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#202 Posted : Saturday, June 08, 2013 10:15:51 AM(UTC)
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6-4,6-4. Oh well,Maria competed well. Would have won against any other current player and almost any past player today,but hats off to Serena. I'm sure Serena can't keep this level up,so Maria will have many more chances at slams
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#203 Posted : Saturday, June 08, 2013 10:32:08 AM(UTC)
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Though this year's 2013 French Open cup is not yours .... You won the heart of many Masha by playing game in true spirit ... Cheers!!!

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#205 Posted : Saturday, June 08, 2013 10:42:49 AM(UTC)
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One afternoon in Paris...

Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002 when she beat familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.

The victory completed the No. 1-ranked Williams' rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at Roland Garros a year ago. Since that defeat she's 74-3, including titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the London Olympics and the season-ending WTA Championships.

Williams whacked 10 aces, including three in the final game, to extend her career-best winning streak to 31 matches. She improved to 14-2 against Sharapova, with victories in their past 13 meetings and four of the wins this year.

At 31, Williams became the oldest woman to win a major title since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1990 at age 33. Her 11-year gap between Roland Garros titles is the longest for any woman.

Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by winning Roland Garros last year.

...and i think last year can come again next year 'cos Masha gets closer and closer. ONE BREAK and we had another kinda match imhAngel


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#204 Posted : Saturday, June 08, 2013 10:51:21 AM(UTC)
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Though this year's 2013 French Open cup is not yours .... You won the heart of many Masha by playing game in true spirit ... Cheers!!!



 


Beautiful words: that's Maria!!!! Thanks for the excellent RG that you've played: I LOVE YOU!!!! 


FOREVER MASHA!!!!     

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DAVAI MASHA; great match !!!



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#208 Posted : Saturday, June 08, 2013 11:30:20 AM(UTC)
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"C'est La Vie" the French say always:)



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#207 Posted : Saturday, June 08, 2013 11:49:00 AM(UTC)
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Yes it is a pity that Maria Sharapova lost this final because she played very well at this tournament.


Svetlana Kuznetsova is the tennis player who showed the best result against Serena Williams at RG 2013. They played 3 sets. They played a very physical tennis. 


Yes, if Maria Sharapova continues to play a high level tennis, she will have a big chance to win many other Grand Slams. 


It is important to continue to keep a high level in tennis because you have the opportunity to win other trophies. 


Anyway Maria Sharapova is an excellent tennis player...


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DAVAI MASHA; great match !!!


"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



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#209 Posted : Saturday, June 08, 2013 12:41:15 PM(UTC)
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Okay,clay court season is over and Maria had a great performance this year too, so many great memories such recovering from 6-0 and making big victories against other stars of tennis world.1 tournament victory and 2 finals is an awesome result that we must congratulate her :) Personally I think "cow on ice" is turned to "Queen on clay" :)
Great achievement Maria, Keep going girl and don't worry about Serena, she'll have the same destiny with Lance .
Graaaaaaaaaaaaaaaass time guys ! ;)
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#210 Posted : Saturday, June 08, 2013 1:22:53 PM(UTC)
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DAVAI CHAMPION :)



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#211 Posted : Saturday, June 08, 2013 4:00:51 PM(UTC)
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#212 Posted : Sunday, June 09, 2013 2:29:35 AM(UTC)
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Some players might be pleased to play Serena Williams close in a Grand Slam final, but that would not be world No. 2 Maria Sharapova. Despite playing well in patches in her 6-4, 6-4 defeat in Paris to the American, Maria was not smiling after the defeat.

Even though Sharapova suffered her 13th straight loss to now 16-time Grand Slam champion, she clearly was in the match and she said as much afterwards.

“You lost and you can be really down about it,” Sharapova said. “I'm a competitor and I'm a fighter and I don't train to lose. Nobody does. So of course I'm disappointed about that. But that's the feeling that ultimately will make you work harder and make you think a little bit. (It) gives you more determination. I hope that that's what I take away from the match. Of course the initial feelings after the match are of disappointment – that you lost the match no matter how (it) went. I will take a few little positives from this match.”

Sharapova did just about everything as well as Williams did except serve and perhaps return, but as Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou said, those are two critical elements of his protégée’s attack as she takes control of the points away from her opponent.

Sharapova had two game points to go up 3-0 in the first set but could not take them, and went stroke for stroke with Williams in the second set but could not overcome an early break. She felt like the first set should have been hers, but a couple of key errors off the ground proved to be her undoing.

“Well, 2-0, 40-15,” she said of the first set. “4-all, losing my serve right away in that game, easy passing shot, first point. I know I'm nitpicking here, but these are moments against her that I feel that I should be able to take, because then she has no pressure going in and serving and being up a break at 5‑4, and serving harder than David Ferrer when he gets to the final of Roland Garros.”

Sharapova made sure to let Williams know she meant business at the start of the contest, fist-pumping and yelling ‘C’mon!’ after nearly every winner, forced error or even unforced error. After Williams broke back to 2-1, she raised her fist too and screamed out a loud 'C'mon' in Sharapova's direction.

The Russian said she wasn't trying to tell Williams that she meant business, but she knew she needed to start quickly.

“I don't know if she really cares about what's going on on the other side,” Sharapova said. “I think in the last few matches (I’ve) always been slow starting, so I definitely wanted to give myself a bit more energy than maybe I have done previously.”

Sharapova did a terrific job off the ground, hustling down balls, slightly overmatching Williams on the forehand side and staying with her on the backhand, but she couldn’t touch Williams’ service in the second set. The deeper the set went, the better Williams served and she was untouchable in her last three service games, kissing the T time after time in both service boxes. She held at love to win the match courtesy of three aces, including on match point, and won 77 percent of her first service points compared with only 48 percent for Sharapova.

“Obviously it's a little bit (a question) of confidence but we know she's going to be able to hit a big serve,” Sharapova said. “If I was built like Serena I hope I'd be able to hit a big serve like that, too.”

While any player would like to have Williams’ blowtorch serves, Sharapova said that since that is never going to happen for her, she’d rather not wish for it. She has her strengths, as does Williams. Hers are clearly not in Williams’ category now, but she wasn’t blown out and perhaps in 2014 when the now 26-year-old returns to Paris, she will have found the key to unlock her rival’s game.

“I think getting to the Roland Garros final is not too shabby, so I'd say that's a positive,” Sharapova said. “Coming back as a defending champion is never easy, so I'm happy that I was able to produce good tennis within these last two weeks and come to that stage.”


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#213 Posted : Sunday, June 09, 2013 7:34:32 AM(UTC)
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Makarova / Vesnina def Errani / Vinci   ДАВАЙ РОССИЯ!!!


French Open Doubles Champions. MOLODYETS!

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#214 Posted : Sunday, June 09, 2013 8:57:19 AM(UTC)
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Makarova / Vesnina def Errani / Vinci   ДАВАЙ РОССИЯ!!!


French Open Doubles Champions. MOLODYETS!



Makarova, Vesnina Claim French Open Doubles Title


Makarova, Vesnina Claim French Open Doubles Title


MOSCOW, June 9 (R-Sport) - Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the women's doubles title at the French Open on Sunday, beating defending champions Roberta Vince and Sara Errani of Italy in a straight-sets final.


Makarova and Vesnina, seeded fourth, prevailed 7-5, 6-2 in 98 minutes to finish the tournament without dropping a set.


It's a first Grand Slam title for Vesnina, 26, who's previous best was a final appearance at Wimbledon in 2010; and a second for Makarova, who teamed up with Bruno Soares to take the mixed doubles title at last year's U.S. Open.


Errani and Vinci, the top seeds, had been chasing a fourth Grand Slam crown and third in succession.


Later, Rafael Nadal plays David Ferrer in the men's singles final. Serena Williams won the women's title on Saturday, beating Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 in the final.


 


 

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



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And another RUSSIAN title...congratz:)



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#216 Posted : Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:26:44 AM(UTC)
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French Open By The Numbers

What was the longest match? And who hit the most aces? These are just a few of the questions answered in French Open By The Numbers.
How many people watched Saturday's singles final between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova? What was the longest match? And who hit the most aces? These are just a few of the questions answered in French Open By The Numbers.

14,804 - Spectators present on Philippe Chatrier to see Williams win her second French Open title.

457 - In the singles and doubles competitions, 457 sets were played at Roland Garros this year.

199 - The number of minutes needed by Urszula Radwanska to defeat Venus Williams in the first round, making it the longest match of the tournament. Honorable mentions go to Marion Bartoli and Olga Govortsova for their three hour, 12 minute effort.

124 - The speed in miles per hour of the fastest serve of the fortnight, hit, unsurprisingly, by Serena Williams during her semifinal with Sara Errani.

76 - Serena's120mph-plus bombs helped her win 76% of her first service points.

51 - Francesca Schiavone played her 51st consecutive major at Roland Garros. She has been an ever-present since the US Open in 2000.

37 - Paula Ormaechea jumped 37 spots in the rankings after her run through qualifying and into the third round.

31 - The number of matches Serena has won in row. Also, at 31 years and 256 days, she is the oldest player in the Open Era to win the singles title in Paris.

27 - The longest rally of this year's tournament was 27 shots and came in the tie-break of the quarterfinal match between Sara Errani and Agnieszka Radwanska. Although Errani lost that particular battle, she would go on to win the war, triumphing, 6-4 7-6(6).

16 - At just 16 years and 326 days old, Donna Vekic was the tournament's youngest player.

4 - Serena becomes the fourth player in the Open Era, after Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, to have won all four majors at least twice.

1 - Semifinalist Sara Errani served just one ace and one double fault during this year's tournament.

0 - Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina did not drop a set on their way to the doubles title.
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