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3 Wimbledon Matches May Have Been Fixed

Tennis watchdog group is investigating

(Newser) - A report last year warned that match-fixing was a problem in tennis. But at Wimbledon? The sport's independent watchdog group said Wednesday that three matches during this year's event seemed a little fishy and are being investigated, reports USA Today . The Tennis Integrity Unit didn't name names,... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Venus Williams Turns Heads in Win

Patty Schnyder loses, but nobody's looking at her

(Newser) - Venus Williams won her French Open first-round match yesterday, but the spotlight was on what she was wearing—and not wearing. The No. 2 seed sported a lacy black concoction with underpinnings similar to the ones that caused a stir at the Australian Open by creating the illusion that she... More »

Is Federer Now the Greatest Player Ever?

With 14 Slams, Swiss tennis star enters the pantheon

(Newser) - Roger Federer has tied Pete Sampras's record of 14 Grand Slams after his decisive victory yesterday at the French Open—a title that Sampras himself never won. And as soon as the Swiss player lifted the cup on the red clay of Roland Garros, the arguments began: Is Federer now... More »

Tennis Elite No Longer Sees Red Over Clay

(Newser) - Clay has long been the red-headed stepchild of the tennis world, with top pros like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Pete Sampras almost taking pride in never winning a French Open. The term “clay-court specialist” was a veiled insult. Now, though, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is a clay-court... More »

Nadal's Ready For Federer

World No. 2 isn't done improving his grass game

(Newser) - Those who dismiss Rafael Nadal's grass game forget that the 22-year-old has improved every year he's been on the scene, and his growth as a competitor is far from finished, writes Greg Garber for ESPN. "Give him time," says Nadal's uncle and coach. In Sunday's Wimbledon final against... More »

Could Nadal Dominate Wimbledon?

Stage may be set for clay-court wizard to win on grass ... finally

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal has long since proven his skill on clay, and now the four-time French Open winner appears to have a serious shot at the Wimbledon crown. Rafa was on his game last week at the Queen's Club, beating Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic and proving that he doesn't have... More »

Nadal Tops Federer, Wins 4th French Open

Spaniard easily overcomes world's No. 1

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his fourth consecutive French Open title today, easily beating the world’s No. 1 player, Roger Federer. Nadal swept six early games in the match and won 6-1, 6-3, 6-0. Federer hoped to win the Open and become the sixth man to win all four major titles.... More »

Ivanovic Beats Safina for French Open Crown

20-year-old wins first grand slam

(Newser) - An ecstatic Ana Ivanovic won her first grand slam today, beating Russian Dinara Safina to take the French Open crown, Reuters reports. Safina fought hard in the first set, turning a 4-1 deficit into a 4-4 but ultimately fell in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. “I feel so happy, I... More »

Can Young Blood Bring Sizzle Back to French Open?

Ivanovic, Safina could really put on a show

(Newser) - After some lackluster French Open women's finals in the recent past, this year's matchup between Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina looks promising, Barry Flatman writes in the London Times. Favorite (and new world No. 1) Ivanovic has been dominant, but Safina has taken 12 straight matches since winning in Berlin,... More »

Sharapova Falls to Safina

Top seed falls in 3 sets

(Newser) - Dinara Safina dashed Maria Sharapova’s French Open dreams today in an all-Russian free-for-all, ESPN reports. A screaming Sharapova bungled two big leads, rankling the crowd, which booed and whistled as she made her unceremonious exit . “They paid the ticket to watch me, so they must appreciate me on... More »

Will This Be Serena's Year at French Open?

With Henin retired, she's got a chance to regain her dominance

(Newser) - Justine Henin's abrupt retirement clears the way for Serena Williams to reassert herself in women's tennis, writes Tom Perrotta in the New York Sun, and there's no better place to start than this week's French Open. Last year, Henin took Williams down in all three majors, but Serena now seems... More »

Henin Retires at No. 1

With 7 Grand Slam titles at 25, Belgian is first woman to leave while atop rankings

(Newser) - Justine Henin, the top player on the women's tennis tour, abruptly announced her retirement today. "This is a definitive decision," said the 25-year-old Belgian, who won seven Grand Slam titles—including the past three French Opens—despite battling injuries in recent years. She's the first woman ever to... More »

Federer Blames Slump on Mono

'If the doctors had found out then they would have told me not to play'

(Newser) - Don’t worry about Roger Federer’s lackluster season so far: he's been sick. Federer spent the early months of the season plagued by undiagnosed mononucleosis, he told the Independent. “If the doctors had found out, they would have told me not to play,” Federer says. But “... More »

Russians Crash US Open Semis

'04 champ Kuznetsova, Chakvetadze join Henin in final four

(Newser) - 2004 women's champion Svetlana Kuznetsova cruised into the semifinals of the US Open today, dispatching Agnes Szavay 6-1, 6-4 to earn a shot at fellow Russian Anna Chakvetadze. Chakvetadze upended crowd favorite Shahar Peer 6-4, 6-1; top seed Justine Henin is already in, with the fourth spot going to the... More »

Haas Gives Up on Federer, Wimbledon

Abdominal injury forces German's third walkout from Grand Slam play

(Newser) - Germany's Tommy Haas withdrew from his match against Roger Federer yesterday, citing a torn stomach muscle. "I wonder if I am cursed," said the thirteenth seed, who has bowed out of two other Wimbledon tournaments under similar circumstances. Haas apparently sustained the injury during his defeat of Russia's... More »

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