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French Open - day three

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Zut alors! What a day we had in the French Open on Monday...and there is plenty more action in store today, if the rain holds off that is!

First up on Court Philippe Chatrier is women's fifth seed Jelena Jankovic against Petra Cetkovska, followed by a tasty-looking tie between Nicolas Lapentti and Novak Djokovic.

Other matches to look out for include home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Julien Benneteau in an all-French encounter, while 2002 champion Serena Williams gets her tournament under way against Klara Zakopalova.

You can follow all the action right here:
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posted May 26, 2009

EdTennisFan - hey, I haven't gone home just yet. Still work to be done...

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posted May 26, 2009

Benneteau was, he slipped over fell on his right leg.

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posted May 26, 2009

Hey, no worries. I left work before 5, so I'm in no position to complain! Thanks for the live text today.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted May 26, 2009

Serena had to work hard to stay at Roland Garros....
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posted May 26, 2009

Oh good that you're still here Cheese -
A question from a fellow Caroline here: are you as ridiculously pleased as I am every time Wozniacki wins?

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posted May 26, 2009

The Great Subconscious Girl - er, yeah, don't know if I'd call it ridiculously pleased, but I like to see Carolines doing well, for sure.

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posted May 26, 2009

Oh, and now I am leaving. Thanks for all the chat today.

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posted May 26, 2009

Cheese has left the building.

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posted May 28, 2009

Thanks a lot, Blue. :)

I agree... i mean, it was great that Serena got through this match and that alone will give her some confidence, which must be pretty shot given four consecutive losses, something that she has never (previously) experienced in her career. Still can't see her winning the titles though!!

Safina is just awesome, playing with so much confidence and belief. At Stuttgart [following her first round match] Safina said "Clay is *my* surface" and you can see just how much she loves playing on it...

I was full of admiration for Sharapova yesterday.... the gust and determination of that woman is truly astounding. I think that she is the best clutch player on the Tour - nerves of *steel*.


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comment by BLUEL1NER (U7137291)
posted Yesterday

“ Have to say that Serena's footing, and overall balance are really poor on clay. Even worse, she doesn't protect the spaces on the court when moving inside the court... even Sharapova does this!”

“Her movement and point construction are simply nowhere close enough to get her to the title.”

I was going to say the same thing, drivevolley9. Serena’s movement on clay is poor at the moment, I think Serena does know how to play the clay, just she has very little confidence on it these days. Too many times her recovery was slow and too many times shots other players could have got to, Serena was nowhere near, as a result went whizzing past her. Having said that, today’s match can only serve as a positive and help towards her getting into some sort of level to make it to at least the fourth round. If Serena and Venus both play well in doubles, this can also only help iron out a few technical adjustments needed. I think realistically Serena could make the fourth round, and that would be good preparation for Wimbledon.


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