returned firmly in the second set and figured out how to turn the match around."

    Zverev, 29, had been offering for his lady visit title in the 33rd-positioned player's first last appearance in seven years.

    "It was an awesome week for me here‎ in Geneva," said Zverev.

    "Playing on dirt is normally difficult for me, yet I truly felt incredible here and achieving my first semi-last and last on this surface."
  • Venus Williams Set for French Open 20th Commemoration at Roland Garros

    By Aditya Soni →

    Serena Williams might miss from the current year's French Open, however enormous sister Venus is as yet going solid and imprints her Roland Garros twentieth commemoration on Sunday.

    Three weeks short of her 37th birthday celebration, the American star, who made her introduction in the French capital in 1997, commences her most recent battle against China's Wang Qiang.

    Williams, seeded 10, has played each year since 1997 except for 2011 and in spite of her senior national status, she is as yet a contender at the Slams as her race to the Australian Open last in January demonstrated.

    Her amazing life span is delineated by the way that her potential second round adversary is countryman Amanda Anisimova who, at only 15, is the most youthful principle draw contender since 2005.

    At the point when Venus was losing the 2002 Roland Garros last to Serena, Anisimova was only nine months old.

    "I'm here as regardless I have a considerable measure to give. That just wraps it up," said Venus who has never got past the quarter-finals in Paris since her runners-up spot 15 years back.

    Anisimova, the Florida-based girl of Russian guardians, made the competition graciousness of winning the US trump card play-off.

    She confronts Japan's reality number 94 Kurumi Nara on Sunday.

    "This will be my first fundamental draw coordinate at a noteworthy, I'm exceptionally energized and I can hardly wait to play as of now," she said.

    Somewhere else on what's relied upon to be a sweltering opening day in Paris, world number one Angelique Kerber begins against experienced Russian player Ekaterina Makarova.

    Kerber was vanquished in the first round by unseeded Kiki Bertens 12 months back and presently can't seem to move beyond the quarter-finals.

    The German left-hander has persevered through a hopeless earth court season, losing right on time in Stuttgart and smashing out in her Rome opener, while resigning from her last-16 conflict in Madrid with a lower back damage.

    "Everyone knows earth is not my most loved surface, but rather I attempt my best," said Kerber. "A year ago was not the best for me."

    Makarova, additionally left-gave, is a previous main tenner who has made in any event the quarter-finals of the considerable number of majors, aside from the French Open.

    Activity on Philippe Chatrier focus court begins with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova making her rebound following six months from the game spent recuperating from possibly vocation finishing wounds maintained in battling off a blade employing criminal in December.

    Kvitova, a semi-finalist in 2012 and seeded 15 this year, confronts America's Julia Boserup, the world number 86 who is making her French Open introduction.

    The champion match in the men's singles sees Austrian 6th seed Dominic Thiem, a semi-finalist in 2016, go up against erratic Bernard Tomic of Australia.

    Thiem is viewed as a potential champion ought to world number one Andy Murray, shielding champion Novak Djokovic or nine-time champion Rafael Nadal mistake.
  • Wilfried Tsonga Defeats Tomas Berdych to Clinch Lyon Open

    By Aditya Soni →

    Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France won his first title on clay when he defeated Tomas Berdych 7-6 (2), 7-5 in the Lyon Open final on Saturday.

    Tsonga dropped just three points behind his first serve, hit 13 aces, and saved all two break points to down his third-seeded Czech opponent.

    Taking after the introduction of his first tyke and a correct shoulder damage, Tsonga played just four matches in two months before Lyon. He won consecutive indoor titles in February in Rotterdam and Marseille, however needed to pull back from his second-round match in Madrid and from the Rome competition in view of his damage.

    Tsonga's victory came a day before the French Open starts in Paris. No Frenchman has won the Roland Garros title since Yannick Noah lifted the Mousquetaires Cup in 1983.

    Following the birth of his first child and a right shoulder injury, Tsonga played only four matches in two months before Lyon. He won back-to-back indoor titles in February in Rotterdam and Marseille, but had to withdraw from his second-round match in Madrid and from the Rome tournament because of his injury.

    Source : NewIndiaExpress {link}

  • French Open 2017 : Petra Kvitova Makes Winning Return to Tennis

    By Aditya Soni →

    Petra Kvitova had already won simply by walking on court for her match against Julia Boserup but victory and a place in the second round of the French Open was an added bonus.

    Petra Kvitova made an emotional and convincing return to competition, showing no ill effects from the stabbing injury to her hand, with a 6-3, 6-2 French Open first-round victory against American Julia Boserup on Sunday.

    The Czech, who spent five months out of the game after needing emergency surgery last December when she was stabbed in her left, playing hand during a burglary, set up a second-round meeting with either Russian Evgeniya Rodina or American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

    The twice Wimbledon champion, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2012, looked poised and focused, treating the sparse Court Philippe Chatrier crowd to a few exquisite drop shots and lightning-quick forehands

    Five months after suffering career-threatening injuries when she was stabbed by an intruder in her home, Kvitova looked sharp and eager in a 6-3 6-2 triumph.

    Her parents Jiri and Pavla and brothers Jiri and Libor were in the stands on Court Philippe Chatrier, with her team decked out in matching T-shirts saying 'Courage, Belief, Pojd ('Come on' in Czech)'.

    They gave loud support during the match, with the only disappointment the usual sparse early crowd on Roland Garros' main court.

    Kvitova played remarkably well considering the circumstances and showed the weight of the occasion only at the end, dropping her racket to the clay and turning to her support camp with hand over mouth in disbelief.

    Being back on court was the main thing but the competitive juices soon kicked back in. When Boserup threatened to pull back from 3-0 to 3-2 in the opening set, Kvitova roared and pumped her fist when she saved a break point.

    There was certainly nothing wrong with the Czech's signature forehand, which soon had Boserup clawing at the clay in vain.

    Kvitova still does not have perfect feeling in her hand but has not been in pain and is hoping it will eventually recover 100 per cent.

    Boserup is at a career-high ranking of 85 with no clay-court form to speak of, so it was a kind draw, but it was heartening to see Kvitova looking so much like her old self.

    She first picked up a racket again in March, 12 weeks after the attack, and began practising properly at the beginning of May.

    Kvitova had initially targeted Wimbledon, her favourite tournament and where she is a two-time champion, for her comeback but progressed faster than she thought so decided to head to Paris.

    Playing at Roland Garros also enabled the 27-year-old to get all the emotions of her comeback out of the way before the grass, where, in a wide open field, she will have expectations beyond merely being on court.

    A brief rain delay early in the second set came as a surprise on another baking hot day but it did not disrupt Kvitova's rhythm.

    The net seemed to have a sense of occasion and generously helped her out twice, although she scarcely needed it.

    There were a few signs of her lengthy absence. Her backhand was shaky at times and she did not move forward well in the court, but the foundations were more than solid.

    She needed just an hour and 13 minutes to wrap up victory and will play either Bethanie Mattek-Sands or Evgeniya Rodina in round two.
  • Sunday 28 - May Results French Open 2017 Roland Garros 2017

    By Aditya Soni →

    Men's singles 1st round

    Horacio Zeballos (Arg) bt Adrian Mannarino (Fra) 7-5 6-3 6-4
    (19) Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Spa) bt Marius Copil (Rom) 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-4 6-2
    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spa) bt (26) Gilles Muller (Lux) 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 6-2
    Benjamin Bonzi (Fra) bt Daniil Medvedev (Rus) 5-7 6-4 6-1 3-1
    (20) Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa) bt Florian Mayer (Ger) 6-4 6-2 6-2
    Taro Daniel (Jpn) bt Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) 6-4 6-4 6-4
    (11) Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) bt Stephane Robert (Fra) 6-2 6-3 6-4
    Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) bt Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-2 6-1 6-4

    Women's singles 1st round

    (15) Petra Kvitova (Cze) bt Julia Boserup (USA) 6-3 6-2
    (30) Timea Bacsinszky (Swi) bt Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa) 6-1 6-2
    Monica Puig (Pur) bt (31) Roberta Vinci (Ita) 6-3 3-6 6-2
    Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt (1) Angelique Kerber (Ger) 6-2 6-2
    Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Marina Erakovic (Nzl) 7-6 6-4
    Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) bt Louisa Chirico (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-2
    Madison Brengle (USA) bt Julia Goerges (Ger) 1-6 6-3 13-11
    (8) Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) bt Christina McHale (USA) 7-5 6-4
  • French Open: Angelique Kerber crashes out at Roland Garros

    By Aditya Soni →

    The German has been badly out of form in 2017, despite sitting at the top of the rankings, and the only surprise about her 6-2 6-2 loss to Ekaterina Makarova was the magnitude of it.

    Russian Makarova, ranked 40, won five of the first six games and, although she came under more pressure in the second set, she kept Kerber at arm's length.

    The top seed dropped serve six times and made 25 unforced errors in a match that lasted an hour and 22 minutes.

    Makarova, who has made the fourth round here twice, was a tough opponent for a player who does not like clay and has reached just one WTA Tour final all year.

    It is a second consecutive first-round loss at Roland Garros for Kerber, who won the Australian Open and US Open titles last year and reached the Wimbledon final.

    Source - Via : SportingLife {link}
  • 28 May Sunday - French Open 2017 Order of Play

    By Aditya Soni →

    Sunday May 28

    (All times local, BST is -1hr)

    Court Philippe-Chatrier

    1100: Julia Boserup (USA) v (15) Petra Kvitova (Cze), (1) Angelique Kerber (Ger) v Ekaterina Makarova (Rus), Stephane Robert (Fra) v (11) Grigor Dimitrov (Bul), (16) Lucas Pouille (Fra) v Julien Benneteau (Fra)

    Court Suzanne-Lenglen

    1100: Horacio Zeballos (Arg) v Adrian Mannarino (Fra), Christina McHale (USA) v (8) Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus), (6) Dominic Thiem (Aut) v Bernard Tomic (Aus), (10) Venus Williams (USA) v Qiang Wang (Chn)

    Court 1

    1100: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spa) v (26) Gilles Muller (Lux), Marco Trungelliti (Arg) v Quentin Halys (Fra), Camila Giorgi (Ita) v Oceane Dodin (Fra), Lara Arruabarrena (Spa) v (6) Dominika Cibulkova (Svk)

    Court 2

    1100: Monica Puig (Pur) v (31) Roberta Vinci (Ita), Benjamin Bonzi (Fra) v Daniil Medvedev (Rus), Tommy Robredo (Spa) v Daniel Evans (Gbr), Viktorija Golubic (Swi) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr)

    Court 3

    1100: Marius Copil (Rom) v (19) Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Spa), (23) Ivo Karlovic (Cro) v Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre), (22) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Cro) v Cagla Buyukakcay (Tur), Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) v Evgeniya Rodina (Rus)

    Court 6

    1100: Louisa Chirico (USA) v Jelena Ostapenko (Lat), Taro Daniel (Jpn) v Jerzy Janowicz (Pol), Amanda Anisimova (USA) v Kurumi Nara (Jpn), Yuichi Sugita (Jpn) v (25) Steve Johnson (USA)

    Court 14
    1100: Madison Brengle (USA) v Julia Goerges (Ger), (20) Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa) v Florian Mayer (Ger), Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) v Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr), Robin Haase (Ned) v Alex De Minaur (Aus)

    Court 17

    1100: (30) Timea Bacsinszky (Swi) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa), Marina Erakovic (Nzl) v Shelby Rogers (USA), Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) v Tennys Sandgren (USA), Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) v Dusan Lajovic (Ser)