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RG Day Seven: Dulce et Decorum Est

Posted by gauloises1 on May 30, 2009

You have to say, it was the homeboys/girls who really tore it up on the terre battue today. (Am I spelling that right? Does it even mean what I think it means?)

Paul-Henri Mathieu actually took a set off Federer for the first time before losing, 64 16 46 46. I thought he actually played well – it was Federer winning it rather than him losing it. I’m not a great fan, but it was nice to see.

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It was Virginie Razzano, however, who really kicked off the day in style on Chatrier, defeating Tathiana Garbin in a pulsating encounter 7-5, 7-5. Garbin came down from multiple breaks down in both sets and Razzano really had to dig deep. Match point was a ridiculous rally and Razzano was so delighted when she won, she forgot to shake hands at first.

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It didn’t matter, though; Garbin gave her a big hug and a kiss on both cheeks. It was lovely to see.

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This is the first time Razzano’s ever made it this far in Paris. In fact, it’s the first time she’s made it beyond the first round. Well done to her.

Then it was the turn of Gael Monfils on Lenglen, who thrilled the crowds in a four-set win over Jurgen Melzer. The quality of tennis was ridiculously high at times, especially in the second and third sets, and the match was played in a great spirit.

You have to admit, Bambi gives great action shots – the kind you never see from any other player.

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Great stuff.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had a much more straightforward victory, beating the diminutive Belgian Christophe Rochus 62 62 62.

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It’s really lovely to see so many home players doing well. (We should be so lucky at Wimbledon.) Allez Bleus!

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RG Day Five: WTA Round-Up

Posted by gauloises1 on May 29, 2009

Disappointment for the home country as two of the remaining Frenchwomen in the draw went out today.

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Thirteenth seed Marion Bartoli lost to Tathiana Garbin, and then Alize Cornet lost to Sorana Cirstea – which on the bright side, gave her a chance to display some of her classic facial expressions.

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Luckily for les Bleus, Virginie Razzano made it through, notching up another good win over eighteenth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues 62 62. Sadly for the tournament and its upset-missingness, Jelena Dokic was forced to retire after straining her back when she was a set up on Elena Dementieva.

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Seriously, does that lady deserve some luck or what?

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova all made it through in straight sets. Kuznetsova’s performance was particularly devastating, although you wouldn’t know it from the photos.

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 And after yesterday’s shenanigans, so did Venus Williams, who bested Lucie Safarova 7-5 in the third. A tough loss for Lucie, but a great win for Venus.

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Also through (deep breath): Martinez Sanchez, Jarmila Groth, Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Dominguez Lino, Alexandra Wozniak and Kateryna Bondarenko.

Oh, and JJ and her hilarious hamster cheeks.

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Pineapple-headed JJ FTW.

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