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paris — when the women’s champion is crowned at roland garros on saturday, she will be a first-time grand slam winner.that’s because defending french open champion garbine muguruza and seven-time grand slam winner venus williams were eliminated sunday.muguruza did not take kindly to the way spectators pulled for her opponent — her french opponent, mind you — so after her title defense ended with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 loss to 13th-seeded kristina mladenovic at a packed and rowdy court suzanne lenglen, muguruza walked toward the locker room while wagging a finger toward the stands, as if to say, “tsk, tsk!”“the crowd was really tough today,” muguruza said at a news conference that was halted at one point so she could compose herself after getting choked up. “sometimes,” she a...

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there will be a first-time grand slam champion at the french open. and there's a week left in the tournament to figure out which of the 12 women still around that will be. venus williams was the last of the past major title winners in the draw, and she lost in the fourth round to 30th-seeded timea bacsinszky 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at court philippe chatrier on sunday. that happened less than an hour after defending champion garbine muguruza was beaten 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by 13th-seeded kristina mladenovic at court suzanne lenglen. the only other two women with a grand slam trophy on their resumes who made it to the fourth round — svetlana kuznetsova and samantha stosur — lost earlier sunday to women without one. kuznetsova, who won the 2009 french open and 2004 u.s. open, was ousted by two-time major...

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paris (ap) the latest from the french open (all times local): — 12:45 a.m. defending champion garbine muguruza of spain is through to the second round at the french open with a 6-2, 6-4 win over italian francesca schiavone. schiavone, the 2010 champion, showed her usual fighting spirit and saved three match points before going down when she sent a forehand volley wide. the fourth-seeded muguruza won 15 points in a row from being up 3-2 in the first set and broke her italian opponent five times. — 11:50 a.m. the first-round match between defending champion garbine muguruza and 2010 champion francesca schiavone has been interrupted for about 10 minutes after a spectator was attended by first aiders in the stands. the match on the philippe chatrier court has started at a high pace, with b...

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paris — the latest from the french open (all times local): ___ 6:05 p.m. venus williams has lost in the fourth round of the french open to 30th-seeded timea bacsinszky of switzerland, meaning the tournament will produce a first-time grand slam champion.tough french open match ends in tears, broken racket bacsinszky won 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in court philippe chatrier, the second year in a row that she beat williams in the fourth round in paris. williams, who turns 37 this month, is a seven-time major champion, with all of those titles at wimbledon or the u.s. open. her best french open showing was in 2002, when she lost to her sister serena in the final. bacsinszky's best result at a major tournament was reaching the semifinals at roland garros in 2015. ___nick kyrgios breaks racket against cool...

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muguruza’s dream of defending her lone grand slam title was thwarted by 13th-seeded kristina mladenovic.         ...

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muguruza’s dream of defending her lone grand slam title was thwarted by 13th-seeded kristina mladenovic.        ...

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it turned out to be an unsatisfying day for american players in the french open.         ...

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paris — garbine muguruza did not take kindly to the way spectators pulled for her opponent — her french opponent, mind you — at the french open.so after her title defense ended with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 loss to 13th-seeded kristina mladenovic at a packed and rowdy court suzanne lenglen on a surprise-filled sunday that left zero past grand slam champions in the women's field, muguruza walked toward the locker room while wagging a finger toward the stands, as if to say, "tsk, tsk!""the crowd was really tough today," muguruza said at a news conference that was halted at one point so she could compose herself after getting choked up."sometimes," she added, "(fans) should be a little bit more respectful."all four of the day's fourth-round matches pitted one woman who has won at least one major...

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paris (ap) the latest from the french open (all times local): — 12:50 a.m. fifth-seeded milos raonic is safely through to the second round of the french open after sweeping past steve darcis of belgium in straight sets. raonic took just 92 minutes to beat the 38th-ranked darcis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 – taking the final game to love. the canadian will next play either rogerio dutra silva of brazil or russian mikhail youzhny. — 12:45 a.m. defending champion garbine muguruza of spain is through to the second round at the french open with a 6-2, 6-4 win over italian francesca schiavone. schiavone, the 2010 champion, showed her usual fighting spirit and saved three match points before going down when she sent a forehand volley wide. the fourth-seeded muguruza won 15 points in a row from being up 3...

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defending women's champion garbine muguruza has been knocked out of the french open in a 6-1 3-6 6-3 fourth-round defeat to home favorite kristina mladenovic.mladenovic was not at her best during her first last-16 match at roland garros but came up against an opponent who was performing even further below her own high standards.after collapsing to defeat in the first set, muguruza battled back to level in the second and looked determined — at times desperate — not to let go of her title without a fight.but this was to be mladenovic's day as she wrapped up the win with two breaks in the decider, securing a popular victory among the french fans.thirteenth seed mladenovic made a flying start with the vociferous backing of her home crowd on court suzanne lenglen — unfamiliar surr...

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in results from day 2 of the french open at rolamd garros, there were safe wins for all the big guns. nine-time french open champion rafael nadal, the favourite for the men’s title, beat benoit paire 6–1, 6–4, 6–1 to move into the second round in paris. nadal’s potential semi-final opponent and defending champion novak djokovic also progressed ahead as he beat marcel granollers 6–3, 6–4, 6–2.over in the women’s section, defending champion garbine muguruza beat francesca schiavone 6–2, 6–4.nadal versus djokovic is already being talked about as the match of the tournament if it is to materialise. while nadal has come to roland garros with both rhythm and form as his friends, djokovic has been searching for his best game for some time.djokovic has got andre agassi to hel...

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paris (ap) defending champions novak djokovic and garbine muguruza both play sunday in the fourth round of the french open, in a packed schedule created by multiple rain postponements. djokovic is last on court philippe chatrier, against no. 19 albert ramos-vinolas of spain, while the fifth-seeded muguruza plays no. 13 kristina mladenovic of france on court suzanne lenglen after rafael nadal plays spanish compatriot roberto bautista agut. seven-time major champion venus williams is bidding for a quarterfinal spot against no. 30 timea bacsinszky. three third-round men’s matches are scheduled to resume after rain cancelled play on saturday afternoon: no. 8 kei nishikori against hyeon chung, no. 15 gael monfils against no. 24 richard gasquet, and no. 21 john isner against karen khachanov....

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paris (ap) the latest from the french open (all times local): — 11:15 a.m. carina witthoeft turned up late for her third round match against second-seeded karolina pliskova at the french open. witthoeft walked onto court 3 about eight minutes after pliskova, who gave the german a wry smile as she walked past her seat. — 11:00 a.m. defending champions novak djokovic and garbine muguruza both play sunday in the fourth round of the french open, in a packed schedule created by multiple rain postponements. djokovic is last on court philippe chatrier, against no. 19 albert ramos-vinolas of spain, while the fifth-seeded muguruza plays no. 13 kristina mladenovic of france on court suzanne lenglen after rafael nadal plays spanish compatriot roberto bautista agut. seven-time major champion venus...

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paris (ap) garbine muguruza and novak djokovic will start the defense of their titles at the french open on monday. muguruza, who claimed the women’s title last year by upsetting serena williams in the final, plays first on court philippe chatrier. the fourth-seeded spanish player takes on 2010 champion francesca schiavone in an intriguing matchup. djokovic, who completed a career grand slam in paris last year but has been struggling with form and confidence since, is also set to play on the showcase court. the former world no. 1 is up against marcel granollers of spain. hot temperatures are expected throughout the day, with a chance of thunderstorm in the afternoon....

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a glance at the french open, the year’s second grand slam tennis tournament: site: roland garros in paris. surface: red clay. schedule: main-draw play begins sunday. the 15-day tournament closes with the women’s singles final june 10 and the men’s singles final june 11. 2016 men’s singles champion: novak djokovic of serbia. 2016 women’s singles champion: garbine muguruza of spain. last year: djokovic became the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive major tennis championships, completing a career grand slam, by beating andy murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. it was djokovic’s 12th appearance at roland garros and his fourth final. muguruza won her first major trophy, defeating serena williams 7-5, 6-4 in the final. key statistic i: 9 – record number of french open ...

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paris (ap) the latest from the french open (all times local): — 12:55 p.m. defending champion garbine muguruza advanced to the fourth round of the french open by beating yulia putintseva 7-5, 6-2. the fourth-seeded spaniard broke her opponent’s serve three times in the second set. muguruza will next face either shelby rogers of the united states or 13th-seeded kristina mladenovic of france. — 12:20 p.m. david goffin retired from his third-round match at the french open after injuring his right ankle against horacio zeballos. the 10th-seeded belgian was leading 5-4 in the first set when he limped off court with two trainers helping him. zeballos carried goffin’s bag. goffin was serving for the first set and led 40-0 but allowed zeballos back into the game. the argentine had a break ...

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paris — the latest on the french open (all times local):___4:10 p.m.defending champion novak djokovic advanced to the third round of the french open by beating joao sousa 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.the second-seeded serb will next face diego schwartzman.___3:40 p.m.american teenager cici bellis reached the third round of the french open in her tournament debut, upsetting 18th-seeded kiki bertens of the netherlands 6-3, 7-6 (5).the 18-year-old bellis converted her fourth match point on an unforced error by bertens, a semifinalist at roland garros a year ago.bellis, who is from california, is playing in her third career grand slam tournament. she made it to the third round of the u.s. open in 2016, and the second round there in 2014.she is ranked 48th.two weeks ago, bertens beat bellis in straight sets...

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paris (ap) venus williams may have revealed the gender of sister serena williams’ baby during a post-match interview at the french open this week. when asked by eurosport what the baby will call her, venus replied, ”she’s going to call me favorite aunt.” she added that she and her other sisters are pushing for the child to be named after them. serena williams announced her pregnancy with reddit co-founder alexis ohanian in april, but didn’t hint at the baby’s gender. venus williams defeated kurumi nara, with serena looking on from the stands wednesday. she takes on elise mertens in the third round of the french open on friday....

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paris (ap) the latest on the french open (all times local): — 12:40 p.m. venus williams got off to a sluggish start but quickly found her range to beat kurumi nara of japan 6-3, 6-1 and reach the third round of the french open. the 10th-seeded williams, a runner-up in paris in 2002, trailed 3-1 in the opening set but then won seven consecutive games. williams is playing at roland garros for the 20th time, a record in the open era. ”i love being here and i love playing on this court,” williams said. ”you never stop learning and that’s what i love about the game.” — 12:20 p.m. serena williams is at the french open, after all – but as a spectator, not a competitor. the owner of 23 grand slam singles titles is not playing for the rest of this season because she is pregnant. wil...

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paris (ap) the latest from the french open (all times local): — 12:20 p.m. david goffin retired from his third-round match at the french open after injuring his right ankle against horacio zeballos. the 10th-seeded belgian was leading 5-4 in the first set when he limped off court with two trainers helping him. zeballos carried goffin’s bag. goffin was serving for the first set and led 40-0 but allowed zeballos back into the game. the argentine had a break back point and, at the end of a long rally, goffin got to a tough ball. he won the point to get back to deuce but slid after he hit it, catching his foot on the tarp at the back of the court. — 11:00 a.m. defending champions novak djokovic and garbine muguruza both play friday in the third round of the french open. the fifth-seeded ...

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paris (ap) rafael nadal could face novak djokovic in the semifinals of the french open in his quest for a 10th title at roland garros. the fourth-seeded nadal, the only player with nine trophies from one grand slam tournament, will open against benoit paire. nadal has been the dominant player of the clay-court season and has won 17 straight matches on his favorite surface, while djokovic has been struggling with form and confidence recently. djokovic completed a career grand slam at the french open last year by beating andy murray in the final. the top-ranked murray will open against andrey kuznetsov. in the women’s draw, defending champion garbine muguruza was handed a tough first round match against 2010 champion francesca schiavone. top-ranked angelique kerber will be up against 40th-...

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the draw for the upcoming french open is out and the biggest match of the tournament is expected to be one of the two men’s semi-finals where second seed novak djokovic and fourth seed rafael nadal will be pitted against each other if all goes to plan. top seed andy murray and third stan wawrinka are the favourites in the other half of the draw in the men’s section. roger federer had of course decided to pull out of the tournament.murray starts against russia’s andrey kuznetsov, djokovic tackles spanish clay courter marcel granollers while nadal meets combustible frenchman benoit paire.in the women’s draw, top seed angelique kerber starts her french open campaign against ekaterina makarova of russia. the german is due to face defending champion garbine muguruza in the semi-finals. ...

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paris (ap) under bright sunshine, 10th-seeded venus williams will open play on court philippe chatrier against kurumi nara of japan in the second round of the french open. the first wednesday at roland garros is traditionally known as kids’ day. parisian boys and girls will get the chance to see some of the game biggest stars this year, with rafael nadal later scheduled to resume his quest for a 10th title in paris against robin haase. defending champion novak djokovic is also on the bill, facing joao sousa on court suzanne lenglen. the locals will also keep a close eye on 13th-seeded kristina mladenovic, a frenchwoman who dealt with back pain and deficits before winning in the first round. she next takes on 2012 runner-up sara errani....

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how well do you know the french open? give this quiz a try: — qualifying: who was roland garros, for whom the tournament’s grounds are named? a.) a world war i fighter pilot. b.) france’s first grand slam singles champion. c.) an industrialist who donated the land for the tournament grounds. d.) the founder of the international tennis federation. — 1st round: who is the only french open champion to lose in the first round the following year? a.) ana ivanovic. b.) gaston gaudio. c.) anastasia myskina. d.) yevgeny kafelnikov. — 2nd round: which of these players never won the french open? a.) venus williams. b.) jimmy connors. c.) john mcenroe. d.) pete sampras. e.) all of the above. — 3rd round: rafael nadal is bidding for a record 10th french open singles title. who won the seco...

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serena williams sporting a ditsy floral jacket at the french open.splash newsas it turns out, florals for spring can in fact be groundbreaking — at least when serena williams is behind the look. since her pregnancy announcement on snapchat in april, the tennis champion and soon-to-be mother has continued to step out in style, from the met gala to the monaco grand prix. true to form, williams jetted off to paris for the french open on wednesday, this time looking refreshed and radiant in head-to-toe athleisure.serena williams paired her floral jacket with a nike top and sneakers.rex/shutterstockrelatedthe iconic nike sneakers from 'forrest gump' will be rereleased june 1williams’ surprise appearance at the sporting event was in support of sister venus williams, who won her second ...

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with serena watching in the stands, hiding her growing baby bump with a white top under a jacket, venus cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over japan's kurumi nara in the second round of the french open today.afterward, venus referred to serena's baby as a "she," during an interview with eurosport, as confirmed by the daily mail."she's going to call me 'favorite aunt,'" venus said, while laughing.venus seemingly gave away more hints about the baby's gender by saying, "we're always like ... baby v, baby lyn, baby isha, we all want the baby to be named after us," referring to herself and her other sisters' names.so, serena is having a girl!?...

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paris — the latest on the french open (all times local):___3:40 p.m.american teenager cici bellis reached the third round of the french open in her tournament debut, upsetting 18th-seeded kiki bertens of the netherlands 6-3, 7-6 (5).the 18-year-old bellis converted her fourth match point on an unforced error by bertens, a semifinalist at roland garros a year ago.bellis, who is from california, is playing in her third career grand slam tournament. she made it to the third round of the u.s. open in 2016, and the second round there in 2014.she is ranked 48th.two weeks ago, bertens beat bellis in straight sets on clay in rome.___3:30 p.m.defending champion garbine muguruza held on to beat anett kontaveit and reach the third round of the french open.the spaniard lost the opening set against t...

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murray has struggled on clay this season, while konta reached the last 16 of the italian openworld number one andy murray will play russia's andrey kuznetsov in the french open first round while fellow briton johanna konta faces hsieh su-wei. murray, 30, is in the same half of the draw as 2015 champion stan wawrinka, who he beat in last year's semi-final.second seed and defending champion novak djokovic faces spain's marcel granollers, and is in the same half as nine-time champion rafael nadal.the tournament starts at roland garros in paris on sunday.seventh seed konta, who is chasing a first win in the grand slam event, having lost in round one in the previous two years, is up against the world number 109 from taiwan.defending women's champion garbine muguruza opens against 2010 winner fr...

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view gallery 15 photoswhoops! venus williams just gave us a big hint as to what the sex of her sister, serena’s baby is! and, venus even dished the on the baby names she and her sisters have discussed! hopefully serena was ok with her big sis spilling the beans…note to self: venus williams, 36, may not be able to keep a secret! the world now knows that serena, 35, may be having a little girl! after venus landed her second-round win at the french open on may 31, she got extra chatty in an interview with eurosport.the conversation quickly turned from her win against japan’s kurumi nara to serena’s pregnancy news. when she was asked what she wanted the baby to call her, venus said, “she’s going to call me ‘favorite aunt.'” then, venus joked that she and her sisters, lyndre...

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in a record 20th appearance at the french open, venus williams eased into the second round with a straight-set victory over qiang wang of china. williams, who is seeded 10th, saved two set points to win 6-4, 7-6 (3). the 36-year-old american will play kurumi nara of japan in the next round.not as fortunate was angelique kerber, who became the first women's no. 1 seed to lose in the french open's first round in the open era. kerber lost 6-2, 6-2 to 40th-ranked ekaterina makarova of russia. makarova broke kerber's serve twice in the opening set and did so again in the second, racing to a 3-0 lead. kerber appeared to get back into the match when she recovered one break but the german immediately dropped her serve again. there was another rapid exchange of breaks before makarova sealed the res...

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french open favourite rafael nadal demolishes robin haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 and moved into the third round of the french open. nadal looked in ominous form as he eased past dutchman and his performance in the match was enough to send the message loud and clear to his other rivals.the nine-time roland garros champion hit 33 winners, just 13 unforced errors and did not face a single break point on his serve and with this win, the nine-time french open champion advanced past the second round at roland garros for the 13th consecutive year.nadal moves through to a third-round meeting with georgia’s nikoloz basilashvili, who defeated viktor troicki 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (8/6). also check: french open 2017: champion garbine muguruza survives scare to reach third roundafter his win, nadal said: ...

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making a record 20th appearance at roland garros, venus williams is looking to finally get her hands on the french open trophy         ...

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in action from the french open on friday, rafael nadal and novak djokovic had contrasting matches but both booked a place in round 4. nadal had an easy match as he beat nikoloz basilashvili 6-0 6-1 6-0. djokovic meanwhile overcame diego schwartzman 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1. while nadal is aiming for his tenth french open crown, djokovic is the defending champion in the men’s singles section.over in the men’s doubles section and looking at indian interest, leander paes and partner scott lipsky lost in round 2 to david marrero and tommy robredo by the score-line 7-6 6-2. meanwhile, rohan bopanna and partner pablo cuevas beat dennis istomin and treat huey 5-7 7-6 6-4.earlier on friday, garbine muguruza clinched a last-16 berth with a 7-5 6-2 victory over yulia putintseva, while men’s tenth-s...

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hold it right there. venus williams’s comment about her niece’s gender may not mean anything. (etienne laurent/epa)one word — “she” — is all it took for venus williams to convince the world that her little sister, serena, will give birth to a girl in september.after her second-round french open victory on wednesday, venus joked to a eurosport reporter who had asked what the baby would call her: “she’s going to call me ‘favorite aunt’ … every day we’re like, baby vee, baby isher, baby lyn, so we all want the baby to be named after us.”but serena is having none of that. she tweeted a clarification that seems to indicate that she and fiancee alexis ohanian prefer to be surprised by the baby’s gender, something that — let’s face it — really is her business.“...

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