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Djokovic Finally Conquers France for Grand Slam

He now holds all 4 majors, which hasn't happened since 1969

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic became the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive major championships and finally earned an elusive French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam, beating Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday. This was the top-seeded Djokovic's 12th appearance at Roland Garros,... More »

Wawrinka Dumps No. 1 Djokovic, Wins French Open

It's Switzerland native's second Grand Slam

(Newser) - Against the odds, Stanislas Wawrinka has won the French Open, beating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Wawrinka sealed the win on his second match point with a backhand winner down the line to clinch his second Grand Slam title and deprive Djokovic of his ninth. The players hugged... More »

Rare No. 20: Serena Wins French Open

It's her 20th Grand Slam title, a mark hit by only 2 others

(Newser) - Overcoming a mid-match lull and a third-set deficit, Serena Williams won her third French Open title and 20th major singles trophy today by beating 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2. The top-ranked Williams took the last six games and added to her championships on the... More »

Federer Fumes as Selfie-Seeker Storms Court

'This should never happen,' snipes tennis great after French Open breach

(Newser) - Roger Federer is fuming that a kid got on center court to snap selfies with him at the French Open and is demanding better security. "This should never happen on the Philippe Chatrier court," the 2009 French Open champion said. "I'm not happy about it. Obviously... More »

Nadal Wins Steamy 9th French Open

Sends Novak Djokovic packing after shaky first set

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won the French Open title for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 today in the final. Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 66-1, and stretched his winning streak at the clay-court major to 35... More »

Sharapova Wins French Open, Shaky Serve and All

That's two in 3 years for Russian

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years today, overcoming some shaky serving to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final. Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and had 12 double-faults in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was... More »

Serena, Venus Stunned Early in French Open

They'd have met in the next round otherwise

(Newser) - Instead of looking forward to playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early. The American sisters both lost to little-known opponents in the second round today. Serena, the defending French Open champion and a 17-time major winner, lost to... More »

Shirtless Protesters Storm French Open

Flare-wielding protesters demand Francois Hollande quit

(Newser) - It was just another boring French Open final, with Rafael Nadal soundly thumping David Ferrer—until a masked, half-naked flare-wielding protester hopped onto the tennis court, reports the AP . Security personnel quickly subdued the man, but other protesters climbed atop an adjacent court with flares and a sign demanding the... More »

Serena Wins French Open

At 31, Williams is on a career-high winning streak

(Newser) - Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title today and her first French Open championship since 2002, beating familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4. Today's victory completed the top-ranked Williams' rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at Roland Garros a year ago.... More »

Nadal, Serena Triumph at Italian Open

Next week: French Open

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal controlled the Italian Open final from start to finish, beating Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3 today in the 30th meeting between the two stars. Nadal improved to 20-10 in his career against Federer, and won the Italian Open for the seventh time. He also showed once again that he'... More »

Nadal Dumps Djokovic, Wins 7th French Open

Final was suspended last night due to rain

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record seventh French Open title, returning to Roland Garros today to defeat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in a match that was halted the night before because of rain. When play resumed, second-seeded Nadal promptly broke top-seeded Djokovic's serve to pull even at 2-2.... More »

Sharapova Wins French Open, Joins Exclusive Club

Russian is the 10th woman to win all four Grand Slams

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova won the French Open today, defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 to complete a career Grand Slam. Second-seeded Sharapova, who was guaranteed of moving to No. 1 in the world regardless of the result, jumped to a quick 4-0 lead against the 21st-seeded Errani, who was in her first... More »

It's a First: Serena Loses in Round One

French Open loss is earliest ever in a Grand Slam tournament

(Newser) - Serena Williams lost today in the first round of a major tournament for the first time, falling to Virginie Razzano of France 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 at the French Open. The fifth-seeded Williams was two points from victory several times in the second set, including leading 5-1 in the tiebreaker.... More »

Nadal Downs Federer, Nabs 6th Open

Takes fourth French Open against Swiss player

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his record-equaling sixth French Open title today, beating Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-1 in the final. It was the fourth final at Roland Garros between the two players, and the fourth won by Nadal. More »

Li Na Wins China's First Grand Slam Title

She defeats Francesca Schiavone to win French Open

(Newser) - A little history at Roland Garros today: Li Na defeated defending champ Francesca Schiavone of Italy to win the French Open and claim China's first Grand Slam title, reports Bloomberg . The 29-year-old is part of a burgeoning crop of female tennis players from China nicknamed the "Golden Flowers"... More »

Players Grumble About 'Fast' New French Open Balls

Babolats too hard, say athletes

(Newser) - Tennis players are notoriously finicky about equipment changes, and the new balls being used at this year's French Open have not gone unnoticed. The balls, made by Babolat to replace the old Dunlops, are "very, very fast" and "really difficult to control," said No. 2 seed... More »

Nadal Captures 5th French Open

Roundly defeats Robin Soderling at Roland Garros

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal has reclaimed his crown as the King of Clay. Chasing down shots all over the court, the relentless Spaniard won his fifth French Open title today and avenged his lone Roland Garros defeat, beating Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal improved to 38-1 at Roland Garros, with the... More »

Soderling Bounces Defending Champ Federer

Swede snaps 6-year streak of Grand Slam semis at 23

(Newser) - There will be a Grand Slam semifinal without Roger Federer for the first time in 6 years. French Open upset specialist Robin Soderling struck again today, rallying past defending champion Federer in a rainy quarterfinal, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. That ended Federer's record streak of reaching the semifinals in 23... More »

Venus Out in 4th-Round Upset

Nadia Petrova ousts lacy No. 2 seed on brisk day

(Newser) - Venus Williams' celebrated corset went under wraps today, reports the AP, and now it's out of the French Open. Playing with a long-sleeve top over her black lace outfit on a chilly afternoon, Williams lost in the fourth round to Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 6-3. Williams came into the tournament seeded... More »

After Fashion Flap, Venus Covers Up

She and Serena win their doubles match, too

(Newser) - Venus and Serena Williams won their first-round doubles match at Roland Garros today, and all eyes were on Venus, who was wearing—an unadorned black T-back tennis dress. After 2 days of scrutiny thanks to the modified can-can get-up she wore for her first-round singles match, Williams went low-key as... More »

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